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This Email Made My Day

December 30, 2016

Sometimes I feel like I toil in un(under?)appreciated anonymity – at work and at home.  My internal gas tank is running on empty by the time the holidays roll around.  You know how it goes at this time of year:  Work. Shop. Bake. Wrap. Cook. Clean. Repeat.

Just before Christmas I found an email in my inbox with the subject line JAN’S BLOG.  Uh-oh, I thought.  Someone’s found a typo, or wants to argue that my blog post about the Dollar General is off base, or I’ve let someone down by forgetting to promote a super important event.

It was none of the above.  The email was a thank you from Jeanne, a faithful reader of my blog.  And it absolutely made my day.

Every once a while, we all need a pat on the back; and I really needed a warm fuzzy pat on that particular morning.  More importantly, though, I need to be reminded that lots of the folks around me also need a “thank you…I appreciate you” pat on the back.  My co-workers. The front line staffers in Waterville Valley’s lodges, at the Athletic Club, property managers, house cleaners, the ski area and Town of Waterville Valley. The Hannaford clerk during the pre-holiday, dinnertime rush.  My plow guy.  My trash guy.  My hairdresser.  My dentist and dental hygienist. My nurse practitioner and appointment scheduler.  My husband and children and extended family, near and far.

So…thank you, Jeanne, for your kind and inspiring words.  Your note did more than add fuel to my tank.  It helped me do the same for those around me.

Hi Jan,

I am emailing to say Thank You!  Another wonderful year of Jan’s Blog has kept me connected to my home away from home! I start everyday with my coffee and a check-in to Jan’s Blog to see what is happening in the valley.  I truly appreciate the time and effort you put in to make this blog available.

I am wishing you and your family a joyful holiday, with lots of snow!

Thank you again,


About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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