Surf City Lawyers - November 2018

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Gratitude isn’t a complex concept. As a matter of fact, it’s rooted deep in the simplest of actions and the joy that day-to-day life can bring. It sounds trivial, but reflecting on what you’re grateful for is a good way to take a deep breath and see life through a new lens. When I look at my life, I see a roof over our heads, the California sunshine, and a career that fulfills me every day. Not everyone can wake up and do something they’re passionate about, but the joy I get from Surf City Lawyers stems primarily from the freedom it creates for me. It’s not that I get to go on luxurious vacations or leave the office early to hit the local happy hour with Christine (that’s what Wine-Down Wednesdays are for). It’s about the ability to play a more active role in Jay’s life. My attitude of gratitude starts by seeing him succeed. It’s an opportunity most parents don’t get, but thanks to the work we’re doing, I get to see my son grow up. “Everyone has coworkers they love, but Christine is more than that. She’s a friend and companion. She’s a warrior for what’s right. She’s the living, breathing personification of passion.” GRATITUDE MEANS OPEN DOORS AND OPEN HEARTS

But it’s not just Christine. Our entire staff is terrific, and together, we constitute a family. Not one of those families you’ll read about on Page 3, either. What crazy Thanksgivings those had to be. Speaking of Thanksgiving, this year presents an opportunity I couldn’t be more

excited about. For the first time, my parents are coming to town to partake in the festivities. I’ve been begging for years to get both sides of the family together. We haven’t had everyone in the same room since

Jay’s baptism, so this year will be extra special. Plus, the fact that I love Thanksgiving food doesn’t hurt. I make pies, muffins, vegetables, and all the fixings you’d expect. I try to start everything ahead of time because I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen and miss all the action, especially this year. There will be about 12 people around our table this year, but those in need know no season.

Last year we invited friends of ours to Thanksgiving dinner because they had a pipe burst under the foundation of their home, which caused the house to flood. You never know who might need help, and we always keep our door open, so who knows what the final head count will be this year. The more the merrier. I find beauty in all of these moments, and the best way for me to keep my focus positive is by writing in a gratitude journal. Every day, I jot down something I’m thankful for, but there’s a caveat that forces me to think: Repeating something I’ve written before isn’t allowed. This pushes me to focus on the little things and always points my feet toward a life I can be proud of. This journal shows me that the spirit of Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be restricted to just one day. I hope everyone can find that spirit this holiday season and all year long.

Our practice wouldn’t be able to flourish without Christine. She is one of the key factors to our success, always pushing me both personally and professionally. Everyone has coworkers they love, but Christine is more than that. She’s a friend and companion. She’s a warrior for what’s right. She’s the living, breathing personification of passion.

–Anna Serrambana

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