Giving Thanks: What I’m Thankful for This Holiday Season
Much like last year, 2021 threw some big challenges our way, and it’s easy to dwell on disappointments or lost opportunities. But with Thanksgiving approaching, now’s the perfect time to reset our mindset towards gratitude.
Before we start piling turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole onto our plates, I want to take a moment to share what I’m thankful for this holiday season – and how I’m using this gratitude to inspire me into 2022. I hope to inspire you, too!
A Strong Support System
I got married this past August. Planning a wedding is already stressful enough—there’s so much preparation that goes into everything, and a lot of it is somewhat out of your control. Add on the fact I was also finishing up grad school amidst the ongoing pandemic, and safe to say, I was panicking a bit!
The week of my wedding, I was frantically trying to complete my capstone, the final project before graduation. It was a complex project and I felt like giving up amid everything going on. Thankfully, my parents and now-husband didn’t let me. They listened to my frustrations and then reminded me I was right at the finish line– I needed to keep going!
As the proud recipient of a master’s degree, I know how important it is to have a strong support system on your side. Looking to 2022, I’m focusing on how I can be this support system for others– who can I give an extra confidence boost?
To me, teamwork is everything. Whether it’s my personal or professional life, working together is essential for success.
This summer, my manager Eva told me I could be flexible with my workday while preparing for my wedding and completing grad school. That kind of care was incredibly helpful.
My colleague Lola and I are extremely close, too. We have each other’s backs and we’re there to pick each other up if one of us is out or slammed with tasks. This work-life balance helps us accomplish greatness we couldn’t otherwise achieve.
Lucas Group also always offers an open door policy. Our executives are all welcoming of visitors or feedback, no matter who’s providing it. Our CEO has even told us to give him a call or shoot him a text or email if we need him. That’s comforting to hear, and all the leadership positions within the company take that approach.
This kind of teamwork isn’t a given at every organization. Next year, I look forward to continuing to help my colleagues succeed because when one of us succeeds, we all do.
Being able to give back
I’m proud to be a member of our Community Captains in the Atlanta office. We brainstorm ideas to provide meaningful and impactful support to people in our community, whether that’s sponsoring a fundraiser, completing a charity walk, cleaning a local park, or giving back in some other way.
I’m thankful Lucas Group provides us with these opportunities and empowers us to get creative in the initiatives we launch. Giving back to the community is something special, and I love that I’m a part of it. Next year, I look forward to expanding these important community initiatives to serve even more individuals.
What’s something you’re thankful for this year? I invite you to share in the comments below.