Meet Kobbi Creator Laura Graham at Northwest Women's Show

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Local entrepreneur Laura Graham, creator of Kobbi® (http://www.kobbi.com) and president of LaGram, Inc., will help Portland-area women discover and celebrate the benefits of thankful living at the Northwest Women’s Show, October 20-22 at the Oregon Convention Center. Kobbi – the art, the practice, and the symbols – is Laura’s own unique expression of a common understanding known throughout human history, yet all too often lost in the bustle of modern life: that being thankful is the key to joy and well-being. The core question Laura asks us to consider is, “What are you thankful for today?”

Local entrepreneur Laura Graham, creator of Kobbi® (http://www.kobbi.com) and president of LaGram, Inc., will help Portland-area women discover and celebrate the benefits of thankful living at the Northwest Women’s Show, October 20-22 at the Oregon Convention Center.

“On New Year’s Eve of 2004, I was struggling with the question of what it takes to stay happy in life,” says Laura. “I’d asked that question hundreds, if not thousands, of times before that without any conclusive answers. But this time, the answer came. It was clear to me that to be happy in life requires a pervasive sense of appreciation.”

Laura didn’t stop there. “I asked myself, if the answer is that simple, why then are many of us so dissatisfied with our lives? The answer came to me again – it was because we have very few tools available to us for cultivating thankfulness.”

Laura set out to create a tool for herself and others that would help us cultivate our sense of thankfulness as a means to a happier life. The result was Kobbi, the art of thankful living.

Kobbi is Laura’s own unique expression of a common understanding known throughout human history, yet all too often lost in the bustle of modern life: that being thankful is the key to joy and well-being. The core question Laura asks us to consider is, “What are you thankful for today?”

Visitors to the Northwest Women’s Show can speak with Laura in person at the Kobbi booth all three days of the show, October 20-22. They can also explore Kobbi’s artful tools for inspiring a daily sense of appreciation – unique products featuring the 25 Kobbi symbols, including Kobbi Stones and stationery – or enter to win a Kobbi Foundation Series gift set. The Foundation Series gift set features five Kobbi Stones that help us experience deep appreciation for some of the most fundamental, yet sometimes most easily overlooked, aspects of life: Home, Family, Health, Freedom, and Nourishment.

Each Kobbi symbol represents an aspect of the many gifts in our lives. The other Kobbi symbols are Life’s Journey, Modern Times, Belonging, Leisure, Recreation, Creativity, Spirituality, Nature, Pet, Enrichment, Celebration, Simple Pleasures, Friendship, Self, Community, Intimacy, Vocation, Heritage, Emotions, and Aspirations.

Collectively, the 25 Kobbi symbols aid us in the practice of the art of thankful living by inspiring our reflection as we ask ourselves, "What am I thankful for today?"

Kobbi – the art, the practice, and the symbols – is not a spiritual or belief system. “Kobbi is a choice,” says Laura. “It’s a way of being that reflects a personal decision to incorporate appreciation in one's daily life. We have old adages and catch phrases like ‘count your blessings’, but the impact of their meaning has been lost on us through over-use. Kobbi renews our understanding and reconnects us with the power of being thankful.”

About Laura Graham & Kobbi

Kobbi founder and creator Laura Graham, Portland entrepreneur and president of LaGram, Inc., created Kobbi in 2004 as an artful way that she could help herself and others cultivate a sense of thankfulness as a means to a happier life.

A long-time Tigard (Portland, Oregon) resident, Laura is personally committed to living her life to its fullest and in doing so, hopes to have a positive impact on others. While passionate about running her company and helping Kobbi grow, she is also committed to leading a balanced life of work and family with her husband and best friend, Chris.

Inspirational products bearing the Kobbi symbols can be found at fine Oregon retailers in Cannon Beach, Eugene, and Portland as well as locations in Washington and Montana. For more information, visit Kobbi.

About the Northwest Women’s Show

The Northwest Women’s Show takes place October 20-22 at the Oregon Convention Center. For more information, visit Northwest Women's Show.

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