If there’s ever been a year to give thanks, this is it

This year has been, by far, the most stressful, most exciting, and most eventful of my entire life. I’ve lost a job, started my own company, gotten married, moved, and started another company.

My partner-in-crime Sam Davidson wrote a post this morning titled “No One Does It Alone“. I couldn’t agree more. I wouldn’t be here (and neither would you) if it weren’t for the encouragement and support of other people. I know it’s unoriginal, but tis the season to be giving thanks – here are some things I’m thankful for:

To quote my “Thanksgiving” post from last year:

If ever there is a day to reflect on the year that was, to stop and give thanks to everyone who helped me get where I am today, Thanksgiving Day is the day to do it. There have been so many of you who are reading this that have had a huge impact on where I stand, right now. So many people who have read and watched and listed through all of the changes, challenges, and obstacles over the past 12 months.

Spend the day giving people the gratitude they deserve. Let your friends and family know how much you appreciate them. Throw out the “I love you’s” in abundance. Be grateful, reflect, drink lot’s of wine, eat lot’s of turkey, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Bonus: I’ll be participating in the month-long #Reverb10 project – which involves a different writing prompt each day to “reflect on this year and manifest what’s next”. The ladies behind this are great and their are a ton of amazing folks involved. Go sign up before December 1st and take some time to reflect and plan for the year ahead.

What have you learned this year? What are you most thankful for?

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11 Responses
  • Elizabeth Reply

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Matt. Before coming to work this morning, I was thinking about the projects on my plate then realized that I wouldn’t be where I am today without that prior job that paved the way for me. This year has been a year of self-growth for me, a year of finding the path I should be on. I am most thankful for the support of family, friends, & co-workers, the strength& passion to keep going even when I didn’t think it was possible, and lastly I’m simply thankful for the journey – I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without the ups and downs of it.

    Thanks for a great post – Have a Happy Thanksgiving! :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      The ups and downs make you who you are – going through both the good, and bad times – it’s all a part of the bigger picture and it helps to define the person you are and who you want to become. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Doug Shaw Reply

    Hey Matt – that’s a fine list of things to be thankful for. Like you I’m in the world of emerging business – we had our first anniversary just a couple of months ago. So to your list I would like to add a thanks to the clients who have confidence in emerging and powerful businesses like yours and mine. I’d like to thank West Sussex County Council, Notting Hill Housing, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Aviv and Yell for believing and supporting. Hell, I’d even like to thank the Focus Group who ripped me. I learned loads from them. So thanks again to wonderful clients who give good work to great businesses like ours.

    Keep up the good work feller. Sending you admiration from across the pond

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Yes. I HUGE thanks to all of the clients who have put their faith in me and my company over the past year. I would have never imagined things would have panned out the way they have (and so quickly) so a very special thank you to you and all of the other people and businesses I have had the pleasure of working with over the past 12 months. Cheers!

  • Jen Reply

    Happy Thanksgiving, Matt! Thanks for the tip on #reverb10! I signed up. :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No problem – I’m looking forward to being a part of it myself. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Cali @caligater Reply

    This is very meaningful, Chevy! And, of course, I’m so happy you’ll be participating in #reverb10. Gwen’s #best09 last year gave me my start at caligater.com — and I connected with SO many amazing peeps. We’re hoping to build up an even bigger, brighter community next month with #reverb10! :)

    And I would love to thank Twitter, too. I mean, seriously. I’ve had tons of amazing connections on Twitter, too. (You included!)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Yes! Looking forward to being a part of #reverb10, glad I stumbled across it last week. I hope all is well and that you’re rounding out 2010 in style. Hard to believe the year’s already coming to an end…

  • Lydia Reply

    Found your blog through #reverb10 and will definitely be coming back to see your responses to the prompts! BTW, I love your site design and header!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Lydia (and thanks for the compliment RE: design). Just subscribed to your blog and look forward to embarking on the #reverb10 journey with you!

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