Gratitude, the gateway to awesomeness plus recipe!

Holy shizznettt! We got hit hard here in the Northeast! It’s a good thing I don’t mind the snow since we just keep getting blasted with it. The snow I’m cool with, the below freezing temperatures, not so much. But what are ya gonna do? I choose to live here. I just do my best to stay home when the weather is nuts, run out to meet the UPS dude that’s delivering my Amazon addiction instead of making him tread through a foot of snow, and drinking lots of delicious, surprisingly healthy hot chocolate (Recipe at the bottom of post!)

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears” – Tony Robbins

I’ve written and coached so many people on the power of gratitude that I’m pretty sure at this rate, that’s all I will ever be known for. And I couldn’t be happier about that. Gratitude has changed my life, and it’s time you use it to rock your own world.

You literally have all the power you need to lead an awesome life. It’s all in Your MIND.

Your mind holds the power to keeping you stuck and feeling shitty, or flooding you with abundance and positivity.

 

“I live in the space of thankfulness – and I have been rewarded a million times over for it. I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because what you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.”

-Oprah Winfrey

“Like attracts like.”

“Your thoughts are powerful.”

“What you set your mind to you accomplish.”

…do these sound familiar to you? There’s a reason why we hear these so frequently, BECAUSE THEY ARE TRUE! Let me give you a bit of a history lesson….

Picture a beautiful, young woman with a black cloud over her head and a frown on her face. That beautiful, scowling woman WAS me. I lived in a world full of negativity, my thoughts were nothing more than dark and depressing words on repeat. Nothing was ever good enough. I was in a dark, long tunnel with no light at the end of it.

My mentality was hardwired to immediately expect the worst after any sort of good happened to me. I blamed my father and my abusive childhood for the way my life was. I played the victim card as an excuse to not have to work on changing my mindset. Because as we all know, breaking patterns is hard, and it requires a lot of work and dedication.

At a crossroads in my wellness journey, I realized that I was going to have to give myself a mental makeover. I was terrified to do so, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I also knew that I was sick of living my life that way.

With time, practice and dedication, I was able to pull myself from the shadows of my mind, and experience the shift my life had begun to make. When my mentality changed, so did my lifestyle. All of the sudden I was attracting like-minded individuals, dream jobs, and with that came all the money I needed to pay off outstanding bills!

A course in miracles defines a miracle as a change in perspective. My mindset shift had triggered my own miraculous life.

My negativity had been so severe that when I finally broke free from it, the Universe flooded me with miracles. And I want you to experience the same.

 

The power of gratitude

What you think about, comes about. Many of us spend our precious time fixated on what we don’t have, what we have yet to accomplish, and all that we’re not. Our time and energy is literally focused on the negativity, and that’s where it will stay.

 Unless you do something about it.

You want your mind focused on abundance. An abundant mind will produce an abundant life. How do you develop an abundant mindset? With daily practice. An abundant mindset comes from appreciating all that you already have, and all that you already are.

We can stop these depressing, negative, lack-of thoughts by redirecting them towards gratitude. An attitude of gratitude trains your mind to focus on the positive.

 

Your daily 5 minute practice

Every evening, I take 5 minutes to write out three things that I’m grateful for that day. We all have 5 minutes that can be set aside to practice an action step that will change your life.

I challenge you to every day, take out a piece of paper, a journal, a receipt, or your hand, and write down 3 things that you are grateful for that day. I don’t care if you write, “ I’m grateful my child slept all night, I’m grateful I got all green lights on my way to work, I’m grateful that burrito I ate did not live up to its expiration date” whatever it may be, big or small, WRITE. IT. DOWN.

Gratitude works! But only if you’re consistent with it. Its like when you do a set of sit ups, and then you expect to see a 6 pack just from doing that ONE set of sit ups. That doesn’t happen! But if you’re consistent with it, overtime, change occurs.

Its like when you put in a few bucks into your 401K. Those few bucks don’t seem like much, but after a while, they compound into a nice chunk of change.

Gratitude works the same way.

After a while of doing it consistently, amazing transformation occurs.

When I first began using gratitude as a way to transform my thinking therefore my life, I used to write 8 things that were positive about that day.

I would write things like…I let someone go ahead of me in line. I paid for someone’s coffee. I donated an unexpected refund to charity. I helped someone out with chores. I offered to babysit. I indulged and enjoyed some delicious, homemade, warm, mushy cookies. I lit a candle and savored an organic glass of wine. I mowed someone’s lawn for them. I reached out to someone, etc, etc.

If something good didn’t happen to me, I MADE something good happen just so I could log it in later. Setting the bar at 8 things a day MADE me look for the positive things that occurred, and then I started to want to create good things.

What this did was train my brain into looking and creating nice little wonderful and positive moments.

It’s a beautiful thing when your brain looks for the good, sees the silver lining, the greener grass, the bright side of things instead of that dark, crappy cloud.

If you do this consistently, it WILL work for you. It will train your brain for positivity.

You can do this. You deserve a life full of color. You deserve to be one of us annoyingly happy people.

Commit to this daily action and you will see change. What do you have to lose? Even if you think I’m just full of crap, try it anyways. You can always go back to your sucky life if you want to, but there’s more than a good chance that when you commit to this daily, only-takes-5-freaking-minutes-don’t-be-a-lazy-ass-practice, you won’t go back. You’re going to be in too much wonder and joy to want to revert to your old, negative, down-in-the-dumps way of thinking. Hoorah!

 

Gratitude is a choice you make

Gratitude can can become your default state if you are disciple with it. You can turn having an abundant mindset into a habit by being committed to this daily, 5 minute exercise. With continued practice, gratitude will create more abundance, health, and happiness than you ever thought possible.

But in order to trigger the process, in order to signal this abundance to come your way, you have to begin by acknowledging and appreciating all that you already have. If you operate from a “lack of” perspective, you will continue to live this lifestyle, but when you do this daily exercise, it changes that.

It builds your foundation for an abundant mindset, which leads to an abundant life.

Utilize the power of gratitude to consciously and consistently attract yourself the abundance and happiness that we all deserve to experience in life.

 

 

 hotcocoaHealthiest and Tastiest Hot Chocolate

Serves 4 (or two if you’re like me and like an extra big serving)

Ingredients
-2 cups canned coconut milk (Please choose a brand that has BPA free lining such as Native Forest)
-1/2 cup pumpkin puree
-2-3 tbsp raw honey
-3 tablespoon unsweetened cacao powder
-1/4 tsp pink salt
-a super light sprinkle of stevia powder. (I for one HATE the taste of stevia. It taste like sweet n low to me. But for some reason, just adding a super light sprinkle of this really helps bring out the flavor)

Directions
-Blend all ingredients until smooth
-Pour the mixture into a pan and bring to a slow simmer over medium low heat, whisking occasionally.
-Heat to desired temperature
-Drink and then send me a message thanking me for such a delicious recipe.

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