We Have So Much to be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is a time for coming together and sharing in good food and memories. Today, you’ll likely do that with members of your family and friends. Though we can’t be at your table to taste your delicious mashed potatoes and clink glasses with you, we at Pulse consider you part of our family. You bring us into your homes each month, after all. In an effort to create a virtual dinner table, we asked staff members, freelancers and readers to share what they are most thankful for. Take a seat at our table and join in the conversation by commenting below or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Happy Thanksgiving!

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“I am thankful for my family and friends. I have two siblings in college and friends traveling around the world but when everyone is home for the holidays, I could not be filled with more happiness. I am blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people.”

– lilien perito, associate publisher

“Endless support from my parents, two brothers who always have my back and unconditional love from my boyfriend.”

– mary demaio, web editor

“I’m thankful every day to have a wonderful, loving, and supportive family. And this year in particular, I’m thankful to have successfully launched my jewelry business, The Wood & Watch.”

– rachel kalina

“I am thankful for the roof over my head, nutritious food in my belly and warm clothes and shoes on my body. But most of all, I am thankful for my family.”

– denine anderson-regan, co-writer of blog We Know Stuff

“Every holiday season I am thankful for my family, friends and health. This year I can say that I am especially thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given…including interning at Pulse and developing my writing skills. I have also been able to flaunt my talents by performing written poetry at an open-mic night, and competing in Farmingdale State College’s F-Factor singing competition and placing third.”

– nicolette rossi, marketing, event & public relations intern

“For our best year yet in business…a major anniversary milestone with my wife [and] twin grandchildren.”

chef giovanni via instagram

“I am thankful for my family and wonderful boyfriend. It is a blessing to be surrounded by such a loving and caring group of people.”

– meaghan mckeever, assistant to the associate publisher

“I’m thankful for my extensive support network of family, friends and colleagues who laugh with me through the best and worst of days.”

– chelsea d’ambrosio

“I am grateful for my mom, who is 85 and healthy, a new job, new adventures and the ability to stay positive.”

– gina thornton, suffolk county account executive

“I am thankful writing offers me the opportunity to speak with some of the most interesting, dynamic, thoughtful and creative people out there. I feel fortunate to learn about everything from their early influences to what inspires them on a daily basis.”

– susan cohen

“I’m thankful for having a successful career in the field that I actually studied in college—that’s very rare nowadays. I’m thankful that both my parents are strong, healthy and happy. I’m also thankful for my niece. She brings so much joy into our lives and is a constant reminder to just live and laugh.”

– navia watson, senior account executive

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with an outstanding team at Pulse and have the support of my wife and family as I spend every other waking hour studying for my master’s degree in communications.”

– carl corry, associate editor

I am thankful for the wonderful experiences I have had the opportunity to enjoy this year, including racing with Oakcliff Sailing Center (what a summer!). The adventures, challenges and friendships I’ve made this year are very special and set a great vision/goal for 2017!

– jessica suarino, nassau county account executive

“I’m definitely most thankful for my family and for all my friends that have become my family. Most of them actually live in the Netherlands so it’s really hard sometimes, but I think it’s such a special thing to have them so involved in my life and I’m so grateful for their constant support and love. In my family we always say that we’re never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart.”

– elsie boskamp, editorial intern

“I have so much to be thankful for every year but this year I’m especially thankful for my friends. As we get older the frequency of visits is limited. We’re all off chasing our dreams, starting our families, etc. but this year made it very clear that the support we have for one another is unwavering. Each year presents its own challenges, but this year we lost a very special man, my father in-law. The outpouring of love and support my husband and I received from our friends, new and old, was just overwhelming. It truly warms my heart every time I think about how many wonderful people we are so fortunate to have in our lives, and for that I am thankful.”

– melissa carfero, sponsorships & events

“I am thankful for my family and all they have done this past year leading up to our one-year anniversary this February!! They have invested their time and money into opening AJ’s and making sure it stays open and successful. There is no way I could have opened up and stayed open and successful without my brother, sister, mother, father, fiancée, my brother’s girlfriend and cousins! These are the ones I can trust and who believed in my dream. I am also thankful for our loyal customers who support us and kept the restaurant afloat for just about a full year. On top of all of this I am also thankful that I will be marrying the woman of my dreams on May 26, 2018!”

– anthony leis, jr., owner of aj’s gourmet grilled cheese shop via instagram

“The things I am grateful for include an even temperament, wealth of wisdom, continued good health, an easy-going sense of humor, the privilege to work and enjoy what I do, the ability to see all sides of a situation and understand each one, enduring faith in knowing that “this too shall pass,” a strong sense of self, the gift of having had the chance to live a very full and colorful life, my parents who were completely selfless in giving me every opportunity in life to succeed, strength of character and no regrets. If I had to live my life over again, I wouldn’t change anything.”

– maryanne napoli, suffolk county account executive

“I continue to be extremely grateful for the people in my life—friends, family, even acquaintances. When you’re young, I think you get caught up in accumulating as many of these people as possible. But as you grow older, you’re more thankful for the select few you can always count on.”

– andrew sheldon, associate editor

“My husband’s family. I don’t have a big family and they’ve taken over major roles in my life that were nonexistent. They treat me the same as they do their own children, take me on trips, helped me through college, support me and look out for me. My mother-in-law is the most kind, caring, thoughtful person I’ve ever met. I wouldn’t have gotten this far in life if it wasn’t for her. They let my dog and me live with them for three years because I had nowhere else to go. I will forever be thankful for everything they’ve done for me.”

– brittni gorman, marketing & public relations

“I’m thankful for a good boyfriend, a good job, good wine, good legs that allowed me to run my first marathon this year and a poorly trained dog (but she’s cute!).”

– beth ann clyde, social strategist