Barb Pellicer Paton
My Instagram profile describes me as Barb Pellicer Paton: a first-generation Filipino-American, Blogger, NFL wife, ballet & hockey mama, yoga veteran, wannabe influencer and a novice middle-age model.
After my two kids weren’t so little anymore, I began to redefine myself. I was trying to find something that I was passionate about in order to start a new career. I knew that I wanted to be someone who contributes to my family, to my community and to society. My friends kept telling me to start a business selling all the gifts that I was giving to teachers for all the holidays. A business? Selling what – thoughtfulness and gratefulness? Instead, for the past 4.5 years, I have been writing a blog in hopes to inspire people to spread thoughtfulness and gratefulness.
It has always brought me joy to give small, tiny tokens of appreciation in the form of gifts. The thrill of these gifts, to me, is finding something great at the right price. Not cheesy cheap but also not over-the-top because I have to pace myself. I give many gifts to many people. The gifts that I give are just a pinch of thoughtfulness and can be given out on any day because every day is a national day (#CelebrateEveryDay). I coined a definition for gifts that I call Thoughtful Pinches: Noun – a small, spontaneous and unexpected gift given as a result of a thoughtful intention. Verb – when a person buys a gift because it invoked the thought of someone. My art is blogging – I create the awareness of “WHY” thoughtfulness matters.
Additionally, long before I started to write the blog, I had the idea for an app and now 9 years later, the app is finally available to download. I created the Thoughtful Pinch App to promote thoughtfulness, to provide awareness of group-giving opportunities to friends by using social media, to allow for friends with diverse budgets to participate in a thoughtful way, to create and maintain a thoughtful community, to practice mindfulness when purchasing gifts, to nurture spontaneous giving, to aid in generating foot traffic into retail stores and of course to celebrate more selfies! My business is this app – I create opportunities for thoughtfulness to happen.
I’m also the very proud owner of the Thoughtful Pinch Alexa skill! I’m super excited because Nationaldaycalendar.com is my content partner! If you are a follower of Nationaldaycalendar.com, just ask Alexa what the Thoughtful Pinch of the day is and she will read straight from the website! It’s super easy to be in the “know”!
I find it amazing that I originally set out to write about tips on what to give teachers for all the holidays in between Halloween and Mother’s Day but grew into a person who can’t stop finding opportunities to be thoughtful. Together with all the topics on the blog, the Thoughtful Pinch app and a wonderful partnership with National Day Calendar – the possibilities to spread thoughtfulness are endless! I can’t wait to see where else this will lead me.