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!

inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, jill fehrenbacher

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!

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, mike chinoMIKE, 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!

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, yuka yoneda

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!

inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, rebecca paul

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LEA, Contributing Writer: I’m thankful for my dog, whose excitement for nature reminds me everyday to stop and smell the roses…and trees, and fallen leaves, and sticks, and rocks, and the neighbor’s fence. Oh so many things to pay attention to outdoors!

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, julie knapp

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, frida jeppsson

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, jamie hall

JAMIE, Contributing Writer: I’m thankful for my family, friends, good books, season 2 of Community, my lovely little cat and media rate shipping…

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inhabitat, inhabitat team, inhabitat thanksgving, happy thanksgiving from inhabiatat, starre vartan

Where did I go? My family lives in Australia, so I travelled to Sydney (I’m originally from Coogee Beach, just a few minutes from downtown, but blessed with incredible natural beauty), and checked out Melbourne, Brisbane and Townsville too, via train through backcountry Oz for some of it. I also spent time in LA, which is quickly becoming one of my fave American cities, and flew down to beautiful Asheville, Tennessee for Hatchfest, an emerging arts and music festival where I spoke on a journalism panel. Asheville is a gorgeous town, and very green! Boulder Colorado was also on my list this year, and like Asheville, is a smaller city with tons of great innovative building and conservation going on (not to mention superfantastic local food!). I went to Florence courtesy of Volkswagen, to check out their new hybrid Touareg, and got to stay in a villa that’s now a hotel, and finally stopped by London to see my best friend there, as well as check out London Fashion Week for the first time (a long-time dream of mine).

I also got to meet up with my father and stepmom in Paris, where they were celebrating my stepmom’s birthday, and took my first trip with my boyfriend, who made the voyage that much more special and romantic. Costa Rica was also on the list in 2010, and I’m excited to share my writing (and videos) about my time there; the country is an amazing example of what can be done very right in eco travel and environmental education. In another week, I’m headed to Aruba to check out the green cred of the Bucati resorts there and then up to Portland and Seattle to visit the Pacific Northwest; I’ve never been before and can’t wait to hike along the coast and check out my partner in crime’s hometown and surrounds (not to mention the amazing coffee and bookstores in both cities!). Last, but not least, I made it up to Vermont a few times, which is one of my favorite places in the world, aside from NYC. Speaking of which, I’m very thankful I get to work in what I consider the best city on the planet.

It was so much fun living this year of my life, and I learned a tremendous amount, and am still getting around to reporting on it all for my blog, Eco Chick and my upcoming eco travel spin-off site, Eco Chick Escapes! I am also, of course, very thankful to my friends, family, and roommates, who make my peripatetic life possible, and are always supportive of my crazy adventures.