Gratitude: What are we grateful for?

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GRATITUDE!

We know we are grateful for the blessings in our life. We see reminders all the time on Facebook posts, Pinterest quotes, inspirational sayings and in the moment, we resonate or reply to those things that are foremost on our minds. I’m grateful for my family, friends and loved ones. Grateful for my health and the life I have. Grateful to do what I love and the opportunitity to make a difference. I’m grateful to our earth, nature, the 75 years I’ve lived and I could go on and on. I am extremely grateful  for my children and the adults they have become and most importantly to my hubby of the past 15 years. I marvel at all the skills and talents I’ve been given and grateful that life has opened up ways for me to use them, both in my former and current career. I’m often surprised by my new discoveries about myself through writing, researching, participating in groups and communities, and my list goes on. I’d venture to say our lists would be similar.

So what is different for me this year?

I am grateful for

 

This year I don’t want to give lip service to the above. I don’t want to feel complacent about the things that are really important to me. I am profoundly moved by the people, thoughts and feelings this holiday is stirring in me.

What I really want to do is…

Stop and reflect on how I got to this moment. How did our business get to this point?  Just about 1 year ago we launched Earth and Moon Design  ecommerce with so much to learn about social media marketing.  I want to acknowledge and express my deepest appreciation to the 4 professional women who guided, moved, pushed, taught and prodded me along: Kittie Walker of AvidMode.com, my web developer who had to also become my teacher/coach, Keri Jaehnig of IdeaMediaGirl, my group mentor who started me on this path when she named me fan of the week a few years ago and introduded Kittie to me, Kelly Paull of Directly Successful who taught me Facebook and told me I was in her badass group forever and most recently, Norma Doiron, group coach administrator  who touches on all platforms in social media.

 

2014 Coaches

 

 And More..

Firstly is my appreciation to my daughter Beth, who in partnership with me makes beautiful jewelry, improved her skills as a photographer, copywriter and bead designer extraordinaire. And to my husband Herb and friends who help at shows, load and unload, listen to my concerns and ideas and continually encourage us.I couldn’t develop or continue without each one.

My gratitude blog would not be complete without thanking my customers and my top supporters for all their glowing comments, love and good wishes along the way. If I omitted you from this collage, please accept an apology. It was unintentional.

Top Supporters

Beth and I truly appreciate this past year (our first online) where you supported, commented, liked, admired and encouraged us to keep going.

May you all enjoy a grateful day on Thanksgiving.spruce-image (49)

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. Thank you, Roz, for this beautiful and inspirational Thanksgiving tribute, and for including me in your list of inspiration. I am truly humbled to be in the presence of these amazing ladies, including you, and thankful to have met you and share some moments with you every day.

    May G-d continue to bless you with health and comfort, and may tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, be one of happiness and joy and Nachas for you and your family.

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  2. I am grateful for so many things. For the people in my life, for my strength and for food 🙂 I am a big foodie and it’s a bit of a passion of mine.

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  3. I am grateful for this post! It serves as a reminder that we should always look back and appreciate where we’ve been and where we are today. Often we’re on cruise control….life is too short . If we don’t stop and look back at our accomplishments and how we got here, we could miss life. I am grateful for the people that surround me; the people who remind me to be who I am because my identity is my blueprint. Thank you Roslyn!

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      [email protected] – Yes- cruise control. With so much we are committed to accomplishing, it is easy to forget to stop. I think Thanksgiving is meant for a day to stop, reflect, appreciate, be grateful & to express it. Not exactly like you, but my identity or history is my blueprint. I know we all have stories to tell. I think of mine often and am surprised that here I am, at 75 years young making beaded jewelry with my daughter for an online business. Far cry from starting life off as a foster child. Have a wonderful holiday.

  4. Roslyn that’s beautiful! Thank you so much for reminding me we should always be grateful and look back kindly on the path that took us so far. I tend to beat myself up because I haven’t completed so many things. Now when I think about the last year, I`ve achieved so much! I`m so grateful for that, my always supporting husband and all fantastic friends I met. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Love this piece on gratitude- and your graphic (Pinned it!!). How wonderful to take the plunge with online sales and digital marketing. I’m wishing you great continued success through the new year. May you reflect on this moment a year from now and think “Wow! How far I’ve come!” on this exact moment. I have had a whirlwind of a year, too. And next year I’m planning for even bigger and better. Thanks for reminding me to reflect on my success and motivate me to continue. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

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  6. We’re only a day away from Thanksgiving, but reading your blog is the first time this week that I’ve been able to separate the holiday name into its true meanings and apply it to my own life. THANKS, Roz, for putting the blur of the holiday on pause with your inspiring blog, for GIVING us a chance to reflect deeply and “resonate.” Will

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  7. Very beautiful and inspiring blog. Thank you for the reminder to find gratitude in all that we do and have in our lives. Those things that touch us to our very core. Remembering where we were and where we are now allows us to see just much we really do accomplish despite and obstacles.

