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Serving Southwest Michigan

(269) 720-7605

November 25, 2014 

Remember This Advice From Elizabeth Gilbert When Your Family Pushes Your Buttons!

As we enter into the holiday gatherings this week and throughout the next month....this advice from Award Winning-Author Elizabeth Gilbert in her conversation on Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend Tour.  It might just be the ticket that makes this year's gathering with extended family the best yet.  Enjoy the article and video.

Happy Thanksgiving!!




November 22, 2014

Fa La La La...The gifting season is upon us whether we are ready or not.  A Single Ray of Hope is here to assist!  Not only can we assist with your gift shopping, wrapping and shipping....we also have the perfect gift for everyone who is time-challenged and would love more time to focus on what is truly important to them.  A Single Ray of Hope's Gift of Time is the unique gift to give to friends, family, employees, and clients.  It also makes a great gift for people who can no longer do tasks they once used to.  Please share this info with those you care about.


November 16, 2014

World Hello Day

November 21, 2015 in the World

Let me be the first to tell you HELLO!  This Thursday is World Hello DayEvery year, November 21 is World Hello Day. The objective is to say hello to ten people on the day. By greeting others, the message is for world leaders to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.  The event began in 1973 by Brian and Michael McCormack in response to the Yom Kippur War.

Since then World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries. It has garnered accolades from people around the globe including politicians, religious leaders, and celebrities.

Mary Beth Esquibel
A Single Ray of Hope, LLC

...Personal Assistant & Concierge Service

November 12, 2014

Wow, just had to share that today I was working with a senior client who let's just say is not the happiest person on a good day. Today she gave me a compliment!!  While working on getting her mail sorted out, she said out of the blue, "I always feel better when you help me."  That is a HUGE compliment and I will treasure it.  A priest that was once a nurse told me that seniors either have the happy pill....or they don't.  Well, in this case, there is no happy pill but I soon realized if I get down to her eye level, look at her when I am speaking and hold her hand or touch her shoulder....she softens.  I do believe that seniors miss out on the simple act of human touch.  This let's them know that they matter.

I'm not sharing this information to be bragging....that is not my style.  Just wanted to remind people of the importance of touch so as the holidays come up, those of you who still have the blessing of your parents being here on earth...let them know they matter in this very simple way.


A Single Ray of Hope celebrates 16 years of being in business in July 2022!  How is this even possible? It is an amazing milestone for me and I am extremely proud and a veteran and woman-owned business.

Where did the idea come from to open a Concierge Service in Portage, Michigan? Well, myself and two dear friends would gather over frozen strawberry dacquiri's and making jewelry while brainstorming businesses to go into. My friends chose other routes and were equally as successful in their career paths, while I pursued opening A Single Ray of Hope's Personal Assistant & Concierge Service. 

Still today, I love being of service to people. I am blessed to meet and work for a wide variety of clients. Individuals of all walks of life....some working professionals both with and without families, retired seniors and their adult children, various businesses and more. I love getting to know people and hearing about their fascinating lives. My reward is knowing that my service is giving them the ability to focus on what is most important to them. It's about the value of time and how they choose to spend it while handing of their TO DO List to a trusted business.

I started my business as a way of giving back to others. My youngest son has special needs and many family and friends helped guide us over the years, providing respite, words of encouragement, providing helpful information of where to go for services and assistance. The takes a village is true. Others helped us and I wanted to help others in return.

Another reason for my business is I saw my mother who raised thirteen children end up struggling later in life with Alzheimers. I'd visit her in her nursing home and this really how life should be for a women who worked so hard to put her children through catholic school by donating her artistic time & talents, staying up late at night just to have a little peace & quiet, stretching a dollar beyond belief, and raising a good family? Mom's put themselves last, we do it willingly but in the end, we are doing a dis-service to ourselves and our families. I thought life shouldn't have to be this hard. How about a providing a service so that people could enjoy life more instead of running in a hundred directions?

Many times, I don't see a lot of my clients....I'm in and out of their home during the day while they are at work. Shopping is done, errands done, dry cleaning is hanging in their closet, meals prepped or cooked, prescriptions picked up, library books returned, service people have been to the home such as plumbers, etc. My business gives my clients some breathing room and that is how life should be lived. 

You get the picture. It's about work life balance and peace of mind....for both myself and my clients.  Life is short....take time to smell the flowers.