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Linda Hamilton

Director and Developer, www.thanknest.com

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What are you doing & what were the turning points in your life that led you there?

Over the last 2 years I have been developing a website - Thanknest.com

During that time I was also working on a longitudinal study looking at why students want to leave high school early, & what makes them to change their mind. This got me to thinking about the pivotal moments in my life that have led me to develop my wesbite. For me, there were four turning points that led me to develop Thanknest:

(1) a life changing experience - I am a Mum of two & we almost lost our first child during childbirth (thankfully we had a happy ending). This experience made me realise the importance of being thankful & giving thanks. I wanted to say thank you in a unique way & I wanted to share my thank you with the world;

(2) to motivate myself - there have been times in my life when someone has helped me, supported me, inspired me, or touched my life... but I had never sat down to thank them. I came to realise that if I never made the time to say thank you, they would never know they had touched my life;

(3) the Australian $5 note - when I was about 9 years old we had a school lesson on Caroline Chisholm who had assisted women & children immigrating to Australia. I don't remember the details, but according to Wiki!, she helped with the settlement of 14 000 people. Her contribution to Australian society was honoured with her image being placed on the Australian $5 note between 1967 and 1992. During that lesson I distinctly remember that I too wanted to do something positive in my life;

(4) feeling compelled to spread something positive - during my teenage years & beyond I often watched Oprah. She was always an ambassador for spreading the positives of the world. Whenever I watched her programs, I felt strongly compelled to be one of those people who would give something positive and unique back to the world.

These four moments in time led me to develop Thanknest. What are you doing & what were the turning points in your life that brought you there?

http://thanknest.com/

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      Sep 17 2012: Wow, thank you for sharing your story. You sound truly courageous... that would have been incredibly difficult to leave your abusive husband. You have done an amazing thing & I admire you for taking the step to do so, for you and for your kids. Don't ever doubt yourself, even for a second - you are such a strong woman & your kids will definitely see that too. I wish you and your family a future of happiness, health, & freedom.

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