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So Incredibly Proud To Be An American

This past weekend I went and saw the movie Act of Valor.  One word: amazing.

I am incredibly proud to be an American … I am the girl who always gets the chills and nearly cries every time she hears Taps or the national anthem.  This movie takes it to the next level.

The movie is based on real situations that Navy Seal Team 7 has dealt with.  All of the main characters are actual Seals.  The only actual actors in the movie are the ones listed on Imdb as roles like “Christo’s thug”.

I would highly recommend this movie to anyone.  Be prepared to walk away emotional, proud and incredibly thankful.

On that note, I would like to extend to all United States servicemen and veterans a HUGE thank you.  What you do for our country and its citizens is selfless, honorable and something that we can never truly thank you enough for.  Words will never do it justice.

All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart and know that the sacrifice of you and your families does not go unnoticed.



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The Power of a Written Thank You

The bulletin board in question... a.k.a. The "Make Audra Smile" Board

I have always been a big fan of sending written thank you notes to people.  But I’ll be real honest, there are many times that I have the best of intentions and never get around to it… but hey, as many would say, “It is the thought that counts, right?”

That being said, when I do send them, I imagine the recipient receiving this envelope, opening it, reading it and it just making their day and them keeping it forever and ever and ever (ok, not really forever…).  When in reality, they probably read it and throw it away… but as I’ve mentioned I am a total dreamer

and imagine this amazing head-over-heels response.  I suppose I should say that the reaction described above is usually my response… my bulletin board full of thank you notes is proof.

This blog post was triggered by an email thank you I received the other day.  It was short and sweet but it was first thing I read that morning and it started my day off on an amazing note. It meant someone took the time to acknowledge and thank me – someone took time FOR ME.

And yes, I keep all my email thank you notes as well.  Crazy, but true.  We all have those days – days where you feel like the scum on the bottom of someone’s shoe and you just need something or someone to remind you that you aren’t that piece of scum that you feel like – hence why I keep these kind comments readily available.

A written thank you has the power to turn someone’s day around, to remind them what they are capable of, to help them when they are doubting themselves, to let them know that they are truly appreciated… hell, just to make them smile.  And that is reason enough for me.

Sometimes it can be hard to think of something to write – but don’t over think it. Even something as simple & direct as “I just wanted to let you know that I appreciated (insert kind gesture here)” can go a long way.

Never underestimate the power of a thank you – especially a written one.

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