Monday, November 25, 2013


A lot has changed since last Thanksgiving. It was last Thanksgiving that I ran my second 5k ever...

Clearwater Turkey Trot 5k

and celebrated the holiday at Walt Disney World, while ending the day eating chicken nuggets a McDonald's with my best friend Britta. Can't complain!

And a lot has happened since then. But I have so much to be thankful for this year. This past year I have been fortunate to form new friendships, strengthen old ones, spend an awesome summer interning in Boston, travel to Cali for LeaderShape, have more professional development opportunities, do well in school and more. 

But most importantly this past year, I was healthy, happier and more positive. While there are times where it is easy for me to complain and be frustrated, it is so important to remember that there is so much in life that I am so grateful to have. There are so many freedoms I am granted with that I am forever thankful for.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go on a service learning trip with the class I am a TA for to a local Tampa Bay non profit, Metropolitan Ministries. Metropolitan Ministries serves the poor and homeless in the area. There I had an extremely eye opening and humbling experience. It further made me realize the importance of using what we have to give back to those who do not have as much.

This Thanksgiving, I challenge you to do more than a Facebook status. Give back to the homeless, serve a local food bank, donate to a cause, use what you have and give back to those who do not. If you can wake up at 5am to stand in line outside of a Best Buy, why not wake up at 5am to help the community?

Have a blessed, healthy and Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for each and every one of you. Spend time with your families, eat turkey and enjoy the company you have. We are so lucky!

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