One: There is good in everyone and you have something to learn from everyone. I fully believe this- everyone from birth to death has some good inside of them and there is something I can learn from them.
Two: The value of family, friends, and a golden retriever. I can't imagine life without my family and friends, they seriously mean the world to me. Life with a golden retriever is fabulous - yes, she drives me nuts sometimes however - she lights up my world. Family, friends, and my sweet puppy make my world, I am thankful for the ways in which I have been blessed by their presence in my life.
Three: The joy of being outside: camping, running, biking, relaxing in a hammock, paddling, skiing, snowshoeing, etc. I can't imagine life without my opportunities to be outside, the chance to step back and away from the chaos of the world and to just be.
Four: The importance of saying "no." The world is full of amazing opportunities and experiences and over and over again in school I was reminded how important it was to do EVERYTHING or so it felt like. Over the years I have learned the importance of saying "no" yes, I am sure I have missed out on some great experiences, but I also have gotten some outstanding opportunities because I wasn't booked from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to bed. I have learned what it means to sit in silence and watch the sunset over the lake as the loons fish and my puppy snuggles in next to me.