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Thankful Thursdays – June 24th Edition

As I post this latest Thankful Thursdays, we’ve just passed celebrated the first day of summer.  There were many times during our weekly snow storms when I couldn’t conceive of the arrival of summer, but I promise I will appreciate each and every day of it!  Thought it was apropos to share this on the first Thursday of summer. (Sorry though, no enlightening “summer” stories yet.)

Now a popular monthly feature, here are the latest links that make me smile on this Thankful Thursday — (My tribute to stories and videos that exemplify appreciation, those that have moved me, and other people making a difference.)

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100 Days – Who Would have Guessed?

A few posts ago, I’d shared that I’d been feeling challenged and a little overwhelmed. Today I reached a goal I didn’t think possible and which has really given me a boost.


Back in March, I’d been working extremely hard on a professional goal, yet hadn’t seen much success when my career coach suggested I take a step back, as well as incorporate/make time to exercise to help create some balance in my life. If you know me, I’m not big in to working out. It’s just not my thing.  However, as you may know, when you don’t work out and you still eat the things you love that aren’t always terribly healthy, well let’s just say, you can experience growth. I’m not talking about the good kind as in mentally, spiritually or professional. We’re talking girth.


I left my meeting with him saying, “Well why not? Exercise cannot hurt. A plus, I’ll gain my wardrobe back.”
That was day 1.

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Yes I am Going, No I Can’t Make it — The Need for RSVP

The “unofficial start to summer” was just over a week ago and it’s that time of year once again, when the parade of invitations for organized events are hitting your mailbox or inbox.  You may have already received several already.  Are you prepared?  

When I talk about invites, I’m not referring to Facebook events, which while it may be important, tend to be more casual in nature as to who is going, but instead I refer to those that come in a cream/colored envelope on fancy paper, or a formal Event Bright or Paperless Post e-invitation — all largely sent for a formal event like a wedding, birthday, anniversary, or other large celebration around a milestone.  Don’t be that “guy/gal” who doesn’t take three minutes to reply as to whether to say “Yes I’m coming” or “No I’m sorry, I cannot attend.” And please don’t pretend, you don’t know what I’m talking about.

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The Art of Pause ah… Patience

I’ve recently felt a bit rushed and if I’m candid, a bit overwhelmed. The things I want to happen seem to be stalled and my hard work doesn’t feel like it’s gaining the traction I’d like.  To make matters worse, time seems to be running out, as if there’s a deadline I cannot afford to miss.  While I know in my heart-of-hearts, this isn’t entirely true, it’s disconcerting none-the-less.    


I know that when we I let go, things definitely fall in to place.  However, I’m not always as patient as I could be.
But as you know, sometimes the universe has a great sense of humor and puts things in front of us that we need to see at that very moment.  And as always (today) it was very apropos.


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I wanted to share this image so that if one of my amazing followers/visitors needs it, it’s here, I’m just helping the universe out a little bit.  It’s also a visual reminder for me to appreciate the act patience and acknowledge that it’s OK to stumble, as the right thing for me will happen – I just might not be privy to when it’s going to happen!  

 – TAF

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Thankful Thursdays – May 28th Edition

Time to share some links that make me smile on this Thankful Thursday — my periodic tribute to stories and videos that exemplify appreciation, those that have moved me, and other people making a difference. Five great ones today!  (I’m always open to suggestions so send them along!)

Never Underestimate the Power of a Handwritten Note – Even Lunchbox ones

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What if You’re Not “Thankful”?

I’ve written posts at The Appreciation Factor about why you should write thank you notes, and provided tips on writing business and personal thank you notes. However I’ve recently been asked about what to do when you know you should write one, but aren’t 100% thankful.

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How May I Help You – Why Customer Service Counts

You would think that it’s a no brainer, but some companies don’t think about how customer service affects their customers’ perceptions about their company/brand. Good customer service to me is an expression of appreciation. The way a company treats me as its customer, shows me how much they value having me buy/use their products and services.  

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