When the ball dropped and the fireworks brightened the sky as people across the world celebrated the “roaring 20s”, no one could have predicted what was to come. A year of stress, worry, sickness, homeschooling, angst, and uncertainty but it’s also been a year full of grace, change, growth and adaptation.

Sure, we can look back on 2020 as a “dumpster fire” and think of the pandemic, the sweeping wild fires or the politically charged climate of the world, or if you take a closer look, I think you’ll see humanity was reborn in those in those ashes. The world was shaken and little moments like smiles from strangers, a wave from a neighbor or a call from a coworker are the moments that have pushed us through.

Jessica Nickerson, Parthenon Management Group

Blog By Jessica (Mathews) Nickerson
Senior Meetings Manager

I’ve always cherished Thanksgiving, a built-in day to pause, reflect and give thanks. When I look at my list of reasons to be thankful, I have my health and my family, but I also have my job. In this new climate, we are forced to be in our homes, to do the opposite of what meeting planners are meant to do. My coworkers and new challenges at work drove me forward. In the workplace, we were forced to pivot (read more on that here) to virtual meetings and adapt to how to continue to move our associations forward as not only our lives but everyone’s work lives shifted. Internally, we had to find new ways each day to connect with each other. Calls were made, trivia was played, Pilates was held over zoom and an overall level of concern was shown each day from our CEO and leadership that our mental and physical health came first. If we were not a family before, we certainly are now. We have stood the test of destruction and came out stronger. I consider myself lucky to call each of the individuals who works here family.

Family, what do they do best? They eat. So, for thanksgiving this year, we’ve compiled our favorite holiday recipes. We hope they will make you shine at your low-key family gathering or you enjoy it for yourself, pie is better when you do not have to share. Take the time to look at the people around you, be grateful for their presence, reflect on the little moments of joy and be kind to yourself and others. Give yourself and others grace as we move forward.

From our PMG family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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