Beth Shea, Managing Editor at Inhabitots
I have so much to be grateful for this year. I am endlessly thankful for my daughter and son who teach me how to be a better person every single day. I am beyond blessed to have a job that is my passion, and which enables me to work from home and do double duty as a mom and writer. I’m also thrilled to have found “home” in San Diego, after ten years (and way too many moves) searching for the perfect place to put down our roots, we have finally arrived in our dream location. And I’m also grateful for coffee, because without it, I’d be asleep right now.
Julie Seguss, Editor at Inhabitots
I am thankful for my 3-month-old son Luca who never fails to make me smile.
Bridgette Meinhold, Architecture Editor
This year I’m grateful for my art studio; for people who buy art; for my amazing group of girlfriends and my super supportive family; for Grant Wood and his American Gothic painting; for KSL Classifieds (Salt Lake City’s own and better version of Craigslist), for book publishers; for Park City residents who raised $600,000 for local non-profits last week; my high-flying champion dock jumper Cooper; and my handsome husband who loves me even though I nag him. Hopefully this won’t be our last Thanksgiving, but just in case, I’m also thankful for our cash of ammo, dried beans, rice and hot sauce.
Amanda Silva Coen, Photographer and Contributing Writer at Inhabitat and Ecouterre
I’m grateful for my independence and mobility that have allowed me to meet inspiring people across the globe. This year has been a whirlwind, taking me from Brooklyn to the Sacred Valley in Peru to Montreal to LA. While the cultural contrasts between some places are enormous, the bigger shock has come from experiencing a sense of time travel. From the fast paced cities of NY and LA to a more laid-back Montreal and an even more tranquil, serenity found in the Andes, I feel like I have been in a time machine this past year.
The adventures and movement have kept me inspired and introduced me to many different ways of living which I continue to selectively incorporate into my own life. Above all, I’m thankful to have a set of personal values and passion which allow me to create “home” no matter where I find myself.
Ana Lisa Alperovich, Contributing Writer
This year I have found a new addiction: Couchsurfing. I have been “surfing” around Berlin, Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Kinderdijk, Antwerp and Paris this summer, while searching for original sustainable stories to share with the world through this wonderful site. All I can say is that I am totally hooked to this social network. Nothing beats the feeling of turning up at a stranger’s home, living the locals’ way and simply becoming their new best friend — at least for a few days. I think that the best way to get to know a city is to get involved in the things you already enjoy doing, and for me that is having conversations with strangers, riding my bike, trying new (veggie) food and discovering sustainable gems like architectural pieces and the most quirky projects at design shows. Thanks to my adventurous/naive side, my incredible job, and the people I met (mainly through Couchsurfing) I am able to live a modern, nomadic life that is more sustainable, open, fun and austere — and I’m much happier because of it.