Be Thankful!

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By Brenda Debastiani, MBA, CRA, FAHRA

Here we are, post-Thanksgiving already, and I am still reflecting on all the things that I personally am so thankful for.  First of all, I have such a loving and supporting family.  I am so thankful for a loving husband who is always there to “have my back” or to “call me out”, whichever is necessary in the situation.  My son, his fiancé, my daughter, and her boyfriend are simply amazing.  They are loved beyond measure!  My mom, brother, sister, in-laws, and nieces/nephews are always there for me. I couldn’t ask for a better family and support structure. I am thankful! Secondly, I am blessed to work with an amazing AHRA board of directors,  AHRA staff, AHRA committees, and AHRA extended family.  No matter what is going on, they step up to the plate and produce outstanding outcomes, decisions, and results.  I could not ask for a better team!  Thirdly, I am blessed to work with an amazing leadership team at my job.  I have quickly made friends, and we share in each others’ successes or personal challenges.  We help each other however we can.  I am blessed to work in a safe culture where we feel comfortable speaking up without fear of retribution or fear of retaliation. I could not ask for a better group of individuals.  Again, I am thankful! 

Part of being resilient requires an attitude of gratitude.  I encourage you to take time to pause and reflect on what you are thankful for.  Everyone has challenges, but if we focus on what is “good”, that “good” can outweigh the “bad”.  We have to decide in our own minds whether we want to be positive and happy or negative and bitter.  “Moving on” is sometimes required to gain the happiness that we desire, and that can only be done with a positive mindset.  What have we learned from those tough times, and how can we come out stronger and better?  Those are questions that I have personally asked myself to move on and keep an attitude of gratitude. 

Some of you have reached out to me to ask me how I’m doing on meeting my goals. 1) I am definitely more active here in Florida.  I have been taking Zoey for walks, swimming, dancing, and working out.  2)  I have spent time sitting at the pool in the sun, with family and friends both in person and on the phone, and with my new friends.   I’m still spending as much time as possible at the beach.  All of these things are putting me in “my happy place”. And 3) I have definitely improved my “better work-life balance” goal.  I feel like I am on vacation every day, even though I am still working full time, and sometimes long hours.  Being in sunny Florida definitely has its perks!!

For a quick AHRA update: 1) The strategic goals and initiatives have been developed and will begin being implemented in January 2023.  (I will be posting an article in Link to address those goals and initiatives.) 2) The AHRA Board just met for an all-day virtual meeting.  A lot of great work was done by the entire team.  3) The textbook revisions are still ongoing.  (Due to work responsibilities, some of our authors have not been able to fulfill their commitments, so another call for volunteers recently went out.) 4) RSNA begins after Thanksgiving.  The AHRA will be there meeting with our corporate sponsors and vendors.  We also have a booth. 5) The Leadership Development Committee has added resources to the AHRA website which will be a great addition for those who want to become a committee member or board member in the future.  I want to send a huge shout out to the AHRA staff members who are working diligently to best meet the needs of the AHRA members. Thank you! 6) The addition of Human Resources for the AHRA staff has already proven to be very helpful.   7) AHRA CLIMB spring meeting will be held February 24-26, 2023 in San Diego, CA.  8) The 2023 AHRA Annual meeting will be July 9-12, 2023 in Indianapolis, IN.  I hope to see you in person there. 

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please reach out to me at



Brenda Debastiani is the AHRA 2022-2023 President and can be reached at the email address above

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