A Thanksgiving Choice

There is nothing better than waking up early in the morning, and starting my day before anyone else is awake.  It’s quiet.  I’m alone. Life is still.  The world is mine.  The chaos of the day has yet to begin.  I’m free to read, think, dream, pray… and just be still with my Maker.

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But sometimes these quiet moments of reflection and prayer quickly turn to panic as my mind wanders to the hopes and dreams that have yet to materialize in my life, and all of my unmet goals.  I worry. I doubt.  I feel behind.  I compare.  My faith dissolves to fear… my peace is replaced with anxiety…  my joy turns to jealousy…  my healthy ambition changes to a competitive spirit.  I rob myself of happiness as I focus on all the things I want, instead of rejoicing for the things I have.

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It’s ungratefulness that feeds this downward spiral.

It’s ugly… I know it.

I also know it’s a choice and that the only thing I can control in this life is my attitude and the choices I make.

And so today I make a different choice.  A choice to live in thanksgiving for the abundant life we are blessed with.

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I choose to refocus my mind on the things that matter.  I will reflect on what is true, what is noble, what is right… what is pure, lovely and admirable. I will think about those things that are excellent and praise worthy.

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I choose to love others more than I love myself.  I will take my mind off of myself, and my dreams, and look to the interest of others.  I will find opportunities to give and to serve.  I will see others’ needs as greater than my own. I will rejoice when my friends succeed, and cry with them when they hurt.  I will remember that there is no greater love than to give your life for a friend.

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I choose to see God’s faithfulness and his endless provisions over the years. I have never gone hungry.  My head has always been covered with a roof.  A loving mother… a faithful wife… committed friendships… my life lacks no good thing.

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I choose faith.  I will believe in what is unseen, hope for what is to come, and trust God with all that I have.

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I choose to be filled with joy. Prayers may seem to go unanswered; dreams might not have yet come true.  But true joy comes from a thankful heart that finds contentment in the present, whether living in plenty or in want.   In both seasons, I will choose joy.

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Jamie and I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving.  Our hope is that somewhere in the midst of all the cooking, eating, football watching and time spent with family, that you will take a moment to reflect on the abundant life you are blessed with, and choose to live in thanksgiving.

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“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;  His faithfulness continues through all generations.”  Psalm 100

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photo credit: Matthew Land Studios

Download and print our Sinclair & Moore Apple pie recipe

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Who is Sinclair?

Even before I joined the business, Steve and I had a lot of discussion and brainstorming ideas for the future of the business model and name. With the original name Steven Moore Designs solely representing Steve, there came a misunderstanding of my role once I was onboard. I was often referred to as Steve’s assistant or worse… his secretary – ahh! While I love him dearly and of course support him in every way I can, our roles within our company are very different. The name Sinclair & Moore was a joint decision to involve me as co-owner and reflect our business partnership.

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One of the most common questions we get asked since we launched Sinclair & Moore as our new name is, ‘who/what is Sinclair?’. The short answer is that it’s me, Jamie. Sinclair is my middle name and a family name that has been passed through generations.

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Sinclair was a name that I used to hate as a kid. I remember taking on my sister’s middle name and introducing myself as ‘Jamie Renée’ for a few years because I thought Sinclair was too weird. That, and I don’t think I fully understood that my middle name would be different than my sister’s. But now that I’m older, I appreciate and love the name I was given.

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What makes it even cooler is that the name ‘Sinclair’ comes with its own Scottish plaid design and carries the chief proverb “Commit Thy Work To God’, which I think is such a great motto and perspective for Steve and I to have in our business.

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One of our favorite parts of changing the name was rebranding with La Happy. She created a new logo, designed our website and then curated these beautiful branded pieces of stationery and marketing tools. We love how she combined letterpress techniques and foiling to create such high quality stationery. The paper is rich and thick and printing impression is nice and deep. Everything was so well executed. Steve and I wanted to elevate our client experience and investing in these pieces was a big part of that. It’s fun seeing our clients’ response when they receive their tote bag filled with goodies and beautiful planning resources. Thanks Sally for all your hard work, we couldn’t be happier with what you created!

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Photo credit: Matthew Land Studios