Thank You 2016

As I reflect on this year, I am immensely thankful. Thankful for my health, family, friends and 30th birthday celebrations. This year was trying, exciting and full of unexpected adventures. I learned so much going full-time freelance and moving away from the 9-5. I learned so much about being a husband and small business owner. It was a wild year but I am thankful for each moment that brought me here.

With that said, I am excited to announce that I joined businesses like Patagonia by pledging one percent of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. 1% for the Planet is an alliance of businesses that understand the necessity of protecting the natural environment. They understand that profit and loss are directly linked to its health, and are concerned with the social and environmental impacts of industry.

If you're a business owner (or have any influence over your boss), please consider becoming a member of this socially and environmentally progressive group. By contributing one percent of total annual sales to grassroots environmental groups, members of 1% for the Planet affect real change. Members also receive other benefits: the satisfaction of paving the way for more corporate responsibility in the business community and the recognition, support and patronage of conscientious consumers who value serious commitment to the environment.

As you spend time with loved ones, opening presents, skiing waist deep pow or enjoying a fresh cup of coffee, I ask you to reflect on what you are grateful for this year. Share your gratitude and start the New Year asking yourself what you can do to make a difference.

Let's go 2017!