The past 8+ years of my life have been absolute chaos. I’ve spent as long as I can remember doing everything I absolutely can to get my DVM. Whether it was working 3 jobs at once, missing out on social events, or running on a CRI of stress, it hasn’t been an easy journey, but it’s been worth it. It’s easy for any of us to get caught up in our own madness and forget about all the people that have helped us along the way. I’ve always been a believer that gratitude should be shown to others especially if they’ve made an impact on your journey. I have always been someone who loves showing my appreciation towards others and I’m also someone who loves giving gifts. I strongly believe that showing gratitude is a vital habit everyone should have. Below are three of my favorite ways to show appreciation to others!
HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU CARDS
The perfect example that a little goes a long way. Handwritten thank you cards are the absolute golden standard (in my opinion) of showing your appreciation to others for the time they gave you. Whether it was sitting down over coffee for interview advice, externing for a couple of weeks with a doctor, or reflecting on how much you learned from someone, you can never go wrong with writing down how much that person impacted you. I am not old school with many things, but this is one of them that I will not budge on. Thank you cards should be handwritten if you have the ability to deliver or mail them.
TOKENS OF APPRECIATION
This one’s a little more creative and can get expensive but is an added bonus if you can manage it. I love finding small gifts that are personable to a specific mentor that has helped me. For example, I have written many thank you cards and included lapel pins, socks, or any little token to show my appreciation. Some of my favorite companies that create medical-related goodies include vcoterie and FIGS. Both companies have small items that are sentimental, fun, and are the perfect pairing to a well-written thank you note.