Be Thankful! #OliveInspires #OliveFamily

Today's the day! The day Americans gather around the table with family and friends and share in thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is defined as an expression of gratitude. But often times we say we're thankful for the typical daily things and people that are around us. But what makes us thankful? We often forget the little things that are right in front of us and don't consider the moments that everything seems to have gone wrong but brought us to realize something more important.

So today, we encourage you to reflect upon what you are thankful for. It may be your family, friends, pets, your health but what makes you thankful? Is it the way your mom made your lunch? The way your dad played catch with you everyday? When your sister made fun of your outfit but you were thankful for it later?  

For me [Renee], I have a lot to be thankful for this year. The Olive Devices family has been a big part of my gratitude. Our team, my mentors, investors, supporters, and everyone in between, you are all what keeps me going and excited for the future of the company. Our team reflected upon what we are thankful for this year. Join us in gratitude!


Renee Kakareka

This past year has been the scariest, most thrilling rollercoaster I have been on but I am thankful for every second of it. Through all the ups and downs of the year I have realized how much more thankful I am for my friends and family. Even when I was 800 miles away they were always supportive and helpful. 

Although my health has also been a tornado at times this year I am thankful for those moments. It's made me take a step back and realize the harm I was doing to my body, to my relationships and to my productivity. I am thankful now, more than ever, for the ability to be able to run again, for adopting habits of clean eating, and learning how to meditate. 

Each part of my life has become so much more precious by becoming more present with what I am doing at the moment. I've learned a lot about when I'm paying attention in my life and when I'm just going through the motions. With all the technology we have available today it's easy to get caught up in our emails or what's new on Facebook but don't forget about what's right in front of you. Spend time with the people you're with now and catch up with the friends you have on Facebook (face to face) tomorrow. Trust me, you won't regret it! 

Renee & her Mom Before Turkey Trot 2016

Renee & her Mom Before Turkey Trot 2016

Renee & her Mom After Turkey Trot 2016

Renee & her Mom After Turkey Trot 2016



Daniel fooks

In a crazy world like ours, it’s always nice to take a step back and realize all the good that we have in our lives. There are plenty of materialistic things to be thankful for, and I am thankful for all of them. But the one truly irreplaceable thing in my life is the people.One thing that I am constantly reminded ofis the number of wonderful people I interact with each day. I’m just starting to get to know my colleagues at Olive Devices, but I already know they are some very hardworking, genuinely good people. I’m very thankful to have found a place at the #OliveFamily.

The same goes for my friends and classmates at college, who are some seriously talented, hardworking people who do amazing things. My roommate deserves a special shout out. He’s a great guy, and I couldn’t have picked a better person to spend the last two and a half years living with.

I know it’s cliché but it would be awful to not mention how thankful I am for my family. I would not me where I am, or who I am without them. They have made countless sacrifices through the years to help me achieve everything I have and I will always be grateful for that. Even though every year they tell really embarrassing stories about me at the dinner table on Thanksgiving, I still love them all dearly.

One last thing that I’m thankful for oddly enough is transportation. I travel a lot throughout the holiday season on my way to visit as many loved ones as possible, and I’m always happy that I’m able to do it. Yes, it can be a miserable experience with the TSA and four hour delays, but it sure beats walking. Or even worse, not being able to see friend and family at all.


Ashley Belfsky

I am thankful for being able to stay in contact with my family and friends even though I live on the other side of the country. I love traveling and exploring different parts of the world, this year I got the opportunity to relocate from Chicago to Seattle. This wouldn’t have been an easy decision if I couldn’t stay connected to my loved ones. I’m even able to work remotely for Olive Devices! I’m grateful I have means for these communications regardless of where I am in the world. 

With that in mind, it really comes down to the connection with the people who I have been very fortunate to have in my life. My parents, who have not always agreed with my moving habits, but have always helped me out if I ever got into a tight spot. My friends, who somehow think I’m still mildly entertaining after all these years. Especially my friends who have let me stay in their spare bedroom for the past two months in Seattle (trust me, they’ll miss me when I move out!). Also, my coworkers and the people who have given me opportunities to work on things I really care about. Everyone who I keep in my life has helped me grow as a person and I wouldn’t be anyone without them!

Aside from all the wonderful people in my life, I’m also thankful for food. Oh food. I love you. Love you so much, almost as much as cats!



From all of us to you!