I’ve been practicing gratitude — with varying levels of devotion — for over a decade now, since I was thirteen years old.
It’s now been more than 11 years since I was first introduced to this practice. And during that time I’ve experience how incredibly powerful this practice can be.
Here’s how gratitude has played a role in my life over the past decade and why I’m so passionate about sharing my experience with this simple — but life-changing — practice.
Let’s go back to how it all began…
One of my favourite ways to share what I’m grateful for is through photos over on Instagram, which is why I’d love to invite you to join me for a mini gratitude photo challenge!
On March 17th the Beautiful You Coaching Academy hosted their 2nd ever celebratory awards gala, which I was honoured to attend as a finalist.
It was such a special evening (and so special being a finalist in this year’s awards) and in this post I’ll be sharing my reflections and gratitude for this experience.
Before I get into it… A huge thank you to Fi Mims Photography who took all the incredible photos that are in this post 🙂
It’s no secret that I’m a huge advocate of gratitude. I truly believe that adding more gratitude into your life — can actually change your life.
This special edition Link Fest includes a whole lot of gratitude articles from around the web. Some are from my site, some I’ve written for other sites, and some have been written by others — all of them are about gratitude.
Life has been really full lately — in a really great way. There’s been a lot going on and so many things I’m so grateful for. So today, before I dive into my to-do list and get-stuff-done mode, I want to take a moment to pause, reflect and acknowledge the things I am currently grateful for this month.
We don’t always get what we want. (Or what we think we want.)
Things don’t always go the way we want them to — or the way we hoped they would.
We’re going to fail, get rejected, make mistakes, mess things up, disappoint ourselves (and others) — it’s inevitable.
But there’s one thing I use to help me navigate whatever I’ve been dealt — even when it doesn’t go my way — and that is GRATITUDE.
I believe that gratitude can be really powerful to shift your state, and to help you see things differently. It can help you navigate the ups and downs of life and to help you move on when something doesn’t go your way.
I’ve been practicing gratitude — with varying levels of devotion — for over a decade now. And in that time, nothing has contributed to my happiness more than adding more gratitude into my life.
After watching the movie ‘The Secret’ with my Dad when I was 13, he gave me my first Gratitude Rock. I would carry this rock with me in my school uniform pocket (along with my locker key and favourite lip balm) and every time I would see or touch the rock it would remind me to think of something I’m grateful for.
Over the past decade, I’ve experimented with different ways of practicing gratitude and I truly and wholeheartedly believe that gratitude makes my life infinitely better.
Practicing gratitude is one of the most important habits in my life and I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t have this practice.
In September last year, I launched what I believe to be the most important project yet: The 28 Day Gratitude Project. This free email series is in invitation to explore and play with practicing gratitude for 28 days in a way that’s simple and fun, so you can make gratitude apart of your life in a way that works well for you (and that you enjoy!).
Since running 2 rounds of this project — and guiding over 100 people through 28 days of gratitude — I’ve discovered that people love that practicing gratitude (and making it apart of your everyday life) can be simple, easy, and even fun!
Ever since I took part in Susannah Conway’s photo challenges last year (#AprilLove2015, #AugustBreak2015 and #DecemberReflections) I’ve been wanting to create my own.
Plus, one my favourite ways to publicly declare what I’m grateful for is through visuals and words over on Instagram, which is why to celebrate the launch of the next round of The 28 Day Gratitude Project — and just for some fun — I’m inviting you to join me in participating in a mini (7 day) photo challenge over on Instagram.
It’s been a long time between editions of The Gratitude Diaries, and I’ve missed this segment — and I’ve also missed taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate what I’m grateful for in this space (I’ve been doing this over on Instagram instead).
Last week I spent the week with my family up in Cairns, where we had an awesome time exploring and relaxing and spending time all together — which doesn’t happen very often anymore.
So instead of telling you all about it – I thought I’d show you instead with a photo recap of the week.
To celebrate the launch of my free email series: The 28 Day Gratitude Project I’ve asked some inspiring humans to answer the question…