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From My Heart | The DIVERSITY Issue 2020: Creating More with Gratitude

From My Heart | The DIVERSITY Issue 2020:  Creating More with Gratitude

Creating More with Gratitude:

by Publisher "ANDEE" Hoig

As the holiday season approaches it is often a time when we reflect on what has happened during the year. Well, this year has certainly been unlike any year before. 2019 was a really rough year for me. Both of my parents passed away. Letting go of both of them not physically being here was hard. I leaped into 2020 with new enthusiasm, a vision for what I wanted to create and accomplish both personally and professionally.

Everything changed in March as our community started to feel the impact of COVID-19.

Funny how I remember where I was when I first got wind of what was happening. On Friday, March 13th, I was leaving Whole Foods and someone I knew stopped me and said, “Did you hear? Ohio just shut down all of their restaurants.” I remember standing there in disbelief: What? How can that happen? What is going on? Well, by Monday, March 16th, the Omaha metro was pretty much shut down. And so a new way of life had begun.

I think the first couple of weeks I was in shock. We all were. We were trying to understand what exactly COVID-19 is: What does it mean to our families, our friends, our businesses, our community and the world? This was the first time in my lifetime when something impacted the entire planet. It wasn’t isolated to a certain country or region; it had a global impact.

Once I got over the shock, I started to create. This pandemic was not going to take me down. I have experienced a lot of challenges in my life—nothing quite like this—but many where I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it out alive. I did, and I was determined this would be no different.

I am grateful, so very grateful. Gratitude carries the day. Gratitude lifts you up. Gratitude creates so much more—so much more of everything!

We are creators. We all are creating all the time. We are creating great things in our lives and not so great things by the choices we make. We create by choice. We choose what we think, what we do, what we watch on TV or listen to. We choose how we respond to what is going on around us and that creates the reality we live in.

Creating from a space of gratitude changes everything.

Is it possible to be grateful during a pandemic? Yes, it is. My life is forever changed. I see so much more beauty in the world. I see so much caring, so much compassion. I see so many possibilities!Living in a space of gratitude allows me to see those things. Being angry, afraid and resentful only allows me to see the darkness. Now, I am not saying that I have not experienced any of those things. Those emotions certainly come and go, but they are the exception.

Back to creating… Gratitude creates a blank slate on which to create. That is where I live, and I AM excited for the future. Now is the time to create something new. Whether it be personally or professionally or both—now is the time.

What are you grateful for?

With gratitude to all of you,

~ Andee


ABOUT Publisher Andrea ‘ANDEE’ Hoig and ALH Publications, Inc. / metroMAGAZINE

Andee has spent over 30 years photographing and documenting the philanthropic & charitable activities in the Omaha, Council Bluffs and surrounding areas.

metroMAGAZINE has provided event & photo coverage for tens of thousands of charity events and has reported on millions (perhaps billions) of dollars being raised for area non profits. metroMAGAZINE is often the only public recognition that these non profits, the volunteers and committee members receive. 

Andee has been committed to serving the Omaha community since her early twenties and she continues to look for ways to shine a light on those in need as well as encouraging people of all ages and walks of life to get involved, give back and make a difference. 

ALH Publications, Inc is committed to creating positive community impact publications that help expand the giving landscape of our community as well as CONNECTING people with community minded businesses.

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