Gratitude Stories: Ilene’s 21st Birthday

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

Emily (Friend): My best friend was turning 21 on the weekend of Arts Fest, a time when students return to campus for a quick summer reunion. She was having a birthday party but I also knew that most of her friends would be unable to make it for the celebration. That’s when I realized that Tribute would be a great way for everyone to be able to share in the festivities without having to be physically present.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Emily: My favorite thing about Ilene is how she is such a positive force in the world. She has such a happy and positive disposition and a genuine desire to help others.

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

Emily: Ilene received her Tribute on the eve of her 21st birthday. We played the video for her before her friends took her to the bars to celebrate. We sat her in a chair in front of the TV and all of her friends gathered around to watch.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Emily: Ilene was so surprised by the people in the video. Not only did we have her friends from college and home but we had reached out to her entire family. She was in a half crying half laughing state for the majority of the time.

How did this make you personally feel?

Emily: I felt so incredibly proud to be able to call her my friend that I started tearing up myself.

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

Ilene (Recipient): My Tribute was honestly the highlight of my birthday! Getting surprised with heartfelt messages from my family and friends made me so beyond happy! I am so thankful for my friends for putting it together!

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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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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: Mimi’s 50th Birthday

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

Richard (Husband): It was her 50th birthday and I wanted her to know how much she was loved and appreciated.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Richard: Her love and unselfishness!

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

Richard: It was after her birthday dinner with myself and our kids.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Richard: Happiness and lots of tears.

How did this make you personally feel?

Richard: Proud to be her husband!

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

Richard: She was quite surprised and humbled.

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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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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: Bonda’s 50th Birthday

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

Paul (Husband): It’s definitely a good idea for her to receive a tribute because she deserves it. She deserves to know how much she’s loved. The same way how much she cares for and does for her family and friends

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Paul (Husband): My favorite thing about Bonda is that she’s my wife. She’s an amazing person and every single day I become more in love with her.

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

Paul (Husband): The circumstance when she received the Tribute was during the surprise birthday party at her favorite restaurant, it was the day before her birthday.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Paul (Husband): The reaction was priceless, she loved every bit of it. She was surprised and was very emotional while watching it.

How did this make you personally feel?

Paul (Husband): It personally made me feel happy, at the same time was also very emotional. Seeing her happy is what makes me happy.

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

Paul (Husband): She was speechless and I saw how much she loved it. This was the best gift because not only was she surprised, she was very happy.

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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.

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: Maura’s 24th Birthday

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.”

   – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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For this week’s #GratitudeStory we’re thrilled to introduce Peggy and her daughter Maura. Yet another awesome teacher gets the credit she truly deserves. Teachers are often the unsung heroes and we are here to help change that.

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

Peggy (Mother): She moved to Shanghai, China, to work. The first few months of being so far away from family and friends can be difficult. We wanted her to know that we all love her and miss her.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Peggy: My favorite thing about Maura, my daughter is her energy for a lifetime and learning and accepting new challenges that come her way.

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

Peggy: We sent out the link via an email newsletter, placed it on our website, did paid advertising on Facebook, bought a 1/2 full-color ad in the local newspaper, announced it during a televised Selectboard meeting, and made a display in the Library.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Peggy: I received a tearful, grateful thank you via WeChat, and that was for all her family and friends who contributed to her Birthday Tribute.

How did this make you personally feel?

Peggy: I was thrilled that the Tribute allowed my daughter to know she was remembered and always will be remembered and loved no matter where she is living.

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

Peggy: “I’m crying right now!!!!  Thank you, Mama … I  loved it sooooo much! How did you end up organizing all that?”

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tribute-lineGratitude 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.

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: Grace’s Graduation

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

– Melody Beattie

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For this week’s Gratitude Story, we’re excited to introduce Christine and her best friend Grace. Christine reached out to us to help create an amazing graduation gift before she enters her next chapter as a teacher. “We know how great you are and will be in this profession.” – Christine

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

Christine (Best friend): A lot of her friends and family have moved away, so this was a great way to remind her how proud we are of her, no matter how far away.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Christine: My favorite thing about this person is her hard work and most of all her contagious laugh.

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

Christine: She was about to leave her house to go to her actual Graduation ceremony; wearing her cap n gown n all.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Christine: We prepared this tribute for her and I knew from the moment we were creating it that she’ll be in tears. Well, she cried 🙂

How did this make you personally feel?

Christine: Like I helped create something that she could look back on for the rest of her life and make her smile. I created a guaranteed smiled. 🙂

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

Christine: She absolutely loved it. She said she’s rewatched it multiple times, including the morning of her first day at her real job.

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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.

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: Joe’s 52nd Birthday

“Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.”  

– Joseph B. Wirthlin

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This week, we’re psyched to introduce Suzanne and her husband Joe. Joe is quite the family man and it’s great hearing him get the love and praise he deserves.tribute-line

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

Suzanne (Wife): At this point in our lives we really don’t need any more material “stuff.”  I wanted to give a gift that would have meaning and create a lasting memory.  I also love the fact that the Tribute video can be viewed at anytime as it will be fun to watch it again in the future and re-live the memory.

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What is your favorite thing about this person?

Suzanne: Joe is the most caring and giving person I know.  He always puts his family first.  He is a true friend and an amazing husband.

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

Suzanne: It was my husband’s 52nd birthday and we surprised him with the Tribute video.  After dinner we wanted to watch a movie so I turned on our Apple TV and instead of starting the movie I went to YouTube to bring up the video – he was so surprised and very emotional as we watched the 20-minute Tribute.  It was great viewing it on the TV.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Suzanne: We all had a great time watching the Tribute.  Most of his family lives out of town so the fact that everyone had sent in a brief message was very cool and definitely made my husband feel loved and appreciated.  Lots of laughs and a few tears!

