Happy Thanksgiving–Wherever You Are–From TheNextGoal

Flower Hill Farm by Carol Duke (from (formerly known as Team2) will be taking a little breather from the Surviving the Blog contest to enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays with family and friends. Although this is a U.S. holiday, our team is international, and the notion of giving thanks, or expressing gratitude and appreciation for the good things in our lives is something that transcends geographic, national, and cultural boundaries. So as we take a much needed (and, dare I say, deserved?) break from the competitive blogging, we’d like to leave you with a few of our own thoughts on what we’re grateful for, right here and now.

Ntathu Allen

In this season of extra goodwill and gratitude my heart goes out to all the friends and family who have guided me and now my daughters. Today we are celebrating Maleka and Jameela’s 18th and I feel so blessed to see my girls surrounded by their friends and elder aunts/cousins. We have so much to be thankful for which at times is easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life…so yeah…friends, family, good health, and vitality are what I am grateful for.

Brandon Freund

For me, I’m thankful for a roof over my head.  Amazingly enough I can say that when times get tough, I’ve still had everything I need to live a fairly comfortable life.  People complain about the inequality between classes, but I think it’s nice to take a break from that and see all the resources and wealth we do have.  Above all I’m grateful for the freedom I have to determine my own path in life.  I’m grateful for the health and strength and faith that allows me to work hard and accomplish my goals and dreams without the permission of others.  And I’m grateful for family members who support me in those goals.

Holly Jahangiri

I’m deeply grateful for my family. I grew up an only child in a small, close-knit family. My parents raised me with strong values, encouraged me to believe that I could be or do anything I wanted, and taught me to appreciate the written word. More than twenty-seven years ago, my husband gave me the “wedding gift” of two brothers and a sister, a second mother and father, and a whole bunch of aunts, uncles, and cousins – something that I have come to appreciate more and more with every passing year.

I don’t deserve my friends, but I am thankful for their never-failing support. They start and end my days with a smile, with their sense of humor, and their encouragement.

My teammates here at TheNextGoal have really demonstrated how effective teamwork can be, and my life is richer for having them in it. We didn’t know each other at all before this contest started, but we hit the ground running. We elected Neeraj as our “leader,” when Kiesha told us to appoint one – but have really functioned as equals and peers, without need of formalized structure. We decided, in Week 1, to meet weekly -  face to face, on Google+ Hangouts. We have helped each other out in countless ways; each of us brings different strengths to the table, and each of us can learn from the others. No one has been stingy about sharing the knowledge or lending a helping hand – even this week, when we were competing as individuals, technically against one another. Amazing. The corporate world could learn a lesson or two from TheNextGoal.

Larry Lourcey

I’m thankful for getting placed on a team with four strangers who ended up being fabulous teammates and great bloggers.

I’m thankful that I’m able to get up every morning and do something I really enjoy for a living.

I’m most thankful for my wonderful family and all the support they give me as I try to reach my seemingly never-ending goals!

Neeraj Sachdeva

We all seem to have more things to complain about than appreciate. So even though we don’t celebrate thanksgiving here (in India), am glad there is a day to be thankful and appreciate of all the good we have in our lives. So as I dig deep to think of 3 things that I am really thankful of, this is what I can say:

I am thankful for my parents
who raised me to be me
Taking hardships on the way
So that I could be free.

I am thankful for my experiences
and everyone who cast their shadow
The peaks and troughs all part of plan
Serenaded in the hallow.

But most of all,
I am thankful for myself
For there is no better than me
Little arrogance perhaps, but self-love is free.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I think I can speak for all of us here in saying that we appreciate all we have learned and experienced through participating in this contest. All of you readers who have helped to propel TheNextGoal to such amazing heights in such a short time – many of you won’t understand the significance of an Alexa ranking of 153,295, but to go from choosing a domain name to that in a scant six weeks is pretty amazing in the blogging world. And none of this would have happened without organizer Kiesha Easley, of Weblogbetter, or the sponsors who donated the prizes to make this amazing contest possible, or our competitors at (forrmerly known as Team1): Rob Boirun, Sylviane Nuccio, Ivin Viljoen, Mitchell Allen, and Anthony Smits.

