Video: Gratitude and Appreciation for All

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What topics would you like to know more about?
What fears can I help you embrace? What is your biggest challenge in life?

Love and peace to all of you, my beautiful friends! xoxo

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  • Andrea DeBell @ britetalk June 1, 2011, 6:09 am

    Hi Tess,
    Wonderful to see your bright face on video. What a treat! And thank YOU for your beautiful commitment to serving others.
    Loving blessings!

    • Tess June 1, 2011, 6:49 am

      Andrea, thanks for showing me the way. I’ve learned from your courage and boldness. I’m happy we’re getting to know each other better. It’s always easier to have a friend who can help along the way. I appreciate you.

  • Robin Easton June 1, 2011, 6:26 am

    Dearest Tess, I am soooooo glad you finally did a video. I would LOVE to see you do more. My heart just opened wide seeing your beautiful self here. It was thrilling to actually SEE and HEAR you. Although I’ve heard you on the phone, it’s not the same as actually seeing you like I did here.

    I am grateful you are in my life, grateful for your kindness, your love and incredibly beautiful and inspiring spirit. Your indomitable spirit. I love you always. Roby

    PS As to what I would like to see here. I would love to see more videos, as well as more real-life stories, or simple wisdom stories drawn from your own life. What you learned through the rough times, through loss, fear, stress, raising children, what you learned as a child, what you learned as a grown woman through “life-experience”. You are one tough, bold, gutsy woman. What made you that way? What shaped you character? What has been challenging for you, and how did you deal with it? What has moved you the most in your life? You already do some posts like this, but for me they are your strongest, hit-you-in the-gut-and-heart posts. You are a magnificent soul, dear sweet Tess, and I love you.

  • Tess June 1, 2011, 6:48 am

    Hi Roby,
    Thanks for all of your sweet thoughts. I’m going to give you what you want… more personal stories. Thanks for the encouragement and support! Love you Robin!

    I almost didn’t put up this unedited video. The next one I’ll figure out how to edit. My ego says it’s never good enough. My higher self says, get on with it and get over yourself;)

    • Robin Easton June 1, 2011, 7:30 am

      Oh, my dear sweet Tess, There is not ONE thing I would change about this video. I would NOT edit it. I’ll tell you why. First off, I do not know WHAT you would take out, I never felt “stopped” or hung up at any part. It just flowed for you, was brief, to the point….AND human. Secondly, the way you did it, just as it is, allows us to see YOU.

      I know so many bloggers out there that I’ve talked with on the phone/skype and then I see their videos and they are SO edited, SO stiff, SO “professional”, that I can’t FEEL them anymore. Information is still being given out, but NO feeling, NO courage, NO spunk, NO LIFE FORCE!!, NO connection is made (inside my heart or gut where it matters).

      For me, I want you just as you ALREADY are because YOU are FILLED with heart and soul, TESS. It is your GREATEST strength. IT is what will move people. The more you let it out, as is, the more people will be drawn to you.

      I think what the world needs more than ever is people willing to be REAL! I am right now rethinking my whole life, my whole approach, and feeling a DEEPLY strong need to walk my OWN unique path, and to walk and talk more authentically, more spontaneously, more from heart…and less from my head.

      In our culture, being professional has somehow become synonymous with erasing all soul, all emotion, all spontaneity, all humor, all mistakes, all of our humanity….until we left with sterile professionalism, and a simple exchange of information. And I think professionalism is really about being honest, being real, having integrity, courage, and a willingness to be who we really are. I think the old cultural facade (or unspoken definition of professionalism) NEEDS to slip away. It really isn’t working in the world anymore. The world is staved for the REAL thing, Starved for emotion, tears, laughter, seeing the foibles of others, seeing our humanity. We need this now more than ever before in history. And YOU, dear friend, have THAT in spades. IT is the CORE essence of YOU. Know that you are seen, appreciated and so loved….as you are. In fact, “as you are” is MORE than enough. It is EVERYTHING. It is Tess at her best!! So much love, Roby

      PS: I need to turn this into a blog post!! I think I will. LOL šŸ™‚ Sorry I went on so long. It’s something I feel passionate about. As if you couldn’t tell. šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

      • Zeenat{Positive Provocations} June 1, 2011, 8:17 am

        @RObin- My darling….you are so on the spot with the REAL! I agree with you completely and totally. Being a professional doesn’t mean not having a heart. On the contrary I think most successful people, who have reached a certain stage in their lives begin THEN showing more heart. EG. Bill Gates. Its only now in the recent years that he has been humanizing himself. Before he was this couldn’t be touched pesona…and now he wants to be real. He is in ads in promos on Ted talks etc. Even Huge movies stars now have to come on reality TV and talk shows to promote their movies. This is the very reason facebook has penetrated into the business stream as well. It makes the product/person/business REAL reachable accessible. Amazing how one site that was made purely for college socializing has now become the NECESSITY for all businesses.
        The Power of REAL right there.
        Ok lets take this talk somewhere else before Tess kicks us off her blog šŸ˜‰ Sorry tess…
        Love to both you darlings!