How did this make you personally feel?

Suzanne: I was thrilled with the end result and very happy I could almost effortlessly put together such a special and memorable gift.  The entire process was really fun and I especially loved viewing the videos as they came in.

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

Suzanne: My husband felt very loved!  I think he was very surprised by how much he truly means to all of his family and friends.

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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.

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: Andrew’s 16th Birthday

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have ignited the flame within us.”

– Albert Schweitzer

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For this week’s Gratitude Story, we’re delighted to introduce Sharon and her son Andrew. Sharon reached out to us to help make her son’s 16th birthday something special… “Andrew, you have this big heart and you can light up any room.” – Sharon

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

To start off, Tribute gave him the opportunity to see how much he means to everyone.  It was a great way for everyone around him to reflect on what he means to them also! And that is the most amazing thing.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Andrew has a loving heart, he is not only loved by me but by a lot of people. Andrew is an amazing well-rounded young man!

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

We had his friends over, after a birthday dinner and played it for them.  We also played it for family gatherings for his birthday.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

He was surprised and loved it.  I wasn’t sure if he would appreciate but I think it meant a lot to him.  Everyone enjoyed seeing how everyone contributed in their own unique way.

How did this make you personally feel?

I provided a gift that money can’t buy.  ❤ It meant the world to me to see what he means to everyone.  I never realized he had such a sense of humor!

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

Andrew loves the little things in life. I knew that making a Tribute for him would be one of the best things he’ll ever receive and that’s exactly what happened. He was so happy. He enjoyed seeing what everyone thought of him.  He was really surprised.

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tribute-lineGratitude 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.

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: 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: Gabrielle’s Graduation

 

Life is made up of milestones, and graduation is one of the biggest. There are few occasions that allow you to consider the growth and development of a human quite like a graduation.

For the graduate, it can be a time of excitement, and also uncertainty. That is one of the reasons why it is so important to fill a young person up with the support of their community. When someone feels like they have a crew of people at their back, they are more likely to believe in their dreams and go for what they want most.

We love seeing family and friend come together to share their appreciation and congratulations for recent grads. Dana’s Tribute for Gabrielle is a great example of how beautiful these graduation Tributes can be. Enjoy this week’s Gratitude Story.

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Why did you want to give Gabrielle a Tribute?

Dana (aunt): Because reaching major milestone in one’s life is a moment to celebrate, rejoice and be noticed for the great accomplishment that it is. Receiving a Tribute is a beautiful gift. All too often we neglect to tell the people we love and admire just how special they are. A Tribute video forces you in a the best of ways to dig deep and really express wonderful emotions about your loved one.
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Young Gabrielle enjoys the company of her aunt Dana

What is your favorite thing about Gabrielle?

Dana: There are so many things. She is sweet and polite, bright and good natured. Full of love.

What were the circumstances when Gabrielle received her Tribute?

Dana: We were all on a family vacation celebrating Gabrielle’s graduation. On the last night that we had all our family together sitting in the living room of the rented beach house, we played the video.

What was their reaction to the Tribute?

Dana: We laughed and cried and remembered good times together as she was growing up and now as a beautiful young woman about to embark on her adult life.

How did this make you personally feel?

Dana: I was grateful for the opportunity that Tribute afforded me to bring this special gift to her. I was glad I was able to pull it together for her. It was a very emotional experience for all of us to say the least.

Did Gabrielle have anything to say after watching her Tribute?

Dana: She said she loved it and it made her feel loved and good about herself. She felt empowered to take on this next chapter in her life… And she really is.

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Gabrielle enjoying a latte on a business trip in London

If you’re a food lover, check out Dana’s awesome food blog (it’s like the BuzzFeed Tasty for health food) : https://www.2stirwithlove.com

Instagram handles:

Gabrielle: gabbrooke

Dana: 2stirwithlove

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

With gratitude,

Team Tribute

Gratitude Stories: Frayda’s Bat Mitzvah

 

The Bat Mizvah is an important right of passage for people of the Jewish faith. It celebrates a young person’s transition from childhood to religious maturity.

It is also a unique opportunity to re-create Madonna choreography in front of all your friends…

But most importantly, it is a time to celebrate who someone is and what they mean to their community.

Bar/Bat Mitvah videos have become ingrained in Jewish culture and we’re so excited to see more people reaching out to use Tribute for these special occasions.

We especially loved Amy’s video for her daughter Fryda. Her grandma is quite possibly the cutest human being we’ve ever seen and we love seeing young people sharing their appreciation and affection so openly.

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Why did you want to give Frayda a Tribute?

Amy (mom): I created a Tribute for my son Simon a few months back and I thought it would be a great idea to surprise Frayda with one at her Bat Mitzvah. And what a great idea it was.

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Frayda and her parents at a young age

What is your favorite thing about Frayda?

Amy: Frayda is my 13-year-old daughter who is doing so many incredible things already. I love everything about her. She always brightens my life with all of her energy and smiles. She is very theatrical and dramatic which always make for an exciting time around the house.

 What were the circumstances when Frayda received her Tribute?

Amy: We decided that we would surprise Frayda with the Tribute during her Bat Mitzvah lunch while 250 of her friends/relatives watched along with her. Everyone at the party was amazed by the quality and warm feeling that covered the room. It was such a special moment.

How did Frayda react to the video?

She was completely surprised and loved hearing all of the positive things people said about her. She cried the whole way through it. It was really special for me to watch all of these beautiful people say such nice things about my daughter. She felt so much love and support which couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as she transitions into her mid-teenage years.

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

With gratitude,

Team Tribute