Gratitude 2014

I mailed out my personal hand written thank you notes this week.  I tried my best not to write any reflection posts until December, but my tradition to express gratitude to the people who have impacted my year calls for a reflection and in this case a small reflection post.  This year has been full…

Thankful Thursday #4 – The Love that Surrounds You

For the final week (this Thursday to next Thursday), think about all the highlights, the struggle and the in-between moments of your personal year of 2014.  Who are the people who have celebrated your successes with you?  Who are the people who stood by you when you struggled?  Who are the people who have been…

Wisdom Wednesday # 21 – Remember to Say Thank You

Words of Affirmation is one of “The 5 Love Languages” that Gary Chapman discusses in his book The 5 Love Languages.  Saying thank you is one way that you can express your “words of affirmation.” This months Thankful Thursday activity calls us to reflect on our year and think about the moments this year that…

Mindful Monday #42 – Your Purpose

Do you meditate? I do. I first learned to meditate about six years ago. It wasn’t until last year, that I set the goal to meditate daily. I meditated successfully, every day for 20min for five months straight. I felt the difference, so much that I feel the difference when I don’t meditate. I have…

From the Ashes

Do you ever wish that you had a tag line?  For example: I’m Lovin’ It, is McDonald’s tag line. “Eat Fresh”, is Subway’s.  The corner of “Healthy and Happy” is Walgreens’.  Get the point?  A tag line is a quick and simple line used in advertising to sell a brand.  What if your tag line,…

Thankful Thursday #3 – The In-Between

For Thankful Thursday, I felt it was best for us to first look at the highlights since we more often go to the good in our life, because its safe.  I chose to look at the struggle of our life second because, like the highlights, strong emotions and memories are attached to struggle.  I have…

Wisdom Wednesday #20 – Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

As I have gotten older, I have grown to really love the month of November and the concept of thanksgiving.  I think it is great that we give thanks for the blessings within our life at this time.  Since I have practiced gratitude, it has become a big part of my life and it has…

Mindful Monday #41 – Escape

Each year November has a lot of personal traditions that regard personal reflection and goal setting for the new year.  We are half way though the month and this time it all feels very different.  I have always reflected on my life as I go, however this blog has had a major impact on my…

Thankful Thursday #2 – Struggle

For the week (this Thursday to next Thursday), think about all the struggles of your personal year of 2014.  What did you learn or discover?  How did you grow?  What did you let go of?  Can you think of at least three things you are thankful for as a result of the struggles that you…

Mindful Monday #40 – Happiness

Life is simple, it’s always been that way.  Life can be hard when it tests us to see if we learned the lesson that we needed to learn to get to the next place in life.  Many times, life tests us to see if we really want whatever goal, wish or intention that we set…

Improv and The Art of Presence

I’ve studied improv for almost two years and I absolutely love it.  Improv allows you to be a kid again and invites your imagination to run wild.  It takes you to new places, characters and stories based on an audience suggestion.  From the audience perspective, improv appears to be as simple as the conversation between…

Thankful Thursday # 1- The Highlights

For the week (this Thursday to next Thursday), think about all the highlights or the good times of your personal year of 2014.  What did you celebrate?  What have you achieved?  How have you grown?  What did you discover?  Can you think of at least three highlight from your year that you are thankful for? …

Wisdom Wednesday # 18 – Brene Brown on Gratitude and Joy

Brene Brown studies human connection and after over ten years of research she understands the effect of shame and the importance of vulnerability.  She found that vulnerability is the birth place of joy, creativity, love and belonging.  She also discovered that expressing gratitude is important to people who, in her research, she calls “wholehearted” and…

Mindful Monday #39 – Gratitude

Happy November. It’s officially the month of thanks, which is one of my favorite months of the year.  Today’s quote is a quote about gratitude that I found while reading the book Calling in the One by Katherine Woodward Thomas.  This quote encompasses what I am coming to understand about gratitude and happiness. “What I’ve…