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Here's What I'm Thankful For: 2013 Edition

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Clarence: "You see George, you've really had a wonderful life." - It's a Wonderful Life, 1946

Last year, I took a look at what I was thankful for in 2012 as I transitioned to journalism, in effect away embarking on a new chapter in my life. 2013 was a continuation of that and in retrospect, so much more.

This has been an even better year than 2012 and I felt the need to share it with TheStreet's readers and give thanks for what I've been blessed to be a part of this year.



Writing this column was exceptionally difficult, as I tried to make it seem different than last year's version and not just a rehash. I guess now I know why they say sequels are harder than the original.

This is my last piece for 2013 as I take the rest of the year to relax, spend time with relatives and reflect on the year at hand. Like last year, I'm letting you into my own world, much different and more than anything from my Twitter account.

In the spirit of Christmas here's a list of 12 Things I'm thankful for. Please take the time to read it and judging from the reactions of last year, please share it around and perhaps make a list of your own about what you're thankful for this holiday season.

1. My family. As with last year, none of this is possible without the support of my family. I lean on my parents (you all know the story about my dad) and sister more than I care to share and I am forever grateful for it.

They've been supportive of me in my life both emotionally and financially. I am now in the position where although I can never fully repay them for all the work they did in raising me, I can be there for them as they enter different phases of their lives. Mom, Dad, and Nicole: Thank you for everything. I love you.

2. My job. Earlier this year, I was promoted to the position of Technology Editor of TheStreet, which is a helluva lot more work than I expected but I wouldn't trade anything for it.

Being in this position has allowed me to do so many things. I've been able to break the news of where Twitter (TWTR) was listing, that Jeffrey Gundlach owned Apple (AAPL) and any number of myriad stories I've been able to write this year.

I work with some terrifically smart and talented people, and though it's not always easy to reach focus on all out our goals, I'm more than confident we've achieved many of them this year. This one is for all of us.

3. Experiences. Along with the aforementioned stories, I've been able to do some incredibly cool things this year that I never thought possible. I test drove the Tesla (TSLA) Model S, a $110,000 electric vehicle. I've been on television quite a few times, CEOs answer my phone calls and even my questions, and I've had millions of people listen to me on ABC News Radio, WFAN, and countless other radio stations.

Growing up, I never thought I would actually get to do any of these things much less have my voice and my words heard and read by millions of people. I pinch myself everyday that I'm allowed to do this. No fear everyone, I'm just getting started.

4. Traveling. I've been to some amazing places this year. As a result, I've caught the travel bug, and hope to continue that in 2014.

I've been to Vegas, San Francisco countless times, Newport Beach, Calif., Chicago, and Los Angeles. It makes you sit back and really appreciate how vast, expansive and how beautiful this country is, no matter where you are.

5. New people in my life. I've gained some wonderfully valuable people in my life this year, both personally and professionally. I've also lost people this year, and with good reason. I've narrowed my focus on those who matter, and the ones who don't, have fallen away.

Thank you to all those who have entered my life (there are far too many to thank individually), and stayed here. I can't tell you how much I cherish our relationships.

Now I can truly appreciate it when Harry Bailey said in It's a Wonderful Life, "A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town."

6. My well being. In It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, wishes he had never been born. He goes on to see how different the world would be without him, until he begs to go back to reality, and be with his loved ones.

In this year of incredible equity market performance, our 401k's are up, and those who are able to invest have done reasonably well and then some. Yet, without our health, none of us are truly rich.

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