      • Tess June 1, 2011, 3:11 pm

        This is the most wonderful thing anyone has ever written about me. I appreciate your suggestions, opinions, heart and love. I’ll keep being myself. I’ve always had a hard time being anyone else. I trust you! Luv Tess xoxo

  • Melody | Deliberate Receiving June 1, 2011, 7:49 am

    Congratulations on your first video. I agree with Robin. Don’t change a thing – it’s honest and personal and you can really feel the energy come through. I’ve been thinking about adding personal videos to my blog, as well, and you’re really inspired me to give it a try! Thank you!

    Huge hugs,

    • Tess June 1, 2011, 3:12 pm

      I’m so glad I inspired you. Find a friend and commit to having your video on your blog by a certain date. That’s what I did!

  • Zeenat{Positive Provocations} June 1, 2011, 8:06 am

    Darling Tess,
    I just couldn’t stay away today šŸ™‚
    A video from dear you..WOW and WOWieee..on so many levels! I remember seeing your video on your speaking page and still remember the little tips you shared there. So beautiful šŸ™‚
    And here today in this video you seem so so at ease, so clear, so aware. I love it. I wouldnt change a thing. The video is perfect cause you did it form the heart.
    I think more videos with more in depth thoughts of yours would be awesome. All the topics you share here, write about have the heart connection to them, which is what makes your blog my #1 peace spot online.
    OK, I dont comment that often, but I read your thoughts. The amazing thing about reading your friends or other peoples thoughts is that their words stay with you always. Sometimes in the weirdest of times or the most trying of situations, those words surface, providing warmth…..magical eh šŸ™‚
    So please make more videos. That bold you is itching to be a youtube mega star! YAY!
    And by the way…I appreciate YOU, I thank YOU for being in my life…and most importantly I LOVE LOVE LOVE you šŸ™‚

    • Tess June 1, 2011, 3:13 pm

      Thanks for all the love! I’m making a list on what I want to talk about and I’ll throw in some laughs, wisdom, and stories. How does that sound. Don’t worry I’ll keep them brief! xoxo

  • Clearly Composed June 1, 2011, 8:43 am

    Awwww, Tess Love! You are so beautiful inside and out and what a total treat to see and hear you this morning. You share your passion and gratitude for people, blogging and life in such an authentically lovely fashion. I felt the essence of you in every word and through your open and warm smile. Thank you for sharing you with us all. You serve in the most graceful and loving way. šŸ™‚

    • Tess June 1, 2011, 3:15 pm

      Thank you my California girlfriend! I appreciate your kind words. I’m soaking them up. xoxo

  • Lance June 1, 2011, 10:19 am

    Love it!! Love you! Love what you are creating in this space!

    And I’m grateful for your presence in my life..and the blessings and gifts you give so unselfishly.

    • Tess June 1, 2011, 3:15 pm

      Blogging Buddies til death do us part! LOL

  • Julie June 1, 2011, 10:59 am

    Tess, this is so “you.” It’s wonderful. šŸ™‚ I’m with Robin, nothing to edit and, in fact, it’s refreshing whenever I see anyone just being themselves. YOU didn’t have a single “wart,” but I wanted to say… being themselves, warts and all! šŸ™‚ People being REAL is what everyone is drawn to. As for what you offer—you’re already doing it, and doing it so well. šŸ™‚

    • Tess June 1, 2011, 3:17 pm

      Thanks and you know me from face-to-face. If you recognize my authenticity in the video, I’m doing my job. Of course I’m giving others permission to do the same.

  • Angela Artemis/PoweredbyIntuition June 1, 2011, 11:28 am

    I love it. Great video straight from the heart. You – were you and that’s the best part.
    I appreciate you too – I’m so glad we met.
    I can’t wait to see what you accomplish next!

    • Tess June 1, 2011, 3:18 pm

      Thanks and I look forward to our plan and commitment we made today! woot woot!

    • Tess June 1, 2011, 3:50 pm

      Thanks for the love. I feel it down to my toes!

