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Being Thankful for the Simple Things at FindLaw

By Steven Tanner on November 25, 2014 9:01 AM

This has been a successful year for us at FindLaw as we continue to improve the user experience, update our content, and grow our audience. But without an engaged audience (that's you), the effort and passion we pour into our work every day is all for naught. So in the spirit of gratitude, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation for helping us stay in our spot asthe No. 1 free legal information source on the planet (and that's no exaggeration).

We're proud of our achievements but still humbled by the things that matter most. We asked our esteemed colleagues to tell us what they're most thankful for.

Family Comes First

As Thanksgiving is traditionally a time spent with family -- not limited to just blood relations -- it should come as no surprise that most responses mentioned gratitude for their partners, children, parents, friends, and other loved ones. Direct to Consumer Team Lead Gabriella Khorasanee (who apologized for being "so cliché"), said she's thankful for her loving and supportive husband and their little girl "who gives the best hugs."

Stephanie Dixon, Director of Application Development, said she's thankful her employer provides time off during the holidays to spend with her family and friends, imploring others to resist the lure of holiday shopping on Thanksgiving day (if you're shopping, others are working). Senior Consumer Blog Writer Brett Snider is thankful for a supportive network of friends across the country, and said he's happy to have time off to spend Thanksgiving with his immediate family in Dallas.

The Joys of Good Health

Good health is one of countless valuable things you won't find at a Black Friday sale. Just ask SEM analyst Antoinette Gerusa, who said her health has given her "the freedom and ability to take advantage of amazing opportunities and to live a really full life." She expresses her gratitude for good health by traveling around the world and simply sitting outside in nature. Health is something we don't always think about when we're healthy.

The Little Things that Aren't so Little

Several of our colleagues reminded us of the things we often take for granted, including health insurance; flexible schedules that allow a better work-life balance (thank you, Thomson Reuters!); the joys of everyday life in Sunnyvale (including the lack of snowstorms); and even access to clean drinking water.

Bay Area native and FindLaw Managing Editor Tanya Roth said she's thankful for living "in a diverse community filled with people bent on changing the world," -- that and the fact that it's 65 degrees in Sunnyvale in November (all apologies to our East Coast friends).

So whatever you do for Thanksgiving, be safe and remember to appreciate all that you have. Check out our Learn About the Law and Legal News Blog sections to get up to speed on the laws that matter to you.

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