Wedding Wednesday #10: 2 Tasks You Can’t Trust ANYONE With.

Real quick, before I get started with Wedding Wednesday #10, I just want to toot our own horn: our wedding was featured on Wedding Wire! Of course, they don’t go into TOO much detail on their website. But that’s A-OK, you are getting all the need-to-knows RIGHT HERE!

Now back to your regular (fabulous) programming…

There are 2 INTEGRAL Tasks regarding your wedding-besides the getting married part-that you cannot trust with anyone but yourself (and maybe your spouse). Are you ready for what those are?

1. Ceremony Programs
2. Thank You Notes

At this point you know I am a personalization fiend, but these two items are uber personal. The program maps out what’s gonna happen and who is involved. The back of ours also included directions to the venue, tips for the evening (HEY! We will have March Madness on the bar TVs! Mimosas for all!), and – my very favorite – a Thank You to all in attendance.

What the heck, RoaminTwin?? Those are sent out after you open gifts!

Well, yes. And no. I am a pretty grateful person (and you should be for maximum happiness in your everyday life!), and I made sure to thank everyone involved every step of the way. I didn’t prepare much of a spoken thank you for the rehearsal dinner. But I did it anyway. And was a blubbering/nervous wreck the entire time.

We put a Thank You in our programs. I would share that with you here, but it was tailored for the crowd at the wedding. I did include that this celebration was as much for them as it was for us. Heck, besides the ceremony, every part of the wedding day is a big Thank You Note! Because each and every person in that room has been with us as individuals and as a couple, and have helped us grow into who we are today.

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We carved out time to give a little Thank You Toast (or two or three – I kept grabbing the mic from Timmykins) before dinner. I was VERY thankful for my practice run from the night before. Because we will never have the same group of people in the same room at the same time ever again. Think about it. The room was bursting with L.O.V.E!!

Last but not least, we sent out Thank You Notes for the gifts we received. They were all purchased and made with the biggest amount of love, so I made sure to not only design the postcards (below), but also write notes that were filled with gratitude and sentiment. Because these aren’t just random people who decided to buy you gifts. These are your closest friends and family. They have been there for you through thick and thin. Good and bad. I mean, that’s why you invited them to your wedding, right??

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Right? If not, why did you invite them, silly?

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Appreciation in Rejection

RoaminTwin, are you NUTS? Am I reading that title correctly?

Yes, indeedy, you are! You know that last post I wrote about GRATITUDE (and the positive effect it has had in my life, and the happiness it could bring to YOURS)?? Welp, this goes right along with that!

I have resolved to take more risks in this short life-o-mine! No, Not death-defying risks like jumping off a cliff unharnessed (OK, I wouldn’t be defying much of ANYTHING if I were in THAT situation). Instead, I want to take adventurous risks: traveling to new places, attempting ice skating tricks without fearing a spill or two, risking my ego to build upon my experience and educate myself further.

There are so many risks to take, I couldn’t name them all if I had the time! But with the resolution to take more risks also comes the resolution to accept the outcome–good or bad–to learn from and grow. This means not just not fearing rejection, but appreciating it. Get rejected by a prospective job? Take a look at your resume, your online presence, how you present yourself in person and on paper. Evaluate, grow, and get back on the saddle!

At this point, I am looking forward to the rejection as a form of constructive criticism, not a roadblock. As long as you are growing and changing, rejection will come. Everything depends on how you handle said rejection. Rejection is also a down time, with a built in guarantee that something better is on the horizon.

What do you take away from rejection? Is there a shift in your thinking? Can YOU find the happiness that can arrive with rejection?

Happy Friday, Happy People!

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Thank You

Since I was born, a Thank You note has been written for every gift I have received. Before I could write, it was my mom who wrote them. As I got older, I wrote the simple kind:

Dear Grandma,

Thank you for the blanket. It is so warm and I will love it forever.

Love, RoaminTwin

For the past 10 or so years, these have developed into more thoughtful and intricate notes. I let Uncle David know what I plan on using the gift card for. Aunt Vickie knows that I love sparkles, especially in my favorite color! And these thank yous are as sincere as can be: no just grazing the surface here!

My mom INGRAINED into her kids the importance of a Thank You note. Sure, most of them probably end up in the trash after being read once (though I would appreciate them to be at least RECYCLED), but at least for that one read-through, your loved ones know you took the time to think of them and their thoughtful gift and thank them. And the thing is, this practice of Thank You note writing all of these years has led to a greater understanding and appreciation of people and LIFE! Gratitude is not an automated response, but one of the deepest feelings I have ever–and will ever–feel.

What are YOUR thoughts on gratitude? Does it heighten your happiness, your life?

I know I have said this before, and I will say and feel it again: Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. For your support, your comments, your love. Without this close-knit community of happiness-seekers and journeymen, I wouldn’t have the motivation to keep doing what I do, in happiness. THANK YOU!

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Love This Week

Hello all!

I completely blew past Monday-Wednesday without even batting an eye! Some days and weeks are like that, but for me it seems to be turning into MONTHS!

