Let’s be real: It’s been a wild ride of a year. But even in these uncertain times, there’s still plenty to be thankful for. As is our tradition, the Zimbio team has taken a few moments to consider what matters most. From family to friends to pop culture bright spots, here are the things that make us feel blessed this year. Please feel free to share what you are most thankful for in the comments below.
Wishing the happiest of Thanksgivings to all!
Areeba Abid, Associate Editor
In times of great strife, it's important to be able to lean on people you love and trust. I'm very grateful that I have such an incredible family and group of friends at my side, considering our country's recent political climate. I hope the future is not one incited by fear, doubt, and sadness. I hope the voices of equality rise higher than the ones trying to silence them. I hope that light will overcome darkness. I hope that love trumps hate.
Lani Conway, Interactives Editor
What I’m thankful for: My family, my friends, and the musical artists who allowed me to rock out my aggressions. Let’s face it, this year was tough. Scratch that, this year sucked (well, politically speaking, because this year I actually did a lot of travel while on an extremely tight budget so I have to give myself props for that). Yes, the future may look bleak, our country feels more divided than ever, and I cannot tell you how many times I rolled my eyes at political news headlines this year. So this Thanksgiving, I must give a shoutout to my beautiful family and friends who have maintained the utmost level of love, respect, and open mindedness. I would not be sane without you.
And to all the artists who dropped new music in 2016 and contributed to my year-long therapy, beats to drown out the exhausting Election Year: Anderson Paak, Blood Orange, Frank Ocean, Beyonce, Rihanna, Solange, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and A Tribe Called Quest. Keep the good stuff coming.
Joe Robberson, Senior Associate Editor
I'm most thankful for my little baby niece Lily who was born a little under a month ago into the thresher that is the year 2016. I'm also thankful she's too young to know what's going on in the world around her. And I'm most thankful she was born to two smart, progressive parents who will protect her and teach her to be a kind, caring, thoughtful person.
JJ Duncan, Senior Editor
Thankfulness is not something I've felt often this year except where my family is concerned. It's been a terrible bummer for a lot of reasons. Among those many reasons: Two of my All-Time Top Five Favorite Singers died. But I am thankful that both of them, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, were able to release incredible, beautiful, spiritually-shattering albums before they passed on. In dark times, it makes perfect sense to cling to music capable of making you feel better even as it drives you down deeper into your self-reflection and sadness. Kurt Vonnegut, an atheist with a sense of humor, described all music as "sacred" and counted it as "proof of the existence of God." This year I'm happy to count it as proof that there's still light coming through the cracks.
"Ring the bell that still can ring / Forget your perfect offering / There is a crack, a crack in everything / That's how the light gets in." — Leonard Cohen, 'Anthem'
Cecily Trowbridge, Associate Editor
I'm thankful for the wonderful people in my life who keep me sane and motivated even in incredibly difficult times. I'm also thankful for my amazing boyfriend, my fabulous friends and family, Ryan Murphy, Amy Adams, and for the fact that my devious puppy has made it through a whole year of life. Also, shout out to caffeine: another year has gone by, and I remain ever thankful for you — some things never change.
Jill Slattery, Editor in Chief
This summer I welcome my second son, a sweet little ball of energy and light who has been an absolute joy since the moment he was born. I'm thankful for him and for my entire family, who remind me every day that the future is what we make of it. I'm grateful that I get to participate in helping to make the next generation kinder, more thoughtful, and more willing to bridge the divides among us.
I'm also profoundly grateful that I got to watch a woman vie for the the highest office in the land. And I'm thankful for the lessons I learned during this election: Don't be afraid to fail and don't be discouraged by setbacks. Get up, get involved, and get busy, because no one is going to do it for you. Onward and upward.
Rafael Hidalgo, Senior Designer
I am grateful for my Creator for giving me a wonderful family and friends. I'm so thankful for the love, support and joy they give. I am grateful for the company I work for and the people that I work with for giving me the opportunity to do what I love. I am thankful for love, without it our world would be miserable to live in. But, I am mostly thankful for the app that blocks my kids' phones and devices — they now call and text me even if it's just to say "can you please unblock my phone?"