Thankful

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Greetings from a snowy east coast suburb. Over the past 24 hours, hundreds of thoughts have come in and out of my head in regards to the holidays, friends, and family. I swear it was the typical chaos of Thanksgiving travel, compounded by the fact that everyone was trying to squeeze their buses and flights out between storms.

This year I am not at home but I know that each new year and each new experience is just as lovely and amazing. It may not always be how we envisioned life would go, but that’s part of the fun (or so I keep telling myself).

Before we get caught up in the speed of the season, try to watch one of the Peanut’s episodes about Thanksgiving or Christmas. Those guys somehow remind me that the spirit of the holidays do not come in boxes and bags (ok quoting the grinch here) but from the heart. Today is about giving thanks for all that we have been blessed with…

– a healthy mind and body
– one beyond supportive family (who hopefully doesn’t mind the early morning texts and daily chats)
– a group of friends from coast to coast
– a dog that loves me even though I’m rarely home
– the opportunity to work in live in such a vibrant city such as New York
– new workout pals and a place to have fun like November Project
– this thing called seasons – because snow is making me appreciate Southern California oh so much more

“We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.” – Elder William Brewster (as stated by Linus)

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