Everyone has a story. These are Founders' stories.
By Co-Founder Amy Paulson
When I was one day old, I was abandoned at a police station in Seoul and taken to an orphanage. I lived there with about 200 or so other babies. When I was three months old, I was adopted by an American family who also had another adopted daughter from Korea.
Despite growing up in a loving and nurturing family, I was always curious about my birth parents. Were they alive? Did they think about me? My parents always told me they'd do anything they could to help search for my birth family. But, without names, photos, or any records at all, I told myself that a search would be futile. It was easier to make up stories about what may have happened than to risk... well, heartbreak...
WHAT WOULD MAKE YOU MOVE A MOUNTAIN?
By Co-Founder Elayne Doughty
My own journey had many twists and turns. Each one paving the way for me to be here to co-founding the Gratitude Alliance, so let me share a sliver of it in service to your own inspiration.
It’s 2007. I’m in Heathrow Airport, reading Glamour magazine, one of my secret guilty airport treats. As I flip though its glossy pages, promising me youthful skin, perky boobs and fuller lips, I stumble onto something totally unexpected. The typeface leaps off the page and slaps me awake: The Women Who Are Dying and the Man Who is Saving Them. It is an article written by Eve Ensler...
FINDING GRATITUDE IN ETHIOPIA
By Co-Founder Andrew Hughes
In 2011, I was traveling in San Jose for meetings at eBay, getting ready for my sabbatical in Africa. However instead of driving to the airport to fly home, I drove myself to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. Half a year and several infections later, I rescheduled my sabbatical, uneasy about traveling with a constant pain in my abdomen.
The first weeks of sabbatical were tough. I couldn’t enjoy myself, convinced that I had a life threatening gastroenterological disease, despite the doctors confirming that I was fine. And, then I arrived in Ethiopia...