About the show

The aim of I Am Grateful For... is to give courage to individuals and help them think about what they are grateful for despite hardships or difficult situations. The goal being to look past the negativity and the contagious desire to spread it, while choosing to facilitate an atmosphere of gratitude instead. I Am Grateful For... does not hope to deny that tough times and unfortunate circumstances exist, but we choose to share the joy of knowing that nonetheless we can all still find something to be grateful for.

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  • Episode 5: Bria Holness: What Does It Mean to be Black?

    June 12th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 14 secs

    There are so many views on what it means to "Be Black". In this interview, Bria shares her personal journey of understanding what that meant for her. From her influences in NYC to Syracuse, Bria really embraced digging into her history of being black in America.

  • Episode 4: Mark Bishop: When People Believe In You

    May 12th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  34 mins 24 secs
    college, corporate america, depression, mental health

    So thankful to get to interview my cousin Mark! Mark truly reminded me of the impact we can have on one another when we build one another up.

  • Episode 3: Bryce Outten: HBCUs and his journey at Tuskegee University

    April 14th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  38 mins 49 secs
    gratitude, i am grateful for, inspiration

    Overcoming stereotypes about going to an HBCU was a leap of faith for Bryce, but it only deepened his passion and convictions about education, music, mental health, and giving back through mentorship.

  • Bonus Episode | Ron Sachs: Share Gratitude 2020

    December 8th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  37 mins 14 secs
    gratitude, i am grateful for, ron sachs, sachs media, special interview

    A fun, wise, heartfelt interview with Ron Sachs from Sachs Media Group about how gratitude is helping carry us through 2020 — our most difficult year.

  • Episode 2: Joshua Foxworth: Study Abroad and Paradigm Shifts

    November 16th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  29 mins 50 secs
    black stories, dubai, india, love, personal touch, stereotypes, study abroad, travel, truth

    Our great brother in Christ, Josh Foxworth, shares his moving experience with us about his study abroad trip to Dubai and India!

  • Episode 1: Jack Hadley: "White or Black. There had to be a beginning."

    August 15th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  39 mins 6 secs
    black, black history, black stories, iagf, jack hadley, thomasville

    Jack Hadley, the owner of the Jack Hadley Black History Museum in Thomasville, Georgia, walks Hope through his life up until March of 2018 when she had her conversation with Him.

  • Season II Opener: Hearing from your host Hope Lavender

    August 1st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  27 mins 57 secs
    2020, gratitude, i am grateful for, pandemic, positive, reality

    Season II Opener. Origins, 2020, plans. Music by Scott Holmes and Ketsa

  • I Am Grateful for Finding My Confidence: Kat

    December 29th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 7 secs

    In high school, Kat struggled with an identity cr…

  • I Am Grateful for Finding Who I Am: Mitchell

    December 18th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 47 secs

    Mitchell, my sweet and supportive husband, was cu…

  • I Am Grateful for Who I Have: Quameiha

    November 9th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 45 secs

    I had the honor of meeting Quameiha through a sch…

  • I Am Grateful for Joy: Kehinde

    October 10th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  13 mins 40 secs

    Kehinde was diagnosed with Lupus at age 11 and by…

  • I Am Grateful for Second Chances: Kavell

    September 11th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 29 secs

    Kavell’s always had a dream to go to college and …