Being Thankful

by Diana La Femina, Head Editor, INALJ South Carolina

Being Thankful

diana la feminaThis should probably have been November’s blog, but it still holds true. Actually, I think I may have already written about this, but even if I have it definitely needs to be repeated.

If you’re like me (and most people, I assume) then it’s very easy for you to get hung up on minutia or things that are wrong. There are many times that I realize I haven’t been thinking about what’s good in my life, and at those times I’m usually full of self-pity.

Oh, woe is me! Everything is wrong!

Except it’s not, is it? Not really, and I think we forget that much of the time. So, I think it’s time to sit down and think about what you’re thankful for. You’ll end the exercise feeling better about yourself and your life, and perhaps a bit more enthusiastic. Here, I’ll start you off with a few things I’m thankful for:

1.       I have a paying job. This is definitely something to be thankful for, especially in this economy. (I refuse to think about the economy, though, because that will just bring me down.) Perhaps you don’t have a paying job, though; hopefully you have someone who’s helping you may ends meet in that case. Definitely something to be thankful for.

2.       My family. My family has always been there for me. Whether it’s financial help, advice, a shoulder to lean on, or even a slap upside the head when I need it, my family’s always there for me and willing to give me what I need without hesitation. Hopefully you have someone in your life who helps you like this, to some extent. It may not be the help you want, but someone who gives you the help you need is worth their weight in tea.

3.       And on that note, TEA! I am always thankful for tea. It wakes me up, it helps me relax, it is a fixed point in time, an anchor. Tea makes me a better person, because when I have tea I can never be fully pessimistic and self-pitying. It’s optimism in a cup.




Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list (formerly I Need a Library Job) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of, a crowdfunding platform focused on African patrimony, heritage and cultural projects. INALJ was founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard. Its social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ. INALJ has had over 21 Million page hits and helped many, many thousands of librarians find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in one month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this with many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro and many other publications in the past decade. She presents whenever she can, including serving on three panels at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Las Vegas; as breakout presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa; as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting; at the National Press Club in Washington DC; McGill University in Montreal, Canada; the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has been living and working in Budapest, Hungary and Western New York State. She spent years running her husband’s moving labor website, fixed and sold old houses and assisted her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food. She is preparing to re-enter the workforce and is job hunting. Her husband is now the co-editor of INALJ, a true support!  She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.