In a season where thankfulness is at the heart of why we come together with those we love over foods we also love I encourage you to fill your thoughts and thus your heart with as much gratitude as you can muster. It is our protective shield when we face hardness in the world. It is our joy in the morning and it is the peace we have when lying down for the night. I find myself opening up with softness towards people, experiences and myself with every ‘thank you’ uttered. So as I meditate on every crunching leaf during my walks and every brushstroke stretched across canvas in the studio, I am filled with the beauty of the moment, grateful I am able to see, feel, hear and participate actively in the things that make my heart grow. Thank you sun for filling the leaves around me with warmth on a cold day, hope with their silver lining, laughter in tickling their underbellies. Thank you studio for giving me a space to be messy and vulnerable and for letting me dance all over your floors with my happy art feet. I choose gratitude.