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Gifts: My Mission

You could say that I’m in the gift-giving “business”. But actually giving a gift is the by-product of what I am really trying to do here. The fundamental reason why I created the Thoughtful Pinch app was to help people take a moment to let someone know that they are thinking of them. Even though my app facilitates the process of giving the gift, my mission is to spread the word about the MOMENT we reach out to let someone know they are being thought of. Gifts are great but being thought of matters 100 times more.

National Coffee Day

I’m not sure if my dad clued me in by saying, “Let me have my cup of coffee before you ask me anything.” or if my instincts after trial and error were spot on. Either way, it didn’t take me long to figure out that if I wanted something from my dad, I would have to wait until he had his first cup of coffee. At such a young age, I already knew that coffee has an effect on people.


I have a theory and it involves a higher power. My higher power is God but you can insert your higher power (or not). First, I have to share a secret that I only shared with the hub right after we got engaged in case he wanted to back out of getting married. Back then, this secret was very serious to me and I haven’t told anyone else about it until now. I’m sharing it because I think in some way everyone could relate to my theory


Kids these days do not have any concept of encyclopedias. Why would they? We have Google. We have Siri on our iPhones so now we don’t even have to type inquiries into Google search anymore. And for the ultimate convenience, we have Alexa devices in our homes. Again, this allows us to ask our questions but cell phones do not have to be on our person to do so. We can just call out to Alexa and ask away. As long as we program Alexa to follow our commands, she is there to help us. It’s pretty amazing how far we’ve come from encyclopedias.


There are great coaches and there are terrible coaches. Yup, I said it. I brought up the negative because ALL coaches have the power to change lives. We learn great things from great coaches and we learn what NOT to do when we have bad coaches. Our destiny is shaped by the people who mentor us. We could have a wonderful coach who bridges gaps and leads us to the next level or we can have a coach who deters us from ever trying again. Either way, there are so many types of coaches that fall between great and terrible because styles and temperaments are varied as well.

The Story Behind the App

Ok, I saw the pinch on the app and I read your texts to get what happened but I still sent the notification to the dev to see why. But my guess is the capacity to post or share a post isn’t part of the pinch field so you may just have to pinch the person w/o giving all the details of why they need it. I know that’s not very helpful and you seemed to get around the issue bc you created a pinch but for now, it’s photo, title and comment. I’ve made a note for consideration for revisions. Thanks Tom! 

The App Is Here!

Let’s say you run over to Target (cough, marketing opportunity, cough) to get shampoo, dog food and paper towels. You’re cruising down the aisles with the shopping cart but stop to put in a pair of running shorts and a cute tankini. You continue to rush around the store but a set of hand towels catches your eye. The towels have succulents and cactus graphics on them. Your cousin Rochelle would absolutely love those towels so you check the price. It’s $8.00 for the set. Great price but you‘re on a budget and can’t afford to buy her gifts every time you think of her.

Junk Food Day

What is junk food?

According to Merriam-Webster - “1. Food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content. 2. something that is appealing or enjoyable but of little or no real value.”

According to food is a derisive slang term for food that is of little nutritional value and often high in fat, sugar, salt, and calories. ... Despite being labeled as "junk" consuming such foods usually does not pose any immediate health concerns and is generally safe when integrated into a well balanced diet.”

Acts of Service - My Version

I’ll never forget, over fifteen years ago, I learned what a “light guy” was. I was at a luncheon with other execs’ wives and the topic of hanging Christmas lights came up. These wives explained - since all of our hubs worked crazy hours 7 days a week during the football season, it was hard to get them to do anything around the house.