Enjoy this week with your family and friends, and take a few moments to reflect on what’s good and positive in your life. We’ll see you week after next – ready to go head to head on whatever challenges Week 7 brings us!

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About Holly Jahangiri

Holly Jahangiri lives in Texas and claims to channel the spirits of Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry and Erma Bombeck. She has known since fifth grade that she wanted to be a professional writer. Holly is a technical communicator whose imagination is allowed free rein in her short stories, children's books, and poetry. You can visit her personal blog, "It's All a Matter of Perspective," at

About Holly Jahangiri

Holly Jahangiri lives in Texas and claims to channel the spirits of Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry and Erma Bombeck. She has known since fifth grade that she wanted to be a professional writer. Holly is a technical communicator whose imagination is allowed free rein in her short stories, children's books, and poetry. You can visit her personal blog, "It's All a Matter of Perspective," at


  1. Early thanksgiving to you too, I am looking forwards the the early NFL!
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  2. The celebration of Thanksgiving Day is the best memory I have of that time I lived in the United States. I returned to Brazil, and here people only know the particular date because of Hollywood movies. I remember that people in the street that I lived in South Carolina gathered around a table full of food. Excellent time. I am grateful for the article.
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    • Thank you. The sweet thing about Thanksgiving is that it is everything Christmas OUGHT to be, without any of the competitive gift-giving commercialism. Maybe it just needs better songs, or something – or maybe it’s just perfect as it is. The focus on gratitude, family, and good food makes it very special. Provided we all avoid the turkey coma and the 16,000 calorie slice of pecan pie. 🙂
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      • I’ve never looked at Thanksgiving in that way but you’re correct. Last year everyone cooked or prepped something at our house. We have a large kitchen; friends and family wandered between the kitchen and lanai sharing pictures, chopping, stirring and laughing.

        I enjoyed reading Pneus’ description of the experience, I’ve always loved Thanksgiving:)

  3. Arriving here from, I think you guys are awesome, your results for the week is nothing more than incredible. I’ll keep following you for the advices and tips. 🙂
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  4. Happy Thanksgiving Holly. You know we don’t celebrate it here in my side of the world, nonetheless I have so much to be thankful for that I won’t have enough room to mention them all here 🙂 Nice job you and your team are doing and the results are indeed amazing. Kepp up the good work and enjoy your much needed break, or should I say, deserved 😉
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    • Thank you, DiTesco. What do you mean, your side of the world? I thought you were just down south of me – you mean the bottom half of the world? 😉 We’re almost in the same time zone, right?

      I do intend to relax and enjoy time with family this week. Really looking forward to it.
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  5. I have so much for which to be thankful, even though the storm cloud still sits over members of my family, and some not enjoyable situations lie ahead. I know that God has blessed me and mine more times than we could ever deserve. I have a husband who loves me and thinks me beautiful (no, I will not allow him to have his eyes checked), children who are productive members of society and who have given me grandchildren (who are blessings) who have given me great-grandchildren. I also have a non-biological family who give me friendship and blessings.

    I guess I should stop there before I write a full blog post myself.

    Happy Thanksgiving.
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  6. Cable TV has started a new series “The Best Interstate Rest Rooms in America” so I’m thankful for the TNG writer/contestants this Thanksgiving. Your talent and efforts are appreciated, I actually skipped O’Reilly and How-It’s-Made a few times so I could read the Frog-Blog instead:)

  7. If I went down the list of everything that I’m thankful for, I’d have people gouging their eyes out and jumping ship just to make it end… but if I could narrow in on a few key things perhaps, that would save a few eyes.

    I’m grateful for my family – my children & hubby of 18 years who put up with a wife who, for a greater part of the day, stays glued to a computer or my tablet/phone. I’m thankful that there is such a loving atmosphere in the most unlikely of all places – the internet!

    I’ve interacted with some of the most positive and kind people that I never would’ve had an opportunity to meet face to face. So I’m grateful for this space and for everyone who decided to partake in this contest. It was just an idea floating around in my brain – thanks to you all (TheNextGoal and CrimsonSoapBox) and the generous sponsors – you helped me breathe life into this thing – and for that – from the bottom of my heart, I thank you!!
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