I am so thankful for so many things in my life. First of all I am thankful for my parents, who not only gave me life, but have helped me have a wonderful one. When I wanted to work in Ecuador when I was 16, they sold boxes of grapefruits all year to help me fundraise enough money to go. When I said I wanted to move to New York to be a teacher, they flew out and helped me move into my new apartment. When I realized I hated teaching, and didn't know what I wanted to do with my life, they helped me take 3 months off to go to Brazil to volunteer at a hospital there and re-evaluate my life, and ever since I joined Team in Training, they have been there to help me fundraise, cheer me on at my races, and help me get all my training in. Today they drove me to the gym in San Diego, and after they had driven away I realized I had forgotten my goggles and swim cap, so they drove back to my brother's to get it for me. I truly am blessed with the best parents ever.
I am also thankful for my awesome brother who has always been such an inspiration and who always helps me in school. From high school when I used to drive into Berkeley and he would help me with my take home physics tests (by doing them for me) to these days when I call him asking him to explain respiratory processes because I can't seem to get them. It's amazing how much simpler Anatomy and Physiology is when you have an awesome, patient doctor explaining it all to you. And I am so thankful he married the most amazing woman ever, who I am so happy to have as another sister!
And of course I am so thankful to my other wonderful sister Erin, who has the kindest heart in the world. And who is infinitely more responsible than me, even though I am ten years older than her. She is the best auntie to my baby Dizzie, he couldn't ask for anyone better.
And then there are all my friends who I absolutely love. My old friends from pre-school, middle school, and high school, my friends from college, and from St. Anthony's, and New York, and Brazil. I really am super blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life. But I have to say a special thanks for my five home slices who have gone above and beyond for me. Cathy, Carolyn, Joy, Jessica, and Loulena basically dropped everything they were doing a few years ago in order to help me through a very difficult time in my life. I cannot thank them enough for all of their love and support.
Wow, the list could go on, and on, and on. How could one girl be so lucky?
Thank you to everyone in my life who makes everyday wonderful and beautiful.