Thanksgiving is an interesting time for an online retailer. While most people are winding down to relax for the long weekend, we’re gearing up and preparing for what should be our busiest weekend of the year. But don’t mistake the busyness and the stresses associated with it for not being thankful. As a team, we are the most thankful group of young business owners that you’ll find. Answering emails on Thanksgiving and packing orders on Black Friday are small prices to pay for being able to live out our dream. In a way, since this is the culmination of much of our hard work, we wouldn’t want it any other way than to be smack in the middle of all of the chaos.
Personally, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The origins are pure and understood. It transcends people of all different ages, races, and religions. You’re not expected to “give” or “get” anything other than gratitude, and I know that I have a whole lot of gratitude to give out this Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for having a supportive and loving group of family and friends, and an amazing girlfriend.
I am thankful that I have a roof over my head and food on my plate, as we recently saw first hand that so many people do not.
I am thankful that our business has grown to a point that I am able to live comfortably off of my salary.
I am thankful to every single one of our customers, because without them our business would just consist of a warehouse full of products and some websites.
I am thankful for having found three business partners that make running a business so much fun. In many ways, they have become my second family.
And of course, I’m thankful for having blog readers like you. This blog has been a huge part of my growth and happiness over the course of the past few years. It’s not because I have a place to vent my feelings, it’s because of all of the great emails and comments that I’ve received and the interaction that’s ensued. I never would’ve met some of the most interesting people I know if I didn’t start blogging.
What are you thankful for?