I wake up every morning feeling grateful to be alive. It’s true! I wake up around 7:00AM and get out of bed and open all the windows. I make my bed and turn the coffee pot on. I write down a plan for everything I hope to get done that day and then I get going! That moment when the windows open and it looks like a beautiful sunny day...I’m grateful.  When I take that first sip of coffee and it tastes extra good and the day just feels so full of possibilities...I’m grateful. Good Morning! Lead your days with an attitude of gratitude for everything in the world and you’ll be a happier, better person.


I’m grateful for my parents. That should be obvious. Everyone is grateful for their parents because we literally wouldn’t exist without them. But when is the last time you just looked at your mom and dad and said, “Thank you for everything you do for me.” Do something nice for them this week if you can. Make them breakfast in bed, ask to throw a ball around in the backyard, help them clean up the house. It will mean the world to them and you’ll feel better about yourself for it.


I’m grateful for my friends. They’re always there for me when I’m feeling down, and they’re always there cheering me on when I make them proud. Be good to your friends. It’s one of the most important relationships you’ll ever have. Always answer the phone when they call. 


I am so thankful that martial arts has always been a part of my life. You are all reading this because you or your parents made the decision that martial arts would be a beneficial activity. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for martial arts. It made me athletic, it gave me confidence, it made me disciplined, and the community of instructors and athletes inspires me every morning when I wake up.


Be grateful for what you have. Be grateful for the mistakes you make and the people that allow you to grow. We’re all in this together. Let everyone know how you feel!