More Than the Turkey
Around this time of year, we're reminded to take a step back, pause for a moment and count our blessings. Of course, we are always grateful for our health, happiness, friends and family, but this year, we're also pondering what we’re thankful for in an area of our lives that sometimes escapes scrutiny - our work. What are you all grateful for in your industries? For your holiday merriment, we’ve also shared some of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions and memories. Debbie: What's great about communications is that I've always thought of it as a service industry. We help people and because of that, we get to meet ALL kinds of personalities, people from different cultural and professional backgrounds and often forge lasting friendships. It's a one-to-many kind of job. Some traditions are nonsensical. And those are usually the best ones. An unknown number of years ago, I started conspiring with my niece and nephews to "sneak" under the table after holiday meals. Our covert pow-wows make little sense to visitors, and we're just fine with that. It's our chance to giggle until our overly stuffed bellies feel like they're about to burst and to remind ourselves that, sure, our family is weird, but we're all in the weirdness together. Amy: As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m two months shy of my first anniversary here at 20K Group. This (almost) year has been a blur in the best possible way, and, although I hate to resort to clichés, I have learned something new almost every day during my time here. Our diverse roster of clients has allowed me to learn about industries I would never have any knowledge of and develop new skills that I definitely didn’t learn in school. (As far as I know, no university yet offers How To Talk To A Reporter Without Sounding Like A Moron 101.) My job is challenging and rewarding, but never, ever boring. And for that, I am grateful! Last Thanksgiving, my parents were in the process of moving to Olympia, Washington, so most of their furniture was packed away already. We still had a delicious feast– it just happened to be held on a folding table from the 1980s. My favorite part of this (and every) holiday is just spending a lazy day with my tiny, tight-knit family. Carolyn: I am so thankful for the amazing opportunity 20K Group has given me by taking me on as their intern/research assistant for the past few months. I have learned so much about the communication industry and the details that go on behind the scenes at a truly great agency. I have wonderful coworkers who make me look forward to coming into the office in the morning and enjoy spending time with after hours as well. I wanted to be able to learn from the best, and that is exactly the experience I’ve received. I’m also thankful that I can use the skills I am honing to help others articulate and share their messages. I am blessed with a love of writing, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to put my passion to use than bringing attention to the amazing things our clients do. Each year, my family watches the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while eating pancakes my mom or grandma makes. My brother and I look through the Black Friday ads and prepare our plan of attack for shopping that evening. Between midnight and 5 a.m. Thanksgiving night/Black Friday morning, my mom, brother, and I do the majority of our Christmas shopping. My proudest buy so far is a five-dollar crock-pot! We hope that you all have a wonderful, restful day with your loved ones. And don’t forget – we’re also always thankful for YOU!Courtenay: I have an adventurous spirit that craves new input, so the 20K life is perfect for me. Every day brings the unexpected, and there is always something to learn. If I make a to-do list, chances are that it will be obsolete by 10 a.m. And I love it that way! I'm thankful that I get to wake up each day with only a loose idea of what lies ahead. There's no telling what exciting opportunity will pop up or what crisis will require us to jump into action. I'm also extraordinarily grateful that I have been able to learn at the feet of the master (Debbie) and to have colleagues who barely bat an eye when I break into a horribly arrhythmic dance. I feel lucky each day to be a part of this 20K Group family.