10 Things I’m Thankful for This Thankgiving

Photo courtesy of the Dallas Observer.

As you strategically map out ways to cook an extra moist turkey this year, don’t forget to devote a little time to the practice of giving thanks. Thanksgiving serves that purpose, but I have to remind myself daily that my life is pretty damn good because of all the little joys I sometimes breeze over. Seriously, an exceptionally tender taco de birreria or a training session at work might not seem like much, but they are things that contribute to my overall sustainability and growth, and that is a grand thing indeed.

So, what are you thankful for this year? I can think of much, but, in the San Fernando Valley, I can think of 10 things in particular. I’m thankful for:

1.  Weather that lets me wear my  i am san fernando tank year round.

2. A neighborhood bar. Almost. Eventually.

3. Murals and then some along Van Nuys Boulevard and throughout the northeast San Fernando Valley by young talents like Levi Ponce, Kristy Sandoval, R@h and seasoned vets like Manny Velazquez.

4. More dining-out options with the new Food Truck Feast at the San Fernando Mall.

5. The recall. Yes, it needed to happen but, no, we’re not out of the dark.

6. Well-deserved recognition for San Fernando in the White House.

7. A local football team that’s helping some remember their pride in community.

8. A documentary (Yes, we’re famous!) about the arts in the northeast Valley.

9. Pancakes!

10. And, of course, as always, all the loyal readers, Facebook fans (nearly 2,000!), Twitter followers and Pinterest pinners. Thank you!

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i am san fernando is April Aguirre, a writer born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. April bounced around the Valley throughout her upbringing and lived outside of California for a quick minute but always felt most at home in the city of San Fernando. To get at April's heart, FedEx puppies to her door, offer In-N-Out cheeseburgers by the dozen or introduce her to a beer tastier than the last.

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