☀️ Detroit Loves The Lions

AND Volunteers Fight To Save California's Kelp Forests

Inhale the present, exhale the past.

Now, let your breath guide you back to the present moment, where peace and mindfulness reside.

Thank you for reading today’s edition of Grateful Gazette 😌

Here’s what to know for Monday:

  • GM delayed Flint's shift for Lion’s game

  • NFL Star Travis Kelce and Kodiak are making a difference with 25,000 meal donation

  • Volunteers and scientists fighting to save California’s kelp forests


General Motors hit the brakes on their assembly line, but just for a teensy bit, to let their hardworking employees catch the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship game.

You read that right—the roar of the Lions is strong enough to pause the production of their beloved Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.

GM's spokesperson, Kevin Kelly, spilled the beans to the Detroit Free Press, confirming they kicked off their third shift at Flint Assembly an hour late this past Sunday night.

Why, you ask?

Because they wanted to give their dedicated workers a chance to root for their home team in a game that's as rare as a unicorn sighting.

Over in Flint, folks have been wearing Honolulu Blue and silver all week to show their Lions pride.

The UAW Local 598 Shop Chairman Eric Welter mentioned, "It's Lions gear everywhere, and everyone's pretty excited."

You can feel the excitement bubbling up, can't you?

While GM usually runs a nine-hour third shift, they're shaving it down to eight this Sunday to ensure everyone enjoys the game without a hitch.

And guess what? No one's grumbling about losing that one hour of pay. They'd rather watch the Lions do their thing on the field.

Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis didn’t follow GM, but the entire city of Detroit still buzzed with football fever.

Eric Welter summed it up perfectly, “GM recognizes that this hasn't happened in so long that people are likely not to come to work, and that gives them a bigger problem."

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🥞 Travis Kelce and Kodiak Cakes donate 25,000 meals to Kansas City youth

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Virginia church is turning its parking lot into homes

Meet Joy Hollenback, the underwater avenger from Berkeley, California.

Armed with a welding hammer, blue fins, and a heart full of determination, she's on a mission to save Northern California's kelp forests, one swift swim at a time.

Joy floats on the surface, preparing for a deep-sea adventure. Her target?

The notorious, kelp-gobbling purple urchins.

In a matter of seconds, she turns 20 urchins into smithereens.

"If you're angry, it's a cathartic way to get it all out," Joy jokes. "It's ecologically sanctioned mayhem."

Joy is part of a heroic crew of volunteers who swim, snorkel, and dive armed with pickaxes and hammers.

Their mission? Crush those purple urchins that wreaked havoc on California's iconic bull kelp forests.

These forests, unfortunately, saw a 96% decline between 2014 and 2020. Now, you might wonder, does all this smashing make a difference?

In places where urchins were crushed, patches of healthy kelp and schools of fish made a triumphant return this summer.

In Albion Bay, scientists have been growing tiny kelp in a lab and planting it in the ocean. That kelp not only reached the surface but started reproducing.

These efforts could inspire restoration projects worldwide, from Australia to Chile.

Nighttime routines can be the secret ingredient to a peaceful sleep. Let’s talk about crafting a mindful one!

Instead of scrolling through your phone, how about unwinding with a book? It's like a mini-vacation for your brain.

Or, try some gentle yoga stretches.

They're like a soothing lullaby for your muscles.

And don't forget about journaling.

It’s like chatting with your diary, offloading your thoughts so your mind doesn't have to work overtime at night.

Also, a pro tip: try a cup of herbal tea.

It's like a warm hug for your insides, setting the stage for dreamland. And, of course, a little gratitude reflection. Think about the day’s silver linings - it’s like giving your mind a positive nudge before you doze off.

So, tonight, why not give these a whirl? They might just turn your zzz's into a blissful breeze!

- Thank you for reading Grateful Gazette. Remember to breathe deeply to bring your mind back to your body 💜

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