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For some time now I’ve been committed to living a life free of judgment and full of gratitude. It probably sounds a bit trite, but because it’s Thanksgiving I’m going to go ahead and preach a bit! There are so many things I’m grateful for each and every day. The simple things: My bed, my home, the fact that I have a hot shower awaiting me and and fluffy towels to dry off in. I’m grateful to be afforded the chance to eat the way I want to eat and exercise the way I want to exercise — I know that’s a privilege much of the world can not claim. I’m thankful for my family and we are incredibly close. I know that’s not the case for many people — it’s even the case for my mother. I was aware growing up that she was estranged from her own family and it makes me even more grateful to her for ensuring that didn’t happen with us. My friends — where do I even begin? Where would I be without them? My friends’ support and love is endless. They’re the ones that show up and that’s priceless. I’m also so grateful for learning the value of hard work. I’ve been given a lot of opportunities and it’s amazing to see that taking advantage of chances pays off when you give it your all. I see it paying off in so many ways. One of the biggest and most valuable to me, is when I see it from my fans. That alone is new for me — having a fan base! The idea seems to crazy to me, but I’m so grateful that people are interested in me and the things I am doing, the goals I am setting and the healthy, positive life I am trying to lead. It’s more gratifying than I can explain. Gratitude isn’t just about me and my life though and reminders of this are everywhere. Walking around New York, you see so many homeless youth. Things could have been so very different. I can’t say that those men and women don’t have just as much drive and ambition as I do. They may have tried and failed at something, but weren’t, for whatever reason, able to pick themselves up. No one knows their stories. No one really knows anyone else’s story. That’s why I am also grateful for the people I surround myself with who live lives free of judgment. In our society, all we do is judge and it’s rarely, if ever, positive. It’s ingrained in us to make assumptions and form an opinion about everything — even when we’re far from informed. I feel grateful to have figured out early on that passing judgments is fruitless. I’m grateful that I know how to be compassionate and openminded where so many others aren’t. I have so much to be lucky for and I’m acknowledging and celebrating it all today. I hope you’ll take a minute to reflect on what it is you’re thankful for and share it with me! From warm fluffy towels to practicing acceptance in your day-to-day life. I wish you all the very best Thanksgiving! xoHB
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