What I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving PlateWith Thanksgiving coming up here in the US, I was planning on doing a post like this anyway, but then Jason Strate (blog | twitter) decided to ask everyone, so I'm happy to join in!

Thanksgiving is my 2nd favorite holiday (yes, Christmas does take the cake for me). Though it's an American holiday, I like to think that anyone from any nation can appreciate the thought of sharing a meal with family and friends and pausing to reflect on all we have to be thankful for. Here's my list:

Michelle – First and foremost, I'm thankful for my beautiful fiancée, Michelle, and the fact that even after knowing me for 4 years she still agreed to spend the rest of her life with me.

Family – I'm grateful for my wonderful and supportive family and all they've done for me.

Friends – I have an amazing circle of friends who I wouldn't trade for anything in the world!

Those who Teach – I can't imagine where I would be if I hadn't learned anything, and most of that was taught to me by someone else. This isn't just directed at schoolteachers, but anyone who has taken the time to explain something. I do all I can to learn things on my own, but very much appreciate the help I get from others.

My Job – Even on the "not-so-great" days I'm still grateful for my job. Having the means to keep a roof over my head and put food on the table is a privilege, especially these days.

SQL Server – I have no clue what I'd be doing if this product didn't exist. I can't imagine what other platform I would have a passion for. My SQL Server skills have kept me employed for the past few years and I hope they can continue to do so for a long time!

The Community – I really wish I had found the SQL Server Community sooner, but I'm glad that I did regardless. It's helped me learn a lot and brought me in touch with some amazing people.

So that's what I've got on my list. What's on yours? Feel free to join in!