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.


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.



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.


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.


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) :

Instagram handles:

Gabrielle: gabbrooke

Dana: 2stirwithlove


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.


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.


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

Discover the Meaning of Life With These 10 Quotes

Mandy Hale once uttered these words because she believed risk is essential to life. We could not agree more with Mandy – in order to live your life to the fullest, you truly must live it! Life is about living in the here and the now, it’s about living in the moment, so at the end of the day we don’t think to ourselves, “I wish I would have…”

Living life to the fullest means taking risks, loving without hesitation – while giving more and complaining less. We have complied a list of our favorite quotes on living life that are sure to do much more than just inspire you.

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