November is National Gratitude Month.  I don’t spend much time on social media, but when I do log on, I’ve seen many posts from friends counting the things they are grateful for each day during the month of November.  I won’t give you my list of 30 things, but there are a few that stand out.

I wake up each morning and realize I’m very lucky.  I get to do what I love for a living.  And I get to run my own business doing that.  I grew up with my father and uncle in this business and knew that it’s something I always wanted to do, it was what I’ve always done.  But we all know, and thanks to the Rolling Stones, are reminded through lyrics that you can’t always get what you want.  So, I feel very fortunate that I do get to do what I want every day.  Thank you to my clients for trusting me with their houses and letting me come into your home to help you transform it into a place you love to be.

I would be leaving out a huge piece if I didn’t thank my wife Megan for all she does for Baden Contracting.  Without her, I wouldn’t be able to do this every day.  She tirelessly keeps everything, and I do mean everything, afloat in the office.  She keeps me and all of our specialists on task.  She makes and answers most all of the phone calls and she is amazing with our clients in helping them figure out what they would like to do.  She rarely gets the credit she deserves for all of her hard work. And on top of all of this, she has her own business and keeps our family running like a well-oiled machine.  So, thank you Megan!!

I am also thankful for first responders. In addition to owning a contracting business, my dad was a firefighter in Washington, D.C. for 20 years.  It’s a noble job and I’ve always admired those who put themselves in harm’s way to help others. In light of the devastating fires in California, I’m reminded again what a dangerous and noble profession being a firefighter, or any first responder is.  I’d like to express my gratitude for all who have held jobs like these, those who currently do and anyone who aspires to.

During this season of thanks, I hope you’re able to relax and enjoy your time with your loved ones.