what we're most grateful for this year
Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie
Growing up, I was often told that what you put out into the Universe is what you will receive back–this concept has run through my veins for as long as I can remember. While sometimes I’m able to harness its power as the motivation I need to keep pushing, other days, the belief I have in that same statement falls on deaf ears. One thing that I believe to go hand in hand with this concept is that of having gratitude. Gratitude, while its presence can certainly ebb and flow in our daily lives, has a way of centering oneself. It helps us to be present, to be in the here and now. When we have strayed and find ourselves deep in the comparison trap, in the asking of the “what ifs,” in the moments of desire for all that we do not have, gratitude can bring us back to center. It can encourage us to appreciate and cherish all that it is we do have.
While gratitude is most certainly something to practice throughout the year, it’s during this slower, joyful season that it only feels right to also slow down and really take a look at all that we have to be grateful for. Here at Rhone, gratitude is one of the driving principals behind all that we do from our colleague interactions to our work ethic to how we shop up day after day. We’re not only grateful for our team as a whole but for our customers, our larger Rhone commuter and all who make the brand what it is today.
We asked the team to take a minute, slow down and reflect on all that they’re grateful for this past year. In another year that brought some uncertainty and pivoting, it’s family, health and connection that take the crown when it comes to what we’re grateful for.
From all of us here at Rhone, wishing you and yours a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Nate Checketts, Founder and CEO
Over the last year I have been grateful for the present. I know it sounds corny and obvious but I do not think I have ever allowed myself to be more grateful for the present than I am now. I have either been too focused on the future (what will happen, how do I get there, etc) or stuck on the past (what went wrong, what could I have done better, how do I learn, etc.). I’ve taken a page from the Eagles so to speak and ‘learned to be still’ and I am very grateful for the NOW.
Ben Checketts, Co-Founder and Creative DirectorIsaac Paulsen, Director of Data & Technology
Extremely grateful for the ability to work remote this last year and spend more time with my kids and mastering the art of a good staycation!
Hannah Trefry, Communications Coordinator
Even during a year full of lots of difficult challenges, there is, and always will be, so much to be grateful for. For this year especially, I'm grateful for the wonderful growth I've seen within my family, friends, community, and even within myself.
Kenzie Steele, CX Team
This year I’m grateful for Time. Time spent with close friends and family. Time spent watching my baby grow. Time spent reflecting on what’s important.
Jenny Aylward, Graphic Designer
I am grateful for both my family and their health and so grateful for the time I have gotten to spend with them over the past year. I’m also really grateful for my brothers & their wives who are truly now my sisters.
Blythe Crasto, Account Executive
This past year I am grateful for my health, family, friends and Rhone. During the pandemic all the people under these umbrellas really stood out in a unique way. My eyes were opened and made me appreciate those near and dear to me and to not take them and the time I spend with them for granted, ever. Life is too short and as last year showed anything can happen. I was reminded that relationships both personal and professional should never be assumed, it's too easy to use the "I'm busy, I don't have time, or I'll reach out tomorrow" excuse. Relationships are built not attracted, they take intention and a whole lot of effort and sacrifice. On the flip side if you feel a relationship is too one sided, that's a sign to let go and keep moving forward.
Caitlin Lyden, Social Media Manager
This year, I started a new job, moved to a different city and got engaged. Usually a lot of change at once brings new obstacles and new stresses, but the changes in my life this year have left me feeling fuller, more challenged and grateful then I have ever felt. The Rhone team has had a big part in making this transition feel smooth and exciting. It is safe to say I have very high hopes for 2022!
Brian Levine, Sr. Manager: Brand Marketing
Everyone has experienced their fair share of hardship the last 18+ months, so first and foremost, I'm most grateful for my health and the health of my loved ones. I've had a roller coaster of a year; I entered a new decade (30!), had a week-long hospital stay for a sports injury, started a new job, and found a partner in a new relationship. Along the way, I discovered a newfound balance in how I approach my personal life: athletic pursuits, social relationships, being a good dog-dad... the works! I'm so thankful to continue to have the opportunity to grow, change, learn and overcome at this stage in my life, and MOST thankful to all of the individuals who have helped me do so this year.
Michelle Charpentier, Retail Marketing & Operations
I'm always so grateful for my family, but over the past year, I have become even more appreciative of the quality time we share and grateful for their health, safety and happiness.
Abbey Hybl, Manager of Editorial Content
This past year has been an absolutely whirlwind but with that has come so much growth and positive change. I moved across the country, started my new journey here at Rhone and got engaged, and all within the span of two months. I’m extremely grateful for my fiancé who has truly been my rock since day one, as well as my family, who have always and continue to support me in every facet of life. I continue to be grateful for the health and well-being of all of those I love and in the heightened moments of stress I’ve faced this year, it’s these past few months that have felt like everything has been worth it. There is always so much to be grateful for and I’m so appreciative of taking this time to slow down and look back at all of the wonderful things I have in my life.
Cameron Ahouse, Community Leader
I'm grateful to have joined Rhone as the community leader, for the support from friends and family over the last year and for the broader community that I have met over the last few months as they have welcomed me.
Franchesca Moschella, Community Manager, Influencers & Ambassadors
While I'd like to think I am thankful for this everyday, I am so beyond thankful for my family this year. While I could sit here all day and go on and on about them, I will stop here and say that regardless of your relationship to those that you call family–take some time every day to think about what they mean to you and let them know too! It's always nice to hear from a loved one, even if it's just a "Hey I miss you and love you".
Sophia Gabriel, Copywriter
This year, I'm most grateful to have had the opportunity to pursue a career in what I love the most: writing. To have graduated college and found a job that allows me to find confidence in my abilities as a writer and grow as a woman in the workforce is something I do not take for granted.