Lathe Lavada - November 2018


November 2018


WHAT I’M GRATEFUL FOR What Thanksgiving Is All About

Between work and family time, the holiday season can be incredibly stressful. With all the hustle and bustle to get ready for Thanksgiving, it’s easy to lose sight of what the day is meant to be all about: slowing down and being grateful for what we have. I’m certainly guilty of this, having spent most of November fretting about whether my family would feast at home this year or make it up to Idaho to visit my relatives. Earlier this year, I made a dream come true by purchasing a property in Coeur d'Alene to make visiting my mom and siblings easier. It’s important to me to give my kids a place to be with their extended family and get to know the lakeside town where I grew up. Of course, buying the home was just the first step. The house needed a lot of renovation, which I thankfully have a lot of experience in. I was able to make a huge amount of progress in a few months, drawing on all of my industry knowledge to keep the rehab moving quickly and within budget. Still, I wasn’t quite able to meet my goal of having the construction complete in time for Thanksgiving, and I let that eat away at me. Then I remembered what really matters about the holiday. In past editions of this newsletter, I’ve talked about “the gap” that exists between our ideal situation and where we are now. I’ve warned readers about how much anxiety

comes with obsessing over this space between expectation and reality, and this month, I fell into that gap myself. Thankfully, I have my children in my life to remind me what’s really important. Ultimately, where we feast this year doesn’t matter. Thanksgiving is about spending time with the people you care about and taking a moment to reflect on all the good things in your life. This year, I’m especially grateful for my kids’ health and the time I’m able to spend with them. You see, earlier this year, my daughter, Lily, rode her tricycle into our pool. I’d been watching her ride, and I fished her out immediately. Still, at 3 1/2 years old, it was a scary experience for my little girl. Thankfully, we’ve kept up with our family swimming lessons, and she’s feeling comfortable in the water again. My wife and I have made sure to give both Lily and Liam water safety

–Lathe Lavada Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours. lessons and to float together as a family. I didn’t learn to swim until I was older, and I had to spend a lot of time overcoming my own fear of the water. Being able to get our kids used to being in the pool while they’re young is a great feeling, especially now that we’ll be able to spend more time by the lakes I grew up around in the Idaho Panhandle. It’s these small moments with my kids, doing things like helping them float on their backs in our pool, that make the holiday stress worth it. I’m so grateful for these memories and the ones we’ll create down the road. We may not have had Thanksgiving in our Idaho home this year, but that’s okay. What matters is that we’re together and we’re happy.

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