WWW.OBIORAHFIELDS.COM | 404.994.6218 | NOVEMBER 2018
IT’S CALLED ‘THANKSGIVING’ FOR A REASON GRATITUDE IN BUSINESS, FAMILY, AND A LITTLE BIT OF FOOTBALL
W hen I look at the past year and how life has changed, I notice the joy I’ve found in accomplishment. Teri and I started the year by making actionable goals. The biggest goal was to expand our practice to include the field of personal injury. We’ve accomplished that and, in turn, served more people in need. We also started working with a mastermind group to learn best practices and bounce ideas off each other. This serves as a layer of accountability as well, because we’re encouraged to show the steps we’re taking to foster growth, which makes a significant difference in not just our practice but also our personal lives. The more I reflect on this group and our growth, the more thankful I am. Teri has been instrumental in the success of our firm. She’s the lightning to my thunder, and I’m so grateful to have someone who balances me out. I know when I show up to work in the morning, she has my back. We may process the world in different ways, but I view this as a strength. Just as the law has systems of checks and balances, thanks to Teri, so does our firm.
For now, it’s all about Thanksgiving. When my kids were younger, the holiday was huge in both stature and numbers. We had immediate family, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and everyone together for a large gathering. Over the years, Thanksgiving has gotten a little smaller, but the amount of love hasn’t changed, and that’s the most important part. Just because my house is a little more empty this year doesn’t mean I’ll be alone. My youngest daughter will be coming back from school, and we’ll head out to Louisiana to join tens of thousands of raving football fans. The Saints and Falcons are playing on Thanksgiving, and the Bayou Classic between Grambling State and Southern U will also be going on, so it’s going to be football, family, and food. I’m following a more plant-based diet now, but that won’t stop the tradition of the Obiorah family bake-off. Every Thanksgiving, we throw down on cake, and on Christmas, we try cookies. I’m proud to say I’ve worn the championship belt for Thanksgiving three years running, but my son would like me to tell you he has claimed the Christmas championship for three years. We want to make sure we have impartial judges, so we take our concoctions to the neighbors to be taste-tested and follow that up with family taste testers on the specific holiday. I’ve got my eye on the double this year, cookies and cake. If you want to judge too, just call the office. We might be able to work something out (as long as you vote for me).
I FEEL SO GRATEFUL FOR OUR BUSINESS SUCCESS AND GROWTH, BUT FOR ME, GRATITUDE STARTS AND ENDS AT HOME.
I feel so grateful for our business success and growth, but for me, gratitude starts and ends at home. My son turned 13 this year, and seeing him, my youngest, grow into a man certainly creates a sense of pride. My middle child just started her freshman year at Brown, and to witness her high school success pay off by her getting a quality college education is more than fulfilling. My oldest daughter graduated from Columbia and recently used her German degree to get a job as a teacher in Austria. Her being out of the country has me looking forward to Christmas, when we will see each other again.
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