Hello everyone, and welcome back! Most of the leaves have fallen, the sound of someone turning up Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You is filling the air (we all have someone, right?), and you’re likely clicking through all the Black Friday sales to kick start your holiday shopping. Even though we are in the midst of a chaotic time in our lives, there’s still a thoughtful and gracious energy in the air as we approach this Thanksgiving. The coBranding team gathered their thoughts on the things they’re most thankful for as this unprecedented year approaches a close, including a photo that made them feel extra warm and fuzzy. As you read through, take some time to reflect on what you’re thankful for as well! We all hope you and yours have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!
I am grateful for the roof over my head and the people who live beneath it with me. I love the little moments that we share each day, laughing and lifting each other up. Family is not always connected solely by blood, I’m unbelievably lucky to have found mine.
I am grateful for the incredibly talented, brilliant, kind people who I get to work with. I love the ways we make each other smile, support one another, and are able to make a living and a difference by being creative together. I’m very, very lucky that they believed in my vision for coBranding and became a part of this special thing that we’re building.
I am grateful for this year. While it was definitely not the year anyone planned for or wanted, the bizarre circumstances of 2020 helped me grow in many ways - both professional and personal - that I’m really grateful for.
I am grateful for self expression and creativity - the ability to express myself honestly and authentically through art and music.
I am grateful for pasta of all shapes and sizes.
Technology. It’s no replacement for big bear hugs and cuddle piles, but it helps keep me connected to the people I care about when we can’t be with each other in person.
Warm food and drink on cold days that fill you up and make you glow from the inside out. Even better if they can be shared with loved ones!
The freedom to pursue educational and personal goals that would not have been open to me just a few generations ago.
A supportive and loving work and home environment where I can be myself in all my nerdy and irreverent glory. I am encouraged when I need a little boost and a friendly ear whenever I need to talk.
The self confidence to be unapologetically myself, pursuing the hobbies and activities I enjoy, expressing my own unique sense of style, and becoming the best version of myself I possibly can.
A place to call home - This is something that I feel like I need to think about more. The ability to call someplace home is a huge blessing. The shelter it brings, the warmth, the gatherings, the food, the people...everything. I feel safe, happy, and healthy in a place I get to call home everyday. I’m especially grateful that no matter when I go or where I end up, I will always be able to take it with me.
Art - Art is pretty much the foundation of my entire life. Whether it be performing arts, digital art, traditional art, etc., I am either always making something or enjoying it. I love getting to know other artists as well as continuing to learn new things everyday.
Health Resources - Sometimes I find myself thinking about where my life would be without modern medicine and health procedures. Thanks to the health resources available, I am able to see everyday. I’m also able to work through anxiety at a healthy pace and live each day to the fullest.
Technology - As someone with family and friends all over the place, I am able to stay connected everyday. I remember the times when we had to purchase a special card in order to make international calls. Now I can text anyone at anytime with ease and I will never stop loving it. I also couldn’t do my job without technology and am so grateful for the career opportunities.
My Pets - The fluffiest and sweetest hello, and a heartbreaking goodbye. The love I have felt for and from my pets is a feeling that I almost can’t explain. They have always sat with me through the hard times, fun times, sad times, and more. Their love is so unconditional and they always take you as you are. My life is definitely made better by these lovely animals and for that, I am forever grateful.
I am thankful for my drumsticks and practice pad since they have allowed me to participate in such amazing experiences, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Drum Corps.
Another thing that I am thankful for is my personal library. Each book within my library has shaped me into the person that I am today. Whether I decide to pick up The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud, Clinical Neuroanatomy by Stephen G. Waxman, or Essentialism by Greg Mckeown, I wouldn’t have the knowledge or character traits that I have today without my library.
I am extremely thankful for the gym and all that it has allowed me to accomplish. I never truly appreciate a good workout as much as I do now due to the state-wide shutdown during the pandemic. It goes to show that many of the most routine things can be taken for granted.
I am thankful for being able to have a roof over my head, food at my table, and clean water whenever I’m thirsty. I am extremely privileged to be able to have all of these things at my disposal when others may not have them at all.
Out of all of the items on this list, I am the most grateful for my close friends and family. I appreciate how much they are there for me every single day, no matter how hard times may be. I would not be where I am without these people.
My partner, Matt - for going above and beyond to take care of me when I’m not feeling well, for always making me laugh, and for making me feel safe, always.
My friends - for understanding when I need time to myself, whether that’s a little or a LOT, for humoring every stupid joke I send to our group chat, and for making my days brighter with everything they create.
My family - for hearing me out on the stuff I’m passionate about, even if it’s out of their interests, and for lifting me up when I need it most. So much of where I am today has come from the support of my family.
My job - This one is all encapsulating. I am eternally grateful to my boss and coworkers for not only being understanding when I am having an off day, but for actually being supportive of me ON those off days. I am grateful to Rachel for ensuring we all have a job we are happy with and wake up looking forward to every day, it’s very rare to see in the workforce. Bosses, take notes!
Coffee - Does this need to be explained? I don’t think so. Thank you coffee, for keeping me afloat.
I am thankful for my health and for every day that I am alive on this Earth, come rain or come shine. Every moment lived is a gift from time.
I am thankful for my education, the gift which truly never stops giving. I am thankful for each and every time I have the opportunity to learn something new, whether that knowledge is practical, emotional, or interpersonal.
I am thankful for the solid foundation which my family has built for me, and the life which I’ve been afforded because of them. Without their tireless work, wealth of knowledge, and limitless support, I would be lost.
I am thankful for my senses. They are my connection to the world around me and the root of all my life experiences, which are all gifts I take for granted far too often.
I am thankful for self-acceptance and self-love. These gifts were not awarded to me by anyone other than myself. As such, they are not always the easiest to maintain, but their fruits are all the more sweet for it.