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: The Pierson Library

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

– G.K. Chesterton
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For this week’s #GratitudeStory we’re thrilled to honor the Pearson Library out of Shelburne Vermont! Their Director reached out to us to help rally the local community to share stories surrounding their beloved Library. It’s great seeing people use Tribute in this way!

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

Lara (Director): It brought the community together in the midst of strife to express their appreciation for the Library during the holiday season. And how much of a positive impact it had brought to each and every one of us.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Lara: The way the Pierson Library brings the community together. It is not only a safe haven for kids but also for adults and their family.

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

Lara: 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?

Lara: The reaction of everyone were amazing. The community has expressed joy at the ability to share their story and listen to the stories of their neighbors.

How did this make you personally feel?

Lara: It felt amazing and humbling to hear everyone’s stories of appreciation. The library has always been a place for everyone to read, watch, and do other great activities.

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

Lara: Having to appreciate this wonderful library feels great. The community gathered to show their appreciation marks how the library is such a special place to our kids and to our families.

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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: Shea & Stephen’s Wedding

“The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.”   – Robert C. Dodds photo

We’re thrilled to introduce Taylor for this week’s Gratitude Story. Taylor reached out to commemorate Shea & Stephen before they tied the knot. There’s nothing we enjoy more than filling the happy couple with the love and support of their community before the big day. Enjoy!

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

Taylor (Friend): Marriage is a gift. It is so special to always be reminded of the gift, you’ll have for a lifetime, and the best way to do it is making another gift as special for them to remember – to remind both of them that they love each other and are loved by everyone around them!

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Taylor: Shea and Stephen are two amazing, fun-loving and goal-oriented individual and now partners to each other and of course as friends to me. A best friend to me for 15 years, Shea (most of the time) positive, always down to do whatever, incredibly caring personality.

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

Taylor (Friend): This Tribute was one of a kind, not only have they received one of the best things in life, which is marriage. But had received another during their wedding reception on 12/30/2016.

How did this make you personally feel?

Taylor (Friend): I am truly overjoyed by the union, Shea and Stephen have been waiting for. Seeing my best friend Shea got married and knowing that she’s loved by a great man, I am absolutely contented and happy.

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

Taylor (Friend): Shea and Stephen were beyond grateful, shocked, thrilled and felt very loved and touched by the wonderful words.

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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: 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