It’s the season of giving thanks, and this year, practicing gratitude has been a little more challenging than most. By now, it goes without saying that 2020 has thrown countless curveballs, hurdles, and obstacles our way.
In the midst of it all, expressing appreciation remains crucial in order to stay positive, spread kindness, and focus on the good in the world.
Kadesha – Founder and CEO
I am grateful for so much. Despite the hardship of this season, there have been so many blessings. My husband and I were able to complete the renovation of our building just before the pandemic. Having a safe, peaceful, kid-friendly environment has made this pandemic much more bearable. I’m so thankful for my health and my family’s. I was fortunate enough to have a mild bout of COVID-19. Considering our national death toll is above 250,000, I have to thank God for that. I’m also grateful to have such an amazing team working at CareContent. Being a Black woman entrepreneur is not easy, but they make it a pleasure.
Crystal – Operations and Project Manager
So many things I’m grateful for this year. I’m grateful for the health of my family. I’m grateful that my kids still find joy in little things like digging holes in the dirt and popping bubbles. Super grateful that laughing brings instant relief and relaxation. Very grateful that someone had the genius idea to combine three of my most favorite leisure activities into one: Tig Notaro, documentaries, and podcast (see Tig and Cheryl True Story Podcast). And lastly, grateful for mornings when I get to start the day with a hot cup of coffee and quiet time in prayer and meditation.
Lynette – Content Director
I am even more grateful than ever for family and friends and their well-being (and mine) during this unbelievable year. I am also more grateful for those things that we often take for granted like companionship, human touch, dining out, traveling. Lastly, I’m grateful for the small things, such as cheesy holiday movies and my favorite go-to snack during this pandemic: garlic and onion pistachios from Trader Joe’s. I won’t tell you how many bags of these delicious pistachios I’ve eaten over the last several months.
Nicole – Multimedia Content Designer
I am definitely grateful for living in a place — city, dwelling, and all — that takes health and safety seriously, and that my family members are trying their best to safeguard themselves. Those things alone have given me peace of mind during this time. Also grateful for memes, nature walks, stand-up comedy specials, newly discovered podcasts, and nightly glasses of wine. All have been greatly needed while trying to keep up with the news, work, and manage virtual school with two young children!
Sammi – Lead Content Specialist
This Thanksgiving, I am incredibly grateful for my health, the health of my friends and family, and to be surrounded by people who value their loved ones’ health. Almost everyone I know is vigilant about wearing masks, social distancing, etc. I’m especially grateful that my immediate family all lives in the same area so we can be in a bubble, and that we have a new addition to our family: my troublemaker cat, Twyla. Oh. And let’s not forget online trivia, game nights, and Schitt’s Creek marathons.
Natalie – Web Content Specialist
This year, I’m beyond grateful for the health of my family and friends. I’m also grateful I got to marry the man I love this year, despite every obstacle up against us (and I’m also thankful that we still love each other despite working from home and being cooped up in our condo together). I’m grateful for learning to appreciate the little things, like sitting by my fireplace with a book, the feeling of fresh air during a run, or the way my dog puts her paws on her face when she sleeps. It’s really quite adorable.
Kyle – Healthcare Insights Manager
With how difficult 2020 has been for so many people worldwide, I find myself incredibly thankful for that which I’ve often taken for granted. I’m thankful I have a roof over my head. I’m thankful both of my parents are still alive, and I get to talk to them regularly. I’m thankful for my wife and daughter and the companionship they have provided me over the last eight months. I’m not only thankful to have found a new job, but more so, I feel blessed to be working with an inspiring group of women. COVID has been dark, but it has also exposed a lot of light in this world, and for that, I’m thankful.