Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Time off for family and friends. It’s that time of the year again and we at TM have a lot to be thankful for. So much, in fact, that we decided to share our individual experiences about this year and how we’re going to make a difference in 2011. There’s no sales pitch here, just a window into who we really are and to wish you and your families a happy holiday.

Lastly, I want to get you involved. Take a minute to read about the folks in our organization, what our contributions are going to be and think about how you can help. There will be a comment box at the bottom of the blog post, so please be sure to chime in on how you’re going to make a difference in 2011.

Be safe and enjoy!

Dwight

What am I thankful for?
I am grateful to have my health and the love of those close to me. I’m thankful for the rewarding friendships in my personal life and in business. I am also grateful that our company has weathered and grown during this economic downturn over the past few years.

What are my goals for 2011? How will my community benefit?
Making a difference in someone’s life every day can become an afterthought or simply forgotten after the second week of January. I am going to make it my goal to enrich someone’s life every single day in 2011, even if it’s just thanking them for their service or wishing them a great day–and meaning it. I am also looking into getting our company involved in our community through volunteering each quarter in 2011. We have given large discounts in the past or even given away our work for free and we will continue to contribute to positive causes.

My personal goal is to be healthier (a lifelong goal), get more exercise and activity, spend less, save more and work on our new ecommerce site.


Dean

What am I thankful for?
This year I am thankful for growth. Growth of myself as a person, growth of my family (I’m getting married in June) and last, but certainly not least, the growth of our company. 2010 has been a very hectic, very busy year, but we are twice as big and twice as good as we were a year ago. I’m really looking forward to a great 2011 for me, my family and my extended family at TM.

What are my goals for 2011? How will my community benefit?
In 2011, I’m committed to getting my wife and daughter involved in charitable work so that we can give back to people who are less fortunate than us. Right now we’re looking at participating at the community farm or Habitat for Humanity. To the web community, it’s my goal in 2011 to continue to educate the masses about online success, how the web works, establishing a good business presence and why most of them are doing it all wrong…one of my missions in life.


Eric

What am I thankful for?
Being able to do what I love, what I am passionate about, what makes me insanely furious and at the same time gives me a profound sense of accomplishment, for a living. If I were in a different career field, I can honestly say I would still be doing what I do, only for fun.

What are my goals for 2011? How will my community benefit?
For 2011 and beyond, I plan to benefit the worldwide open source software community. I’m not sure exactly which projects I want to contribute to or what I want to contribute to them exactly, but that’s what I want to do.


Craig

What am I thankful for?
I am thankful for a happy and healthy wife who supports me in everything I do. Her family has been extremely gracious in accepting me into their family and allowing me to steal away their eldest daughter.

What are my goals for 2011? How will my community benefit?
We plan on donating to a charity that is close to our heart, NF2, since one of our closest friends is afflicted with this disease. We are hopeful a cure can be found in the near future because this is a terrible disease that has robbed our friend Jessica of her hearing. I am also hoping to be able to free up additional time in my life to stop and enjoy things more. I want to travel and see more of the world and experience different countries with my wife.


Matt

What am I thankful for?
One thing I’m thankful for is all the great designers and developers who share their experience and ideas online through social media, conferences, books, and their personal sites. They’re indirectly teaching thousands by investing their time into things that aren’t making them a significant amount of money in return.

What are my goals for 2011? How will my community benefit?
I plan to invest more time into open source projects over the course of the next year and to follow their lead by sharing my experience wherever possible.


Seth

What am I thankful for?
I’m thankful for my family, especially my wife and all of the little things that she does for me.

What are my goals for 2011? How will my community benefit?
I plan on continuing to strengthen our relationship and learn to be a better husband to help her out as much as she helps me. I am also currently involved with the Young Men’s organization for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I regularly help out with the youth in the area, try to help them become better members of the community and help them prioritize their lives with the things that matter most, specifically, the relationship with their Savior and families. I plan on continuing to help them throughout 2011.


Ryan

What you are thankful for?
I am deeply thankful for my close family and friends without whom I would unquestionably not be where I am today. It’s their support and encouragement that have provided me the means and motivation to strive for more in life.

What are my goals for 2011? How will my community benefit?
My aim in 2011 will be to pursue more charitable endeavors, such as donations and volunteering for local charities. As I have witnessed members of my own family being aided by the community, I feel compelled to invest myself back into these organizations. I do this so that I may assist in ensuring that others, who are genuinely in need, may receive the help that they sincerely deserve.


Tyler

What am I thankful for?
Family. It may seem cliche, but it’s the truth. Nothing has helped me through the tough times more than they have. In addition, I’m thankful for the home I live in, the friends I hold close, and my opportunity to have a solid full-time job. I live life trying not to take any of these things for granted.

What are my goals for 2011? How will my community benefit?
With 2011 coming quickly, I’ve decided that I want to make a bigger push to make my own personal impact on the community around me. Going out of my way to volunteer, offering my services as a designer to non-profits, some type of “give-back” to a community that has always treated me well. On top of that, I’d like to make sure that I visit extended family more, and re-kindle distant relations with relatives of mine who don’t live close by, and even the ones that do. By accomplishing this, I intend to have a very successful year ahead.


Kris

What am I thankful for?
I’m thankful to continue having a close, healthy relationship with my parents, especially since there have been some health issues during the past year that won’t be getting any better. I also live near enough to them and my father-in-law to get either place quickly if they need me. I’d be remiss, too, if I didn’t mention being thankful for the support of my partner, who has never made me feel alone or unloved, and who has become a consistent muse in my writing career. As for my friends both in the US and around the world, I’m thankful that they’ve kept me grounded and aware that there is more going on in life than in my own little sphere of existence.

What are my goals for 2011? How will my community benefit?
My main goal is to try and have a better understanding of Alzheimer’s. I need to know how I can adapt to the changes my father is undergoing so that I can continue to be the son he has come to expect and rely on while also helping my mother cope. Another goal is to finish and publish my next novel while continuing to promote my recent release. The community of readers who have supported each of my books has been extraordinarily gracious and kind, so I want to make sure I continue to meet their expectations. Finally, I plan on keeping my sense of humor. It’s served me well and seems to annoy just the right caliber of people who I don’t mind verbally jabbing.

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