Spring is here and the earth is getting ready to bloom again! What an opportunity, for us, to get out and be a part of the bigger picture - LIFE!
I was reading an article and saw this quote: If the sun rises, it’s a good day. – unknown. So true.
Although it may be hard, we need to recognize all of our life lessons - challenges and successes and celebrate them.
In this article, Lisa H, it gave specific things you can do everyday to give thanks. Here is their list:
"*Count your blessings, each day, just after you wake up and before going to bed, reflect on the good things in your life, feel gratitude, and give thanks.
*Keep a gratitude journal. Ask yourself, “What good things happened today?” List them in your journal and reflect on them.
*Give a portion of your money or time to those who are in need.
*Volunteer at your local school, library, shelter, food bank, or community organization.
*Get involved in a cause you feel passionate about and do whatever you can to help.
*Use your talents to help people. You were given many unique qualities and talents. Sharing your gifts with those less fortunate is an excellent way to show your gratitude for your blessings. It helps others and brings satisfaction and fulfillment to you as well." (Getting to Zen website)
I love these ideas. They give purpose to your life and show us that we are part of a bigger picture. What an honor!!
Go out and make it a wonderful day.
Well Valentine's Day is now in our rear view mirror. What a special time it was. Love was definitely in the air.
Now it is on to another adventure. As we plan for the upcoming celebrations, Professional Assistants Day, St. Paddy's Day, Mother's Day, we also begin planning for the classes that I will be teaching at the convention in St. Louis, MO in May
I am so excited to be able to share information regarding marketing and branding. In addition some courses on gifting presentations. With professionals from all over the US and internationally, this will be a wonderful experience.
I am looking forwarding to the rewarding relationships that will be built during this time. And of course, visiting some historic sites in St. Louis.
I am reprinting this from a newsletter that I receive every Monday. I just LOVE it! We should all work hard to say encouraging words everyday. You just never know the difference that it will make in someone's life!
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. And every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man couldn’t hear the band, he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days and weeks passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first took at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.
It faced a blank wall.
The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”
It has been such a long time since I shared my thoughts. So much has happened...........a very busy Christmas season. Thank you to all our customers. We were bringing joy all over town!!
With the start of the New Year, I was a judge for the NM Teen Pageant. What a wonderful experience. These girls were so inspirational. After meeting them and getting to know them, we were all impressed with their service mindset. They each gave so much to their communities. Thank you Belia for allowing me to participate in this magical event!!
We just returned from the Market. For the southwest, the Dallas Market allows businesses to meet vendors that can provide new and exciting products. We brought back some WONDERFUL new products to offer in our gift baskets. DeBrand is one of the large chocolate companies. We bought some THANK YOU chocolate bars that you can add your business card to the back or we can put in the Thank You gift baskets for March 1st - Employee Appreciation Day. We bought some wonderful Chocolate, Caramel and Sea Salt hot chocolate that can be turned into a decadent Chocolate Martini. Of course I had to sample.....several times. These would be great for bridesmaids gifts or a girlfriend gift basket. TOO MANY products to write about.
I am so excited about this year. Blessings to everyone!!
Why do you see so much pink every October? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign by major breast cancer organizations to increase awareness of the disease. This includes educating the public about early detection, the cause, diagnosis, treatment, and support for survivors.
We want to support "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" in Las Cruces. At Gift Baskets By G, we pledge to give 10% to the organization from every purchase of our "Go Pink" Cake Towel or "Go Pink" Fruit Basket.
We know that every donation is helpful in this fight against cancer. Have you thought about what you can do to help?
We just returned from our Alaskan cruise. It was wonderful. I highly recommend it.
While we were there, I was inspired by several table decorations. They are so creative with their napkins and flowers. I have some wonderful ideas for our bows for our gifts for fall. We bought some Salmon that can be used with our crackers and cheese to compliment any gift.
I can feel it in the air - fall - it is lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce at any moment.
Hurry - we are ready!!
I was reading my Gift Shop magazine. Theresa Downin, director of sales with wholesaler MeraVic in Grain Valley, MP was discussing the holiday colors. "During the recession, we have noticed a trend toward holiday items that are either very traditional—natural pine, red and green color collections, and white snowy themes," says Downin. "Or they are very trans-seasonal items, things with lots of glitter and sparkle in silver or champagne color ways so they can be utilized for holiday and winter home decor." In what could be taken as a sign of the rebounding economy, look for bold purples and silvers to be popular this upcoming holiday season.
I LOVE purple. That is truly my favorite color. And there are so many variations-from the lightest of purple (lilac) to the deepest (a true royal purple). I know that is what I want to include in my holiday designs this year!!
We just got back from the EPCOT Center and Universal Studios in Florida. Talk about HOT and HUMID. I really thought that we had a heat stroke one day. It was just miserable. We were so happy to get home. Home Sweet Home. We just love Las Cruces. There is such beauty in the desert. So now August has arrived, kids will be going back to school and it will start to get cooler. :-). Well 100 is cooler than 106.