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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day or racing to fulfill those year-end strategic goals, year-end gets hectic. I'm sure many of you can relate. We're constantly managing our families, our email inboxes, our health, our furry friends, and our finances. Somedays I don't know if I'm coming or going or where I'll find that extra minute to get it all done. But it happens. We get it done, we survive, and we push through!!

Amidst every busy day, I'm taking that extra minute to reflect year-end and what I do know for sure is that I am blessed and beyond thankful. Within every struggle there is a victory; a light that can’t be dimmed. I am thankful for my beautiful children Naimah & Noah, our dog Bernie Mac, my compassionate and hilarious husband Tyrell, to be gainfully employed and in good health. Thankful to have the support and companionship of loved ones. They keep me grounded but at the same time so lifted.

I am thankful for YOU, our valued members; my HRACC family. Special acknowledgement to our chapter administrators and our board members and committee members who volunteer their time in abundance. I am thankful for their partnership, innovation, drive, support, push, feedback, commitment and expertise. You all help to lay the foundation of our chapter's success and the impact of your contributions within our chapter and the HR community shines bright! I am so proud to serve you in leadership.

May you all take these last few days of 2018 time to enjoy your families, friends, legs of lamb and seafood spreads on New Year’s Eve! I personally can't wait to savor my holiday dinners and end 2018 making memories with loved ones. We have so much to be thankful for and it goes beyond the pretty wrapped gifts we receive; it starts when we open our eyes every day.

So take a moment to exhale and thank yourself for a job well done. Have a safe, fun-filled December and New Year! Keep an eye out next month for a recap highlighting HRACC’s key accomplishments for 2018.

Peace, Love, & Eggnog (Spiced of Course),

~Orlena Cowan-Bailey