30 prompts to help you get in the groove with gratitude

30 prompts to help you get in the groove with gratitude

Journaling has been a powerful tool for self-discovery and growth throughout the course of my life. I grew up in a home where journaling and self-expression were encouraged. I had an English teacher in 8th grade require daily journaling as part of our class. Hell, my health coach training program incorporated daily free-writing (a la Morning Pages) as part of our coursework.

I’ve journaled when it was just me, and I’ve even managed to journal daily with two businesses to run and a toddler who thinks that 4:55 AM is a perfectly acceptable time to wake up for the day. I’ve probably considered every single reason why I wouldn’t be able to take on such a task.

Wherever life has taken me, I’ve always found my way back to the pages of my journal. Because I know that when I’m able to sit down and write, I FEEL the difference. I have incredible a-ha moments, insights a-plenty, excitement, newfound energy, and am way more grounded.

And then, I found gratitude journaling.

It literally turned my entire world around. First, through the experience of keeping a Miracle Journal based on the ideas found in Melody Beattie’s book, Make Miracles in Forty Days*. A few years later, I stumbled upon another life-changing book called Thank & Grow Rich* by Pam Grout. I spent the better part of a week writing down 100 things each day that I was grateful for.

Each experience cracked me open and helped me connect more deeply with myself and the world around me. Which is why I wanted to create a way for others to experience the joys of journaling and a daily gratitude practice. Consider this the best of both worlds, as each prompt will help you explore a different facet of your life and beliefs, all while expressing a little gratitude for it all. 

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Why anger and resentment have been my greatest teachers

Why anger and resentment have been my greatest teachers

I’ve always had a bit of a temper. As a kid, whenever I’d get in trouble I would storm out of the room screaming, run to my bedroom and slam the door as hard as I could, crank up my stereo to peak volume, and yell about the injustice of it all.

I wish I could say that I’ve outgrown that response as an adult, but I’d be lying.

Up until a year or so ago, I would reenact the same behavior of my youth — screaming, yelling, and carrying on while muttering choice words under my breath, slamming doors, and cursing up a storm. I would eventually calm myself down after a healthy stress cleaning session and go on with my day. The only difference being the extreme guilt and shame I would feel after all was said and done.

For a long time, I believed that my anger was justified. It was always over how someone slighted me or didn’t take my needs into consideration. I always had at the ready at least 15 different ways that the other person had botched it or times where they had done something similar and equally insensitive.

It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I saw my anger for what it was: toxic and incredibly self-serving.

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When was the last time you got something in the mail?

This week’s episode is another solo one from yours truly and the second in the Quick Tip Series (meaning it’s a short one!). It’s all about the power of the handwritten note, and I couldn’t be more excited about the topic.

A month or so ago, I took a poll over in Instagram about what I should focus on for my next solo episode. It was between this topic and self-care as the antidote to overwhelm. I have to admit that I was a little surprised at how close it was. I kind of assumed that the topic of self-care was going to blow the handwritten note out of the water. But it didn’t.

It was neck and neck for a while, with self-care eeking out the handwritten note by a few percentage points.

As you can see, I decided to put self-care on hold and run with the power of the handwritten note for two reasons. First, I took part in InCoWriMo for the second time this February. InCoWriMo, jokingly referred to as a vintage social media, is a 28-day challenge to send out one handwritten note a day. The only rules are that you have to write a letter out by hand and that it needs to be mailed. (Easy enough, right?)

The second thing — and the one that truly solidified this as a topic that I needed to focus on — was going through 3 large boxes of old papers that had been collecting dust in the corner for close to 20 years. had to do with something I found in my basement.

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