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Thanksgiving and the many things I am thankful for

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I want to wish all my friends and family a happy Thanksgiving and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

On this day of thanks I wanted to acknowledge the many things which I am grateful for, because I feel that I sometimes take things for granted and don’t fully appreciate how blessed I am.

I am so very thankful for my two sons who love and accept me for who I am and that we have such a close relationship. They are always there for me and keep me anchored when things get rough. And I’m so excited that in a few months we will be welcoming a new member to our family and I will be a grandma!

I am thankful for all the friends I have who are such an important and meaningful part of my life and who make me feel loved and cared for. If a person’s wealth can be measured by their friendships, then I am rich beyond my wildest dreams. I have truly been blessed to have so many wonderful friends in my life, and for that I am very grateful. And I’m excited to be living in Los Angeles and be part of this amazing community and having the opportunity to make new friends here.

I am thankful to Kim for the job opportunity which brought me to Los Angeles and for her belief in me and for the opportunity to contribute to the company and the magazine. She has been gracious in welcoming me into her home and patient in putting up with me when I’m cranky or frustrated.

I’m thankful that over the past year I’ve been able to feel more connected to the transgender community and that I have had the opportunity to be a voice in our community and contribute in my own small way.

I am thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Staci and for all the time we’ve been able to spend together. She has given me so many amazing memories that will be with me forever; the many conversations we’ve had and all the laughs; driving around the Hollywood Hills; holding each other at the Griffith Park Observatory as we enjoyed the view of Los Angeles at night; dancing at Hamburger Mary’s; and going to The Abbey Together. But what I will remember most is holding hands and her beautiful smile.

I am thankful that my car, which went over 200,000 miles on the way down to Los Angeles, is still running strong. That is nothing short of miraculous!

I am thankful that I’ve been able to get back in touch with my artistic side and to be a part of creating some good work, and to nurture my creative side.

I am thankful that I’m still alive and feeling hopeful about the future and looking forward to what 2016 has to offer!

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