I am grateful to even be alive, because I could be very dead after all I went through in my past. Coming that close to death makes life all the more sweet, so number one I am grateful to be alive.
Second, I am grateful to have had an epiphany last spring and make the choice to 'come out' with my story of being a trafficked minor. Before that I had been stuffing my past down deep inside and trying to get along and fit in with all the 'normal' people. I thought I would never be like them because of all the trauma I carried with me every day. After I told the world on Fox News my story there was no turning back, and the amazing thing about coming out with your truth is, you don't have to pretend anymore, you can be yourself, your true self every day.
And last I am so so grateful for every person and school and organization that has reached out to me during the last few months and asked me to come and share my story with them. Because when I speak and share I am living in my purpose and I am helping empower and educate others about human trafficking, overcoming adversity, and ways to help prevent abuse, exploitation and trauma.
My hope is that each and everyone of us can be grateful in our unique ways for what we have in our lives.