Today is thanksgiving which obviously means it’s a time be thankful for all of the things you have…and then brag about it on Facebook.

I could write a book about all of the things I’m thankful for, but I’ll keep it a little shorter than that.

I’ve been very fortunate in my 26 years on this planet. I grew up in a great home. I had both of my parents and two grandparents who were always there. Thus far I’ve had a very fulfilling life. I just wanted to take a moment to talk about all of the things I’m thankful for.

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I’m very to fortunate to have found the person I’m going to spend the rest of my life with at the age of 15. Mallisa and I have made it through every issue and curveball life throws our way. She is an amazing wife and mother and I can’t imagine nor do I want to imagine my life without her. Seeing her with our Finn has brought me a new meaning to the words I love you. She is a total rockstar.  Everything she has been through physically and emotionally makes her a stronger person than I will ever be. She’s a super hero in my book. I just have no idea what I would do or who I would be without her.


Frustrating at times, it doesn’t matter. This kid makes coming home from a long day something to look forward to. Every single day with him is a true blessing and privilege. He’s starting to smile and his personality is starting to develop and it is amazeballs.


My parents have always been there for me since day 1. Given that 50% of children come from single parent households, I don’t take it lightly that I’ve had both parents there for me always. I personally know multiple people who have also lost their parents earlier in life than they should have and it breaks my heart. I can’t imagine what I would do without Bob and Erin. I’m so thrilled Finn has them as his grandparents.

Likewise, I’m thankful for the dreaded in laws. Totally kidding. I couldn’t have hand picked a woman with a better family. Like my parents, they are always there for us if we need them. I’m so happy we could bless them with their first grand baby.

We got four wonderful role models and grandparents for Finn to look up to in addition to my wife and I.

Anytime Fitness Hotard

I left journalism and took a fly on working in a gym. This may sound arrogant but you get what you give. I like to think I am a good father, friend, husband and person. I never thought that job would turn into a career, but I guess that’s why they call it a risk. This time it paid off. We just finished the Bleed Purple 5K raising $4,000, which is awesome. I get to help people reach new heights and goals they never thought they could achieve. It is a rewarding feeling. More importantly, I work with some of the best friends you can ask for. You may see my posts talking about this company and people. It probably seems like a cult, maybe it is. I don’t care. I love these people. They are my family.

I never thought working out would be part of my lifestyle, but again life throws curveballs and this is a good one. I was always the “skinny fat” guy. That is a thing by the way. I’m thankful for being healthier thanks to my job.

Hotard Huddle Followers

I have to get a shout to my friends and family who do all they can to help promote my site. I know my shameless self promoting probably gets old. Sorry, just trying to make some money off this thing.

I’m real excited to see what the next year of the huddle holds. My traffic has tripled in the second year which is incredible. I hope to keep moving up.

I also want to give a shoutout to the random people who I never thought in a million years would be advocates for my site. I’ve been spending some time reaching out to those people to thank them for their support because that is incredibly important to me. Just the other day I was talking to someone who shares my columns with his fantasy league which has people from other countries like Wales. I always saw that on my demographic chart for the site and was like who the fuck could that be. Canada and Australia make sense because I know multiple people from those places, but it was always weird to see Wales and a few other countries. But now I know why. That’s really awesome!


I have plenty to be thankful for in my life. So today, I wanted to lay it all out there. Count your blessings because they one day may not be there. Happy Thanksgiving!


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