So, I thought I would take a quick moment to share what I love/adore/admire SO FAR about this splendid week of November 11th – 17th, 2013:

1. Getting things done. Another photo shoot: complete and edited. A sports highlight video: finished (to be continued, as their post season is still not over! YAY!). 

2. Big ideas. I have some furniture pieces as well as other items I would like to refurb and revamp for my new living space (as well as some personal BIG ideas to be shared later on. EEEE!). The color gold keeps coming to mind. Oh, and that’s right…

3. Slowly (but surely) making the move out of my parents’ home. This has been – and will continue to be – a huge lesson in love, gratitude, comfort, and independence. I can dig it!

4. People who look me in the eye. Whether it’s a quick “Thank you” for holding the door, or an in-depth conversation, eye contact is a biggie for me. I have noticed it a lot more in my every day life, especially this week. THANK YOU! It shows me that you are confident in what you are saying, and provides a huge self-confidence booster (because if you are looking at the ground or the ceiling when speaking to me, I automatically think there is a bat in the cave and could, in turn, start picking my nose. PLEASE: don’t make me pick my nose).

What do YOU love this week? Please share in the comments, through email, or in person! Sharing is caring, because your happiness is ALL of our happiness!

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Giving Thanks

November is an OK month. It sits between my two favorites – October for the fall foliage and December for none other than CHRISTMAS – acting as a breather, a break. It is the birth month of one of my FABULOUS coworkers (I’m talking to YOU, Riley!), and this year it marks the first wedding anniversary of two of my best friends’.

Alright, maybe it’s sounding MORE than OK this year. This year I will ALSO see some of my favorite people – from both in AND out-of-town – for quick trips and my BRIDALLLLLLLL SHOWERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!

– I hope you read that like Oprah used to on her yearly Favorite Things episode. Which I will forever be upset I never made it to –

With so many things going on from year to year (not just this CRAZY November), it is nice to sit down, breathe, and be thankful. Each year around this time, I see more people participating in ’25 Days of Thanks’, or things similar in nature on Facebook and other social media. It is a good way to hold oneself accountable – as this crazy blog is for me – but is it phenomenalizing the act of thanking someone publicly so as to make oneself look more appealing in the public eye?

I think this is true for some, but would like to think that the majority of people participating really did just need a reminder in this season of thanks.

I just wish it were customary to thank people on a regular basis. In person, or at least more personally.

It has already been ingrained in me to write thank you notes after receiving gifts. Not the general: “Thank you. This is neat. Love, ME”, but more thought out and carefully planned. If I receive money or a gift card, I let the person know what it will be used for. If it is a physical gift, I let them know how useful it will be in my personal or professional life. I thank them for their continued support of me, my dreams, and their presence in my life. I do all I can to let them know that what they do doesn’t go unnoticed.

This is a custom that my sister (and business partner) and I have carried into our side project, DoubleTake Productions. After we complete editing on a project, we think back to working with the client(s) and send a handwritten thank you note along with the final project. It’s not for notoriety nor a strong reputation (though those come along with it), but because we are genuinely thankful that people are choosing to work with us – to put their memories in our hands.

I challenge you to do the same. Have a coworker that is just doing an outstanding job? Let them know in person or with a thank you note. Someone hold the door for you? A quick thank you and a smile are always polite. Are your wedding vendors going above and beyond in accommodating your perfect day? A nice note and a tip or a small gift are more than generous.

Note: a gifted bottle of champagne doesn’t hurt in any of these situations. Though, I would be hard-pressed to have any handy to gift to the person holding a door for me. Sorry, person-holding-the-door-for-me.

Do YOU accept the challenge to personalize your gratitude a little more, outside of the “25 days of thanks” or the month of November?

I do.

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Happy Tweets Wk 3

Hello and HAPPY MONDAY, Happy People!

It’s that time of the week again: Happy Tweets abound!

For those of you new readers: I will be (hopefully) posting motivational/happy/funny tweets every Monday to start your week (and mine) off on the right (or left, dammit!) foot!

If you have any suggestions for Twitter accounts that I should follow, let me know! And don’t forget to follow me at @RoaminTwin

 

Susanes Heart QuotesSusanes Heart Quotes ‏@embracingchoice21 Apr
Gratitude is like the syrup on a big stack of pancakes ~life just wouldn’t be as sweet without it. 

 

 

Stage32.com - RBStage32.com – RB ‏@Stage32online26 Jan
I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing. – Francis Ford Coppola

 

Lori FieldsLori Fields ‏@RealBeautyIs26 Jan
Everybody has something to offer.

 

Andrea OwenAndrea Owen ‏@andrea_owen24 Jan
“I am realistic- I expect miracles” – Wayne Dyer

 

Liz Dennery SandersLiz Dennery Sanders ‏@SheBrandLiz11 Jan
How people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours. – Dr. Wayne Dyer
 
Now, go out there and conquer the world! I believe in you, Happy People!
 
❤ The Roamin Twin