On this wonderful Thanksgiving Day, I can’t help but reflect on how much I have to be thankful for. Good health, happiness, love and laughter, family and friends. Food in wonderful abundance, fulfilling work, purposeful projects. Now more than ever, I am touched by how many people I’ve been able to reach. It all started with sharing my own journey through this blog many months ago. To realize how many amazing people have come into my life since then is humbling and exciting all at the same time.
I am thankful for the new friends I’ve made who have inspired me to keep going. I’ve met people who have been doing what I do for decades before me, and I am constantly impressed with their tenacity and dedication. I have met people who have made unbelievable lifestyle changes and improvements, inspired by the same books and movies I have been exposed to. I have had the privilege in the past year to meet in person many of the people whose works have impacted forever the course of my life: Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Rip Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell, Chef AJ, Kathy Freston, Wayne Pacelle, Paul Shapiro, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, just to name a few.
I am thankful to those who have kept an open mind and were willing to open their hearts to learn how they too can make a difference. I am thankful for my friends and family and colleagues who have been supportive of my journey, and I applaud so many whom have made changes in their own lives in the past year.
I am thankful for my readers who remind that good people are everywhere! I am thankful for the animals near and far that share this planet with us. I am thankful for the simple choices I get to make every single day. To live compassionately. To live healthfully. To live intentionally.