It feels good to thank and be thanked. Which got us wondering:

What would happen if we all did a lot more of it? 

What if we could show others more appreciation for all the big and little things they do in a fun and easy-to-send digital card?

With that, thankr was born.

iPhone Mockup
  • Danielle Gillespie

    thankr is my middle name

    Danielle Gillespie is tech-crazy, LOVES video and discovered the fun in thanking more than 10 years ago. Her personal motto, “it’s a great day to thank someone!” She encourages you to give it a try and see what you think.

    Giving Back: Girl's Hope of Pittsburgh, Summerbridge Pittsburgh, Tull Family Theater

  • Beth Pyle

    thankr extraordinaire

    Beth Pyle runs a VERY active household and is also the mother of two energetic young children who keep her running at warp speed. She believes in the power of the thank you note but had to brace herself for the challenge of getting her kids to write them! Beth is a founding member of the thankr team and wants to help moms everywhere simplify their lives.

    Giving Back: Austin's Playroom, Edgeworth Elementary School, Local Youth Sports

  • Max Gillespie

    thankr team

    Max Gillespie graduated from Washington University in St Louis in May 2020! He majored in Electrical Engineering/Comp Sci while pursuing Entrepreneurship. In his free time, he likes to play the guitar, bike and help startups create a professional on-line presence.

    Giving Back: Huntsman Cancer Institute, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Sewickley Academy

Why We’re Rebranding Empty Nest

Why We’re Rebranding Empty Nest

I know that Empty Nest is an actual thing. It happens when a parent’s last child leaves home and it’s a phrase that carries connotations of sadness and loss, depression and pain.

I recently dropped my last kids off at college and find myself in a house that bears my children’s certain imprint, without their presence. Is it sad? Yes (resoundingly yes!) and I will fully admit to more than one session of self-absorbed pity and, if I’m being honest, maybe even a good old-fashioned sob or two. But is this really the end of the world? Absolutely NOT! And thus I find myself ranting about the phrase Empty Nest. Frankly I find the phrase to be, well, pitiful. I’ve heard it a lot lately (why are people so obsessed with talking about it?) and nobody says it joyfully, instead they tilt their head to the side and assume a somber expression, like I’ve contracted some kind of terminal disease.

Which leaves me wondering, are we really meant to plummet into a dark hole of doom because our laundry rooms are actually clean for the first time in decades?

The Victory Lap

While I did find it tempting to plummet, what I ultimately realized is that our children leaving our house is really an occasion that calls for gratitude and joy. We’ve done our jobs as parents; we raised hard-working, conscientious, good willed humans who are independent and ready to tackle new challenges. We should be celebrating!

And so in our house, we’ve done away with the phrase Empty Nest and have made way for a new concept that we’re calling: The Victory Lap. It’s a phrase that conjures images of smiles and enthusiasm and, sometimes, even a little bit of a mischievous twinkle in the eye. At it’s core, The Victory Lap calls for a healthy dose of gratitude.

Again, I reiterate and fully acknowledge that it is sad when our final children leave the house – especially if, like me, you happen to like your kids. But it’s also time to celebrate them …and YOU! They are off on a new adventure, why shouldn’t we be as well? The good news is that we live in an amazing time when stay at home moms (or dads) can reinvent themselves. We can immerse ourselves in community or a forgotten career. There is more awareness than ever for non-profit efforts that promote goodness in the world and there are plenty of opportunities to pick up gig service.

Heck, if you’re really desperate, come work for us 🙂

So what are you going to do with your Victory Lap? (Spoiler alert, mine involves spending more time practicing gratitude!)


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