I would like to share a special note dedicated to Alexandra Franzen, a wonderful storyteller and writer in Portland whom I admire tremendously. She’s my inspiration for creating this Gratitude list.
In today’s digital world we get bombarded with hundreds of emails per day, yet every time I get an email from Alexandra, I open it with excitement. I haven’t met her yet, but I feel fortunate to have found her work by chance a few months ago.
She provides simple templates and encouraging notes for aspiring writers. I hope to follow her footsteps and meet in person when I visit Portland in September 2016.
Here are a few people to name. You all mean a lot to me, and I want to share my sincere gratitude.
I wish I could list everyone that has helped, taught, and encouraged me along the way. If you are reading this page–thank YOU!
Oscar Gonzalez. Thank you for meeting up and sharing your wisdom. I can’t thank you enough for spending numerous hours working on this blog and recommending a list of widgets and plug-ins. It’s an honor to be a part of your blogger’s circle. I am grateful to have you as my Webmaster. To meet Oscar in person, attend a dot com lunch or connect with him online.
Suki Beasla. You are my social media sister and Foodie Best Friend Forever (FBFF). We always have a fantastic time together with endless laughs and food comas. Thank you for taking me to your exclusive media dinners, and pushing me to create my own blog.
Sang Pham. You are a visionary and hustler. I admire your ambition and creativity. Without you, I’d still be contemplating about a name for my blog.
Debbie Miller. You are one fierce grammarian, editor, and entrepreneur. You’ve touched and improve people’s lives with your kindness. I’m honored to have you as a friend, WITS partner-in-crime, and soon to be traveling-mate. Thank you for helping me grow personally, and professionally. I look forward to exploring the world with you.
Lala Castro. You have a heart of gold (hence your name, Sparkling Lala). I am grateful to be included in your fun events and have your continuous support. You’ve shown me that success is not measured in wealth and cars or material things, but in friendships, laughter, and adventures.
Vladimir Kravinsky. You bring me joy! You have a generous heart and fun spirit. I miss working with you. Thank you for the calls and encouragement to start a “foodie” blog.
Last, but definitely not least.
My father Kenny Pham. One of the strongest, unselfish, frugal, and most loving men in my world.
Food is important in our family, just ask anyone who comes over to our house. My dad loves to cook and entertain guests and family. Nothing put a smile on his face like quality time of all of us being together.
I remember when I was younger and we couldn’t afford much. When he would take us out, we would order the largest bowl of noodles or combination plates to split between the three of us (my dad, my sister, and me) and he would let my sister and I eat the nutritious, tasty food, then he’d finish what was left of our shared meal.
He did everything he could to provide for us so that we have dinner every night and anything we needed for school. With tears filled in my eyes, I feel extremely fortunate to say that I’ve never gone without a meal or necessities, because of my dad.
Growing up, my dad worked long hours, yet, showed up to take us to all of our extra-curricular activities like Girl Scouts where he was there planting flowers and painting benches along with me to help me achieve my Bronze and Silver Award. He’s the best dad!
I wish he weren’t so frugal so he can enjoy life now that my sister and I are older. My dad’s frugal nature stems from being a prisoner of war for nine years, after the Vietnam War. Everything he had including his future as a pharmacist was taken away from him. He suffered and sacrificed a decade of his life so that my family could have a brighter opportunity in America.
I love you so much dad, and I want you to be happy, retire already, and travel more!