Finding Reasons to Be Thankful – Even in 2020

This year has been… a lot. Though it’s easy to focus on the negatives this year, it takes a special person to focus on the positive. The year has created hardships but through them we’ve found ways to carry on and reasons to be thankful. This collective experience has opened our eyes to the things in our lives that really matter – and they deserve a shout-out! 

We hope these “confessions” of gratitude inspire you to see the good in your situation, and hold off on the “bah humbugs” (at least until December):


Michelle – Executive Vice President

I am thankful for the extra time I have been able to spend with my family. With so much change that has happened in 2020, getting this extra time with my children has been something I am so thankful for.

Ryan – Account Manager

I am thankful for the ability to work remotely and spend more time with my hound dog Hunter as he is getting older (just turned 10 in April). I have rediscovered my love of cooking and am thankful that being at home has provided me more time to cook and learn how to bake everything from cookies to homemade breads. I am also thankful for the committed team at BAERING who steps up when I am out and doesn’t hesitate to lend a helping hand.

Erin – President

I am thankful for having friends, family and colleagues with whom I have differences. This helps me keep my eyes, ears and mind open to different points of view and ways of living.

Paige – Director of Public Relations

I’m thankful for the downtime the Pandemic has provided. The last decade has flown by and much of it is a blur due to the speed at which I was living – working 60+ hour weeks, on a plane more than I was at my house, etc. The last nine months have allowed me to put myself first, rediscover my love of fitness, pay attention to my health, spend quality time with my mom (who moved in with me after this thing started), and take the time to figure out who I am and what’s important to me. I miss the times when I could wake up in North Carolina with no plans and end my day in California sipping cocktails with friends, but the renewed focus on me and my family has been amazing.

Rick – Business Development Director

I am thankful for my family and the many blessings that they bring me everyday.

Miles – Senior Designer

This year I am thankful for the BAERING leadership team.

This year has been very anxiety-inducing – between the fears of the spread of COVID, financial worries as we teeter on the edge of an economic collapse, continued police brutality and resulting civil unrest, isolation struggles from the lockdown, and the relentless bad news cycle. But this year, the one thing I didn’t have to worry (so much) about was whether or not I would lose my job. 

COVID has created a lot of uncertainty in the business landscape. Millions of people have lost their job or have been furloughed, but BAERING’s leadership team has done a lot to ensure we kept the lights on and made payroll, so for that, I am very thankful. 

I am also thankful for the entire BAERING team. As someone who lives alone, the lockdown has felt very lonely at times, but interacting with team members every day and participating in non-work activities like our Crumbl Cookie Taste-off or weekly coffee talks have made things much more bearable.

Anna – Public Relations Coordinator

I am thankful for an internship with BAERING that led to my first post-grad (grown-up) job! I have been able to learn so much about public relations and social media management, and the experience I’ve gained at BAERING is something I will always value. I’m so grateful to work with a team that values me as an employee and laughs at my jokes (the new employee pity-laughs would have ended months ago… right?). 


Sometimes it takes being prompted to look at the positives to see that there is more to be thankful for than we often realize. Though our plans for this year may have been altered greatly, dwelling on the what-if’s only sets us back. Consider this a prompt for you to think about the reasons you may have to be thankful – even if it takes clearing out some of your brain space dedicated to Twitter news feeds to make room for gratitude and appreciation.