The “attitude of gratitude” perspective/mindset is a great approach to recognizing the positive aspects of life and being thankful and appreciative for what we have as opposed to what we might lack. Here at Strictly Business, we have plenty to be grateful for. We have a great team and amazing clients to work with as we strive to boost local shopping and community support – our work is something that we all enjoy doing.

This past month, we said goodbye to one of our favorites – Cemre Lively. Though we no longer get to see her every day at work, we have gained another supporter and friend. In her place, we are excited to welcome our new Director of Operations Kacey Russell. She is a great addition to our team and we are thankful for her stepping into such an important role.

With the holidays not too far off, our minds are wandering from our work to our personal lives, where we all have various things we are appreciative of. Below is an expression of our attitude of gratitude this holiday season:

Paige Zutavern – President: “My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, and I am so excited that it is almost here because it is all about spending time with family. I love cooking, and especially love it on Thanksgiving because I’m getting to spend time with family while I do it. The great tasting feast is an amazing reward for all the labor.”

Shae Withington – Writer/Editor: “Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. I love all the lights that people use to decorate. Driving around and looking at them reminds me of just how beautiful our city can be, and of how much fun a few friends/family members can have doing something so simple.”

Kacey Russell – Director of Operations: “Christmas is my favorite time of the year because of all the holiday traditions my family has. My favorite tradition that I always look forward to is picking out the perfect Christmas tree and decorating it while singing Christmas carols at the top of our lungs.”

Devan Kirkpatrick – Art Director: “This time of year, I am excited about all of the sports that are taking place. The NBA and NHL are getting underway, MLB and MLS are in playoff mode and the NFL is in full-swing. ‘It’s too cold outside’ is an excuse I recommend everyone use to allow ample time for watching all of the exciting sporting events.”

This month, we are also showing our appreciation and gratitude for Veterans. Our Veterans Day Spread is highlighting local businesses that wholeheartedly support the Veterans in our community. Let’s show them our support for showing Veterans support!

Veterans have selflessly served our country, dedicating a significant portion of their lives to protect our freedoms and uphold our way of life. Through their courage and commitment, they have shouldered the weight of responsibility in the face of danger, both at home and abroad. Their service embodies the essence of duty and patriotism, and their sacrifices, whether in times of conflict or peace, deserve our utmost respect. By recognizing and supporting Veterans, we not only honor their past sacrifices, but also harness their potential to continue making positive contributions to our nation long after their military service has ended.

– The Strictly Business Staff