Checking In

One of the perks of working for Women magazine is that I’m constantly reminded that this life is so good. This month’s issue was no different. I was introduced to Susan Krahn, owner

of Scatter JOY! in Appleton, whose life changed dramatically when her husband passed away at their family home on what seemed like any other ordinary afternoon.


Her story of tragedy is also one of resilience. When I hear a story like Susan’s I remember that love sticks with us. There is hope for the future. There can be joy and happiness no matter how bad things get.


Lately I’ve been ending my day by writing down ten things I’m thankful for. If we attract what we think, then I’m thinking: thank you. Thank you for:

• Warm sand.

• The brown sugar chestnut-scented candle I bought to remind me of sweetness and spring.

• Tastes of lemon drops and dark chocolate.

• My nephew learning how to talk. (“Mama,” “no” and “all done” in his repertoire.)

• People who inspire me and love me and make me laugh. People who remind me that with all its tragedy, life can surprise us in good ways, too.

Thank you, for reading.





Melissa Gorzelanczyk,




Green Bay|Appleton|Neenah/Menasha|Oshkosh|Fond du Lac

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