Category: Celebration Nation

  • GIA REYNOLDS

    MEET GIA REYNOLDS

    This Grand Rapids, Michigan girl loves entertaining and all things party-related and fun! But don’t let that fool you. Gia Reynolds also has been working in the banking industry for over 20 years and absolutely loves it.

    Though, her real passion is creating and hosting fabulous dinner parties decked out with delicious and elegant meals and desserts. Gia looks forward to brainstorming party ideas for special events, and that’s why she is the owner and smiling face behind The Houseshoe Hostess Blog.

    “I live by the principle that people may not remember what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel…or what you cooked!”
    ~ Gia Reynolds

    Finding the Celebrate Every Day

    Before a back injury, Gia used to cater to large groups of people. While she was recovering, she laid in bed, worried she would lose her passion. However, every day ideas for recipes kept coming to her. She knew what she was going to cook when she recovered and made a promise to Celebrate Every Day! Before she knew it, Gia had several party ideas and recipes formulated. The Houseshoe Hostess was born.
    “I love making everyone I come in contact with feel happy and loved.” ~Gia Reynolds
    Gia says she has been an unofficial National Day Calendar Ambassador for years. She faithfully posted about national days all the time. So much so, people have started asking her questions about them. That’s definitely an ambassador quality!
    Gia also points out that when her kids were younger, she worked a lot, and she often felt guilty about it. She promised herself it would be different with her grandchildren. She brings them fun every chance she gets.

    Fun Friday

    Another element she added to her workweek at the bank is known as “Fun Friday.” People are often eager for the weekend or feel the week is dragging. Gia created different party themes every week for the summer to get customers excited, and it worked like a charm. Customers who saw each other every week but never talked suddenly connected and struck up conversations. They laughed and chatted while waiting in line! A positive and welcome change came into the bank lobby.

    Most of the time, all it takes is one happy person to change the room’s energy, and Gia brings that energy.

    That’s exactly what drew Gia to the National Day Calendar. Even though Gia is one of those happy people who change the energy in a room, Gia says, “National Day Calendar is a happy person who changes the energy.”

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  • RICKY POWELL

    Our new Celebration Ambassador Ricky Powell began his professional career at the age of seven as a child actor in the 1970’s, working with many of Hollywood’s biggest legends. After college, Ricky moved behind the camera spending five years in Post Production on The Golden Girls. He then moved to NBC, where he spent the next 25 years putting every comedy, drama, and reality show on the air.

    In 2012, Ricky wrote Happiness Rocks: A Powerful Blueprint to Master the Art of Lifelong Happiness. In his book, he shares his blueprint on how to master the art of happiness. Through sharing his own personal and painful experiences, he explains how he made himself stronger instead of becoming a victim. The book teaches you how to break daily habits of thinking negative and turning around to practice being happy. Furthermore, Ricky will teach you how to set your mind to become successful and enjoy life the way it was meant to be.

    In 2015, Ricky left NBC to become an author, speaker, and corporate trainer. He has spoken and trained on many topics, such as:

    • Positive Psychology
    • Happiness
    • Leadership
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Time Management
    • Neuro Linguistic Programming.

    A handful of his happy former clients include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Senate, Cushman Wakefield, NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Raytheon, United Talent Agency, and many more.

    In 2019, Ricky became a licensed mortgage loan originator. He soon became passionate about educating homeowners 62 and older on how they may be able to enjoy the retirement they deserve by incorporating home equity into their financial plan.

    Ricky lives a 100% plant based lifestyle, which he began in 2017. Today, Ricky feels healthier and better than he ever has in his life. He loves that his healthy living supports optimal health, animal rights, and the planet all at the same time.

    Better Health, Greater Wealth, and Profound and Lasting Happiness are all pillars of a meaningful and purposeful life. ~ Ricky Powell

    International Day of Happiness on March 20 is Ricky’s favorite National Day. He would love to start using some of the National Days as posts of inspiration and provoking deeper thought and meaning to his audience.

     

  • MIRROR MOM

    Also known as Checa, Mirror Mom creatively goes about her day spreading joy and love everywhere she goes. She often says that every time we get to see another day is cause for celebration, and with national days there is literally always a reason to get festive!

    Checa uses national days to show that you can party every day instead of waiting for “big holidays”. She loves to learn about new traditions and connect with her family by showing them how other parts of the world celebrate!

