I fall. I rise. I grow. I make mistakes. I learn. I am thankful.

It is Thanksgiving this week and of course the theme for all is gratitude. What are we grateful for? Such a hard word to roll off our tongues, especially when we fall. I talk a lot about being grateful and how starting your day in gratitude can set the tone for the rest of your day. Positive thoughts equal positive life right? But what about when we keep getting knocked back down?

Perseverance is the first word that comes to my mind as I think about what I am thankful for this week. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for in my life, a warm and loving home filled with laughter, a devoted husband and two beautiful girls. I have my health. I have opportunity.

I have been knocked down in many ways my whole life and have always been able to dust off my jeggings and get myself back up. Don’t get me wrong, I have become victim within my own mind of negative banter and endless nightmares to match those thoughts. I have screamed. I have “given up” more times than I can count but I don’t stop. In tears,

I look for the opportunity to try again, even if all that means is simply sitting up in my bed and placing my feet on the floor to get up.

This week I am deeply reflecting on the opportunity that my writing can do to help others.. Despite the emotional pain as I write my story and the tediousness of sizing each word on the page, love keeps propelling me to just keep writing. Love propels me forward to look for the opportunities of where my writing can go. I want to connect with all of you through my story both on the page and in person. And as I realize how vulnerable that makes me, it is also my strength. I open myself to the words that will come next.

I am thankful for the chance to share what lessons I’ve learned with others throughout this world. And if you read any of it and resonate, I am deeply humbled. It is taking my hand into yours and building a stronger bond of hope. We can all use hope these days because hope allows us to dream again. So may we together choose to rise above all the messes in our lives and be joyful.

Thank you to all of you and Happy Thanksgiving!

In Much Gratitude,

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