Pub­lisher’s Note

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Deep-fried turkey, foot­ball and a food coma—what could be bet­ter? With Thanks­giv­ing ap­proach­ing, I started to re­flect on all the things I am thank­ful for and re­al­ized I would be hard pressed to find some­one who has a life more lucky than mine. Al­though I am truly grate­ful for the cliché things, I de­cided to jot down some of the sim­ple things that make me happy. So in­dulge me as I rat­tle off my list of what I’m thank­ful for:

• our re­fresh­ingly cool weather that lets us wear sweaters even though it’s 72 de­grees and the rest of the coun­try would laugh at us

• for lit­tle girls liv­ing in the White House (how cool is the White House Christ­mas spe­cial go­ing to be next year?) • laugh­ter and those lit­tle wrin­kle lines around the eyes • a cup­cake shop open­ing on Las Olas • run­ning into McSteamy TWICE in one life­time • not hav­ing to cook Thanks­giv­ing din­ner • my su­per-cool, loving par­ents, who were my “eco­nomic bailout plan” all through col­lege and grad school, and long be­fore congress of­fi­cially coined that term

• Madonna find­ing a new Boy Toy and giv­ing women hope that there is life af­ter 50!

• the Dol­phins winning more than one game no mat­ter how ugly some of those wins have been • my won­der­ful broth­ers who are so sup­port­ive, hand­some, and nice • a life that is rich and full—of­ten too full—vs. bor­ing • gas be­ing $2.10 a gal­lon • my per­sonal stylist, Katie • team­ing up with Shawn and Adam to par­tic­i­pate in the Kids and Fins Publix shop­ping spree with our two lit­tle bud­dies from Lark­dale Ele­men­tary, To­bias and Rod­ney—what a team we were! • my job as So­ci­ety Scene pub­lisher and hav­ing such deep roots in my home­town • those Fendi shoes call­ing out my name at the pre­cise mo­ment I walked by the store • my girl­friends who love me. For­ever, for al­ways and no mat­ter what! I don’t know what I’d do without them

• the abil­ity to give some­thing back to oth­ers in need, and that char­ity doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to make a big dif­fer­ence • that we picked a pres­i­dent so I can watch Grey’s Anatomy without 745 po­lit­i­cal ads • to have been the re­cip­i­ent of many peo­ple’s gen­eros­ity • that my niece and nephew ac­tu­ally think I am pretty cool • be­ing part of such a won­der­ful com­pany that cares so much about each and ev­ery one of you and the com­mu­nity as a whole • my mom’s phone calls • the su­per-spe­cial peo­ple I work with who show up everyday ready to take on the day’s chal­lenges • mem­o­ries. Good, bad, all of my mem­o­ries. That I can re­mem­ber things pe­riod • that you read So­ci­ety Scene ev­ery Wed­nes­day • all the good un­sung peo­ple who rou­tinely do good un­sung things • home­made chocolate chip cookie dough • coun­try mu­sic—yee­haw! • truf­fle chips at YOLO • my adorably per­fect and never bor­ing dog­gie, who loves me like no one else could • all the fab­u­lous peo­ple I have met this year at all the func­tions I have been to. Thanks to all of you for con­tin­u­ing to sup­port our com­mu­nity, and for giv­ing us some­thing to write about each week

• Ge­or­gia Bull­dogs foot­ball—oh wait, that was in Septem­ber when they were ranked #1—oh well

Well, enough about me. I re­cently read that you should be grate­ful for the place you are at now be­cause there are oth­ers who are in worst places that would love to be in the strug­gle you are in. So I wanted to share a few small (and some silly) things I am thank­ful for be­cause we all know many peo­ple (or maybe even our­selves) who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some dif­fi­cult times. What­ever the chal­lenge is, hav­ing a grate­ful per­spec­tive on life can bring you into fo­cus.

Be happy, en­joy life, I try my best to—as I am just plain thank­ful!

STACY OS­TRAU SO­CI­ETY SCENE PUB­LISHER

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