    “I don’t think outside the box, I live outside the box.” ~ Mirror Mom

    Checa says that all her life all she has ever wanted was to be different, stand out, and put smiles on people’s faces. She does by observing the National Days, as well as promoting awareness by advertising them on the “Mirror Mom Mobile”. Sometimes leaving behind doodles on her adventures, and/or smile clips for the smiles save project or simply just because!

    The name Mirror Mom comes from the “morning updates” Checa began doing on her restroom mirror for the kids to wake up to. It consisted of the date, weather, affirmation, word of the day, a fun fact, and the National Day, complete with Spanish translations. She used drawings to help convey the information and keep ’em edutained (educated and entertained). The art has now spread to cars, businesses, houses, frames, and various different materials to celebrate the day and other special occasions!

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  • JEFF SYBLIK

    JEFF SYBLIK

    The enthusiastic Jeff Syblik says he’s old-fashioned. His heroes are teachers and creatives. He works and plays hard with an impassioned and inspirational creative ferocity toward living out his life to the fullest.

    He turned from motivating teens to homeschooling his autistic son and his son has rewarded Jeff for his efforts with academic improvement.

    This life change also led to an interest in media creation. He’s a teacher by day and a writer and designer by night and his talents provide for the family he loves.

    “Everyone needs some fun in their life and my content is a chameleon.
    It can be funny, sad, cute, provocative, thoughtful, etc…” ~ Jeff Syblik

    The way he Celebrates Every Day motivates and inspires a broad audience. Jeff says, “Everyone needs some fun in their life and my content is a chameleon.” And it is. He is at turns thoughtful, provocative, and funny. He doesn’t avoid difficult subjects, either. Some of his favorite national days include Star Wars Day, Bugs Bunny Day, and Button Day but he also shares stories about autism and bipolar awareness.

    Follow Jeff and visit his blog at the following links:

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  • WESLEY MILLER-SMITH

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    Wesley Miller 1Meet Wesley Miller-Smith – The fabulous Oprah Winfrey once said, “The miracle of your existence calls for celebration every day.” And boy.. was she right!? Seeing this quote inspired me to research “national days of the month” and become a fan of National Day Calendar! True story, y’all! Fast forward 6-7 years later…it’s still my daily routine to jump on the website and figure out what day I will celebrate and tell my friends and family! So much so that I get weekly texts, calls, and messages wondering what day, week, or month of celebration is coming up! To be able to love and enjoy a website and amazing platform every day is why it’s a true privilege to now call myself a National Day Calendar Ambassador!

    Celebrate Every Day!

    A native of the Show Me State, I now call sunny San Diego, California home. As a Director of Marketing for a large, nationwide automotive dealership franchise, I rely on National Day Calendar to help post customer content on our dealership social sites and celebrate with the team and customers by providing treats, events, etc. My favorite day memory was when it was National Customer Appreciation Day. For any customer who serviced their vehicle with us that day, we left a small, handwritten thank you note in their cup holder with a coffee gift card! Also, utilizing the National Months has been near and dear with us raising funds and awareness for local organizations. We always recognize American Heart Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Pride Month, just to name a few!

    Family

    When I am not living my best marketing life, you can find me hanging with my husband, Shaun, and our two pups- Barley and Stella! (Believe me- they benefit from a lot of pet recognized days! Haha!) I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, running, and I am a wine/bourbon enthusiast. I also have been involved in many facets of pageantry and enjoy empowering young women all over the country to be themselves and live their best lives! So, based on those passions, now you know why I love to #CelebrateEveryDay!

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  • DACIA WOODS-BIGLER

    MEET DACIA WOODS-BIGLER

    Dacia BiglerDacia (pronounced day-shuh) Woods-Bigler believes a good day is having something to look forward to! She started Celebrating Every Day and following the National Day Calendar to have something fun to look forward to every day and to try new things. After discovering the joy of celebrating unique days, she knew she wanted to become an ambassador to share that joy with others and encourage them to also celebrate and benefit from having something to look forward to.

    Dacia currently works as an executive office property manager in Utah County assisting over 80 tenants. She loves the companies she gets to work with and looks forward to going to work to see some of her best friends. When she is not working, you can find her spending any extra time with her husband. They enjoy getting out of the house for date night, going out to dinner, being outside, taking camping trips, and spending time with family.

    Celebrate Family

    Speaking of family, Dacia’s favorite people to celebrate with are her family. Family is the most important thing in her life. She is the youngest of four siblings and has 12 nieces and nephews. Even if they are not celebrating something specific, she considers spending any time with them something to celebrate.
    Dacia will jump at any opportunity to travel. From cabin to beach vacations, she is eager to see it all. It is on Dacia’s bucket list to visit the world’s fashion capitals, and she has crossed off Paris, Rome, and New York. Some of her other interests include fashion, sharing and eating new recipes, and making custom beaded bracelets.

