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Gratitude ~ Can Help Solve Your Problems

~ More on Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

A short but hopeful post today. Just a reminder. WordPress has eliminated the ability for me to add color and some justification to my posts. So things don’t look quite the same. I’m not happy about it but, what can I do?


Happy New Year!

We all have challenges — each one of us. I discovered something wonderful the other day. I found it to be very helpful. Here it is: gratitude! Yes, gratitude is something you’ll find in my book. I’m going to meet with someone tomorrow who’s a gratitude specialist. I’ll share more about Lisa and her passion for gratitude in an upcoming post. Today, I hope this helps you. It helped me a lot.

When you are plagued by a persistent problem — one that goes on and on — view it as a rich opportunity. An ongoing problem is like a tutor who is always by your side. The learning opportunities are limited only by your willingness to be taught …

Once you have become grateful for a problem, it loses its power to drag you down. On the contrary, your thankful attitude will lift you up into heavenly places with Me.

from ~ Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

God Bless You!



January 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

Enjoy a Good Laugh: Toss That Fruitcake!

~ More about Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Happy New Year! So glad you’ve come to check out the information on my blog. I post new entries every Tuesday and Friday.

Win a FREE Book

If you or a friend could use a FREE book, make sure you visit the Win a FREE Book tab. Share your story ~ I’d love to give you a copy of my book. It’s filled with all kinds of help, interesting information, and hope.


Laughter’s a Good Thing

Laughter is an important concept I talk about in my book. Laughter is good medicine for your soul. The text of my book says this, ” Did you know that laughter can reduce your stress? And even if you fake a laugh, your immune system will benefit. Having a good sense of humor is also very important to your well-being.”

Fruitcake: Love it or hate it?

Back to the message of this post — Fruitcake Toss. You either love fruitcake or you hate it. There is no middle of the road here. Personally, I love fruitcake. My mom made the best fruitcake. She soaked it in bourbon which gave it a delicious flavor. I do admit, I never liked the green candied fruit though. What about you? Do you buy fruitcake, eat it when someone gives you one, try to unload it at a friend’s New Year’s Eve party, or do you just toss it out like the title of my post indicates: Toss That Fruitcake?

January Fruitcake Ritual

Tossing your uneaten fruitcake can be an early January ritual if you really hate the stuff. Participating in a fruitcake toss locally on some national level can certainly make you laugh and give you a sense of satisfaction too. It can be a healthy way for you to connect with others in the winter months, give you something to look forward to after Christmas, and give you oodles of  laughs all at the same time. Here’s more from the annual Great Fruitcake Toss in Manitou Springs, Colorado, on the first Saturday in January — this Saturday!

National Fruitcake Day

(from their website) … At last, the answer to that age-old question: How do I get rid of this terrible stuff –fruitcake? People in Manitou Springs have found the answer. Throw it as far as you can, by any means that you can, and hope it’s never found again. You can come watch this amazing event for free (however, contestants pay a small fee or donate a can of non-perishable food to enter the events).

I love this sentence about the event from their website: “Several local Inns offer Fruitcake Toss specials, including a heavy-duty cake to use in the event, and advance coaching on the art of fruitcake tossing.” Too funny! And just think, all this fuss is about a sweet little cake loaded with nuts and fruit! Mmmm good!

Follow this link if you want to get in on the action in Colorado or find out more:

I hope you enjoy a good laugh today but remember to look out for those flying fruitcakes this weekend!

God Bless You!


January 4, 2013 at 12:29 am 1 comment

Start Off the New Year Right ~ Win a Free Book!

~ More on Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Happy New Year!

In keeping with the new year’s celebration, I’m giving several people an opportunity to start off 2013 in a very positive way. How? Win a FREE copy of my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times!

Short Summary of My Book

In Fresh Hope … Cleveland author Nanci Gravill shares information and the successful strategies that helped her navigate through five years of difficulties. People think because she had breast cancer her book’s about cancer. “Oh no!” she tell them astonishingly. Fresh Hope … Cleveland is all about the great things she discovered along her journey. It’s all about RESOURCES.

See the expanded summary version on the “Book” tab here.

The details of the book give-away are below.

Good Luck!


How to Win a FREE Book ~ Enter Now!

What: Win a FREE Book contest

When: January 1 – 31

Where: Write up your story of not more than 100 words and tell  me (Nanci — the author) why you need a FREE book. Submit your information here on this blog at Please include your e-mail address as well.

Why: So you can be successful and full of hope in the new year.

How: Winners will be notified via e-mail by February 5, 2013

For more details see the tab on this blog of the same name — “Win a Free Book.”

Happy New Year!

God Bless You!


January 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

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