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: 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

Gratitude Stories: Kris & Brenna’s Wedding

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

 We love supporting newlyweds by allowing them to connect with the love and support of their entire community. Everything is easier when we have strong relationships to lean on and lift us up. This week’s gratitude story comes from Pamela, who wanted to do something special for her daughter after the wedding and contacted Tribute to surprise her daughter with something special. Watch the magic that ensues…

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

Pamela (Brenna’s Mom): This was a tribute from their wedding party, to add to the many wonderful memories this journey created.

What is your favorite thing about this person?

Pamela ( My daughter and new son-in-law are a pleasure to be around – they compliment each other so well, and know how to laugh with each other. They are able to key in on each other’s feelings, and provide strength and extra love when needed. I know that Kris will be there for my daughter, and that provides me with great comfort – knowing that I will not have to worry about her future. I enjoy being with them, and creating special memories.

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

Pamela: Thanksgiving Day, 2016, with members of the wedding party. I presented the USB to them and we watched it together.

What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?

Pamela: Laughter, tears and smiles – joy!

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

Pamela: It was very sweet and made us feel loved by everyone that you would take the time to give us such a heartfelt message.


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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

Interview with NYT Bestseller Mark Hyman MD

“It’s the most moving, touching, beautiful gift I had ever received.”

…according to Dr. Mark Hyman in this recent interview with our Co-Founder, Andrew. 

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tribute-lineFor those who have not heard of this awesome soul, Dr. Hyman is a ten-time #1 New York Times best-selling author, Chairman of The Institute for Functional Medicine and Founder of the UltraWellness Center.

 

He is one of the world’s foremost thought leaders when it comes to staying healthy and we go deep on gratitude, social ties and how central they are to our health.

You can also watch a highlight reel of Dr. Hyman’s Birthday Tribute below.

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“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.” 

-Melody Beattie

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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