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Thankful Turkey Thursday Is One More Sleep Away

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow there's no better time than now to reflect on all that I am thankful for.

I would compare 2020 to coming home and slamming your pinky toe into a mahogany hope chest after going on a blind date and accidentally farting during dinner. We’re back on lock down, this global pandemic is in full swing, and worst of all the goddamn Dodgers won the World Series. So far 2020 has left a bad taste in everyones mouth, but let’s all take tomorrow and do our best to focus on the positives in life. Express and keep at heart what you’re thankful for even if the best you can come up with is…..

I’m just thankful this years almost over…

Don’t you worry! I’m going to be a hell of a lot more positive than that!

My life looks so dramatically different right now than it did even just six months ago. I spent over five years working a production job that required me to work almost exclusively seven days a week. I was obviously making great money, but didn’t hardly have a life. I was tired constantly and didn’t have time for any sort of social life.

I am so thankful that I have since gotten out of that situation. I’m now balls deep in my dreams spending my time writing and looking for jobs that align with my professional goals. I’ve really taken my future into my own hands and I’m proud of myself for that. I’m thankful that I live life on my own terms professionally and I no longer have the type of job that prevents me from living my life to the fullest.

I’m thankful for my family, especially my parents. They have worked hard their whole lives and instilled a burning work ethic in me. I wouldn’t be the person I am now without them and I would be no where near as fortunate. I’m set up emotionally and financially because of how hard I’ve worked for so long. If my parents hadn’t molded me into the person I am now I never would have been able to put myself in this position.

Now my parents are moving into their dream home. They’ve worked their whole lives to put themselves in this position. It was a lot of fun for me to help them pack up our old family home knowing that they are moving on to their story book ending. A few weeks from now their new beach home will be officially there’s and I am just as excited to help them haul all of their memories to their dream. They deserve their happiness more than anyone I know and I am thankful that they have reached their happily ever after beach home.

I am beyond thankful for the little family me and my love have created. We are now living together with our kids and we are driving 99 down the road towards forever. I love what the four of us have so much and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Everyday I am constantly surrounded by love, support, and happiness and I could never ask for any more than that.

It’s a little comical to think about how hard I’ve fallen for my girl and how far we have come in such a short period of time. Comical because how I had been the definition of emotionally unavailable for so long. It might make me sound like a jerk, but I’m just being honest when I say I have never met or been with a girl that I valued more than myself… shitty? Yeah maybe a little, but I think it really hammers home how much I love the girl I have now. I am so thankful that I have finally found my person.

Ohhh and the kids, how I love and adore the kids. My son Coleton and Kaylas daughter Brooklyn, or as we like to call them, our kids. The two greatest kids on earth in my opinion. They’re so funny and so happy. I’m thankful for how their smiles turn my frowns into smiles. I’m thankful for how their laughter is so contagious! No matter how frustrating it is when a simple dinner takes two hours to eat because, “dad I’m fulllllllll” or “dad my tummy hurtsss” it really doesn’t matter. There is so much love for these kids that could never be broken.

I won’t write 400 words on how thankful I am that Derek Carr is playing at the level he is and how my Raiders have serious playoff hopes this year…. But I could!

There is so much more that I could share in-regards to how much thanks I have to give, but we’ll call it a day. Times have been tough and there will undoubtedly be more tough times ahead, but never forget about the positives. In the darkest of days I always have my family and friends to lean on. I have the pride I feel in knowing I ignored what the safe and smart thing to do is and instead decided to say “screw that! I’m following my dreams.”

Everyone stay thankful and enjoys your Thanksgiving dinners! 2020 is over so let’s carry some positive momentum into the new year!

P.S. Fuck the Dodgers

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