Kats’ Korner: 2014 Blessings, Start 2015

Are you enjoying 2015 so far? I am. I consider every day a blessing, making the most of every moment from the time my eyes open until they close again for a peaceful rest.

2014 brought many blessings to our family. I am blessed to run my own business. I am happy knowing it has grown each and every day. I have made many more friends along the way, making my journey even brighter. I have also enjoyed becoming more and more involved on the Oakland Chamber of Commerce. Helping to promote the community my husband and I live in is very important to me. Oakland has been my home for a good portion of my life. We are fortunate to have many friends here. Small town life is wonderful! Oakland is a thriving community, and it continuing to do so is why I choose to help in any way I can. I want future generations to live here, enjoying the area and all it has to offer as much as I do.

I am very lucky and blessed to be married to a wonderful man. He is the best. He also works hard, but when you love your job as he does, it doesn’t seem so hard. He has always been an outdoors guy, growing up on a farm. He likes working where he feels like what he does matters and helps others. This job does just that. I am very proud of him!

The most important blessings in our family are two new granddaughters, Charli and Penelope. They are adorable. Yes, I am prejudice, but I can be! Holding them and looking into their pretty eyes is seeing the future. I wonder what they will grow up to be. I love being a grandma. I am glad they are so close so we can see them often. Every moment with them is priceless. When I leave them, I am already looking forward to seeing them again. I take many pictures so I have the memories on our wall, computer, phones, anywhere I can put a picture!

Life can be very hard. Not all of 2014 was wonderful. A good friend of mine fell ill and nearly lost her life. To see her smile now, working hard to be completely recovered, is a joy to me, and especially, to her family. We rang in the New Year together, as we always do, eating a meal together at our house, laughing and carrying on. I couldn’t imagine beginning the year any other way!

Now off to 2015! I have goals, not resolutions. I believe in goals, but a resolution to me is trivial. I am expanding my horizons, taking on a couple more challenges. I need more hours in the day! I work every day, morning to evening, sometimes late into the evening, striving to attain my goals. I get one chance at life and I intend to do my best! That is why I chose to be self-employed! I needed more of a challenge! It has definitely defined me!

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2015!



About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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