#Thanksgiving

(Video Transcript)
This year I have a different feeling going into the Thanksgiving holidays. Our country is suffering so much tragedy right now. Many of our comforts that make us feel secure, have been shaken. The tragic shootings, natural disasters, deaths and trauma have hit too close to home.

I don’t know about you, but I am squeezing my loved ones much tighter than usual. Right now, I find it is easy to give thanks for all we have; our safety, our security, our families, our homes.
Everyone responds to tragedy differently.
Some give up, some curse the world, and some amaze us and do great things.

How can we turn tragedy and loss into something positive?

Inspire

Believe it or not, I started teaching kids Talk to the Camera classes in 2013, because I wanted to make a positive impact on the younger generation. I see a need to provide kids an encouraging environment where kids look out for each other, feel confident and stand up for what’s right. Parents, teachers, older siblings, you are ALL inspiring the next generation. THANK YOU!

Encourage

When we realize that everything we have, could be taken away, it becomes much harder to take it all for granted. The people doing construction on the highway, bagging your groceries, restoring power to homes, stopping speeders in your neighborhood. THANK YOU! I challenge each of you to think about people, strangers, who make your lives easier and better. Give them encouragement and THANK them!

Give Thanks

Just remember, YOUR THANKFULNESS has the power to bring hope. Hang in there, and do your best to make a positive impact in this crazy world!
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying staying positive and being thankful comes easily during a crisis. It’s just that often a crisis makes us think about the way we look at the world, the ideas we have about the way things are and the way things should be. Sometimes, tragedy can inspire us to do something special, magical and impactful.

A family who has amazed me, in spite of their tragedy, is the family of Drake Durkee. Drake was my son’s friend and when he was 11 years old, he died during a whitewater rafting tour in Buena Vista, Colorado.
Drake’s family started a foundation empowering children to connect through kindness and compassion. This foundation’s core values are based on the enormous character that Drake exuded during his short time on earth.
This month they are doing something really special! They have rented out a movie theater to provide a FREE private screening of of the film “WONDER”.
When: Friday, Nov. 17th
Where: Colorado Mills Theater
For more details, or to attend this event visit http://www.thedrakedurkeefoundation.org/upcoming-events/
Drake Durkee Foundation private screening of “Wonder”
There are limited seats, and you must RSVP to attend.

I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you for listening, and keep on giving thanks and encouraging your kids to be amazing!!

In peace. And love.

Xo, audrey