The Celebration of Life Continues

Margery GaffinMargery Gaffin, AmeriBag Executive Vice President and Co-founder shares:

I just returned from an amazing trip to Columbia, Kentucky that was inspired by the “I Love My Life” Healthy Back Bag.

A bit of background…

Mary Phelps is one of my good friends who I have known for over thirty years. She is a horse photographer extraordinaire who covers the Olympics, dressage events and regularly is featured on Mary almost died in late June in a bizarre ATV accident near her home in Columbia, Kentucky. Mary was airlifted to a hospital center with a punctured lung and 15 broken bones. Amazingly, she was on the mend very quickly with a strong positive attitude.  While she was in the hospital she read my original post about the “I Love My Life” Healthy Back Bag. She fell in love with the way it looked and the special meaning it had for her. It resonated deeply.

Today, Mary has completely recovered from her injuries. With the help of her wonderful husband, JJ, she is tackling her website, horse insurance and photography business with gusto. Her sister, Nancy Phelps, recently wrote to me and said:

“I’m putting together a surprise 60th birthday party for Mary, at her & JJ’s Columbia, KY home on Saturday, November 13, and I know she’d be so delighted if you and Irwin could make it!

She’s been so inspired by your bag design and blog, especially after her near-death experience from her ATV wreck, I had to use the “I Love My Life” theme for her celebration!

Now that the bags are available again, I’m ordering her one, and will decorate with the same theme, I think in black & white.”

So off I went and traveled 12 hours each way to celebrate my friend’s 60th birthday – with the theme of MY BAG! I thought to myself, “Does it get any better than this?”  It was a magical event with over 50 people happy to see Mary alive and loving her life. It was a very inspirational experience.  Mary is now the owner of two “I Love My Life” Healthy Back Bags (a small black one given by her sister and an eggplant large Baglett by me).

The colored “I Love My Life” bags will be available in black, eggplant, sea moss and chocolate on December 15th.  All of our customers will be able to celebrate their love for life in color and in two sizes.  We encourage you to throw a “I Love My Life” themed party to celebrate someone you love who has survived an ordeal and is exalted by life.

Email to reserve your bag today. They tend to sell out quickly, so let us hold them for you. Please specify which size and color you want (small Healthy Back Bag or large Baglett in black, eggplant, sea moss and chocolate).

Whether you have gone through a life trial, or you just appreciate your life, purchase a bag or throw a party for someone you love with the “I Love My Life” theme!

Mary and her guests

Pictured from left to right: Ava Hinjosa, Margery Gaffin, Mary Phelps, Nancy Phelps.  Nancy was the organizer, Ava and I traveled from far away to attend this poignant special event for our dear friend, Mary.

Mary's "I Love My Life" Birthday Cake

A beautiful, delicious chocolate cake fashioned after the “I Love My Life” Healthy Bag Bag® design!

Mary with her new "I Love My Life" large Baglett in eggplant

Mary with her new eggplant microfiber ‘I Love My Life’ Large Baglett.  This is the FIRST ONE EVER!!

Mary and her sister Nancy

Mary listening to sister Nancy’s celebratory toast, telling the story of survival and appreciation of life on her 60th birthday!

"I Love My Life" Healthy Back Bags and large Bagletts

The “I Love My Life” Healthy Back Bags and large Bagletts in eggplant, sea moss, black and chocolate. These bags will be available in December. They tend to sell out quickly, be sure to email to reserve your bag today.

“I Love My Life” Follow Up

Margery Gaffin, AmeriBag Executive Vice President and Co-founder shares:

We are hMargery Gaffin, AmeriBag Executive VP and Co-Founderappy to have provided a forum for you all to express your sentiments. Thank you for all your heartfelt comments and amazingly overwhelming responses! Many of you have come to appreciate life through some struggle while some are lucky enough to find this gratitude through sheer appreciation for all that life brings you.  Whatever your process – it is deeply important that each of us come to realize the preciousness of every moment we are granted – be they ecstatic moments or the most mundane.

The response to our new “I Love My Life” Healthy Back Bag has been staggering.  We are presently SOLD OUT!  But more will be available soon.  Stay tuned for updates on our website.  Also, we will be offering this bag in colors in recycled material in the future.

Congratulations to Janine M. Torsiello of Lake Hiawatha, NJ who won our “I Love My Life” promotion last month.

Thank you again for carrying forward this profound message of the importance of loving your life!

“I Love MY Life” Healthy Back Bag Giveaway

Guest blogger and co-founder of AmeriBag, Margery GaffinGuest blogger and co-founder of AmeriBag, Margery Gaffin, explains how the “I Love My Life” Healthy Back Bag came to be. Read on and you could have the opportunity to receive your very own “I Love My Life” Healthy Back Bag.

Almost exactly four years ago I was recovering from my last round of chemotherapy for breast cancer.  My strength was finally coming back, as well as my appetite.  I recall standing in my kitchen chopping onions. I was prepping for a nutritious soup. This is typically a boring, tedious task, yet I suddenly was struck by the idea, “how wonderful it is that I am JUST chopping onions and no longer thinking about cancer treatments, or any other morbid topic.  Just chopping onions!”

That’s when IT started…  I started to realize fully how grateful and appreciative I am for my life and my health and how much “I LOVE MY LIFE.” Not that MY life is perfect – no one’s is – but it was a refreshing feeling to have regardless of the diagnosis, treatment and recovery.  This led me to explore yoga, which for me has meant being in the moment and appreciating that fully.  Not worrying about what already happened or what might happen. Just being.

Four years later, I have continued to be very involved in yoga – mostly Anusara and Kundalini, and the phrase “I LOVE MY LIFE” has fully sunk in and reverberated through me.  I am (as one of my first teachers said) “grateful that I CAN practice yoga.” I open my heart everyday to new opportunities and experiences.

The culmination of all this “just being,” breathing and yoga has led me to express this sentiment in a very special bag.  It expresses the affirmation of the positiveness of life – the appreciation of life itself. Not just the big things, but also the ordinary day-to-day little things… even chopping onions.

"I Love My Life" Healthy Back BagWe are proud to present this gorgeous version of our famous Healthy Back Bag to symbolize this positive affirmation in each of you. Our customers. And the community around you.

We ask you to consider and tell us why you love your life? One winner will be selected at random on Thursday, April 22. You can enter this giveaway by sharing your response on Twitter, Facebook or a comment to this blog post. Tell your friends to share their stories with us as well. We are looking for this feeling of gratitude to stretch through our online community as far as it can go.

*Update: Janine M. Torsiello of Lake Hiawatha, NJ was randomly selected to win the “I Love My Life” Healthy Back Bag