    Dacia’s favorite National Days to celebrate are:

    May 22 – #BeingYouDay because we don’t take enough time to recognize our own strengths and what we love about ourselves. You are the only you, and that is something to celebrate.
    July 13 – #CowAppreciationDay Dacia is a huge fan of Chick-Fil-A and will take any opportunity to celebrate a day to eat more chicken!

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  • NICHELLE MILLER

    Nichelle Miller is an Indianapolis native, wife to Ervin, and busy mom of five. Known by those in her inner circle as the expert on National celebration Days, she is ecstatic to be an ambassador for the National Day Calendar. Celebrating National Peanut Butter Day, National Planner Day, and National Chocolate Day are some of her favorites!

    By day she recruits Engineers, but 24/7 Nichelle is a pageant Queen! With an MBA concentrating in Human Resources, Nichelle is also a Zumba instructor, certified fitness instructor, and certified Life Coach. Winning her first pageant title in 2016, Nichelle has won 7 additional titles with her most recent being a National Title! She is your Mrs. American Beauties Plus and Miss Congeniality for the American Beauties Plus National pageant system as part of Royal Productions.

    “We live in a tough world, People need to learn to celebrate both the small and big wins in life. National Calendar days take simple things and make them fun and give people something to look forward to.” Nichelle Miller

    In addition to hours of community service, she has coached and mentored contestants for the Miss Indiana Black Expo pageant, as well as other systems, in addition to emceeing and judging for National, Regional, and Local pageant systems. Nichelle is the lead facilitator and curriculum designer for Harvest Girls International, creating empowerment programs targeting girls around the world.

    With a platform of “The Power To Dream”, Nichelle encourages everyone to dream big and pursue those dreams no matter their environment and circumstances. With thousands of hours completed through volunteering and community service events, Nichelle always includes National Days as part of her pageant appearances and daily life because every day should be filled with celebration! Nichelle is also the Founder and Director of the Miss Circle City Indy Pageant, www.misscirclecityindy.com, where she mentors and coaches Titleholders to be their best selves and reminds everyone to “Never Dull your Sparkle because someone else can’t handle your shine!”

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  • KATIE CHAMBERS

    Introducing: KATIE CHAMBERS

    Katie​ ​Chambers​ ​is​ ​an​ ​accomplished​ ​and​ ​passionate​ ​cellist​ ​and​ educator based in Brooklyn, NY.​ ​Broadway​ ​World’s​ ​Evann Normandin​ ​calls​ ​her​ ​“an​ ​exquisite​ ​player​ ​in​ ​every​ ​sense”​ ​and​ ​her​ ​playing,​ ​called​ ​​”heavenly”​​ ​by Joel​ ​Markowitz of DC Metro Theater Arts.​ ​Chambers​ ​plays ​on​ ​various​ ​television​ ​shows​ ​and​ ​at​ ​many​ ​prestigious venues​ ​such​ ​as​ Carnegie Hall, ​Lincoln​ ​Center,​ ​Kimmel​ ​Center,​ ​​​Kennedy​ ​Center, and ​Strathmore, including numerous musical theater pits throughout the east coast.​​ Chambers​ ​works ​with various​ ​singers​/​songwriters/performers,​ ​including Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling, Brian Falduto, Victoria​ ​Vox, and pianist Ryan Shookman.​ This talented musician ​is known​ ​for​ ​her​ ​improvising, ​extensive​ ​recording​ ​and​ ​performance experience,​ ​winning​ ​​Washington​ ​Area​ ​Music​ ​Award​ ​in​ ​2011,​ ​for​ ​​​Vox/Ukulele/Cello.​​ ​Chambers​ ​graduated​​ ​from​ ​the University​ ​of Maryland,​ ​College​ ​Park​ with an undergraduate​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​cello​ ​performance ​and​ ​a​ ​master’s​ ​in​ ​cello​ ​performance​ ​from​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​Conservatory​ ​of Music.

    Katie says, “Playing classical music is difficult and very stressful. So I enjoy breaking up the monotony of classical music for cello to seeing what else my instrument can do. National Day Calendar inspires me to push out of my comfort zone to see what else the cello can do. All the while have a fun time behind the cello! My hope is that other classical musicians can get into having fun and enjoy life and music. Life is too short to be stressed out so celebrate it every day!”

