This year, for only the fourth time in my life, my birthday fell on Thanksgiving. Some people have asked me if it was hard growing up with a birthday so close to such a major holiday, expecting me to feel like I was in some way slighted by the universe for having my birthday thunder stolen by turkey and gravy. I haven’t ever really felt that way though. This year especially I felt incredibly blessed to be celebrating my birthday on a day that reminded me just how much I have to be thankful for. My family and I spent our non-traditional (yet now very much a tradition) Thanksgiving dinner at Splashes restaurant at the Surf N’ Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach. I felt like I was positively overflowing with gratitude but also reminded that this feeling should not be limited to one day a year. So I’m making more of a conscious effort to rejoice, pray, and give thanks in all circumstances…no matter what (1 Thessalonians 5:18).