Today I have a very special announcement for you about our contest winners, but first I wanted to tell you a quick personal story…
As some of you may have noticed, I tend to write most of the Omvana blogs, but thus far, I have remained faceless, without much of a story behind who I am or what brought me here.
That’s me and my family in the picture above.
8 Months ago, I found out about the Omvana brand. With a background in Neuroscience and a love for spirituality and personal growth, I knew Omvana was where I needed to be –I even referred to it as “my soul-mate job” to my family and friends.
Omvana operates out of Malaysia, and in effort to live out this dream of mine, I left my family in August to come pursue a new life here. I come from a big Italian family, and have been in close proximity to them my entire life.
This year was the first Thanksgiving that I have ever missed. In fact, my grandfather even printed out my “Happy Thanksgiving” email I sent him and taped it to his wall so that he would feel me “there” in spirit.
I thought that missing this holiday would bring feelings of emptiness, loneliness and homesickness—feelings that have not been foreign to me these past few months while living alone in Malaysia.
And though I was without a turkey, and without a family here, this has been the most loving Thanksgiving I’ve ever experienced….
Today I had the best job in the world.
Today I got to sit down and read over 6,000 comments from you all about what made you grateful. And I was moved to tears by many of them. Between your facebook comments, twitter comments, personal messages, emails, instagram posts…..etc, I was completely overwhelmed by just how much love and gratitude there is in this world.
These are just a select few of the comments I got to read that I wanted to share with all:
“Two years ago I almost died. I had a massive stroke which left me paralyzed on the right side. This year I am running a 5k on Thanksgiving morning. Life is a precious gift, full of miracles. I am grateful for every second of it.”- Elisabeth
“I am thankful for all the free quality time I have been given to enjoy my 3 year old son grow up. When my mother found out she had cancer last Dec, I decided to drop everything including 3 jobs I was a workaholic and move to TN to care for her full time. I always loved my son but I never had a great close bond because we never saw each other, due to me working so much. My son Jacob and I have the best relationship any mother could hope for. Even in the worst situations, blessings are given. I am so thankful for mother bringing my son and I closer. Plus by moving here to care for her…I got to know a side of my mother I had always dreamed of knowing. We lost her to Cancer in July. But Ill never forget her amazing soul and time she gave Jacob and I. She saved us. Thank You Mommy! R.I.P. …You Are Greatly Missed” – Constance
There were thousands of entries to that same affect.
My past Thanksgivings in America have been lovely, but filled with the hectic-ness that typically makes up any holiday: visiting with many relatives, driving to the different houses of my divorced parents, eating an overwhelming amount of food, and finally….giving myself a sweet 2 minutes to say “grace” before dinner where I thanked family, friends, and the food on the table. I know that “grace speech” as if it was a script, yet I’m not sure I ever felt my words.
Reading your comments and stories allowed me to experience a feeling that I’ve never felt before.
This has been the first Thanksgiving where I have understood what deep hearted gratitude is. The kind of feeling that makes you so happy to be alive you could just cry, and not one thing could shake you from that place of happiness. By reading some of your comments, I can now see that many of you experience this.
After hours of reading these, I honestly couldn’t choose just one winner. I approached the Omvana CEO today saying I was torn between 35 different stories, and didn’t have an answer for him. He hugged me and replied “It’s okay, Angela. I’m glad you felt that way. You can give it to them all.”
So without further adieu, I’d like to pronouce several winners:
Preet, Putone, Elisabeth Davis, Megan Carroll, Constance Meta Yoder, MArla Ernest, edrees, Cynthia Pohl, Lucy Russell, Maree Maglicic, Judy Uson, Linda Shepherd, Elizabeth A. Wells, Eryn, Stephanie Burnell, Sanela, Jennifer Magana, Sara Elizabeth, D, Crystyn G. Lyndel, Bri Potts, Tami Kline, Kristin A. Rushforth, Terri Rizzi, Debbie, Anne Skinner, Janette Leclerc-Law, Teresa, Suzanna Courney, Liisa , Tiffiny Reed, Debra Gates Vallett, Elizabeth
You will all receive a personal email from me tonight with instructions on how to claim your prize.
Congratulations to all the winners and a special thank you to each and every one of you who took part in our gratitude-giveaway. Each of you gave me a piece of inspiration, a reason to smile, and a feeling of “family” while I am alone this holiday.
I had small realization today that I don’t need to be at home to witness love. Love for each other and a love for life…it’s all around us in abundance. We just need to connect with each other and share it.
So thank you thank you thank you, for humbly sharing your feelings of gratitude, and for giving me the chance to appreciate this holiday for all that it is.
With love…and gratitude,