My Dear Friends,
Halloween is over and that means Thanksgiving is Close. It begs the question:
Are you feeling thankful?
My usual November MO is busy-busy-busy then at Thanksgiving we all sit down at the table and list a few things we are thankful for. This puts family and guests on the spot and gives them about two seconds to come up with something meaningful. Next, we are on to December and the onslaught of holiday marketing that shows us we are lacking and need to buy, buy, buy. That's why the holidays can often leave us feeling empty and stressed instead of full and blessed. This November I have been thinking of things I can do differently and I thought you might want to try a few new things with me.
I invite you to join with me in the November 2017 Gratitude Project!
This November I invite you to focus more love on your life and focus less worry on the things you don't want to think about - like the state of politics, the state of the world or the state of your closet. It is true that what we focus on expands. When we focus on the things we are thankful for those things expand in our lives. If we could do this the entire month of November we would be creating a habit that opens us up to a life time of goodness!
By participating in the Gratitude Project we'll go deeper than just appreciating family and friends. We'll shine a spotlight on all the little things that bring us joy. That light will grow and grow into more things that we realize we are thankful for. When we're realizing all that untapped, potential for gratitude - what a great way to go from Thanksgiving to the holiday season - than full of real and lasting JOY! That's an easy life changing shift right to prosperity folks!
So join me in this fun challenge!
You have to practice something for it to become habit. These practices will help us strengthen our gratitude muscle.
1. Post a picture everyday (or as many days as possible) on Instagram or FaceBook of something you are thankful for. It could be something monumental like the kidney your sister gave you or something small like your favorite, comforting coffee mug. Give us a short description of why you're thankful for it and hashtag it: #nov2017gratitudeproject. Yes, that's a cumbersome tag but it will collect all our posts in one place. I guarantee you will enjoy posting your "gratitudes" each time and you will really enjoy reading other people's too. Example below.
2. Keep a gratitude journal. (Oprah probably started this idea and look what it did for her) Buy a cheap notebook and use it only to write down things you are grateful for. You can list them in bullet points or write them in descriptive paragraphs. Do this first thing in the morning to get your day started off right, do it on your lunch break, in the carpool line, before bed -whenever you can make the time. Do not cheat yourself out of this! This is where the concentrated appreciation happens. This is where your life begins to shift!
3. Challenge yourself to go deeper. At least once a week during November I will be sending out a gratitude prompt. These will be exercises designed to pump that gratitude muscle and inspire you. Sign up for my blog (signup window on this page) and you will be on the list to receive these prompts.
If you accept the challenge and participate in the November 2017 Gratitude Project we'll meet back at the end of the month and see how things went for everyone.
Feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested in it. The more the merrier! Any questions or comments? Email me or leave them below.
So, let's go beyond scratching the surface this year! Let's feel gratitude down deep in our bones. Please join me on this potentially life changing journey.
NOW -Who's with me?