Sara Needham
On being grateful. For you.

I’ve been trying to practice gratitude over the last few months by listing the things I’m thankful for at the end of each day. Looking back over the entries tonight, I realized almost every bullet is followed by the name of a person. If we’ve spent time lately singing songs, eating lunch, dancing, playing music, burning things in my kitchen, laughing, watching scary movies, getting in touch with our “animal spirits” (Keith Richards) or talking about the nitty-gritty parts of life, you can be sure I wrote your name down on my little gratitude list. What a lucky woman I am. Thanks for keeping it real, y’all.

Me: If Romney wins, I will probably go full-on activist and start chaining myself to women’s health clinics and national park signs. Just fair warning.

Best friend: I’ll bail you out and brag about you on Facebook.

More seester time. (Taken with Instagram)

More seester time. (Taken with Instagram)

My beautiful grandparents, Edgar and Janice. They’ve been together almost 61 years. Grandpa turned 80 today. (Taken with Instagram)

My beautiful grandparents, Edgar and Janice. They’ve been together almost 61 years. Grandpa turned 80 today. (Taken with Instagram)

Ernie Monster loves the farm. (Taken with Instagram)

Ernie Monster loves the farm. (Taken with Instagram)

Had forgotten I took this.Lindsay and Stickley make adorable twins! (Taken with Instagram)

Had forgotten I took this.Lindsay and Stickley make adorable twins! (Taken with Instagram)

Blue skies again. (Taken with Instagram)

Blue skies again. (Taken with Instagram)

After my #DC @greenfestival #socmed talk. So much great programming on the green business stage. (Taken with Instagram)

After my #DC @greenfestival #socmed talk. So much great programming on the green business stage. (Taken with Instagram)

#AVLTweetUp: Let’s carve some pumpkins, y’all!

Fall is in the air here in Asheville. I see no reason not to celebrate! (Then again, I rarely see a reason not to celebrate.)

Join us at The Hop (@hopicecream) next Friday for pumpkin carving and a chance to meet the faces behind all those #avl tweets.  In the spirit of the season, the fine folks at The Hop will have pumpkin ice cream for sale and @DaynaReggero has Long Man Fest (@longmanfest) tickets to give away!

#avltweetup

When: Friday Oct. 12, 7:00pm

Where: The Hop! 640 Merrimon Ave.

What to bring: Your pumpkin, carving tools and an old newspaper or whatever you want to use to keep things clean. (The Hop is graciously welcoming us into their shop, so let’s make sure we don’t leave them with a floor full of pumpkin glop!)

Search #avltweetup on Twitter to see who else is going and tweet at me if you have any questions. See you Friday!

xo

@SaraNeedham

On tonight’s debate…

Election season naturally draws our minds to the imperfections in our system. Shit. Even more immediately to the flaws in our debate process.

But tonight, I’ve decided to go to bed with gratitude for our democracy, for free speech, for the emergence of technologies which provide access to information for the previously disconnected and lend voices to the unheard, and for the many choices I am afforded each day of my life. 

I am overwhelmingly grateful.