Every year on the blog, we step back and give thanks. Thanks for our families. Thanks for our friends. Thanks for the air we breathe and the coffee we drink. We step back and think about the hard times and the triumphant times. The silly and the delicious. We take a moment to take a moment, and hope that you do the same with us. So, without further ado, our thanks:
Laura: I am thankful to work with smart, passionate colleagues who care deeply about their work and the impact we have on the world around us.
Mike: Easy…I am more grateful than I could ever express for the presence of our little boy Zeke – a miracle baby born March 5th, 2011.
John: I am thankful for so many things. I am thankful that my house did not experience any damage during Hurricane Irene, my heart goes out to the Vermonters that are still putting their lives back together. I am thankful for family and friends who offer their love and support. I am thankful for my awesome job at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.; it is great to work with so many smart people who love coffee. I am thankful for my two dogs; they are old, fit and happy and keep me active.
Marybeth: I am thankful for a great cup of coffee (Guatemalan Finca Dos Marias Rocks!) on a sunny fall morning while sitting on my front porch watching the sun light up the sky. I am thankful for being a part of a company that cares – cares about the people who work here, our consumers, and the environment. I am thankful that as our sales grow so does the 5% we donate to local and global causes.
Roger: Have you ever had one of those moments of wonder? The kinds when the whole world seems to slow down just long enough for you to appreciate it. And then for that instant, that single speck in time, nothing else matters – no stress, no worry, no frets. The other day when I was walking to work I had one of those moments. It was a beautiful morning and the sun was dancing on the autumnally punctuated mountains that surround us. The air was crisp but not cold. The colors of the sky, the clouds, and the hillsides were spot on. Even the birds’ songs seemed to lilt just a bit brighter, carrying on the breeze just a second longer than the physics of sound would normally allow. The moment literally stopped me in my tracks. I chuckled to myself while taking it all in. Those moments, those quick, personal mental group hugs with the universe, those simple distillations of time and purpose and place, that’s what I’m thankful for….
Mary Beth J.: I am new to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. this year and have found that I have a lot that I am thankful for:
- Bringing my personal passion into work each day
- New opportunities and experiences
- A new appreciation for the coffee industry and an endless supply of caffeine
- Having coworkers who patiently waited while I got back on my feet, literally, and cheered me on along the way after having only known me for a few weeks
Colleen: I am thankful that I trusted my heart and moved from New York City to Vermont! Now I have a fiancé that I adore, a dream job at a company I admire, and a world of outdoor adventures at my doorstep!
Jen: I am thankful for my awesome network of friends who never fail to support me and keep me going! And that Donovan McNabb is no longer the starting quarterback for the Vikings! ;)
Derek: I am thankful for many things, but among them: I am thankful that great, interesting music is still being made today. I’m thankful that the Flatlander Barbecue team didn’t fall flat on our face during our first year of competitive barbecue. I’m thankful to work for a company with so many opportunities and to have the ability to work on such an amazing brand. And I’m thankful that my wife and I get to live in the beautiful state of Vermont – more often than not, my morning commute is just breathtaking.
Kristen: It’s been one of those years, folks. You know: The kind of year that brings just as many challenges as it does rewards? But man, are those rewards all the sweeter because of the hurdles it took to get them. And those rewards are: Superior coworkers – the kind that will deal with you reverse trick-or-treating around campus in costume or frolicking down the halls of Cubeland; loving family – those that will pick you up at the airport after an event so late in the night it’s early in the morning; and hilarious, dedicated friends – the ones that roll their eyes when you tell them they’re all getting coffee for Christmas for year number three and then merrily chug every morsel of caffeinated goodness.
Tom: My family lore has it that we're descended from the pilgrims John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley. Howland was swept off the deck of the Mayflower in a storm -- but saved by a rope thrown overboard. So I'm definitely thankful for that rescue. Otherwise I wouldn't even be here! (I am also secretly grateful for the cranberry sauce shaped just like the can it comes out of. With three kids, there's always some of that on our Thanksgiving table, alongside the more wholesome, natural whole-berry stuff.)
Doug: I'm thankful for wool socks, the heavy kind, all sheepy soft on the inside and thick enough to ward off evening chills. I'm thankful for autumn bonfires, and friends to share them with. Marshmallows, toasted just so. And I'm exceptionally thankful for a job with an amazing company that has in so many ways exceeded my expectations about what a group of committed people can do. I mean — it's a job, right? In this economy that's enough, and it affords me many of the other things I'm thankful for. But working here has enriched me as a human being, too. Who'd have expected that? So, thanks. And don't forget… wool socks: awesome.
What are you thankful for this year?