Gratitude Stories: Carrie’s First Born Baby

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”

– Angela Schwindt

Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

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We are excited to introduce Cristian and his wife Carrie for this week’s Gratitude Story and we’re even more excited to introduce Nico, the newest member of their family! Click on the video above to hear the collective cheer for Cristian and Carrie as they embark on this next journey of their lives, parenthood. Congrats guys!

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Cristian (Husband and Father of First Born Child): It’s a good idea, actually a great idea because it allowed friends and Family from around the world to be there to congratulate her following the birth.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Cristian: My favorite thing about Carrie is, she’s not only my loving wife nor the mother of my first born child but my best friend.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Cristian: We were still in the hospital at that moment and I have brought with me my laptop to show her the gift.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Cristian: The reaction was priceless, The T.O.J – Tears of Joy went flooding inside the hospital building.

How did this make you personally feel?

Cristian: This made me feel really happy, there are floods of tears of happiness. And no one can deny how much having a first born baby meant to us.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Cristian: When she received the Tribute, she felt really emotional. She was crying while watching through the whole thing.

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Photos: Stark Photography (www.starkphotography.com)

tribute-lineAs always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen. Now go forth and spread some love. 

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Libby’s 35th Work Anniversary

“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”

– Samuel Johnson

Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

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For this week’s Gratitude story, we are delighted to introduce Isabel and her best friend/co-worker, Libby. Libby’s hard work and passion have led her to a 35-year career at Steelcase.  Isabel reached out in need of some help to make this anniversary unforgettable…
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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Isabel (Best friend and Steelcase Co-worker): she doesn’t realize how many lives she touches in a positive way

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Isabel: My favorite thing about Libby is her enthusiasm, kindness, passion and her support for others.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Isabel: We planned and created a surprise party after a training event in our region, people were gathered while she had no idea what’s about to go down.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Isabel: Everyone was waiting around for the Tribute to start playing, Libby was laughing and crying almost the whole time.

How did this make you personally feel?

Isabel: It made me feel like I’m my best friend’s personal hero. This was truly a gift you cannot wrap that will last forever.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Isabel: As shown in the photos, Libby was happy, laughing and teary-eyed. She then looked up after the last tribute and asked if anyone had a cigarette. Ha.

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As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen. Now go forth and spread some love. 

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: UC Boulder celebrates their member of the year.

“You were made for the place where your real passion meets compassion because there lies your real purpose.”

– Ann Voskamp

Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.

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For this week’s Gratitude Story, we’re pleased to introduce Erin Mercado and her friend, Monica. During Monica’s studies, she quickly distinguished herself as a woman of passion and dedication… just a few of the traits that lead her to become the NRHH Member of the Year. Erin reached out to us to congratulate Monica, and also to show how much of an impact she has contributed to everyone around her.

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Erin (Friend and NRHH Member): For context, Monica and I are both involved with student organizations within the residence halls at the college that we both attend. I had the privilege to serve with her on the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Executive Board last year. I thought that Monica did an outstanding job in her position so I wrote a bid for her. A bid is akin to a fancy nomination presented in a pretty form and can include qualifications, goals, pictures, a theme, and more. Monica’s bid won at the regional level and this past summer it also won on the national level. It is a big deal to win an award at such a high level, but it’s always so hard to bring that recognition back to our campus to share because many of them don’t understand the bidding process. So I thought it would be a good idea for Monica to receive the Tribute to not only congratulate her on her win but to also show our campus members what makes her so great.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Erin: Monica Maly may be the most caring and selfless person I have ever met. My favorite thing about her is how she is always willing to go above and beyond for anyone she cares about in her life or for any position that she is passionate about. She gives it her all and absolutely nothing can stop her.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Erin: Every semester, NRHH hosts a recognition event called OTMmy’s. Many different recognition things occur at this event so we thought it would also be a good idea to present the tribute at this event. Not only were we able to show the people in NRHH that Monica worked with, but we were also able to showcase the tribute to a wider audience within the student leader sphere. It was in the month of November at the end of the event. We also shared the video on our organization’s page.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Erin: Monica cried and was the star of the night just like we wanted it to be. Everyone that was there that was asked to be a part of the video had a great time recounting in person how great Monica was and how fun making their video was. And even if they weren’t a part of making the video, all the others had a greater understanding of all that Monica did and we’re sure to congratulate her for her win. Monica was all smiles the entire night.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

Monica: “I cried a lot. I felt very appreciated and it made me realize that I do make an impact even when I don’t think I do. And doing what I love helps other people find what they love.”

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tribute-lineAs always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen. Now go forth and spread some love. 

