This year I am THANKFUL for…
1. My Amazing Husband Gary. He is my rock. He inspires me everyday to be a better person. His love for me keeps me going during the tough times. He is my best friend and I love him with everything that I am. I am so, so thankful that I have gotten to spend the last ten and a half years with him, and I can’t wait to spend many, many more.
2. Family. My brother Sean.Sean and I are really close, even though I live 165 miles away. He has had some hard times, but he has pulled himself up and done great things with his life. I love him to death. I am thankful for him, my Mom and the rest of my family.
3. My Awesome Friends. This photo represents only a few of the incredible people that I call my friends. People who accept me, celebrate with me, and stand beside me. I love them all dearly, and my life wouldn’t be half as wonderful without them. I am thankful for all of my lovely friends.
4. My Involvement with LGBT Activism. San Diego has an amazing LGBT community. I am so glad that I found my place helping and playing in the community. Everyone I have met and worked with has been so positive and inspiring. I will not stop fighting, and I am so glad I get to fight along side them. I am thankful for the LGBT community.
5. Being Alive. My health. Even though I have gained a lot of weight this year, I know what I have to do to turn it around and I am actively making changes. I have no diseases, disorders or illnesses. All of my body parts works, I can walk. I can see. I can hear. I can breathe. I am thankful for being alive.
6. Music. Music gets me through my day. Lyrics inspire me. Going to see an artist or band perform is the ultimate experience for me. I am thankful that I have gotten to see so many of my favorite artists (Jason Mraz) this year, and that I can listen to good tunes whenever I want.
7. Obama. Election season was stressful on all of us. I am so very, very thankful to be living in the United States with Barack Obama re-elected our president. I had nightmares about what would have happened if he had lost.
8. Camp Aranu’tiq. I am so thankful to everyone at camp, especially Nick for giving me a chance and letting me being a counselor this past summer. Working with transgender youth gave me a new passion and appreciation for my involvement in the community. I found a direction that I want to go with my career. I know I want to work with transgender kids and their families. And now as I apply to graduate school, I am so thankful for all the kids and staff at camp for changing my life.
I saw a photo like this a few months ago and I knew I wanted to make one with Gary. With all the stuff going on with Chick-fil-A, I thought now was a good time. Really makes you think, doesn’t it?