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Today I Choose… Gratitude

Today I Choose… Gratitude

Today I am practicing gratitude, something I overlook more often than I would like to admit. I am grateful for all of the healthy food I have access to. I am grateful for friends who make me laugh until I make funny noises. I am […]

No Inhibitions: What happened to the love of life we had when we were younger?

No Inhibitions: What happened to the love of life we had when we were younger?

A while ago, my mom told me a story of how one day, when I was about 5 or 6, she and my dad took me to the mall. When we got there, they realized there was a fashion show going on so they took me […]

The Power of a Positive Thought + Tips to Set Your Own Intentions

The Power of a Positive Thought + Tips to Set Your Own Intentions

It is easy to get caught up in the ebbs and flows of life, feeling really high and giddy when something goes well, and alternately, really low and depressed when something does not. For some reason, as a society, we tend to get stuck on these things that maybe aren’t going so well for us. We can have 10 great, fabulous, exciting days in a row, but then, maybe we apply for a job that we don’t get, or get into an argument with someone close to us. Then, all of the sudden, it seems like nothing is going right. Like that one negative scenario has now triggered a snowball effect and nothing is going to go right for us ever again in our lives!

Stop…..Breathe….

All it takes is one moment, one breath, one positive thought, to change your whole entire day. Just think what would happen if we took the time to love ourselves instead of being hard on ourselves for the mistakes we have perceived to have happened.

On a side note: why are we all so scared of mistakes? Who said they are a bad thing? I mean, sure you might upset someone or disappoint them. But at the end of the day, you are here to learn, to explore, to create, to inspire, to teach, and to love. How can all of that happen without a mistake or two, or ten, along the way? Trust me, I would much rather learn from someone who has tried and failed over and over than from someone who had smooth sailing along the way. Where is the fun and excitement in easy and safe?

Back to my point, all it takes is one positive thought to get the ball rolling in terms of your thought processes for the rest of the day. Take 5 minutes each morning and write down 3 intentions for your day. At the end of your intentions, write yourself a little note as to why you are amazing. This short exercise will set your mind up in a way that you become open to whatever the day has to offer. By setting intentions, you are creating your path. You are telling the universe that you are no longer fearful, but you are ready to take on your day from the most positive and happiest of places. I’ve yet to have one bad day after setting intentions at the beginning of it!

Now, I know for someone who has never set intentions, or even written in a journal, or has never even owned a journal before, this process can seem silly, or overwhelming, or maybe you’re wondering what on earth I even mean by all of this!

Here are some tips:

1. Don’t overthink it. Write what comes naturally to you based off what you are feeling.

2. Set intentions with power. Put meaning behind the intention and send out a clear request.

3. Envision what it will look like when your intention takes place. Feel the emotions, visualize the activity, focus your energy on watching your intention unfold.

4. Repeat your intention to yourself as you go about your day. Remind yourself why you set it and the energy you have put into ensuing it will happen.

5. Use intentions as the centre point of your meditation. This will place more thought and energy into the greatness that is your intention.

That’s all she wrote folks! Simple as that. It doesn’t take long, but the repercussions of setting intentions and thinking positively are powerful.

Give it a shot, see that changes that happen.

The Gift of the Farmer’s Market

The Gift of the Farmer’s Market

Waking up early Saturday mornings are so worth it to me when I realize it’s Farmers Market day. This may seem silly to some, but here me out for a moment. When you walk into a grocery store these days, walk up to glossy looking […]

Appreciating The Little Things

Appreciating The Little Things

As much as I am all about promoting balance in life, food, and wellbeing, I find myself hopping on the stress wagon every now and then. There seems to be a never ending list of things to do, people to see, articles to write, business […]


Today I Choose...

Today I Choose… Gratitude

Today I Choose… Gratitude

Today I am practicing gratitude, something I overlook more often than I would like to admit.

I am grateful for all of the healthy food I have access to. I am grateful for friends who make me laugh until I make funny noises. I am grateful for my dog who I find more solace in than people sometimes. I am grateful for my family who through ups and downs have taught me how to be strong. I am grateful for the lake and it’s calming sounds. I am grateful for trees and the endless oxygen they provide.

Without these things in my life I couldn’t live they way I am and for that I am truly grateful.

The benefits of practicing gratitude are plenty. They range from an overall more positive attitude, to getting better sleep at night. One way that I like to practice gratitude is by keeping a Gratitude Journal and writing down at least 3 different things a day that I am grateful for. Find a moment in your day that you can keep consistent and write down that which you are grateful for.

Why keep it to yourself?

If you’re feeling extra gracious some days, try writing a letter or sending a text or best yet, telling someone face to face how grateful you are to have them in your life!

Other ways to practice Gratitude:

  • Practice 1 random act of kindness each day
  • Watch videos that inspire you such as a TedTalk or other YouTube video
  • Volunteer at a local charity
  • Watch your words: don’t speak negatively about anyone, including yourself!
  • Meditate!
  • Live mindfully (in the moment)
  • Be thankful for challenges put in your path as they are meant as lessons to guide you

 

Once you get in the habit of practicing daily gratitude, it is hard to stop. You start seeing things align differently in your life and you start creating a field of energy that welcomes positivity and kindness.