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Dec 28, 2012
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Five things I’m grateful for this year

Five things I’m grateful for this year

As the year winds down to a close, I’m counting my blessings. It’s been an exciting year, with my book published in September. As you know, I am not shy with posting media mentions.   


I made a quick list of items I am thankful for. Here they are:



Health: Fortunately, everyone is healthy in the Jay and Flynn families. My parents and brothers survived Hurricane Sandy (parents had some downed trees; brothers had longer commutes in the NYC area) — but nothing catastrophic. Do you appreciate your good health? Don’t take it for granted. Appreciate your weekly activities like playing with the kids at the park or driving them to birthday parties. Your health is your greatest asset.    

Family: My girls are really good kids. They are both doing well in school and adore their teachers. Kaitlyn has proven herself to be quite the artist and can draw figures better than I can. She is always asking me how to spell new words. Emma is now three — we are still working on the potty training but will get there in due time. Jason loves the company he works for.

Clients: I secured some new clients this year and look forward to winning more business in 2013. The entrepreneurial side of me won’t die, so I will continue to seek new contract work next year. 

Book Reviews: I’m promoting my book to save the cost of an outside publicist. Garnered positive reviews from Small Business Trends, Huffington Post, The ASJA Monthly, Midwest Book Review, and more. Thrilled that Mastering the Mommy Track is being well received.

New Opportunities: Writing the book has led to some new opportunities. I was accepted into the American Society of Journalists and Authors which was thrilling. Won’t delve into the rest of the resume items, but will close with the question: What are you most proud of professionally this year? What have been your stand-out moments?

I’m looking forward to connecting with more Moms in the new year, via social media and in person.

Try to slow down this season and enjoy the special moments as they happen. Happy holidays!

Erin Flynn Jay is a Philadelphia writer, public relations executive and mom of two preschoolers. Check out her blog, Mastering the Mommy Track.

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Dec 28, 2012 09:50 am
 Posted by  ticklesandtimeouts

Great article Erin! Great reminders to set high goals for the new year but enjoy the little things!

Dec 28, 2012 11:32 am
 Posted by  ginabad

I'm grateful for my family, my kids' progress, our school, the changes in my church, dear friends I'd trust with my life, my career which is taking off, a really great client, inspiration, faith, God, my home, my awesome neighborhood, and my terrific online support, like my autism mama groups and PSMM!

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Outstanding Delaware Valley mom and dad bloggers share insights about their kids or themselves, family experiences or ways they handled parenting situations. Their items — often reposted from their blogs — reflect everyday experiences that anyone can relate to rather than political viewpoints or belief systems.

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Darla DeMorrow, The Pregnant Entrepreneur
Rachée Fagg, Say It Rah-Shay
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