The red kettles are out and many of you have started stocking the pantry with cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pumpkin pie filling. All signs point to the season of giving. It’s nice to celebrate gratitude. Some families have a tradition where everyone gathered around the table shares what they are grateful for in their life before the Thanksgiving meal. It’s an exercise that should probably be done more often. It’s nice to take time to think about the things and people we are glad to have in our life. When we frequently reflect on what we are blessed to have, we often see that sometimes the simple pleasures can mean the most. Fresh air, safe shelter, and a dry bed to lay in at night are all things that most of us have readily available but can be forgotten that they are a gift that not everyone is afforded. A thank you to God is worthy of your time because it reminds us that there are are countless items that deserve gratitude and some are so simple that we forget how big they impact our lives – just like the love that endures forever. I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!
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My name is Trina VerSteeg Wilcox. I have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University. After working as an applications analyst I made the decision to dedicate more time to writing, developing my creative interests, catching up on new media, and becoming an on-air radio host/personality. I have been certified as a fitness professional through FiTour and the Arthritis Foundation, taught aerobics and created the JRA 5K charity race. I have run in the infamous Boston Marathon two times. My other interests include nature, animals, art, fitness, and too many others to list. I hope to use my life to encourage and inspire other lives.
The enthusiastic responses to my contributions in the Iron Girl newsletters and the articles on my fitness site, PhysMat.com, inspired my passion for writing, creating, communicating, and even running. I reference my childhood diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as my “twisted gift”. It has forced me to persevere and overcome challenges that I may have otherwise never faced, making motivation a priority in much of my work.
I am based in the Springfield, Missouri, area.