Mindful Living

My Gratitude List

As I write this I’m sitting outside on the patio of my home in Raleigh, North Carolina sipping some iced tea….I breathe in the fresh air and smile.  What an abundance of blessings I’m able to enjoy and be thankful for in my life.  I am blessed to be blessed, and  realize there is responsibility that comes with those blessings.


I decided to take some time to make a list of some blessings in my life for which I am grateful.  I challenge you to take some time to do the same.  It helps keep the daily annoyances you face in perspective.

My Gratitude List

  1. I am thankful for my husband, who is my biggest supporter in everything I do.
  2. I am thankful that I have a loving family.
  3. I am thankful that I am healthy and have the ability to enjoy regular workouts and peaceful walks in our beautiful neighborhood.
  4. I am thankful for the wonderful community we live in, that is full of opportunity and interesting people to meet.
  5. I am thankful for being able to have work that positively impacts others around the world.
  6.  Most importantly, I am thankful for the Creator that made me who I am, and allows me to inspire others in my own unique way.

Feel free to join the #StyleSlowlyGratitudeCollective here and share some (or all) of the items that made it onto your Gratitude List today.

~♥xo, Ruth~

~ Ruth.TradesofHope@gmail.com~


Compassionate Entrepreneur · Distribution Center · Empowered Artisans · Holly Wehde · The Arc · Uncategorized · United States

The Arc & Trades of Hope

Something about Trades of Hope really hit home for me when I learned that the company partners with their local Arc Chapter for employment opportunities in their Distribution Center.


The Arc is America’s leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The packages customers receive are packaged by these amazing men and women.

One of my cousins has Down syndrome, and I immediately thought about her when I learned this.  My cousin is fortunate in this country to have respect and opportunities through programs like those at The Arc that so many similarly challenged individuals in developing countries struggle to find.   Trades of Hope is changing this through its partnerships with artisan groups.  Having these opportunities is life changing to those that have disabilities here and in developing countries.  This is just one more reason I’m passionately pursuing my Compassionate Entrepreneur business with Trades of Hope, and sharing the opportunity with others.  Together, we can truly make a difference & touch so many lives!

Feel free to reach out to me if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity!

Business & Empowerment

A Little Bit About TOH Co-Founder Holly

Holly Wehde was recently featured on Episode 50 of Molly Stillman’s “Business with a Purpose” Podcast.  I wanted to share it with you here so that you can learn more about our mission and the story behind the company directly from one of our amazing Founders & CEOs.


I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to be a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope.  It allows me to spread Hope + Dignity, Empower women, and Change the World from Raleigh, North Carolina!  If you would like more information on being a Compassionate Entrepreneur please feel free to contact me.