What I Am Thankful For …

It’s been six months since my last blog post. How time flies!

Writing and reading used to be my passion in life. So I wrote (columns and blogs) and read almost every day. I enjoyed it.

My passion, my focus, and my life changed when my mother was serious ill with diabetes complications and hospitalized in 2014. Staying in the hospital for three weeks with my mother, watching her and other patients living a life of pain and suffering with no quality at all, was a wake-up call for me. It changed my viewpoints and raised my awareness of how important health is to a new higher level.

Because of my mother’s amazing experience with USANA supplements in her recovery last year, for the first time I realized that it is necessary to take high quality supplements on a daily basis for true health care and disease prevention.

That’s why I became passionate about USANA Health Sciences, a company that provides the highest quality supplements, weight management and skin care products on the market. I have been focusing more time and energy on sharing USANA with others. As the result, writing and blogging were put on the back burner.

2015 has been an eventful year for me. My father-in-law died of esophageal cancer on July 17. Less than one month later, my mother passed away on August 16. I am thankful I was in China at the time of her death.

I planned the trip to China several months in advance to attend my 30-year college graduation reunion in Shanghai, not knowing my mother would leave me during my trip in China. It was sad to see her spend her last few days in ICU and then to lose her, but I was very grateful that my mother chose a time to leave that could not be any better for me. I was able to spend half of my time with her in hospital, and had enough time to deal with the funeral and grief before attending my class reunion which was one of the purposes of my trip.

My heart is full of gratitude when I think about my mother. She always put others first, in life and death.

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Attending my class reunion in Shanghai was an unforgettable experience. We had a little over 30 classmates in total majored in German at Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1981. We spent 4 years together and graduated in 1985. I had not seen most of my classmates in 10 years, some in 30 years. They came from all over the world to the reunion, from Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, and different places in China. We had a great fun time in Shanghai and Hangzhou. I am thankful for my college experience and for my classmates who are now successful in their own lives.

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Rising to the Gold Director level after joining the company as an USANA Associate only one year ago was a great accomplishment for me. I was so surprised and grateful when I received the congratulatory roses from USANA.

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Attending the USANA Leadership Summit in Salt Lake City in November 5-8 was another highlight of my life in 2015. I am very thankful for this incredible opportunity to visit the company behind the wall, to see the production line closely with my own eyes, to meet the management team, to be treated like royalty, to feel valued and appreciated for who I am and what I do. It was the best conference I have ever attended in my life.

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I am so thankful that USANA came across my life’s path at the right time. It has changed my life and the lives of many others through me. I am thankful that I had found a new passion and focus in my life. I am thankful for the many partners and customers I have met because of USANA. They have become my friends. I am thankful for the privilege to help spread the vision of Dr. Myron Wentz, Founder and Chairman, USANA Health Sciences:

“I dream of a world free from pain and suffering. I dream of a world free from disease. The USANA family will be the healthiest family on earth. Share my vision. Love life and live it to its fullest in happiness and health.”

Thank you to Woodbury Bulletin editor Mathias for reminding me of this blog. Yes, it’s time to get back to writing. I still love writing. I am thankful for this God-given gift.

Happy Thanksgiving!