    Celebrate Every Day – More about Katie Chambers

    I have been teaching cello, piano, and violin for over 15 years and now get to share music with students all over the world with online classes. We have a great time! Even though the majority of my online presence is solo cello, my first love is collaboration with other talented people. I love to play in musical theater, especially new works. I lent my cello playing to Imagination Stage’s first piece of theater for the very young in 2009. “Wake Up, Brother Bear!” has gone on to tour the world and entertain thousands of young children.

    I always look forward to duet concerts with my pianist and best friend Ryan Shookman. Be sure to catch us in Amsterdam on AmaWaterways before we “cruise” away! Of course, I love to play in duos, trios, and quartets for weddings up and down the east coast. But my favorite collaborations are putting the cello where it is least expected! Playing with a gospel choir, hard-core rock band, indi folk artists or country band. The cello has introduced me to many different people and styles of music. The cello has brought me closer to others from all around the world and has brought me closer to myself. I hope to bring that feeling of closeness and togetherness to you with my music or teaching you cello!

    Videos ​are​ ​available​ ​at​ ​youtube.com/kinshipmusicstudios, more info at www.KatieTheCellist.com

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  • KEANDRE WICKS

    THIS IS KEANDRE WICKS

    Hello all! Keandre Wicks here, or as I have dubbed myself, #nationaldaydude. I am 14 years old and live in the Magnolia State, northeast Mississippi, to be exact. Currently, I am a student at Tishomingo County High School, where I am a proud member of the marching band, The Pride of the Tribe, playing the saxophone. ????????????

    Star Potential

    If I am not honing my saxophone skills, you can catch me on the river catfishing or the BIG screen… Yep, that’s right. You’ll wanna keep an eye out for me, as I am an up-and-coming actor. ???? I am just getting started. However, I already have a feature film, Mysterious Circumstances: The Death of Meriweather Lewis, under my belt. I am also featured in the 9th Season of the reality TV show Chrisley Knows Best and a country music video for “Sugarcoat” by Sean Caramore. It will be dropping later this year. So yeah, ya boy is going places!

    I am constantly auditioning and looking for acting gigs to further my resume and experiences, so keep an eye out, you never know where you will see me next.

    Celebrating Education

    After high school, I plan to attend Mississippi State, #HAILSTATE, and play in the Famous Maroon Band while earning a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Theater. I hope to become the next Dr. Pol, but in MS and with my own southern twang!

    The sky is the limit for me, and I am just having fun, taking it all in, making memories, and some funny videos along the way! Be sure you follow me on all my social media channels and come along for the ride as I live my best life and #CelebrateEveryDay!

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  • SANDI KINZEL

    MEET SANDI KINZEL

    Deep Roots

    Sandi Kinzel’s roots grow deep. She was born and raised in Madera, California, and graduated from the same high school her parents graduated from 30 years before. After meeting her husband and marrying in 2016, they put down roots in Dinuba, CA – literally. They are almond farmers! They are also dog lovers and have three beautiful children in their blended family.

    Speaking of family…Family is probably the most important thing in Sandi’s life. Her parents have always been a great inspiration to her, too. According to Sandi, they are “the best example of true love you will be able to find.” Her parents helped Sandi raise her kids when she was a single mother – being a single mother isn’t easy. Her mother cared for her children after school and her dad filled the “father” role they needed in their life. Her oldest daughter is her bonus daughter. She always says, “I inherited her and my granddaughter.” Sandi and her father recently had the honor of walking her second oldest daughter down the aisle to marry her high school sweetheart, and Sandi is excited to see their future unfold. Her son is enjoying the single life and his new car.

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    “…the best example of true love you will be able to find.” – Sandi Kinzel on her parents.

    How Sandi Celebrates

    Sandi works for the county in the purchasing department – a job that supports her Rae Dunn collection, her love of dogs, and home decor. She also enjoys photography, gardening, decorating for all the holidays, cooking, camping, collecting Rae Dunn Pottery, and playing with her rescue dogs Max, Cole, Dallas, Dixie, Dolly, and Little One.

    Since Sandi lives on 26 acres of land out in the middle of nowhere, she has ample opportunity to love on as many rescues as her family can handle. With the amazing views of the mountains and lots of space, it gives Sandi a lot of great photo opportunities and room for our puppies to run.

    She is excited about being an ambassador and helping to inspire people to Celebrate Every Day. She hopes people will join in and celebrate with all of us! Sandi also hopes hope to inspire others and help them to see that there is always something to celebrate.

    Follow Sandi on Instagram @sandi.kinzel

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