A Push for the Discouraged

I often get asked the question, “How have I been able to accomplish the things I have in my life, and how do I stay positive even when I am down or people tear me down?” Well I want to share some of the devotions that have helped me get to those places.  I receive them on a daily basis from my Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback church (go to to receive them yourself).  Pastor Rick has inspirational devotions that keep me motivated and persistent even when sometimes I want to give up.  We all have those days of feeling overwhelmed, overworked and disappointed that nothing seems to be happening the way we want it to.  Starting two new companies, GCB and GCC, has not come without its heartaches and I have had to remain persistent and patient despite it all.  I have learned that God has always been faithful even when I forgot to ask for his guidance.  Reading the devotion below helped remind me that God has a plan for me, but it is in his timing not mine so I need to remain patient and persistent.

It Takes Patience and Persistence to Reach a Goal by Rick Warren

"These things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will sure come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!" Habakkuk 2:3 (LB)

The seventh step to getting where God wants you to be is to be patient and persistent. Why? Because it's not going to happen overnight. The more important your goal is, the longer it's going to take; the more significant it is, the more discipline it's going to require.

Step #1 - Determine your present position
Step #2 - Be specific about what you want

Step #3 - Look for God's promise

Step #4 -- Ask God to help you

Step #5 -- Identify the barriers

Step #6 -- Create a step-by-step plan

Step # 7 -- Be patient and persistent

Nothing great is ever accomplished without persistence and patience because, in order to be successful, your dreams must translate into work. The people who succeed in life are the people who are willing to do what they don't feel like doing. They are not mastered by their moods, they are mastered by the Master, and they establish their goals and plans according to God's will.

Eliezer was a great example of patience and persistence. We saw his patience in choosing the right woman by making a detailed plan. He didn't make a snap judgment. He wasn't impulsive. The Bible says in Genesis 24:21 (NIV), "Without saying a word, [he] watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey succeed."

Later, after he got invited to Rebekah's house for dinner, the Bible says, "The food was set before him (Eliezer), but he said, 'I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say'" (Genesis 24:33 NIV). Now personally, I would have eaten first. But this guy was focused.

What's the point? If you are going to really reach your goals in life, sometimes you have to delay gratification. You have to do the tough thing instead of the fun thing, the right thing instead of the pleasurable thing.

And the reason that's so hard is because most of us don't want to delay gratification. That's why we're in debt. Our attitude is, "I want it and I want it now." And if we can't afford it, then we put it on our credit cards.

It's important for you to learn this lesson because any goal that's worth achieving is going to have obstacles in the way. You need to have a long-term view so, when difficulties come, you can persevere knowing that you are going to get past it.

I love today's verse. It's a great reminder that God's timing is perfect and ours is not. When you find yourself in God's waiting room, just be patient and persistent. A God-given vision will always be fulfilled.

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xoxoxo Gretchen

Celebrate the Spirit!

I know Halloween has yet to arrive, but I'm really excited to share with you that I will be part of one of the country's oldest and most celebrated parades -  America's Thanksgiving Parade! This year's theme is Celebrate the Spirit! It's the perfect theme for the holidays! Joining me on the parade route will be Jana Kramer from One Tree Hill, singer Dwele, rapper Biz Markie and US Olympic stars like Meryl Davis and partner Charlie White (silver medal ice dance, 2010 games), Seth Wescott (gold medal men's snowboard cross, 2010), Thomas Finchum (sychronized diving, 2008), Pater Vanderkaay (gold medal, men's 800m freestyle relay, 2008) and Ricky Berens (gold medal, men's 800m freestyle relay, 2008)

So if you're in the Detroit area on Thanksgiving, come out and celebrate the holiday spirit! More info at - and more info to come as Thanksgiving approaches!

xoxoxo Gretchen

Couture at The Castle

Project Pink Runway Show was a huge success! I'll be posting more about the event plus photos and video!!!

I'm very excited that Azadeh has invited me to walk as a one of the models in her upcoming fashion show, Couture at the Castle ! I'm so happy to be in another fashion show! They are so fun! However, I am a little nervous because this will be the one of the biggest fashion shows I ever walked in! Every fashion show Azadeh does is like a dramatic play - I love it!

The fashion show is being held at the gorgeous Castello Di Amarosa in Napa Valley and it's a fully functioning medieval castle!! I feel like a princess! The evening will also be highlighting a four-course dinner menu of culinary artistry prepared by the renowned team at Park Avenue Catering and wines by the highly acclaimed Castello Di Amorosa! The event is Friday, October 15th 6:30pm - 9:30pm!

Tickets for cocktails and the fashion show are $75.
Tickets for sit down dinner and fashion show are $150.
Click here for more info and purchase tickets.

The Couture at the Castle is part of the Napa Sonoma Wine and Food Festival. Come out and join me for an evening that brings together haute fashions, fine wine and dining together! I can't wait!

xoxoxo Gretchen

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