Hi T4S community,

This month is a month of mixed emotions for me.  Personally, November is my favorite month – the weather is crisp (hello there hoodies and sweapants), foods of the harvest are bountiful, and sports abound.  It’s also home to my favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving!  How can you not be a fan of a holiday that celebrates gratitude, delicious food, and family.  We have a tradition in our family of running the Berbee Derby in the morning, cooking all afternoon, and eating a great meal with loved ones while watching the Packers (fingers crossed this year brings us a victory)!  Mostly, I feel that the practice of gratitude is something that’s incredibly important and is lost most of the time in today’s culture.

I admit it: there are even times when I can easily forget just how much I have to be thankful for.  First, I live in an amazing country and value my freedom and the ability to pursue my dreams.  Despite the mud-slinging that’s constantly going on in our state and in Washington, I still feel very proud to be an American (especially having lived in another country for awhile).  I have my health, a loving family, and the opportunity to run Tri 4 Schools, which allows me to make an impact on my community every day.

In a salute to the last point, we’ve decided to do a November campaign on our Twitter account (follow us @tri4schools) called #Thankful4.  We have a ton to be thankful for this year, and our 30 day salute is halfway through today.  I encourage you to check it out and remember all that you have to be thankful for in your life.

However, I also mentioned that November comes with some mixed emotions.  The emotion I feel most other than gratitude is anxiety.  We are almost to the end of our fiscal year, and still have about $13,000 to raise to meet our needs for 2013.  As a small non-profit that’s still trying to establish ourselves, this means a lot of work for both my board members and me to make ends meet.  I have faith that we can meet this goal, but this is also a great challenge for us.  I hope you will consider joining us and make a year-end gift to Tri 4 Schools, so we can position ourselves to meet our 2014  goals head-on.  We are kicking off a new program, Exercise to Achievement, and also hope to raise enough to hire an Events Coordinator, allowing me to focus on expansion to other cities and making us a secure and sustainable non-profit.

I’m thankful for this challenge, and instead of choosing to be fearful and anxious, I’m choosing to act.  I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished, but I’m most excited for what the future holds for us.

From my family to yours, here’s wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving,


Katie Hensel (and husband, Doug, daughter Riley, and doggy Hans)

Director and Founder, Tri 4 Schools