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Five WordPress professionals explain why they are thankful

BEING THANKFUL

I can remember many a Thanksgiving mornings getting that turkey ready for the oven. I can almost smell the aroma of homemade rolls, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and much more. Laughter comes from the other room as we visit with family members we haven’t seen in months.

“Look at how much he’s grown!”

“You are getting so tall,” another says. “I sure am looking forward to some of that turkey,” my grandpa might say.

Thanksgiving isn’t just about getting together for a meal, but, in all honesty, it is about remembering the things we are thankful for. It is the best time to practice gratitude. If you are like me, you don’t do that as much as you should.

This week, in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a holiday in which we pause and give thanks. The holiday originates from when the Pilgrims stopped to give thanks when their harvest was finished the first year in their new country.

As explained in this article at History.com,

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days.

We know that Thanksgiving is not just an American celebration. In fact, our friends from Canada have their Thanksgiving in October. The German Thanksgiving, Erntedankfest, also celebrates in October.

The German counterpart to Thanksgiving is called “Erntedankfest” and is celebrated on the first Sunday after Michaelmas. It dates back some thousand years and could be translated with “Thanks for the harvest festival”. I found this explanation to be pretty accurate. Jan Koch, WordPress Speed Consultant

Today, several WordPress professionals have agreed to give their thoughts about the things in which they are thankful.

I am thankful for the lavish generosity of the members of the WordPress community

Sally Gradle
Sally Gradle

“I am thankful for the lavish generosity of the members of the WordPress community: generosity of time, knowledge, patience, and friendship. I couldn’t build the websites or the business I have without it.”

Sally Gradle
Blue Orchid Web Development

I’m thankful for things I easily take for granted

“I’m thankful for many things in life, especially things I easily take for granted. For example, I’m thankful for being in a healthy relationship with my wife, having a very supportive family (which I find to be

Jan Koch
Jan Koch

necessary for being an entrepreneur), being part of a fantastic community in the WordPress world, and being able to work as a lead developer for a German agency while also running my own venture with WP Mastery.

“I find that I have to constantly remind myself for being thankful, as it’s easy to get caught up in small things that don’t work as expected. But there is always something I can be thankful for, even if things go south.

“Being thankful helps me stay sane in today’s hectic world.”

Jan Koch, WordPress Speed Consultant
WP Mastery 

I am thankful every day for waking up each morning

Jennifer Williams
Jennifer Williams

“I am thankful every day for waking up each morning to see a new day. Being able to own my own business and being able to control my schedule. I am thankful for my family and being able to watch my children and granddaughter grow up, having a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs and food on the table. Having children who are grateful for the little things, who value their education and want to make something of themselves. One of the things I am most thankful for is my youngest son, despite having Asperger’s, POTS, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Epilepsy he can go to school and knock it out of the park.”

Jennifer Williams, Founder
La Luna Creative

The most special gift I received is my little angel – my daughter

“There are many things one needs to be thankful for. Every moment is a gift, and this year has brought in a lot of them for me!

Sujay Pawar
Sujay Pawar

“The most special gift I received is my little angel – my daughter, Jivika! She is a special one for all of us at home and we are blessed to have her.

“On the career front, it has been a great year for all of us at Brainstorm Force, since we’ve seen all our products flourish and receive so much of love from all our users across the globe. I am thankful to my team for giving in their best and our users for all their support and encouragement that lets us aim higher with every step we take.

“India is a country with diverse cultures and traditions. Therefore, there are various ways in which thanksgiving is celebrated in different regions depending on the crops and the harvesting season. In fact, every state or region has a different name for it too. People in sound India call it Pongal, those in Maharashtra call it Makar Sankranti, people in Punjab call it Lohri, etc. All of these are celebrated to thank God for the wonderful harvest.”

Sujay Pawar, Co-Founder
Brainstorm Force

The WordPress community is unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of

“This Thursday, as we deep fry our turkey (a Texas tradition!), I have so much to be thankful for. After leaving the comfort and security of a full-time job in 2017, my 18 months into entrepreneurship has been a success, a blessing,

Kyle Van Deusen
Kyle Van Deusen

and a total transformation of my lifestyle. While WordPress as a tool is fantastic, it’s the community that I’ve benefited from the most. A special thanks to all the people who have given their time to help me, answer my questions, give me confidence, and support me in this journey. The WordPress community is unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of, and I’m thankful I found it!”

Kyle Van Deusen, Owner
OGAL Web Design 

Even when times have been roughest, they never said, “go get a job working for someone else”

“I’m thankful for my clients, and how we continue to help each other as time goes on. I work with many of my clients monthly, or on a recurring basis, and that has given me a chance to understand their businesses better, an

John Locke
John Locke

d help give them better suggestions. They also help me stay running my own independent business, and we are mutually invested in each other’s success.

“I also want to give great thanks to my family and close friends. Everything I’ve done as a small business owner is possible because they also believe in what we’re doing. Even when times have been roughest, they never said, “go get a job working for someone else”. That emotional and psychological support has been crucial in getting the business to where it is now. And the best is yet to come. Peace.”

John Locke 
Lock Down Designs

Wrapping it up

The end of the year is a great time to think about our blessings.  We all have something to be thankful for. I urge you to dig inside and find those things you can be grateful and celebrate with friends and family.

What do you have to be thankful for? Let us know in the comments below.

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Todd Jones
Along with being the resident writer for MainWP and content hacker at Copyflight, I specialize in writing about startups, entrepreneurs, social media, WordPress and inbound marketing topics.
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