Here's What I'm Really Thankful for (Hint: It's not the Latest Gadget)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- This isn't a story about the latest iGadget or where tech stocks will trade next year. It's more than that.

This has been a year of growth for me, both professionally and personally. It's been a remarkable year, and I wanted to share it with TheStreet's readers, and give thanks for what's been most important to me this year, as I look ahead to 2013.

This is my last column for 2012, as I take the next few days off to relax and reflect. I want to leave you with something that's important to me and let you into my world a little more than simply reporting on the iPhone or iPad.

In the spirit of Christmas, here's a list of 12 things I'm thankful for. I hope you take the time to read it and, at the end, make your own list about what you're thankful for this holiday season.

1. My family. There isn't a day that goes by that they don't help me in life, and for that I love them more than words could ever say. They've been there for me through thick and thin, and I couldn't begin to repay them for everything they've done. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

2. My dad. He suffered a series of strokes after Christmas 2007. On New Year's Eve, his neurologist asked my sister and I (21 and 24 at the time) to make a decision on the course of action the doctor would take. Essentially, he put our father's life in our hands, despite us not understanding modern medicine. One option was to stop him from having another stroke, but it risked killing him. The other option was to let him have another stroke, which would probably be a major one, and then rehabilitate.

He now lives in a nursing home, where I visit him a few times a month. This is the first time I've ever written about this. I've talked about it with friends. It's not the easiest thing in the world to talk about, but it's part of who I am and I felt the need to get it out there.

He's my best friend, and though I miss the days where we could go to a ball game, I'm incredibly thankful he's still around. I love you, Dad.

3. My job. I'm incredibly lucky to work at TheStreet, where for the first time in a very, very long time, I enjoy coming to work. I have the best beat in the world, covering companies like Apple (AAPL) , Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) , but it's so much more than that. I work with incredibly smart and talented people, and I'm proud of the job we've done this year and look forward to 2013.