I’m grateful I was able to spend one of my favorite holidays with my family. I’m grateful I was able to make it to my wife’s house while she was working a graveyard shift and that my youngest daughter helped me get the house immaculately clean; this included catching up on all the laundry and a personal welcome home sign she made for my wife. After an all night shift, when my wife arrived home at 7am, she didn’t have to worry about anything for the next few days. She could relax and enjoy the holidays.


I’m grateful for baking cookies with my girls, our tradition of hot chocolate (well, coffee) and seeing the Christmas lights. I’m grateful for my wife and I working together to build my older daughter’s bed, fix my younger daughter’s lock on her bedroom door, last minute Christmas shopping and errands, and cooking dinners together. I’m grateful my wife and younger daughter were able to enjoy the movie The Spy Who Dumped Me.

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I’m grateful for my training and my personal discipline when it comes to studying. This has got to be one of the toughest oral exams to prepare for and even though everyone tells us not to worry, I have still stressed out big time when it came to my test. Everything seemed to come together at the end, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to practice, having a pre-oral to practice, and all the help each of us gave each other. I’m grateful phase one of my training is completed.


I’m grateful for doing a bit of “man-scaping”. I never thought of waxing my back (I know, maybe this is TMI), however, with my tattoo, I figured it would look better without small patches of hair here and there. What was cool was how talking about tattoos got me asking questions about the different tattoos this woman had who worked the front counter at the spa. Who would have known that one of her many tattoos, a musical staff, would lead her to explaining that she was on The Voice and me listening to a number of her songs online. She has an amazing voice!


I’m most grateful that I get to come home for the holidays. I will have three whole days and they will be spent at my wife’s house. I’m looking forward to spending time with my three favorite women for Christmas!

I’m grateful this week for connection. This is the most connected I’ve felt with my wife for, God, I don’t know how long. Maybe ever in my career. Constant texts during class and Facetime as I studied late at night while she’s working graveyard shifts. It’s interesting noticing how being connected changes my perspective about being stuck in a hotel room; it doesn’t feel as lonely and on a cellular level, my body feels more at peace.


I’m grateful for technology. I went to CVS this week and printed out about 30 pictures of the family; my wife and I, my wife and girls, my girls together, and my girls with me. My hotel room is decorated with Christmas lights, pictures, and the gifts I keep getting from my airline. I’ve left the little sugar bear from one of the desserts my wife and I had on the top right corner of my TV and also the two Christmas sugar cookies that I “saved” from the Christmas party last week (my wife said they were too cute to eat and to save them). This has transformed my hotel into a cozy living space to get me through the next six weeks of training (not that I’m counting mind you).


I’m grateful for coffee and exercise. I have drank waaaay too much coffee. It’s been my staple to keep me awake (or so the excuse I keep giving myself). As my wife would say, “my coffee is an internal warm hug”. However, I have kept my exercise routine up, which allows me time to study while on the elliptical or stationary bike. Also, using the stairs to go up and down 10th floor has kept my metabolism high. Exercise helps me stay connected to myself and my body and I don’t feel the guilt for all the cream and hot chocolate I put in my coffee to sweeten it up.


I’m grateful for the close nit of guys we have in our group. As I mentioned last week, they are awesome!