At a Marietta WorkMatters Faith & Work luncheon Friday, Trista Sutter, who first appeared on “The Bachelorette” 11 years ago, said she will speak about the positive effects of focusing on gratitude each day.
In the middle of a stressful situation, even when standing in a messy house, Sutter said it is important to consciously embrace gratitude to see the blessings in the chaos.
“If you’re having a bad day, have a bad day, but then get over it quickly,” Sutter said.
Friday’s luncheon will highlight Sutter’s partnership with CEO and Chief Creative Officer Molly Holm of Glory Haus, a Marietta-based wholesale business with more than 1,000 products available online and at more than 6,000 retailers all over the country.
Sutter reached out to Glory Haus this summer to create the Grateful Heart collection as her signature product line.
Holm said the company normally plans a year in advance, and already has designs for Christmas 2014 products completed.
But for Sutter, Holm said they pushed the 80-piece collection through quickly, and incorporated jewelry for the first time at Glory Haus, which are fair-trade fashion accessories handmade in Haiti.
Sutter said she had been gifted some Glory Haus frames and then purchased some to also give as gifts.
Glory Haus was an “encouraging and wonderful company to work with,” Sutter said, and Holm’s development team was “open to any and all ideas.”
“The common thread between Glory Haus and (Sutter) is honoring a grateful life,” Holm said.
Holm said honoring relationships with employees, vendors, and customers is the highest priority.
“In anything you do, people have to be important,” Holm said. “We really feel it’s our responsibility to give back to those in our local area.”
Mothers, business women
Sutter said she is grateful for designing a product line, which is something she has always dreamt about doing.
“I think she has great design sense,” Holm said.
Holm, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the University of Texas at Austin, said almost every item in the collection has a heart and many items include pink.
Sutter admitted she is “very girly,” but added that the collection has lots of chocolate brown and blue colors, as well as “subtle pinks.”
“I think it is a very natural line with lots of pops of color,” Sutter said.
Holm said it is the mission of Glory Haus to inspire their customers.
“Art should be more meaningful than something that hangs on the wall,” Holm said.
Holm added that work should also be more than a job, but a way of life, which is why Glory Haus was founded in 2008 by four women who were friends.
Sutter said she is a role model for her children and wants to set an example as a “productive adult.”
Sutter, who was born in Indiana, chose her firefighter husband, Ryan, on the finale of “The Bachelorette,” and the couple was married Dec. 6, 2003. The Sutters, including their son, Maxwell, and daughter, Blakesley, live in Colorado.
“Being a mother is the most important role I will ever have, but also love having the opportunity to do something for myself and provide for my family,” Sutter said about designing the collection.
One item from the line includes an appreciation jar, where handwritten notes can be tucked inside, perhaps about favorite moments.
Daily favorite moments is something Sutter has tweeted about almost every day since her daughter was born more than four years ago.
At Christmas, Sutter said she gave both her children a gratitude journal, so no matter what tears they shed during a bad day, the night can end on a positive note.
If you go ...
WHAT: Marietta WorkMatters Faith & Work Lunch Series With special guest Trista Sutter of ‘The Bachelorette’
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 10, from noon to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Roswell Street Baptist Church, at 774 Roswell St., Marietta
WHO: Open to general public.
INFO: To register contact Marietta WorkMatters (770) 579-4289 or firstname.lastname@example.org $8 fee; lunch included