Local Small Business Takes #GivingTuesday to a New Level

Dec 01, 2020
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, even though it might have been weird, small, and quiet.

If your Thanksgiving was difficult, you're not alone. My hope is that you found some moments to be grateful for.

Last month's post was a great reminder that no matter how difficult things are,
gratitude is the first step towards a more generous life.

Just this month, I saw a real-life example of this that I wanted to share with you. 

In case you're not familiar with what we do around here, it's this:

  • We find real life stories of generosity, from the everyday to the extravagant.
  • To inspire others to live a life a greater generosity.
  • Because the generous life is the abundant life.

So here's the story:

A local small business, FONA International, had a record year despite being in a pandemic. 

And what they did with their $7.1 million surplus is astounding. Frankly, it's upside-down from...

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I Forgot The Number One Rule

Oct 13, 2020

I woke up this morning discouraged and I did something about it and I thought it might be helpful for you. 

I decided to celebrate the wins.

I was talking to my wife the other day, who is juggling, what, seven full-time jobs right now. She's added an assistant principal, a teaching assistant, and tech support to her, resume, and she was like, “I don't feel like I'm getting anything accomplished.”

I think we often feel that way.

I'm pretty sure I heard that our brains get a lot more dopamine from those negative thoughts, rather than focusing on the positive ones.

So I just set aside just FIVE minutes to write down a list of WINS from the past 9 months:

  • in my work
  • in my family
  • and in my own personal life

I discovered three things as I was doing this exercise:


Discouragement comes from three places, circumstances, comparison, and COVID.

Circumstances, the way things are, can't really change that.

Comparison, Theodore Roosevelt said...

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