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      Meryl Hershey Beck. You are welcome. I am so awatre of all the people who have trouble with holidays due to things that have passed. It takes work to focus on what we have, rather than what is missing.

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  8. Always nice to hear people thankful for business ownership and support they receive from loved ones. I too have a supportive family and a wife who helps with anything I need as well. Even with ups and downs wouldn’t trade being a business owner for anything.

  9. Firstly may I thank you for thanking me. I’m delighted to be one of your supporters and am amazed at your determination to create this online empire with your fabulous and tasteful designs. It’s truly inspiring to see that whatever we want to create in our lives, is possible if we put in the time and energy and take action on whatever we want to manifest. You are a shining example of possibility and being cause in the matter. 🙂 I know you get that one and I sincerely see you as being just that.

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      Thanks Beverley Golden. I’ve often looked back to discover that I was always someone who made things happen.I’ve always created so many things from scratch. I now have more tools and knowledge to stay focused, and move forward. I look forward to all that I do.

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  10. Roslyn, YOU are amazing! I always assumed you had been online for several years… You have achieved MASSIVE growth in this one year! Do you realize that? You have achieved so much !!! I am sooooo proud of you. <3 Thanks for mentioning me in this great post, means a lot to me. x0x

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      Norma [email protected] Biz Solutions. I had been in business doing live craft shows and had a shopping cart thru Go Daddy for entry into shows & credibility. It took me too long to accept that I needed a ‘real’ website and to put into action all the social media marketing I had been reading & learning about.I love all that I do, the people and friends I make and look forward to ongoing growth and development.

  11. What an inspirational blog! I didn’t write a blog on gratitude… now I feel bad. Since I didn’t do my own… I say ditto to all you have said. I am so grateful for my social media friends like you. You are so real to me, I feel like I can reach out and actually touch you physically. Sending my love right now.

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  12. It’s beyond amazing to see where you have come in the 2 years I have known you! I tell your story any time someone expresses doubt about being able to get their business online. You are a wonderful role model. A business woman who is willing to learn, to question, to step WAAAAY out of her box, to persist, to invest in continued education and to seek out the mentors who can teach you what you need to know.

    You taught me many lessons and I am blessed to know you!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Roz!

    xoxo

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      Kelly and all who read comments from others. For 30 years I had a professional career as a counselor making a difference peoples lives at critical juncture. After retirement, I missed that. To know that thru my endeavors to create this business, I can continue to make a difference, as a role model, is very meaningful to me. She were the one who taught me that I could learn this stuff, so I am the one who is blessed to have come across your path.

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  13. Roslyn, this is so very special. It is a powerful example of what gratitude is and what it can do. I am honored to be mentioned here.
    Blessings and Happy holidays!

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving Roz & Beth!

    What a beautiful post.

    It’s been quite a journey and we’ve had our ups and downs along the way, but you’re both an inspiration to me; it never ceases to amaze me how you both get your heads down and get on with it on a daily basis. Whatever gets thrown in your path you both just learn, adjust and get it done.

    I’m grateful to know you both and count you as friends.

    ~Kittie

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      Kittie- It has been mostly up and a most challenging year for us. The greatest gift was choosing you and you choosing to stick with us. I am excited to move into another year with you on our side.

  15. Wow Roz what a very Inspiring Post and a Great way to honor these four wonderful ladies that have taught you so much in your journey! You are definitely a role model for so many of us new small business owners like myself. You are always willing to share ideas and give advice if you feel the need to. I am very thankful for the advice and ideas you have shared with me over the past few months. I feel I have been so blessed to have meet so many amazing people and friends on Social Media. Wishing you continue success Roz and Beth!

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      Thanks Barbara Keen So happy you appreciate ideas I pass along. It is my nature to be helpful, to make a difference ans being social on social media in natural. Meeting great people is icing on the cake.

  16. Roz,

    Thank you for including me in your post! I’m honored to be among those you hold as important in the development of your business.

    It’s been a pleasure knowing you and working with you, and also to see the wonderful evolution of your business!!

    I’m considering this a season of Thanksgiving. You’ve helped kick it off in quite a style — Love the purple in the graphic above!!

    Thanks again, Roz, for including me in your post, and for venturing with me in mentorship. I appreciate your creating a custom, conservative earring for me as well.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    Genuinely,

    ~Keri

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  17. What a beautiful, heartfelt and very thoughtful post Roz. Thank you for including me too. You have so much to be thankful for and I wish you many successful years ahead with your wonderful business and in life in general.

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  18. While this past week, social media has been filled with all kinds of gratitude comments and blogs, I will never get tired of hearing everyone’s personal thoughts as it relates to business. I hope you enjoyed your holiday yesterday and wishing you a wonderful holiday season ahead.

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