Hello and happy almost thanksgiving! I am writing to you from my parent’s house in Santa Monica, where I’ve been since last Wednesday. My grandfather – one of DCC’s most loyal readers – passed away one day away from his 94th birthday last week so we’ve all reconvened a bit earlier than expected for the funeral and family time.
If you know me well, you know that I try to live with a grateful and thankful heart because I know I’m lucky to have the life I do. And with the holiday and recent events, I figured why not use this post a bit early to share what I’m thankful for this year:
- Of course this makes the list every year, but I am thankful for family on a daily basis. And with my Opa’s recent passing I just am even more thankful to have a loving and supportive extended and immediate family and am looking forward to sharing a meal together this Thanksgiving! It’s been so nice to be home for a week and spread out all of the things we’ve wanted to do
- My job – boy am I grateful to work with such wonderful people, help clients do good work, and be able to pay my bills every week
- My dear friends – with a breakup and a devastating election, I’ve relied on my friends more so than ever these past few months. Seriously – near and far – y’all are the best and make my heart so full
- San Francisco – as much as I am enjoying spending time in LA, I do find myself missing San Francisco! Every day I love the city more and more and am so glad that it is my adopted home. And to be surrounded by like-minded people who believe that America is for everyone – I’ve been very thankful to live in this bubble post-election even though I now recognize the bubble is part of the problem
- Finding peace with food and exercise – well it only took me to age 26 to figure it out, but I have Robyn and Cody to finally thank for giving me this gift. For the first time in many years, I feel stronger and leaner than I have in a long time, and I’m eating more than I ever have in my life!
- Teaching Spinning – it brings me so much joy to get up early on Tuesday and Thursdays, put on an awesome playlist, and help my students zone out and sweat. Core40 is a great community to be a part of and it’s really helped make San Francisco my home. It also forced me to discover the amazing pilates torture machine that is the MEGAFORMER and as I write this, I just got back from a class down here in LA – it’s become an integral part of my workout routine
- And while probably those things above won’t change year after year, here are a few little things that I’m thankful for just right now:
- Collagen peptides – helped heal my joints and my hair is stronger than ever
- Buying fresh flowers every week for my apartment
- Snapchat <– seriously one of my favorite ways to keep in touch with friends
- Lunch dates here in LA with family and friends
- Taking the TRAIN from Santa Monica to Downtown LA last night – I never thought I’d see the day that we had a train!
- The fact that I didn’t get a parking ticket 20 minutes ago
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and see you in December!