Yes...I am one of those people that started doing a Gratitude Journal years ago and here to find out, the exact date was November 12, 2011...much to my surprise. Can't recall why I started, but I did, and it has become a daily ritual before I go to bed for nearly six years. It causes me to reflect on my day and get in touch with all the blessings that surround me. There are some tough times through those years, yet, the exercise of putting pen to paper does something rather positive.
I recently took a class at the @ClevelandClinic where they sited a study that was done on those that do Gratitude Journals and they found more positive results were experienced if you only list three things. I have not graduated to that as of yet, but generally have a list of at least five, if not more.
I used inexpensive spiral notebooks from @Target through the years.
This year, a friend gave me a "proper" journal (the one on top) and I have to say, it has completely elevated the experience. I have another "proper" journal waiting in the wings (the blue one). Now, I need to find the "proper" pen to elevate the experience even more.
If you do not do it already, I highly recommend taking a little time out of your day to put pen to paper and get in touch with all the goodness in your life. It's so worth it!
Imagine being in first grade and being really shy and sweet. Then imagine being part of an elementary school style show. That sounds all well and good, right? Well…now imagine yourself walking down the make shift runway and when you get to the end, you have to remove your poncho to reveal a baby-blue bikini and the crowd cheers and claps while you make your back to the stage.
Well…that was me in the style show and why my mom chose to make shy me a bikini I have no idea. I have asked her on different occasions and the response I get is, “You were so cute, Debbie”. Maybe so, but I remember being extremely nervous when it was time to remove the poncho, but I did, and the crowd cheered me on while I strutted my stuff in that darn baby-blue bikini.
Fast forward to now, and we at girltrunks, feel there should be an alternative for those that don’t want to feel shy, awkward or uncomfortable in a swimsuit. We want you to strut your stuff feeling confident, stylish and joyful while you enjoy all your favorite activities around water.
When I viewed the #StevenSpeilberg #YouTube video – "Listen to the Whisper", I thought, he is communicating my story about the evolution of girltrunks as it is exactly what happened.
It was a whisper, mind you a whisper that was relentless for years on end until one day I finally said out loud, “Okay, I will do it!” I had no idea how I was going to start a company, yet one day at a time, and one step at a time, it came to be. Through the whispers, I became an entrepreneur. I absolutely love it and cannot imagine doing anything else.
As I’ve had the privilege of interacting with such fantastic customers through the years all over the country and world, and may I just say, girltrunks has the best customers - so kind, gracious and encouraging, what I realize is the creation of girltrunks really has nothing to do with me. It is all about you, the customer. It’s about creating products so you can look and feel great in life wearing a swimsuit.
With heartfelt gratitude, I thank you for letting me create products that you want. It is the ride of a life time that is so fulfilling and full of joy. It has "tickled my heart" beyond measure.
I was introduced to an app, that dare I say, has been a game changer in my life. I am surrounded by people whom are avid readers. I have always wanted to be, but I am just not a fast reader so I only read books here and there. Welcome to Overdrive. #Overdrive is an app where you enter your local library card number and voilà, your libraries’ selection is pretty much available via your phone, tablet or laptop. For me, the best part is the availability of #audiobooks. I have listened to well over 30 books since mid-January, all while driving in my car. I just love it!
Overdrive is an app where you enter your local library card number and voilà, your libraries’ selection is pretty much available via your phone, tablet or laptop.
You can put books on hold just like you would at the library and when it becomes available, you get an email. They also offer a rather nice selection of magazines and a few newspapers. Did I say it is all free? I download the books to my phone as verses listening to them via streaming to save on my phone’s data. If you have blue tooth in your car, you are set.
You choose how many days you want to take the book out with 21 days being the max. Once the 21 days pass, it automatically takes the book back. If you haven’t finished it and choose to take it out a month or two later, it will remember what page you left off.
Download it now…it works on all the different devises seamlessly.
I am sharing Overdrive with everyone I know and I hope you do too. It is absolutely fabulous!