  • Cathy | Treatment Talk June 1, 2011, 11:54 am

    Hi Tess,
    Congrats on your video! I thinks it’s great and a good way to mix things up a little and try something new. You have a wonderful blog and are making a valuable contribution!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Tess June 1, 2011, 3:18 pm

      Thanks for being you and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate you.

  • Christopher Foster June 1, 2011, 1:25 pm

    Tess, this was gorgeous. Enjoyed seeing you live so much. Your spirit comes thru very clearly and free and filled with exactly the qualities you are speaking about.
    But look. I’d like to have a shot at doing a video, how did you do this video? I do have skype set up, can I do it with skype? Maybe explore Youtube? (Unknown territory at present).
    Love and blessings.

    • Tess June 1, 2011, 3:20 pm

      You mean I did something you haven’t yet??? I just love your desire to try new techie things. I’ve wanted to do this for a couple of years and I finally got over myself. Sure I’ll help you with the little I know.

  • Hilary June 1, 2011, 1:32 pm

    Hi Tess .. that was wonderful and as I haven’t heard your voice – loved it .. I totally agree with Robin and the others ..

    I’d love some short stories – with a ‘punch’ line . reminding us of something important in life – as Robin says you’ve had a mass of experiences ..and snippets of those times would be so interesting ..

    The video was perfect .. honestly – great clear camera .. and your voice clear too .. what more can we want .. well more!

    Cheers for now .. Hilary

    • Tess June 1, 2011, 3:23 pm

      You are sweet and kind to take the time to tell me such wonderful things. And yes I’ll do more stories and a punch line as well. It’s a good thing;)

  • Sandra / Always Well Within June 1, 2011, 1:53 pm

    HI Tess,

    What a treat to get to hear you and see you shine in this video! I love your upbeat spirit and commitment to love and clarity. I look forward to whatever you roll out here!

    • Tess June 1, 2011, 3:25 pm

      Thank you my challenging blogging friend. You know I mean that in a good way. You always cause me to stop dead in my tracks and think about things on a deeper level.

  • Baker June 1, 2011, 3:29 pm

    Excellent post. Yes, The power of gratitude and appreciating what is already here, is very special. I def appreicate this post and the wonderful gems of wisdom here.

  • Joy June 1, 2011, 4:10 pm

    HI Tess,
    Man I miss you! I think you should come visit please:)
    Awe-some video..and I second Robin’s comment (and Zeenat’s)…
    Thank *you*..when I first hit the blogging scene, it was under far different circumstances, and I thought I had healed, but didn’t know how far I could reach..I had no idea..and your support, encouragement, love, wisdom guided me to hold on to Faith and to create this that I am in in now..amazing, wonder filled, peace so good:)
    So, I reflect back to you all that you shared today..and I love you tons:)

  • Tess June 1, 2011, 4:21 pm

    Thanks so much for your kind words and invitation! I appreciate you. It’s been fun to see you grow and grow your blog!

  • Evita June 1, 2011, 5:33 pm

    Tess – oh my goodness I am still smiling! That was so wonderful! You are such a joy to see and take in that buoyant energy of yours!!!!

    Tess, I appreciate more than anything how willing you are to help others. This is priceless. Working together, working for ourselves and others in building this world to be a wonderful place for all is so awesome and you do it so well!

    To many more videos, articles and books šŸ™‚

  • Ralph June 1, 2011, 5:41 pm

    Awesome Tess, just awesome!

  • Gail Brenner (AFlourishingLife) June 1, 2011, 8:32 pm

    Hi Tess,

    So great to see your gorgeous face. I agree with everyone else – natural is so much better than planned and edited. It’s so much easier to get a sense of who you are. And your sweetness and heart came through the video loud and clear. Looking forward to more.

    Love to you,

  • Alex Blackwell | The BridgeMaker June 2, 2011, 3:10 am

    You are wonderful Tess – it’s great getting to know you a little better.


  • Barbara Sherman June 2, 2011, 5:39 am

    Thank you, Tess. It’s nice to meet you.Your friendliness comes through loud and clear and it’s nice of you to start with a thank you. One of my favorite quotes is from theologian, Frederick Buechner, who said if we only give thanks that’s enough for a lifetime of prayer. I’ve tried listing the things I’m grateful for as a way to begin work in the morning and it really sets me up for a good day. Sounds a little Pollyanna-ish? Oh well.

  • Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord June 2, 2011, 5:46 am

    Always cutting edge, Tess — look at you!
    T H A N K Y O U!!!
    Keep doing your thing; that’s plenty for me! Love you!

