GIVING THANKS November 2, 2016 Tweet Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and gratitude—to stop and remind ourselves of all that we have to be truly thankful for. We are especially grateful that our self-proclaimed #1 fan, Lisa Layton, reached out to share her story. I am a mom of two young children, wife, speech-language pathologist, and a “liver” with stage IV cholangiocarcinoma (rare form of liver cancer). Charming Charlie has played a significant part of my wellness/retail therapy program. Life has been greatly enhanced by my discovery of this wonderful company. This week I overheard my girls playing Charming Charlie. They were negotiating on who would be the customer and who would be “Merel” (the manager of Clackamas Town Center Charming Charlie). The girls even set up a storefront. On my recent visit to Charming Charlie I purchased a mug with the inscription “Start each day with a Grateful Heart.” This is exactly what I do – begin each day with specific thoughts of gratitude. I am appreciative to be alive. Marcus Aurelius wrote “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” This year I was invited to meet the Founder and CEO of Charming Charlie, Charlie Chanaratosopon in Houston, TX. The story of Charlie is inspirational. When I saw Charlie I said “You’re a rock star!” Meeting Charlie and the corporate staff was an amazing experience. Everyone asks “Is he charming?” Yes! Charlie is very charming and gracious! People consistently stop and positively comment on something I’m wearing. I direct them to the nearest Charming Charlie store. It is so much fun giving my friends and family “I love you” gifts from Charming Charlie. A medical professional who helps me just loved my Charming Charlie bee necklace. I took it off and gave it to her. It feels great doing nice things for others. I am appreciative to Charming Charlie for having a program, Charming Charlie Cares Events, to support non-profit organizations. I have coordinated several fundraisers this year and plan many more for 2017. I love supporting a company that believes in giving back to others. Gratitude is always in style! We’re grateful for Lisa and all of our other amazing customers. From all of us here at Charming Charlie, we hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!