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Mimmo’s 30th Birthday

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage”

– Lao Tzu

We are delighted to introduce Robyn and her Boyfriend Mimmo for this week’s Gratitude Story. Unfortunately, since Robyn splits her time living in the US and Italy, she wasn’t able to be with Mimmo on his 30th Birthday. She reached out to us to help make this milestone birthday something special and that made all the difference…

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Robyn: Mimmo lives in Italy. Throughout the year, I live three months in Italy and then three months in the States. Rinse + Repeat. His birthday, which is the day after mine, happened to be when we couldn’t be together.

Celebrating without each other could have been a big bummer. Instead, I was determined for each of us to have full and vibrant days, in spite of us being apart. Since it was a milestone birthday for both of us, I was super motivated to make it special for him by giving the gift of love + support from myself and all our loved ones.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Robyn (Girlfriend): I’ve grown so much in the last two years with Mimmo. He inspires + pushes me to the best version of myself. This is my favorite thing about him. Also his hair. The man has great hair.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Robyn: Given that Mimmo’s day was going to be jam packed with work and then a party, I wanted us to be able to hang out (virtually) when I sent him the Tribute link. With the time difference, I was rushing to get ready for my birthday dinner and it was very late for him.  We were on FaceTime and I told him I wanted to give him his present early. He protested a bit, but I insisted since I knew it was 30 minutes long! A lot of people had showed up to wish him the best.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Robyn: Mimmo was blown away when he hit play. He was even more surprised + touched when the third video rolled into wishes from British friends of ours living in California, singing Happy Birthday in Italian.

I think up until that point he thought it was going to be a small family video. With their appearance he realized it was going to be much bigger event. Every time someone new showed up on the screen he would gasp and exclaim “NOOOOOOOOOO!”

The absolute best, was I had tracked down his former NYU professor from years before. Since we had never met, Mimmo couldn’t have anticipated seeing him on the screen. Even days after he kept saying he just couldn’t believe that everyone had taken the time to wish him well.

How did this make you personally feel?

Robyn: Giving Mimmo the gift of a Tribute {love} message felt like a birthday present to myself. It was the one moment I was most looking forward to.  I had tears falling on my cheeks as he hit play + I was laughing while he kept exclaiming as each new person showed up on his screen.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

From Mimmo “I couldn’t believe that she had taken the time and energy to put this together for me. Also that so many people showed up to wish me happy birthday! I was really surprised and happy to receive this gift.”

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As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Steph & Jason’s Wedding

“Two souls but a single thought, two hearts that beats as one.”

– John Keats

Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.tribute-line

This week, we’re thrilled to introduce Anastasia and her friends, Stephanie & Jason. Anastasia reached out to us to help put something special together for their special Wedding Day.

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Anastasia (Best friend): Stephanie and Jason value the friendships and relationships in their lives above all else. On their wedding day and for years to come, I wanted them to remember just how loved they were from people and places all around the world.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Anastasia: Stephanie and Jason are two loving, brilliant, fun-loving and dedicated people as partners to each other and as friends to me.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Anastasia: I sent their Tribute so that it arrived while they were on their honeymoon in Africa. They watched while reliving the magic of their wedding day.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Anastasia: They told me they were thrilled and felt very loved and touched by the heartfelt comments.

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tribute-lineAs always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Pastor Appreciation For Rev. Nelson

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it                             changes the world you see”

– Dr. Robert Holden

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

Miriam (Daughter): We celebrate our pastor every year and we wanted to do something different and include people that have been impacted by his leadership throughout the years and that has crossed paths with him from all different parts of the world.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Miriam : He is great role model and has a servant heart

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

Miriam: We had a special church service where we played the tribute for the entire congregation and him to see.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Miriam: He was surprised, overjoyed and obviously touched by everyone who participated.

How did this make you personally feel?

Miriam: It was awesome for me to see how everyone was touched, not just him. It was also amazing to see how his testimony has been exemplary to the outside world. I felt so happy seeing how it all came together.

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As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Jack’s 80th Birthday

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

You are never too old nor too young to celebrate and share why love is forever young. It’s the most extraordinary life has ever provided – knowing that you and I are loved. That’s  exactly what John did for his father-in-law, collaborating with others to give the most meaningful gift on earth. Because…. Why not?

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Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?

John (Son): Because he lived a life worth living and is surrounded by loved ones and friends that admire him beyond imagination.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

John: He is and has been the best father in the world to me.

What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)

John: We played the Tribute right after was all (party of 60) sang him “Happy Birthday”

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

John: Not a dry eye in the crowd. It was the single greatest showing and outpouring of love and affection that I have ever seen at a Birthday party. The servers were all crying as well.

How did this make you personally feel?

John: Like a million dollars when it was played. Jack called me days later after he went home to view it alone with his wife and was balling crying as he explained how much he appreciated the Tribute and loved me like a son.

Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.

John: Jack couldn’t be more grateful for the time and effort each and every one of us put into sharing our feelings about Jack. He said he will watch it over and over.

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As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.

With gratitude,

Team Tribute