  • Joe Wilner June 2, 2011, 6:40 am

    Hi Tess,

    Wonderful job with the video! Everything you said really does mean so much more by seeing and hearing your say it! I’m thankful for your blog and that I’ve I gotten to know you better lately. Look forward to seeing more videos! Have a great rest of the week.

  • Galen Pearl June 2, 2011, 5:30 pm

    This is so cool! The video is great (and I’m so impressed with your tech skills–I’m so behind on this!) and what you said is great. And I’ve had so much fun reading all the comments. Isn’t it exhilarating to be so celebrated?! There is so much good will and admiration and gratitude and affection being sent to you in these comments. It’s really lovely. This just made my day.

  • Tammy June 2, 2011, 10:09 pm

    Great job on the video Tess! I love the way that you’ve incorporated guest bloggers into your site and hope that you’ll do more of the same. I also would like to see you feature stories about individuals who are wildly successful in their own terms regardless of their pursuit.

  • John Sherry June 3, 2011, 1:12 am

    Tess, you’re such a bright star in the blogging sky and I always love having you around. And that’s what I would say in response to your questions on the video – just keep being you, opening that warm heart, and giving unconditionally everywhere. YOU are the gift we need. Perhaps (if you feel comfortable) share a few stories from your life because I feel there’s a goldmine in who you are and what you’ve experienced. But above all keep being you, that’s all I ever need, and that person is touching others the world over. Bless You Tess Marshall, one beautiful human soul!!

  • Sue Alexander June 3, 2011, 6:35 am

    Hi Tess,
    SO great to hear and see you reaching out in new exciting ways. I agree with others here that sharing the real you is what makes your blog great. There is a clear, friendly confidence that comes through in your writing and that’s what inspires me. I always find encouragement here and love getting that little boost, that reminder to live bold and be me ā€” thank you for giving and teaching in your special way :~)

  • Peggy Nolan June 3, 2011, 7:14 am

    Let me just say: You’re beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing you. I’m glad I know you!!


  • Aileen | Kaizen Vision June 3, 2011, 11:42 am

    Tess, I LOVE this video! Sooooooo happy to have seen it today. Your gratitude is contagious and I just got a major dose of it šŸ™‚

  • Suzie Cheel June 3, 2011, 11:10 pm

    Love it you are a natural, love that you listened to your higher self. With video the best ones are so often the unedited versions- The dreaded fear of it’s not….enough:)
    What a wonderful new journey you are embarking on
    love and hugs
    Suzie xxoo

  • Jannie Funster June 4, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Darn it — no sound here at the library, I’ll have to come back, from another computer.

    You sure look cute, tho!!


  • Shankar Vaithewar June 6, 2011, 4:07 am

    Dear Tess,

    I’m following you since last two years and had even communicated to you earlier. But somehow I reached up to a conclusion that you respond to people according to your likes only and that really makes a few disappointed. I’m one of them. I really was hurt when I was ignored by you, a few times and eventually i stopped commenting, though I’m still a great admirer of your blog. May God bless u.

    • Tess June 7, 2011, 7:32 pm


      I remember you. I’m sorry I disappointed you. Believe it or not I know exactly how you feel. There are a lot of people I follow and comment on their blogs as well. They never, never comment on mine.

      I figure they have their reasons and I don’t have any idea what they are! I never asked. So consider your self admired and brave. If you still have a blog I’ll find it in Google. i couldn’t get through by clicking on your name.

      The way I see it if I stop reading and commenting on the blogs that don’t reciprocate, it’s my loss because I’m enjoying them and I’m learning from them. When I really really admire them, I keep it up on my end anyway.

      Now don’t get me wrong I will sometimes stop reading…it just depends.

      Some things I try to remember are:
      I don’t take things personally
      I remind myself that I don’t know what anything is for
      I have no idea what’s going on in someones life or
      why people do the things they do.

      I seriously see your BOLDNESS by putting your comment out there. I admire you and appreciate you. God bless u as well.

  • Katie June 8, 2011, 7:27 am

    Tess, you rock! I love you and hope you keep on doing what you’re doing which is sharing your light with the world. xo

  • Patti Foy June 8, 2011, 3:40 pm

    Aw, Tess! You are beautiful inside and out. Thank you for sharing yourself in this way with us. You are so inspiring in so many ways.

    I’m late to the “party” as usual but will take advantage of that by saying “ditto” to all the great comments by all these wonderful readers you’ve attracted. It’s not surprising, actually. But hmmm, bet they don’t all have that cute li’l mid-western accent! (Being from OH myself, I can’t get past it! Too cute on you!)

    Bunches of love. You’re a gift to the world, you are.

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