JET Staff Shares Messages of Gratitude For Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving approaching soon, everyone is taking time appreciate the little things in their lives. In honor of the holiday, the JET staff compiled some messages to share what we’re thankful for.


Anslem Samuel Rocque, Managing Editor

Even though I love putting in my all to produce JET and contribute to, I’m thankful that I have a few days off to visit my newborn niece. After acclimating to a new city and position, it’s nice to take a break and get acquainted with my family — old and new. — Anslem Samuel Rocque, Managing Editor

I am eternally grateful for the loving, supportive family that I have. I am also thankful for the lessons I’ve learned this year and the opportunities for growth that have come into my life. — Deanna Martin-Osuagwu, Copy Chief

I am most thankful for being able to be active. Without it, I might go insane. I’m thankful for my creative gifts; not everyone is given them, and I’m glad I get to put them to good use. I’m thankful for everything my father has taught me. Even though when I was younger, I hated putting in the long work hours with him, listening to him lecture and enduring the uncomfortable moments. Lastly, I’m thankful for thankful, appreciative people. Those that don’t take things for granted and are vocal make things seem worthwhile. — David Chathas, Designer

I’m thankful that I have a job with benefits and a great team to work with. — DeShawn Thompson, Pre Media Specialist

Miya Williams, Editorial Assistant

As a newcomer to Chicago, I have a lot to be thankful for. I feel blessed beyond measure to have moved to a new city just six months ago yet feel so comfortable. I definitely thought it would take me awhile to get on my feet, but the people here have been amazing. I have gone to a lot of cool places and had some memorable experiences. I am thankful for God’s favor because I know this year was partially my doing, but it was all of His. — Miya Williams, Editorial Assistant

While I’m happy for the health and well-being of my family and friends, I’m thankful for the little moments that have larger impacts on people. I was on a waitlist for a course, so I was placed in a smaller class with a different teacher. That teacher suggested I look into being an intern at Johnson Publishing Company. Two months later, I got a job. Now, I have been moving forward in my career and making lifelong friends. There’s so much to be thankful for, but the smallest things usually have the biggest impact. — Julius Rea, Content Management Specialist

This year, I’m especially thankful for the people God placed in my life — all of the new mentorships, friendships and relationships that I’ll cherish for a lifetime. I’m also thankful for the personal growth I’ve had in the last year and the love and acceptance I’ve gained for myself. And as always, I’m more than thankful for my family and close friends who have held me up and have always offered their support. I couldn’t be more blessed. — Mariah Craddick, Digital Intern 

Kyra Kyles, Senior Editor

Thanksgiving is not so much a national holiday for me but, more so, a great opportunity to celebrate family and friends. I am thankful for the health and wellbeing of my mother, Toni, as well as my younger sister and BFF, Kozi — two people who make my life hundreds of times better just by being in it.  I would also like to express my gratitude for my handsome and super smart fiance, Kourtni Marshall, as well as the fact that I will formally join his wonderful, warm family very soon. And of course, I love all of my friends dearly — including the JET staff whom I’ve come to know and adore over the last year of working at JPC. Finally, thank you to the magazine’s readers because, without all of you, we’d be chilling on the curb. Just kidding about that last part (sorta). Happy holidays to all!  — Kyra Kyles, Senior Editor

What I’m thankful for is the opportunity to teach my daughter, Sophia, the importance of gratitude. As an adult, we get so busy with our lives that sometimes we forget to be truly thankful for what we already have. Of course, it’s when we are with our children giving them that gentle reminder to say “Thank You” for that new video game that they start to whine that it’s not exactly the one they wanted. As the parent, we have to say, “You better be grateful you even got a video game!” Those little moments allow you to step back, reflect and remember that you should do the same. And yes, I’m thankful for being the mother of a wonderful daughter who continues to amaze me and, for that, I am truly thankful and truly blessed. — Janine Marzett, Production Manager