At TJM, we believe in counting our blessings. We have a tradition of sharing them every November. Here’s a sampling of what we’re giving thanks for this holiday season:
I am thankful for the safety and health of my family and friends.
This year I have two new people to be thankful for. My husband and I are expecting twins, a boy and a girl, in January, and we could not be more excited. This new adventure is sure to be fun and for sure exhausting, haha!
I'm thankful for my wife, Lena, for holding down the fort while I went part time to chase after my artist dreams. This year has been crazy, exciting, stressful, and wonderful. I couldn't have done it without her by my side supporting me through it all.
I am thankful for my family. For being able to be there every day for my daughter, making memories that will last a lifetime. For being able to share this journey with my amazing wife Lauren. And for my extended family who help us out in so many ways.
The end of the year plays host to a myriad of holidays that I love, Thanksgiving being thrown into that. It allows for a blatant opportunity that you can reflect on all of the blessings you’ve been given. Yes, throughout the year you should be thankful, but often times it gets overshadowed by the daily mundane.
The food is a huge plus. I am a foodie thru and thru. I can test out new recipes at our office Thanksgiving party, and spend all morning watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade cooking our traditional recipes for family.
Spending quality time with family and friends is the next huge bonus I get to be thankful for. Over the years, we’ve acquired some friendships that are unexpected and being able to continue to foster them and watch them deepen has been warming to my heart. I’ve been dubbed the “Ice Queen,” so that’s saying something.
I could keep on writing, but the final things I’m thankful for include my family, my “stuff,” and my faith. With those items overflowing, I’ve been given the opportunity to share with those in my community. I try to give back as often as possible and am thankful that I am able to.
All that being said, I hope you have a wonderfully warm and loving Thanksgiving. Enough to fill your spiritual/warm and fuzzy cup for the rest of the year.
I’ve often thought I have more blessings than I can count, and this year is no exception. First and foremost on my list is the light and love of my life, my wonderful wife. I’m also grateful for family members, both blood relatives and those of choice. I am honored to be able to share the joys, sorrows, and sometimes just plain weird stuff of life with them. And I’m thankful for the everyday things we take for granted, that too many people lack – abundant food, clean water, fresh air, a comfortable home. I could go on, but there are far too many more wonderful things in my life to mention.
I’ve spoken about it before, but I keep a gratitude list, a trick I picked up from a former co-worker, Frank. I tend to go over it often, but when Thanksgiving comes around, to me it’s like the Gratitude Super Bowl.
I take it very seriously and I spend a good amount of time, typically on a Thanksgiving Day run, to go over what I’m thankful for. It is a very long list, so I won’t go over the whole thing.
I will say that pertaining to work specifically, I am very grateful for team members who show up to work with a career-based mindset. I understand that TJM won’t be considered a work “home” to all, and that’s perfectly acceptable. But regarding those coworkers who have been in it for the long haul and consistently work toward growing and improving together, I am incredibly thankful for them.