WHAT WE'RE THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR
Kelsey Damassa / / Culture

It’s once again that time of year when we reconnect with our family and friends, share some laughs, consume all of the delicious foods and inevitably end up in a total pumpkin pie and Christmas cookie food coma. But amidst all of that fun, it’s important to take a few moments to think about how lucky we are.

Whether it is being grateful for your awesome coworkers or appreciating the barista at Starbucks that knows your order by heart, we all have something that makes our lives just a little bit better every day. Hey, it might even be that grocery store cannoli (looking at you Mr. John Downing). Here are just some of the things that our Six Footers are thankful for this holiday season!

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Karen LeBlanc - Houston

We should aim to be thankful every day, but the holidays are such a special time to reflect on those things that we are most grateful for. I am thankful that this year I was able to become a homeowner​ (and our sweet fur babies, Riley McFly Bradley and Bacon Bits LeBlanc finally got their own backyard to play in)​, I got engaged to the love of my life, we survived Hurricane Harvey with minimal damage to our house, and the Houston Astros won the World Series!

I’m also thankful that I’ve been allowed to pursue my passions and dreams at Six Foot by spreading the good word and bringing in many new members to the Six Foot family this year!

P.S. - Extra thankful that Hulk kicked butt in Thor: Ragnarok… (I love you, Mark Ruffalo! Thank you for finally getting my favorite Super Hero right!)

John Downing - Houston

In an effort to combat the macro-thankfulness of the holiday season and to stick it to the Hallmark Man, I'm choosing to focus on the micro-gratitudes in my life. I'm thankful for the cannoli I picked up from the grocery store on the way home today. Two weeks ago, I was thankful for a staycation consisting of at least seven naps, and the week after that for coming back to a job that often doesn't feel like actual work (don't tell my boss). I'm indebted to the thesaurus that I just used to find some other words for this feeling. So to all those little things that add up to making each day feel like the first day of a child's wanderings into a crazy and wonderful world, much obliged.

P.S. - I found a fortune cookie's message in my car this morning telling me to “express myself now," so I'm thankful for the uplifting advice of a poor soul trapped in a Fortune Cookie factory somewhere. Wise words from a worn-down wafer writer.

Six Foot Berlin

We are especially thankful for the healthy baby girl one of our colleagues had just 4 weeks ago, and for Pongo, our office dog who joins us once a week.

Mike Romo - LA

When I think about how crazy this year has been, I find myself grateful for just remembering to breathe at regular intervals, with the occasional deep breath, which I will do now... (deep breath). That was cool.

I have been working on being aware this year. I’ve noticed that when I really pay attention, I find myself in a near constant state of gratitude — even as I write this with the guy next door banging away on whatever he’s hammering, like, I am grateful that he (or she) is getting some work done and will eventually be able to put down that #%*@# hammer! What a great moment that will be.

I am grateful that I can go to dance class a few times a week and, even better, haven’t broken anything. I am grateful that I live in a home and a city that I really, really like. I am grateful that a good friend of mine asked me to officiate his wedding in New York, something I’ve always dreamed of doing—and it went really well! And I am grateful that when people ask me what I do for a living, I pretty much need them to sit down and get ready for a pretty long — but cool — explanation of all the efforts and opportunities my team is working on, and how grateful I am to be able to support them and keep things moving forward…and have a great time doing it.

I am grateful that when I look ahead at next year, I am filled with optimism and excitement, which is a gift. And I am grateful for this moment, right now, that Kelsey invited me to stop, sit down, and reflect for a moment, on this particular sandwich of awesome.

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There you have it!! We are an all-around thankful and appreciative bunch here at Six Foot. What are you thankful for this holiday season?

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