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Words of the day: Gratitude, evolution, doubt.

Makes for a very interesting pot of stew that continues to simmer in my head lately. Some days there’s too much doubt, other times, gratitude takes over, but no matter which word comes to the surface, evolution is the base, and quietly continues to boil away.

Putting yourself out there, believing that this is meant to be, believing in the process, sharing your personal story, hoping how I feel about Gemma Raffo’s purpose and the mission really comes across in the Kickstarter campaign, there’s so many things in a day that can trigger these moments of doubt.

Fortunately, gratitude prevails...

I’m grateful for my past, it has made me who I am today, it has inspired me to create pieces that will speak to others who may be in need, keeping loved ones connected, even if in the most difficult and challenging of times. It has taught me that I am a survivor, it has given my girls the gift of a strong mother who will teach by example to be fearless and independent, it has given me my true love, Anthony.

I am grateful for the present, it reminds me to breathe, to be happy with the process now-not when…, it surrounds me with people who love and support me, it gives me a business opportunity I have dreamed about for years, it gives me opportunity to learn, it gives me a connection to people and their stories, it gives me the ability to help others and to help myself and heal, it teaches me be driven, and to work hard and stay the course.

I am grateful for the future, it gives me hope and teaches me that the events, situations, hurt, happiness, love, pain, depression, thrill, connection, family, friends, strangers, processes and systems, are meant to help you get to where you are supposed to be in this life.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” - Melodie Beattie

Years ago, Anthony carved the original coin concept from wax and we had these cast in Bronze.  I loved them but they weren't quite what I was looking for.  After Anthony started working with Shire Post on his projects we knew the direction to take the coin.  Check out the photo below to see the originals and thanks again for supporting The Passing Coin