You’ll find an article in the August Issue of the Hello Beautiful Ladies Newsletter on Gratitude. I invite you to visit
HelloBeautifulLadies.com website and sign up for our monthly newsletter which is full of Beauty tips, dating tips, lifestyle tips, recipes, book reviews and more.
Today in my blog, I want to express my gratitude for the wonderful people on the Hello Beautiful Ladies Team who made this website and my dream a reality. Without them this wonderful website focused on helping women achieve their potential would not have been possible. My thanks to: Chris Forbes, Cat Palmer, Victoria Wynn, Michelle Moore, Brady Bean, Matt Manhart, and Joel Otterstrom. These individuals along with their areas of expertise can be found under the Andrea’s Picks on the website if you would like to utilize their services.
What is gratitude?
When I was, young I was fortunate enough to have my parents take me on a trip around the world. We visited some extremely impoverished areas. This was one of the most valuable lessons I learned in my life… That I am blessed, I have a wonderful life and I am fortunate to be an American Citizen, where I am free, I have a roof over my head, a job and food to eat. All the essentials in life.
I found that as I traveled, I was freely giving away all the money I had saved up to spend on trinkets, to the poor and the beggars. I distinctly remember being in India, visiting the Taj Mahal. There was flooding that year so the river was high. I noticed a long procession of people heading towards the river to dump the body of a young child, wrapped in a straw mat, who had died of starvation. This greatly moved me along with the mother in the bathrooms with a child in her arms begging for money, of which I freely gave.
And the children in Thailand, who would hop up onto our small boat to beg for money, as I floated down the Bangkok river I saw one family washing their laundry, other bathing and still yet others toileting. Talk about humbling and life changing. It was then I knew how fortunate and blessed I was and thus the topic of gratitude for my blog.
I’ve had a very successful career. However, I’ve always wanted to do something to give back and help others. With the launch of this website, my dream has come true. I don’t want to die without leaving an imprint for good on this world. I want to be remembered for my deeds not what I have.