Ask Our Experts: What Are You Most Thankful for This Holiday Season?

[ 0 ] November 23, 2010 |

With Thanksgiving and the holidays approaching, we asked our experts: What are you most thankful for this holiday season? Here are their responses … We will be adding to this list throughout the holidays so please bookmark this page and check back often!




Lloyd Princeton Published author of Marketing Interior Design with over 100-plus paid speaking presentations internationally for organizations, corporations, and governments.

I am thankful to have a family that is so at ease, that I know I can invite whomever I wish to our dinner and my guests will feel welcome and leave with smiles on their faces!
















Vicki Salemi Vicki Salemi is a career expert who taps into her 13-plus years of experience as a human resources/recruiting executive at KPMG and Deloitte to enlighten and empower people.

I am grateful for the love and support of my family and close friends who make my heart sing.















Melanie Waldman As a travel writer, Melanie Waldman encourages couples to step away from their work … and get the heck out of dodge.

I’m thankful for a life where my husband and I both have careers we love. Because he sets his own vacation time as a business owner, we’re still able to travel together for several weeks throughout the year. This balance means that we feel fulfilled as human beings: we work really hard, but also have time to visit our families (who all live a plane ride away), see our friends, and enjoy sharing the world with each other without having to wait for retirement. I wish that vacation time was more of a priority for North American industries, because I believe it helps to keep us engaged with the world around us — and to preserve every relationship in our lives, romantic or otherwise.


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Allison Daily Author of Out of the Canyon: A True Story of Loss and Love, a bereavement counselor at Aspen Valley Hospital and Co-Director of Pathfinder Angels, non-profit for cancer patients.

I’m having one of those days when I feel thankful to be alive. It’s crazy because as I look outside at all of the snow we are having in Aspen and around, I think, why am I so happy? Click here to read the full story







Audrey Mansfield Audrey Mansfield is the style contributor for San Francisco’s The View from the Bay on KGO-TV and the nationally syndicated program Everyday Living airing on the Live Well HD Network. She is also the makeup artist for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

This year I learned that changes really do bring new opportunities. Four and a half years ago I began a new adventure when I moved to San Francisco to work as an on-air correspondent for Disney’s “The View From the Bay.” Working in front of the camera was a new experience for me, and I soon discovered I loved my work and new life in San Francisco. So while I was both surprised and saddened to see that show end its run, I realized that the cancellation of “The View From the Bay” still brought me new opportunities. I am now blessed to be living in New York, close to my daughter, Erica.

I am thankful that I have never been afraid to start over and try something new. Had I been so, I would never have moved to San Francisco in the first place, let alone picked up and relocated to Manhattan this year. I am grateful for the quiet moments I am now able to spend with Erica, chatting over a cup of tea at the end of the workday – now in the same town! I also feel blessed to have my own good health and that of my family, particularly after a period when I’ve supported dear friends through struggles with illness and loss in their lives.

I continue to look forward to whatever life has in store for me and my family, and am grateful to still be hopeful for the good things yet to come.

Judy Weitzman Thirty years ago Judy lost 50 lbs and has kept it off. As a diet coach Judy helps her clients one-on-one everyday to attain their weight loss goals.


There is no greater gift than good health. I am so thankful for my mom who is 88 years young and for my clients who are successfully losing weight which makes them healthy and happy.  Wishing everyone the happiest holidays…..in small portions!





Maura Thomas founded RegainYourTime.com in 2003 and her expertise in effectiveness and attention comes from 16 years in the productivity training industry.

I’ve had many blessings in my life and I’m grateful every day.  I try not to take anything for granted but it’s a continual lesson.  One of the less-obvious things I’m grateful for is the practice I’ve adopted of being in the moment.  There are many clichés about this but I’ve discovered it’s harder than it sounds.  For me, it’s an antidote to worry, stress, frustration, and that harried feeling that seems to be present around the holidays.  You can only be where you are, and the present is, in fact, the only thing that matters.

I’m still not very good at this, and I’m learning how to balance goals and future planning with this mindfulness, but whenever I manage to remember it, my mood improves.
I wish all the genConnect readers an abundant holiday season!

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We also asked on our Facebook Fans: What are you most grateful for heading into this holiday season?


Meg Fowler The chance to see both Gradon’s family and my own in the space of a month — TOGETHER, no less; being employed in a job where I’m surrounded by exceptional people I can learn from; having two great kids in my life who let me laugh at/with them; the opportunity to make a great home with someone I love; and COFFEE.
Melanie Notkin My nephew and nieces and all the children in my life who make me smile!


Watch Newspapers Grateful & thankful for amazing friends & family who exemplify the notion that humanity IS ultimately GOOD. ~Aronado



Suzi Carr LOVE…My bff’s, my family, my precious kitty, the love of my life, great sex, the gift of writing and singing, having fabulous mentors along my path of enlightenment and the gift of peace in my heart…..being able to enjoy…in-joy…here!

Arian West Modansky I’m thankful for my wonderful life and that I had all the years up until last month to share it with my beautiful mother Mildred.



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Thanks to all of our experts and community. We are wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving and holidays.


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