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Focusing On The Positives, And Sharing What We Are Thankful For.

This year has brought with it many challenges. Almost anywhere you look, anything you read and everyday conversations touch upon a challenge that we are currently facing. However, even with the challenges that we face, there are many reasons to be thankful. From family and friends, a true appreciation for nature and a greater love of board games.

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As is our tradition, Intivix team members share what they are thankful for this year.

“This year has been so challenging for all of us. One silver lining though, and something I’m thankful for, has been the opportunity to more deeply connect with friends, family, and colleagues on a more human level as we all navigate this unknown together.”
~Rob Schenk

“2020 has given me the ability to be more open and authentic about who I am, and through that, I found a partner who brings me happiness, and challenges me every day.”
~Stephen Jenkins

“I’m grateful for the health of my family and friends.”
~Audrey Hatten-Milholin

“It has been a tough 2020. I am grateful for my family. We are close already, but everything that has happened has made me realize how lucky I am to have them. We have played more board games than ever in my life. My house is like a comedy show; we have laughed so much that it hurt (and I mean bent over crying laughing). I hope that more people can laugh more with their families.”

“I am so grateful for my best friend; she is like a sister to me. She does not live close, so you would think it would be hard, but not with her. I talk to her practically every day; she helps me see things in a different way. Is always kind with her words.  And builds me up and so sincere. She does not point out my flaws; it is all about my strengths with her. If you have a friend like that, hold on tight cause they are not easy to find.”
~Shawne Albritton

“I’m thankful and proud that the Intivix team has been able to adapt to the challenges 2020 has presented so we can continue to meet the technology needs of our partners.”
~Seth Heitzmann

“I am thankful for the ‘great outdoors’ of the Bay Area – when you can’t go outside to breathe the fresh air of the Marin Headlands, the East Bay parks, or the Peninsula beaches, you realize what is often taken for granted.”
~Matthew James

“I’m grateful for my three grandchildren, who, despite the new normal, have an abundance of energy that they can loan to their Grandpa. Grateful for a wife who hates/fears spiders with a passion but lets me grow a forest of fruit trees in our backyard. I’m grateful to work with such a group of exceptional people. It’s kind of like being a member of the crew on the Starship Enterprise.”
~Keith Broussard

“I’m grateful that I was able to free myself from toxic and abusive relationships (professionally and personally), was able to start again on my own, and spend time with people who really mattered. I’m grateful for new and stronger beginnings that I’m starting; not from scratch but from experience.”
~Virgil Orevillo

“I am very grateful that my girlfriend and I have both been given the opportunity to be able to work from home in our new apartment, allowing us to spend more time with our baby bunny, Poppy! I’m also grateful, that our family, friends, and the City of San Francisco have taken the threat of COVID-19 seriously, allowing us to stay healthy during these difficult times.”
~Dante Alabastro

“I’m thankful to still be standing. With the pandemic, fires, and chaos in the world, I am more appreciative of all I have in life. Seems we’re being reminded often these days how fragile life is.”
~Kraig Kluba

“There is so much to be grateful for this year but I’ll give you my top 3! 1. Family & friends! We are close, but we have connected differently in the past six months. We appreciate each other more & value the smaller things like phone check-ins and dropped off care packages. We know we are not promised tomorrow, so no matter how difficult we think times are, we recognize time is a gift in and of itself. 2. My teenage daughter and I take “girl time” walks several times a week. She opens up more, we laugh more, and she is not on her phone! 3. Self-care! I have been reminded just how important self-care is. I have learned to forgive myself, to be kinder to myself, and not to beat myself up so much. It’s the “if you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself” approach.”

“2020 may be crazy, unpredictable, and even downright miserable at times, but it is the silver linings that are key during these times.”
~Brandi Manuel

We encourage you to take a moment, reflect, and share what you are thankful for during this season of Thanksgiving, and throughout the remainder of the year.  Check out some articles from past years.