Gratitude Is the Gift: Happy Thanksgiving to Our Inspiring 30Seconds Community (and the World) by Elisa Schmitz

Gratitude Is the Gift: Happy Thanksgiving to Our Inspiring 30Seconds Community (and the World)

Each Thanksgiving, I pause to reflect on how very grateful I am for the blessings all around us, including our 30Seconds community. With each passing year, I realize how important it is to express gratitude. The pandemic continues to affect us. This will be the third year in a row that my family's Thanksgiving gathering will be impacted by COVID-19, with some family members sick with the virus at this time. To be frank, it sucks. 

But I continue to be grateful for the vaccines that have helped many of us to stay healthier and safer during the pandemic. Having recently gotten my third (bivalent) booster dose, I am thankful for that extra layer of protection for adults, and vaccines for children now as well, as we go into the holiday season and spend more time indoors with family.

There has never been a more important time to come together as a community, as a nation and as a world. Despite our differing goals, dreams and ideologies, we all share the same air and same desire to be healthy and happy. My hope is that we can work together to make our air as healthy as possible, so we can move forward with our lives more happily. 

For that reason, I hope we continue to celebrate Thanksgiving this year in the safest way possible, even though Thanksgiving again may be a different holiday than what we're used to. By this time next year, hopefully we will be back to some semblance of "normal," or at least a new normal, and make up for the losses we continue to feel during these challenging times. Hopefully, things will eventually suck less.

Whether you're eating a traditional Thanksgiving meal, or you're sticking to healthy sides, comfort food or all the decadent dessert, we at 30Seconds raise our glasses, in gratitude, to you.

From the bottom of my heart, and from my family to yours, I extend my gratitude for being part of our 30Seconds community. You inspire me every day, and for that I am grateful. Gratitude is the gift, and you always remind me of that. I wish you a peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Editor's Note: Here is the original post Elisa wrote before the pandemic:

Each Thanksgiving, I pause to reflect on how very grateful I am for the blessings all around us, including our 30Seconds community. With its start as 30Second Mom to its growth now as, our mission to make life better in 30 seconds has only evolved with more passion and dedication. 

Whether you are part of our devoted management team or you share tips, contribute to the discussion or join our Twitter chats on Wednesday nights, each of you touches my life in unique ways. I am so grateful for each contributor who shares his or her wisdom. I am so thankful for each reader who appreciates and shares that wisdom. I so appreciate the wonderful brands we work with, who support our mission and further our growth, as we do the same for them. All of this gratitude is such a gift. We have created a powerful community that shares and cares, a dream come true for me.

I wish you a peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving with your families. As my family and I talk about what we are most grateful for this year, 30Seconds is among my greatest blessings. The beauty of what we are building takes my breath away. Many, many thanks to all of you for being on this journey with us! Sending much gratitude to you on this day, and every day!

(This photo of my kids and me, and this drawing made by my daughter Cassie, are from Thanksgiving 2012!)

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Dr. Shayna Mancuso
We are grateful for you and your vision to make life .. and the world a better place.
Judy Thow
Thank you Elisa for this beautiful picture and for your inspiring Thanksgiving message. There is not a day goes by that I don't log onto 30 seconds and learn something new. The concept and content is perfect.
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, Dr. Shayna Mancuso and Judy Thow! Your kind words touch my heart!! Can't tell you how thrilled I am to have you both part of our tribe. You are simply wonderful and contribute so much. Happy Thanksgiving - I'm grateful for you! xoxo
Elisa Schmitz
I am so grateful for all of you! May thanks for being such a valued part of my life. Sending blessings and love today, and always. Happy Thanksgiving! xoxo Donna John Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead Renee Herren Chef Gigi Gaggero Jessica Acree Sheri B Doyle Dr. Shayna Mancuso Holly Budde Meredith Schneider
Donna John
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Ann Marie Patitucci
I'm so grateful for the #30Seconds team and all of our 30S community! xoxo Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds Donna John Renee Herren
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you so much, Donna John Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead ! Hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving. xoxo
Dawn Taylor
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Betty Newlon
It is impossible to ignore such warm words. Thank you for your wishes. Let me also wish you all the best. And the most important thing is that everything in the whole World falls into place.
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you so much, Dawn Taylor and Betty Newlon ! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and that everyone is staying healthy and safe!
500 Laptops
I am grateful for your TIP and totally agreed with your opinion. Same to you, dear.
Ann Marie Patitucci
Beautiful message, Elisa. And I love the picture and Cassie All 's drawing!
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, Ann Marie Patitucci ! The picture is almost like a time capsule. Where do the years go, right? I am grateful for you!

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