Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tips for New Year’s Resolutions


The year 2013 is quickly coming to a close as the new year approaches. New Year’s Eve brings a sense of “cleansing” - a time for people to start fresh, free from the past year’s challenges. About 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions as a way to improve upon an area of discontentment. But did you know only eight percent achieve their resolutions?¹ Here are a few quick tips to help you set achievable goals this new year:
  1. Simplicity - make a short list of goals instead of one big intangible goal. 
  2. Be specific - having an overarching goal can be daunting. Instead, make a small list of tasks that help you achieve your goal (this could even be a list of short-term weekly tasks). For instance, “more me time” is so broad that you may not know where to start. Detailing specific ideas like “set aside 30 minutes each night to read for leisure,” is more approachable and achievable.
  3. Self encouragement - it’s important that you believe in yourself and have confidence that you can achieve your goals. Pray for God’s support and let Him be your rock to guide you. Remember that “all things are possible if you believe” - Mark 9:23. 
  4. Make it public - share your goals with your close family and friends - those who will give you support and keep you positive. When Trista Sutter began to record her #FavePartOfDay, she decided to tweet them each night to help her focus on the positive through the support of loved ones who were miles away.
We also gathered a few of our favorite words of encouragement for you to keep in mind as you brainstorm ideas for your New Year’s goals.

Stay accountable for your goals and keep record of your progress, whether it’s publicly or privately. Our Grateful Journal is a great place to write your thoughts and progress throughout the year; a place you can look back on through the rough patches and remind yourself how far you’ve come. As we begin the new year, let’s remind ourselves to continually be grateful for our blessings - even the challenges that taught us lessons and discovery. We are thankful to have had a busy year at Glory Haus filled with growth, support, and opportunity, and we are excited for what lies ahead in 2014!




Sources:
1.http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2013/01/01/just-8-of-people-achieve-their-new-years-resolutions-heres-how-they-did-it/2/

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Season of Giving



Christmas is our favorite holiday, not only in celebration of Jesus’ birth, but because it’s also about being grateful for your blessings and giving back to the community. The Glory Haus family is passionate about working with organizations both locally and internationally. Molly and Trey Holm, Glory Haus owners, have continually supported local GRACEPOINT Christian school that specializes in serving students with dyslexia. We were able to offer a gift of $10,000 to GRACEPOINT with proceeds from our Glory Haus Sample Sale that took place this past November. Even more recently, Molly took a trip to Haiti to work with local artisans in hand-making beautiful jewelry for the new Grateful Heart Collection. We love building relationships and connecting with others, whether it’s here in Marietta or across the globe.


We are proud to give profits from a selection of our products to organizations we have connected with.  

Blue Floral Family Frame ($32.50)

Profits given to World Gospel Mission in support of the Espy Family’s ministry.




All proceeds donated to the Folds of Honor Foundation, an organization dedicated to giving back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled during service of our country.




Profits donated to Sixty Feet, in support of the Owens family ministry seeking to bring hope and restoration to the imprisoned children of Africa in Jesus’ name.

We encourage you to give thanks for all the blessings around you this holiday, and to support families and organizations that you feel connected to. Read more about Glory Haus’ community involvement here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013



Holidays are our favorite time of year - filled with family traditions like cookie making, tree decorating, ski trips, ice-skating, and, if you’re lucky… snowmen building! There’s something about the seasonal décor and holiday music that instantly builds excitement and happiness. One of our Glory Haus family traditions is decorating the tree in the living room with our favorite ornaments.


This holiday season, we’d like to share 12 of our favorite things at Glory Haus that are perfect for gift giving. To allow for ordering and shipping, we’ll be fitting 12 things into 6 days! Each day, from Thursday, December 12 until Tuesday, December 17, we will be sharing two videos featuring gift ideas in this blog post. Don’t worry - the items will be suited for men and women of all ages: children, adults, and grandparents. We’ve got you covered! To make sure you receive your gifts in time for the holidays, make sure you place your online orders by Tuesday, December 17!


For additional ideas, Glory Haus was also featured in a gift guide from “Ron and Lisa, The Healthy Home Dream Team” showcasing healthy home products. Ron and Lisa are healthy home experts who educate consumers on how to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Check out their holiday gift guide here.


What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this season? Share your stories and gift ideas with us below! You can also shop our full Christmas Collection online. Happy holidays! May they be merry and bright.

Day 1 Gift Guide:
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Day 2 Gift Guide:
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Making Memories at the Auburn, Alabama Game



A post by our Collegiate Director Bill:

Would it cast a bad light on my character if I said that a football game was the greatest night of my life?!

I came out of the womb orange and blue and spent many fall Saturdays growing up on the plains of Auburn, Alabama. No one loved Auburn more than my Dad, and I have great memories of spending time with him doing one of his favorite things…going nuts for Auburn. Now, it’s my daughters’ turns to experience what I did. I’m as fanatical as my dad was and I love taking my kids to Auburn games. Nothing compares, and probably never will, to what I experienced with my 14-year-old, Katie Marie, this past Saturday.

The two of us started early in the morning, not having any idea how dramatically our day would conclude. We spent the morning tailgating with two of my best friends from high school and their families. We watched ESPN College Gameday live - right in front of the stadium – and we took in one of the best Tiger Walks ever.  Finally, we went in the stadium early to make sure we saw the eagle fly, all the while hoping that Auburn could pull off the upset in what many people were calling, “The Biggest Iron Bowl Ever.” Katie Marie had never seen Auburn lose. Today would not be that day.

