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Gini Dietrich

Happy Thanksgiving from My Family to Yours

By: Gini Dietrich | November 23, 2011 | 
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It’s the day before Thanksgiving and, as I sat here last night trying to decide what to blog about, I though it’d be fun to ask my team what they’re thankful for this year.

The only rule? They couldn’t be thankful they have a job or for their families or all the stuff people always say.

We know you’re thankful for that stuff. And you’d BETTER be thankful you’re working with me.

I asked them to have fun with it and to be creative.

So here is what some of them have to say.

Molli Megasko and I have worked together for nearly five six years. She was an intern, fresh out of college, and she was hired full-time because we liked having her around so much. Turns out she’s become really good at her job, too.

She is thankful she gets to work from home in New York City. She gets the work culture of a boutique agency and the social life of a Sex and the City girl. She’s also thankful her sister is having a baby, which gets her mother off her case for a little while.

Crister DelaCruz has been working with us since May and she brings a sense of style we all try to mimic.

She is thankful for perspective. She said:

Things haven’t come as easily to me in the last few years as they did during the first decade of my career. It has taught me to appreciate every accomplishment, kind gesture, and trustworthy colleague even more. The lessons I’ve learned have been invaluable.

She’s also thankful for sunscreen, the healthy lifestyle in which she was raised, and her parents’ genetics. Why? Because she turned 40 this year. And I’m here to tell you, she looks 25. I’d be thankful for that, too.

Lisa Gerber most of you already know because she hangs out on Spin Sucks all the time. She joined us in January and I’m pretty sure if she and I went on the Newlywed Game, we’d totally win.

She is thankful for the “unfriend” button, which she used with joy earlier this week (I have to go see if I’m still friends with her). She’s thankful for connectivity, Skype chat (where you’ll find the two of us all day, every day), FaceTime, and Dropbox. She is grateful she gets to do something she loves every day.

She’s thankful for Friday nights and turning off her alarm when she goes to bed. That’s because she thinks she has to compete with me on who can get up the earliest. Trust me, she isn’t going to win that one. But she can certainly stay out past 9 p.m.

She’s thankful for the mountains which, in winter and summer, are fun to go up and even more fun to go down. And for a husband and best friend with whom she rides those ups and downs. And she’s thankful for the friends she did not unfriend. I looked -we’re still friends.

And me? I’m thankful I have such a great team who like one another. This is very important and it hasn’t always been that way. When you work with people who like one another, it’s MUCH easier to do your job.

I’m thankful I have such a strong relationship with both of my parents. I seem to have gotten the best of both of them and I’m grateful for everything they continue to teach me.

I’m thankful for Mr. D, who makes me laugh multiple times a day, even when he’s telling the same joke I’ve heard 20,000 times.

I’m thankful for Jack Bauer, who is an old man in a dog’s body, and who loves me more than he loves anyone else.

I’m thankful for my work husband (Patti Knight) who takes better care of me than I take of myself.

And I’m thankful for this blog and social media, which has brought me all of you. When people ask how we’ve built such a strong community, I always respond with, “You mean, the crazies?” And I mean it. You’re all crazy and I love each and every one of you for it.

I love my crazies! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

99 comments
EricaAllison
EricaAllison

This shows you how crazy my life has been these last 2 months of 2011 - I missed this very lovely Thanksgiving message. Thank goodness I checked my Stumble Upon recommendations today (the day after Christmas, no less). I'm thankful for having met you, Mrs. D and glad to have this crazy group of folks to chat with when life is not so hectic and I'm in need of a 'fix'. xoxo!

ryancox
ryancox

This was great! Double-day after read, but still great! I'm thankful I wasn't born with two left feet. Because, (whew) I can cut a rug.

Stephanie Barnes
Stephanie Barnes

Hello there!I had so much to be thankful.Being alive in my 31st year in this world and for giving me a wonderful family is really worth to be thankful to our Almighty God.Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.May God bless you.

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Stephanie Barnes
Stephanie Barnes

Nice thoughts.I'm happy to know that you celebrated it as a whole.Be happy always.Thank you for sharing.

