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Thanksgiving was a few months ago, but I think now is an apt time as any to count my blessings.

I sit here writing this from Palisades, New York, about 20 miles outside of New York City. I am incredibly thankful to be here. I am here for a ten week training program and it’s pretty awesome. While I did leave California and the beautiful 75 degree weather (I’m jealous of all my friends’ pictures at the beach), life out here is fantastic. My company put me up in a hotel for the entire duration of the ten weeks. All my meals are taken care of, and so far the food has been amazing. My meals consist of endless amounts of omelettes, hearty stews, different kinds of savory steaks, fresh fish, heaps of chicken, and all the fruits and vegetables my heart desires. It is a young man’s paradise. I guarantee you I will not be going hungry.

I also am getting to live with 15 good friends. We all met in New York City last summer, and it is great to be reunited. It’s a bit like being in college for another semester, except this time around I’m getting paid (although there is a slight downgrade from Santa Barbara to Palisades, but oh well). In a week, I have toured Philadelphia, gone skiing in Massachusetts, driven through New Jersey and Connecticut, played football in the snow, worked out 2 times a day, and played pool, shuffleboard, basketball, and ping pong. It’s so much fun.

At the same time, I am getting a great education. We have class anywhere from 4 to 8 hours a day, and depending on the length of the day, homework as well. We are going more in depth into financial statement analysis and commercial loans to businesses, and these are skills that will be tremendously helpful for the rest of my life.

I am so thankful. I know I don’t deserve all this good fortune, but I am grateful nonetheless. I have friends across the country and a family who I love dearly, and who loves me back just as much if not more. Life is good. I know all this could disappear any second, but I am not going to worry about that and continue enjoying life and help others along the way. If I you are reading this and I know you, I am thankful for having you in my life. If not, drop me a line and I would love to get to know you. As one of my favorite rappers Mac Miller says so well, “I love life, thank you.”

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