November is upon us. Thanksgiving is just around the corner; cold weather is coming and soon we will have winter coats to deal with. I’m not ready, are you?

Thanksgiving has always been a big deal at the Van deWalle household. It’s my kids’ favorite holiday. For 30 plus years, I have made the same Thanksgiving Day feast that my mother, Anne, made over the years. I’ve attempted to change a thing here or there, but inevitably I find myself going back to the basics and preparing the “tradition.” I finally got smart and put the menu and grocery list on my computer, so I do not have to rethink it every year. Even though it is a ton of work, I enjoy it. I don’t have a count for this year’s celebration, but I know it will be special as well.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I find myself finally returning to that feeling of appreciation. For years I would start and end my day with appreciation. My appreciation for my life, my family, my friends and my business. Then I bought Bricks & Mortar Bar and Bistro, and I stopped practicing this great habit. To be honest, most nights I would fall into bed so exhausted that as soon as my head hit the pillow, I would be out. Morning came and I was tearing out of bed, racing through the shower and rushing out the door. On August 10th, things changed. I don’t know what hit me, but I finally realized that I could let go of “control” and let Manny Chavez, my General Manager, do his job. The sense of relief that came over me was unbelievable. Manny had been saying to me for months, “Let me do my job.” Since August 10th, my stress level has decreased tremendously. I have found myself in gratitude and appreciation at the beginning and ending of each day. Boy, does it feel good to be home. Thank you, Manny.

I’m back at Women’s Edition quite a bit these days and it feels great. I’m excited about the possibilities with Women’s Edition and Bricks & Mortar. I am so appreciative of both businesses and all of the wonderful staff. Thank you all.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Janet Van deWalle,
National Publisher

11570 West Dodge Road
Omaha, NE 68154

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