I want to wish everyone a happy, safe and fulfilling holidays!

The holidays has always been a period of reflection for me. This year, however, there has been some heavy reflection. Having lost two loved ones within months of each other gave me a lot of perspective. It’s surprising how the frailty of life can make one better appreciate life itself. There may be plenty of pain and sorrow, but it’s worth remembering the fun and happiness that helped shape our year and illuminate our path forward — and that’s the best direction to go. To start the path forward, I want to express my gratitude.

I am grateful to my family, friends and all the families I connected with this year. My family taught me the power of love, empathy, and the ability to reach out to other families and be there for them. I’ve always had a small family, so I consider the good people around me to be part of my expanded family. You’re here for me? I’m here for you. Always.

I am grateful to my parents that supported me throughout my trials and tribulations. If you read my book, you’re certainly familiar with our years-long roller-coaster ride. I am truly lucky to have two wonderful people in my life. My mother, who unexpectedly lost her beloved sister this year, has a tremendous spirit. She’s tough as nails. I’m especially grateful to her for showing me it was possible to live for brighter days after darkness. And let’s not forget my aunt, who always radiated joy, never had a bad thing to say about anyone and lived forever young. She had special needs and required care. Our family faced challenges for sure, but those challenges gave me the strength of tolerance and acceptance. Thank you, Lindy.

Then there are my readers and followers. Every second, every minute and every day I’m humbled by the support. When I started writing “Defamers,” I honestly had no idea how much support and encouragement I’d receive. It’s incredible. Feels truly unreal at times. And I lost count at the times my friends showed up to my stand-up comedy and music performances, sharing their time with me. Thank you for being part of my world.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

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