The One Memory + Black Friday Special for YTP Training Programs

It seems like at every holiday gathering, there’s one thing that stands out from each one that I’ll remember years from the day. Whether it be a small, random memory like helping peel grapes for my aunt’s grape pie, or a memory that the entire family talks about for years, like the dog taking a crap beneath the table, causing everyone to evacuate the dining room, I automatically freeze a moment of those important days to file back in the brain.

I have a feeling that this Thanksgiving’s memory will be the one where my mom and I stood in the kitchen, getting Thanksgiving dinner ready (well, me just helping her) and talking about the China that she’s going to pass down to me:


It’s her grandmother’s from Sweden – the China is actually from Czechoslovakia, both of our heritage – and it’s more than 100 years old.

Even better? The “brand” or name on the bottom of each piece is egaip. That’s basically my name, backwards. Paige. It’s a sign from my great grandma that I never had the pleasure of meeting!

Yesterday wasn’t a huge gathering – just my parents and Shane and I, who were later joined by my big brother and his girlfriend – but it really felt like Thanksgiving, and I was truly thankful for the day.

From the first glass of wine.


To the feast



To the last cup of coffee with pumpkin pie.



And especially, the family:






I love the quote – “The past is good for two things: learning from mistakes, and creating great memories.”


I not only have to remind myself of that quote when I’m being hard on myself for something that happened in the past that I cannot change, but also to truly live in the moment, savoring those special memories, so I can look back on them Open-mouthed smile

And now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, hopefully today will bring a couple good memories, too! I know I said in my survey yesterday that I would absolutely NOT be participating in any Black Friday sales (besides my own!) but I actually think I’m going to head over to our local running store before work this morning. Since I’m taking a little break from strength training, I’ve really been focusing my attention on foam rolling and mobility work.


I’ve had this foam roller for about three years now, and I also use it with clients, so I’m hoping to score a deal on a couple new ones today!

What memory stands out to you from the holidays so far this year?

What’s your favorite holiday?

Mine’s Christmas, by a long shot Open-mouthed smile

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  1. Hello,

    I bumped into your blog this morning, and I must say I like it a lot! Full of positive vibes and educational. :)
    That China is stunning! You’re a lucky gal!

    My favorite holiday would have to be Christmas. Everyone just seems to be at least one notch happier. Including myself, by a few notches. :)

    I look forward to reading more of your blogs!


  2. Happy Thanksgiving Paige!! That china is stunning! I have a set from my Swedish grandmother too. :-)

    My favorite holiday memory was Thanksgiving 2004. It was the last Thanksgiving with my grandmama and the first with my youngest cousin. It was wonderful to have my mom’s whole family together that one last time.
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  3. happy day after lady!! your hair look FABULOUS with those bangs!! xoxo
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  4. Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving. Love that China! How sweet that it has been passed down throughout your family. I’m not a black Friday shopper either but I do have to work today…ahh! I am obsessed with my foam roller. I love it.
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  5. While I do love Halloween, I think Christmas has to win out as my favourite holiday. Glad you had such a nice Thanksgiving! You’re definitely lucky to be getting that china one day – it’s beautiful!
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  6. Tiem spent with fam is the best way to spend Thanksgiving. Hope you are able to find a sweet deal on a foam roller… then you can swear at it but know you paid a good price. LOL.
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  7. One side of my family is also from Czechoslovakia! I don’t meet too many people with ties there. And I’ve heard about the great benefits of using a foam roller…I’m really starting to think I need to pick one up.

    It sounds like you had a fabulous Thanksgiving! :)
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  8. Aw what a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration! Family time is the best. That’s so cool about the China and how it has been passed down from your family. Also pretty neat-o it almost is your name spelled backwards, ha ha. I love finding things like that out. Like my name is Lisa B. and that backwards is basil. I thought that was pretty cool when I figured that out. Mine is Christmas as well! But, I LOVE every holiday too. I get too excited.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving Paige! Do I spy the Saucony Cortana 2’s on your feet? I just got fitted again at the running store on Wednesday and I ended up walking out with the same pair in the same color. LOVE them!
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  10. Look like a great thanksgiving to me…looks like you have lots to be thankful for! The good looked awesome btw!
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