Thanksgiving tops the list as one of our favorite holidays. A day for family, friends and feasting, we also love that Thanksgiving sets aside an opportunity for us to reflect on yet another year passed and give thanks to all the wonderful things that have brought us joy! This year we asked our editors and writers to tell us what they are thankful for this season, and to share some of the amazing things the year had in store for them. We’d also love to hear what you’re thankful for too, so read on and share some of your own sentiments with us ahead!
JILL, Founder and Editor-in-Chief: This year I want to give thanks for my wonderful husband and my supercutey little boy, who has taught me so much in the two short years that he has been in my life. I’m thankful for my family’s health, and I’m thankful for New York CIty – best city in the universe! I’m thankful for population density, roasted ‘Nuts 4 Nuts’ chestnuts, the subway and for good infrastructure, tofurkey, vegan cupcakes, pumpkins, and city planning. I’m also really really thankful that I’ve been able to make a living talking about my passion in life: design. And since so much of that is made possible by the awesome Inhabitateam, of course I must extend a deep deep thank you to all of our fabulous writers, editors and Inhabistaff who keep the website running and constantly up-to-date with great stories on green design. I know that I probably don’t express my gratitude and appreciation enough to you guys, but I am thrilled and honored to be surrounded by such an amazing group of smart and talented people who really care about what’s going on in the world and have the passion to try to make the world a better place through the power of good design. And readers – I love you too! Thank you for reading our website, without you there would be no Inhabitat. Thank you for caring!
MIKE, Managing Editor: This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for all of the energy and excitement that is surging through the green zeitgeist. The USGBC recently announced that green buildings are on the rise despite the depression, and Greenbuild 2010 just capped off a record attendance of over 27,000 people, proving that interest and enthusiasm in creating a more sustainable future keeps on building. I’m also thankful for our incredible team of writers and editors who inspire and amaze me every day, and for our vital community of readers who encourage us, challenge us, and keep the conversation moving. Happy Thanksgiving!
YUKA, Senior Editor: This year, I’m thankful for happy mediums. Back when I first started writing for Inhabitat, I was a little militant about the whole green movement – so much so that my own family and friends would hide or roll their eyes every time I would walk into a room and see plastic cups being used or someone not sorting trash properly. My sister and I even got into a pretty ugly argument about water usage (I take full responsibility for the fight now that I realize no one likes someone hovering next to them and controlling the water pressure while they wash dishes). In terms of buying things, I’d put myself on a strict “green only” shopping policy and would not even purchase essentials unless they were organic, recycled or secondhand.
But that was then. Now, I’m way more relaxed about living an eco-friendly lifestyle, and while it may seem counter-intuitive, breaking some of my own rules has helped me save more energy and create less waste. Since I buy less things, I make my purchases things that I will really use for a long time, regardless of whether they are made from green materials. After all, a pair of durable, non-organic cotton jeans that you love will last you way longer than a pair of 100% organic cotton jeans that you are “meh” about. I also think my more chill attitude is helping me be a better spokesperson for the green cause since I’m no longer driving people crazy by forcing them to be eco-friendly. I’m also thankful that my friends and loved ones didn’t run away or try to silence me during my slight lapse of judgement!