Today we celebrate gratitude and I wanted to dedicate today’s intentions, thoughts and images to the people and things I could not live without. So here they are:
- First and foremost… FAMILY. This year has been a test for every member of my family. If you are an avid reader of KJ’s Blog… you know I have traveled to be with them A LOT this year. I am so thankful for my parents, my sister, her children and her husband. As things have become more challenging for each of us, our love has become stronger for one another. If it is possible, my parents became even better parents this year. As my world hurt or my sister’s world hurt they encircled us with their love and support even tighter at an age where the expectation is that you don’t need your mommy and daddy anymore. I am thankful to be unconditionally loved by the most kind, compassionate listeners I know. Thank you for loving me and telling me I am not crazy. I would never trade you all for anything. I guess I’m saying, I would not trade who I am and who you made me to be for anything.
- My soul mates: Jennifer, Dexter and Brendon. I am sorry I am not around enough. I am sorry I do not answer the phone sometimes. I am sorry it can take me 24 hours to respond to a text. I wish we could go on long walks and cuddle every day. I want you to know I could do none of this without you. You are my fuel, my stories and my courage. I do my job so everyone in my audience can have a bit of you in their life like you are in mine. I am so thankful that you love me. I work every day to be good enough for your love. I know you think I am but I just want you to know how much you mean to me. I am thankful I know love through our relationships.
- Finally – You all. I am so thankful for my friends across the country. I am thankful for my mentors who taught me how to be myself in my own skin. I am thankful for the young people I work with and guide every day – I am so thankful the future of this country rests in your hands and I am thankful you let me into your world and your heart and let me see your love and life. You are so good. You are more than a stupid article on the internet about how terrible millenials are… you are better and bigger than you get credit for – I see it and I will scream from the top of a mountain about your strength to every uneducated, overpaid executive I sit by on a plane FOREVER. You give me so much purpose. You give me so much courage. You give me value and worth. You are one of my most important relationships… life is less painful with you in it. Mostly you give me hope. I mean it… this is not me being cheesy.
My life is packed full of things to put on this list. But mostly I want you to know that yes we all have so much to be thankful for. But you have every ability to make a life you want. It is inside of you, you just have to be brave enough to go find it.