Finding Gratitude Outside the box

We know we are supposed to practice gratitude. ??
We know it’s good for us. ?

But why do we have such a hard time following through with it?

I want to share with you why practicing gratitude thinking outside the box will ensure that you stick with it which will brighten everyday of your life. I’m gonna give you the magic 3 ways to make sure gratitude sticks in your life!!

When we practice gratitude, what is the first thing we typically go to? Our Family right?!?

Sometimes our Job? Not always but a lot of the time because we are glad we can pay our bills.

Sometimes our income? Well again usually because we are happy we can pay for our groceries.

But why do we have such a hard time doing it? Well maybe because we have a hard time finding what we are truly grateful for.

I’m here to help you think outside the box and make it so simple to do and better yet make it a habit!

The reason I brought up this subject this week is that I have friends who have been devastated by the California fires and mudslides. They have been in the thick of it completely. And here is the worst part. They can’t seem to watch the rest of the world happy. I know I am not speaking for all of them but I did read a friend of mines post about such feelings.

It’s hard!! So hard!! But if we can find the smallest way to be grateful, we can slowly pull yourself out of the dark ?

So I want you to find these 3 ways to find gratitude easy and impactful.

1 – **Place** – Where is your favorite place to sit and be yourself? Where is it that makes you warm and cozy? A place that makes you feel all the feels. For me it’s my bedroom. Last year I spent a month building my bed to mimic the Westin Heavenly Bed and let me tell you, it’s my favorite place in the house. I would spend all day in there if I could.

So find just one place you are GRATEFUL for and remind yourself of that one place everyday.

2 – **Person** – I’m talking a person in your life who is not your family. Choosing family members is easy but sometimes they are so close to you that it is just a given. We are all grateful for family. That doesn’t challenge you to find actively gratitude in a place that stops you in your tracks.

This year has been the biggest personal struggle of my life and I found that friends that were not close in the past SHOWED UP in my life when I least expected.

If I am struggling, I just have to think of ONE of them. They are so special to me and if it weren’t for them I would still be crying in my car everyday.

Find that one person!! Share this blog post with them, let them know!

3 – **Time** – Seems kind of odd to put time right ?! *Hear me out*. A lot of time we tell ourselves we are don’t have time to “get a massage” “get our hair done” “go to the gym”. Whatever it is, our first thought is NOPE! I don’t have time..

Guess what there is time, I guarantee you, in your day that you are grateful for.

Girlfriend I’m telling you!! What about the bathroom? Do you escape in the bathroom and spend a few extra seconds in there in peace? Is it your car? (Ok I’m just sharing with you my moments of time I LOVE everyday)

So why not be grateful for them???

Now think about it… spend some time shifting your upset or fearful thought and think “I am so grateful for the time I have in my car”

What is that tiny window of time you look forward to EVERYDAY?

Be grateful and recognize that time OFTEN! Thank the universe for it! ✌?

Here is my Coffee Talk Episode on my Facebook Page if you would like to hear more about this message

 

Finding The Quiet in Your Head

You are at work finishing a project…or my case at work in the middle of a surgery when all of us sudden these thoughts come bombarding your head.

:::Like uninvited fireworks exploding. ?

PEW PEW PEW ⚡️

“ I have to pay my taxes”

“I have to schedule an eye appointment for Sasha”

“I wish I could focus on work”

“Why do I always do this to myself”

“I am so on organized”

“I will never get my shit together”

Your mind goes directly to these thoughts and you just can’t concentrate on what you’re really supposed to be doing.

I’m telling you iso happens to me just about everyday **I swear**!!

Guess what?!

There is a solution. I’m here to rescue you I promise {It took me rescuing myself first}. You know that term “take care of your own oxygen mask first before taking care of others”…… that’s what I did!

This is going to be so simple you are going to tell yourself. “Why didn’t I think of that?!”

1️⃣ When the thoughts come bombarding you. Take note! Notice they are intruding on your space and in your head. “Yes crazy thoughts I hear you!”

2️⃣ Now I want you to pick just one! Pick one of those thoughts that in your mind is the TOP PRIORITY. Notice what that ONE THOUGHT IS… and talk to it.

{yes just in your head or your coworkers are gonna think you’re nuts!}.

This is what I want you to tell it. “I recognize you thought /x/ and I promise you that I will focus on you on my next BREAK”

What this does is two-fold: it #1 distracts you from those 10 other thoughts that started firing #2 it allows you to organize your thoughts and take control of them.

3️⃣ Find your next BREAK. These are where mine typically are.

? My Car before heading home ….*it’s where I do all my profound thinking *

? My Car before the grocery store

? My work breaks and lunches

? The Shower

Now here’s a bonus for you. If you can’t find the focus during your break, find a playlist where you can concentrate for 10 minutes. I swear by this Kundalini Yoga Playlist…. it’s like my MAGIC PILL!

Let me know how you do?