The game went back and forth and was filled with moments of celebration, along with moments that made us sick to our stomachs. At one point in the fourth quarter, after an Alabama 99 yard touchdown pass and another drive deep in our territory, I looked at Katie Marie and said “Game Over.” Funny…that’s just what my dad would’ve said.  

I was wrong. Auburn got the ball with one last chance and threw a dramatic touchdown pass with only 32 seconds left on the clock, setting up overtime. But Bama moved quickly in just a few plays to set up a chance to kick a 57 yard game winning field goal. Memories rushed in my head of the most miserable Iron Bowl ever - both for my dad and me - one known simply as “The Kick.” Van Tiffin kicked a 52 yard field goal on the last play of the game to beat Auburn. I’m not sure my dad ever got over that one. I’m not sure I did either…until that epic moment on Saturday night.

This would be a moment that this dad and daughter would never forget. As Bama set up for the field goal, my daughter tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Dad, what’s that guy doing in the end zone?”  Too nervous to explain, I simply said, “Just in case, babe.” Then the kick…it fell short. “That guy in the end zone” caught it and began to run…and run…and run! We jumped, we screamed, we hugged…going nuts for Auburn, just like my dad and me.  At that moment, another memory came rushing in my head of sitting in front of the radio in 1972, celebrating with my dad after the game known as “Punt, Bama, Punt!”  Now I was celebrating with my daughter after the game that will simply be known as “Kick, Bama, Kick!”


There’s nothing quite like making memories with the ones you love!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Let’s Kick-off!

It’s one of our absolute favorite times of the year…college football season! Fall days filled with tailgating, the smokey smell of BBQ, showing off school spirit, playing lawn games and being surrounded with friends and family. At Glory Haus, we love to support our favorite college teams! Every Friday we encourage our employees to dress up in their college gear while, of course, keeping an open mind to the teams everyone chooses to support.
We can’t wait to spend time with our families watching the big rivalry football games over Thanksgiving weekend. (Who doesn’t love a weekend devoted to family, food and football?) Most of us are especially excited for the Georgia vs. Georgia Tech game (go Dawgs!), but Glory Haus owners Molly and Trey are most looking forward to the Texas vs. Texas Tech game as they celebrate Thanksgiving in Texas with family. Friendly rivalries around our office are alive and well!
In spirit of our love for college football, we fall head over heels for the festive décor and gift items in our Victory Haus Collection. A few of our all-time favorites are the porcelain ball ornaments. (Hint: They are perfect Christmas presents for family and friends, and will make your Christmas tree full of school spirit!) Other items in our collection include burlees, canvases (beaded, regular and tabletop), picture frames, magnets, pillows, table runners, tea towels, tiles and tree toppers. Tailgating will never be the same! Head to the Glory Haus website for a full list of schools and products. We encourage you to stock up!
What college football team will you be cheering on this weekend? We’d love to hear! Stay updated with our team spirit photos on Facebook! And, better yet, post a photo of your college football spirit on our Facebook page! We’d love to see how you celebrated one of the biggest weeks in college football. No matter who you’re rooting for, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving from the Glory Haus team!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

How Healthy Is Your Heart?


Psalm 51:10
Create in me a new clean heart, O God,
filled with clean thoughts and right desires.
Ram, one of our beloved Glory Haus employees, thought he had food poisoning - and after going to the Urgent Care facility, was rushed to the hospital by ambulance as he was having a heart attack. This type of heart attack is often mistaken for food poisoning and is referred to as the “widow maker,” because people don’t often survive.

One of Ram’s main arteries was 99% blocked. Fortunately, he was immediately taken into surgery and doctors were able to insert a stint and save his life. He and many others, including the doctors, truly believe it was a miracle that he survived.

Ram’s experience has prompted many Glory Haus folks to get their hearts checked to ensure they are healthy and to be proactive so that blockages might be found early enough to avoid a life threatening situation.

In reflecting on Ram’s situation, it is as if God was telling us to not only check our physical heart, but also our spiritual heart. Even though God knows our hearts inside and out, it takes courage to willingly let God examine our hearts and be open to His pointing out “blockages” or impurities that keep us from being all that He has created us to be, and doing all that He has created us to do. 

It is our prayer at Glory Haus that we are all Grateful in this holiday season and open our hearts to God. He is the Master Physician. He can touch the broken places in your heart and bring healing if you will allow him access. He longs to heal your heart and make you whole.

Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts.
Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life. 

By a special guest of Glory Haus:


I was completely and unexpectedly blessed yesterday at Glory Haus. After the prayer time I walked over to Ram to find out how he was doing after his recent health issues, and to let him know our family had been praying for him. But before I knew it, he was calling names of men to come and "bless this lady" with prayer. In a matter of seconds I felt like I was surrounded by warriors ready to battle on my behalf. 

I was amazed by the willingness of these people, who didn't know anything about me, to come and pray over me. They came so quickly when Ram called. But beyond that, I was amazed and surprised by the incredible words of wisdom, discernment, and encouragement that they spoke to me and over me. It took me by such surprise that I could not hold back my tears. I was just soaking in every second of God's love and grace that was prayed over me by these wonderful Glory Haus workers.
Even the following day, I'm still remembering bits and pieces of what God spoke to my heart and soul when my only expectation was to give a helping hand. I suspect that this precious blessing it is going to continue for months to come.