Wagon News November 2021

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We made it! So grateful to you, dear readers!

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This edition completes our FIRST year & 12th edition of The Wagon News. We hope you enjoy the newsletter each month and find it to be a fun and easy read. Over the past year we have highlighted good works in the community, a pet photo contest, shared interesting articles, spotlighted businesses, given ad design tips, and on.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. Thank you for being a valued client. Thank you for reading.

Keep reading on…

The Power of Thankfulness

By Amy Smith

Gratitude, appreciation, giving, thanks, satisfied, pleased. These are all synonyms for “thankful.”  Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have, instead of reaching for something new in hopes of making them happier. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack.

Our national holiday, Thanksgiving began in 1621 where the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an Autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. As we gather with family and friends this holiday season, we celebrate gratitude for our health, a roof over our head and a floor beneath our feet, our furry friends, additions to our family, a new job, new and existing friendships, our piece of mind, being financially sound, and much more. 

Other ways of giving thanks include donating to a favorite charity, visiting a hospital, sending a care package to soldiers overseas, volunteering at an animal shelter, or providing Thanksgiving dinner for a family in need. 

According to PositivePsychology.com, “Gratitude in all forms is associated with happiness. Whether we say thank you to someone or receive the same from others, the feeling it brings is that of pure satisfaction and encouragement. Expressions of gratitude help in building and sustaining long term relationships, deal with adversities and bounce back from them with strength and motivation.”

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(Photo Courtesy of Apple, via Associated Press)

One of my favorite TV shows to watch every year is “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” A handful of jellybeans, some pretzels, and two slices of toast is not quite what comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving dinner. But that’s what Peppermint Patty got after inviting herself over to Charlie Brown’s house for a turkey day feast. 

I’ll leave you with this quote from Deepak Chopra: “Gratitude opens the door, the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.”

Happy Holidays!

Good Works in the Community

This month in our Good Works in the Community feature, we are sharing an event that Andrea Aguirre in the Corporate Office attended and participated in recently. Tennis for Turtles featured tennis pros from The Boca Raton Resort & Club holding a clinic for tennis players of all skill levels. Proceeds benefited Friends of Gumbo Limbo in Boca Raton, FL.

Andrea is passionate about tennis and nature, so this was a perfect event!

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to inspire coastal and marine stewardship. One of the programs that GLNC, Inc. supports is research projects for scientists working directly with endangered sea turtles and funding the sea turtle rehabilitation facility’s equipment and veterinary needs. The have an accessible boardwalk, tropical hardwood, aquariums, and butterflies all around. Visit www.gumbolimbo.org

This Center is beautiful, educational and a steward of our environment.

View From My (Your) Window

By Jennifer Troyan

Have you seen the various Facebook pages created sharing the “View From My Window?”

We love this so we are sharing the view from our window, at our corporate office in Coral Springs, Florida.

Share your view with us – of your business or home’s view – email Jennifer.troyan@welcomewagon.com and put “view” in the subject line.

We’d love to share this in our next edition of The Wagon News.

Fun Cartoon for You

By Jennifer Troyan

Last month we had an article about change, and we came across this cartoon that made us laugh. Sometimes change can be scary yet necessary but it’s all about how you look at it, right? There are a lot of studies and information out there about how your perspective can change the outcome. We chose to the positive side of things!

Anyway, we hope this makes you smile or chuckle because we can all relate in some way.

Business Spotlight

Founded by George Williams in London 1844, the YMCA was formed to organize a sanctuary for young men seeking an escape from the streets. Today it has grown to be America’s leading non-profit organization committed to helping people and inspiring communities to grow, learn and thrive.

The Y, as they are known today, is committed to strengthening communities by connecting people to their potential through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind & body for all. Guided by their core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility they are dedicated to give people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. With over 10,000 communities across the country, they are committed to developing a new generation of leaders who will create the community they want to live in.

For this reason, we are highlighting Y’s across the Country because we both believe in the power of community. Did you know there are 2,650 Y’s across the U.S. in all 50 States?

The Y has a unique variety of programs for all ages: such as childcare, afterschool activities, youth sports, day & overnight camps, swimming, gymnastics, meal programs (with over 56 million people served in 2020), and youth leadership development programs.

We wanted to give a shout-out to some of our long-term and newer Y partners in Westfield, NJ, Darien & New Canaan, CT, Champaign, IL, Hanover, MA, Easley, SC, and Venice, FL. Thank You!

Visit: https://www.ymca.org/

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Email: hello@welcomewagon.com and put “Referral” in the subject line and tell us who you are referring and you will be entered to win the gift card.