I am thankful for the miraculously clear skies over Los Angeles today, and my lungs and my puppy are thankful, too.
I am thankful for everyone who is standing in solidarity with Mike Brown and his family, everyone who is using their privilege to stand up against systemic racism. I am grateful for my intersectional feminists who are brave and strong and never silent.
I am thankful for my job, which allows me the opportunity to teach some incredible kids, and which provides me with excellent health care and the financial support to be able to pursue my passions and to be able to afford my beautiful home.
I am thankful for my beautiful home because it is the only place outside my Colorado house where I feel truly safe. I am thankful for my neighbors and the community I have here. I am thankful that I can occupy my own space, that I can find quiet whenever I need it, that I feel at peace every time I walk through my front gate.
I am thankful for yoga. I am thankful for Andy Farnsworth & Marja Lankinen who help me make healthy decisions.
I am thankful for my mom and dad and brother, and I am thankful that we finally seem to have figured out how to love each other.
I am thankful for my girls, Jenifer Park, Janelle DolRayne, & Nini Berndt, who anchor me to home.
I am thankful for Jake Adam York & Roxanne Banks Malia, without whom I would never have found my voice or the confidence to pursue the life I have.
I am thankful for Alfred Brown IV for taking me in today [and always].
I am thankful for Meg Day who is one of the most supportive people in my life, even though we don't know each other nearly well enough.
I am thankful for Tayla Rocha & Erica Lee who are always there when I call, even though I haven't seen them in months [years] and even though thousands of miles separate us.
I am thankful for my Los Angeles family, my USC family, my Utah family, and my Colorado family.
I am thankful that I found two of the sweetest, prettiest, most loving animals in existence to share my home with me.
And I am thankful for Nicole Pacent, who teaches me every day how to judge less and give more, how to see the world through kind eyes, how to chase my dreams with everything I've got, and how to forgive. Who loves me and stands by me no matter how ridiculous or annoying or irrational I get, who is the most incredible friend I've ever had the fortune to fall in love with.