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Nic_Cartwright
Nic_Cartwright

This year I have had so much to be thankful about - world travel and so many experiences, 4 months in the States living like a prince - and making some great new acquaintancies on line (I know the spelling is wrong there on acquaintances but I like it with the extra 'i' in it), and now a new life in a defo new place. Life certainly does "throw 'em" - 2011 will take some beating. I am in training to make a late run at the London Olympics - if I qualify in my chosen events (100m and Hammer Throw) - then 2012 might just beat it.

I am NOT thankful for my new job timing - I miss out on a full-on US Thanksgiving again!! - the hunt for the mythical banana and honey sweet potatoe NOT desert??? goes on....

TSpare
TSpare

@kmueller62 Happy Thanksgiving Ken...Saw your name on the "FIG" team list. What a beautiful publication......Thanks

SocialMediaDDS
SocialMediaDDS

I am definitely grateful to have been touched by @ginidietrich @CristerDelacruz @Lisa Gerber@pattiknight ( I have not had the pleasure of "meeting" @MolliMegasko but I absolutely know that inherent in being part of the Arment Dietrich team is awesomeness so I am certain that I would love her too!) Thank you all for the MANY smiles you bring to my face during the week. I wish each of you a peace filled Thanksgiving! xo

Claudia

NancyD68
NancyD68

I just don't want to be late for dinner. :)

Marcus_Sheridan
Marcus_Sheridan

Crister is 40??? Crister is 40??? What the heck does she put in her water?? And may we all have a sip please? :-)

Loved this Gini. And I'm grateful you're dang awesome in every way.

Marcus

Nikki Little
Nikki Little

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your team! Hope you enjoy it. I'm grateful to be part of your community, crazies and all. ;)

KevinVandever
KevinVandever

Thank you Gini for creating this fertile environment that produces so much wisdom, humor, and charm. I enjoy my visits to this community and I know I benefit greatly from its content and family members. I am thankful to be one of the crazies.

byronfernandez
byronfernandez

@ginidietrich@Lisa Gerber This was great. I'm thankful to be a part of such an incredible, supportive, creative, uber talented...yes, Crazzyyy group of people on here as well :D

I'm grateful for the recent opp to guest post here, and I'm grateful for the fun, laughs and liberation people find in life and also this community. We're truly in the business of inspiration and passion in all you do. And people wonder why we're so happy, crazy?! Perhaps above all - I'm grateful for the gift of the Word...a gift whose power we can use everyday to make a difference in the world.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :)

seedgirl
seedgirl

Gratitude is beautiful RT @ginidietrich I asked my team what they're thankful for this year. Here are there answers http:\/\/t.co\/unNlsWWL

CristerDelaCruz
CristerDelaCruz

Virtual group hug ... with crazies met and not-yet-met (soon to be though!) :)

CristerDelaCruz
CristerDelaCruz

@Marcus_Sheridan LOL! Well thank you, Mr. Sheridan. But like I said, it's by no doing of mine (well, maybe the sunscreen)... it's my parents' genes. I just lucked out. Happy Thanksgiving you and your family.

Nikki Little
Nikki Little

Oh, and maybe one of these days we'll FINALLY meet in person!

CristerDelaCruz
CristerDelaCruz

@danielnewmanUV LOL! I just read your post. You CRACKED ME UP! #7... What do you mean?!?! I'M perfect and sparkly!!! And the sky is pink with purple stars, since you asked :)

Nic_Cartwright
Nic_Cartwright

@ginidietrich Re the Hammer - I have nailed the dodgy tight spandex outfit and the East German guttural roar - so I think it it simply a case of getting through the qualifiers.

Re the 100m - I have heard about these great 'go fast' pills that you can get - apparently all above board (provided you don't do any testing) - so sounds ideal... On my way to LA to investigate....

KyleAkerman
KyleAkerman

@ginidietrich Glad you enjoyed. I was laughing throughout the entire video.

Hope you have a great Turkey Day!

Nikki Little
Nikki Little

@ginidietrich I know it, and we don't live too far away from each other. I will definitely let you know the next time I make it to Chicago. I'm there a few times a year.