All I want for Christmas…

All I want for Christmas…

All I want for Christmas is to be able to impact other lives in a positive way through The Gratitude Project.  You can get it here. The Gratitude Project is available and the holiday time is a great time to start on it. Unlike other “pre-fab journals,” this is one that you fill with writing prompts that are drawn from your own life experience. To be able to do that, you’ll spend some time up front in a guided brainstorming process. This process...

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The Gratitude Project

The Gratitude Project

It’s so exciting to announce that The Gratitude Project is now officially for sale at amazon.com and at The Artists Gallery. What is this? The Gratitude Project is a 3-month journaling commitment with a focus on gratitude each and every day. Unlike most gratitude exercises and challenges, this one keeps you going for the three months because the gratitude prompts are personal and relevant to YOU. How can a published journal be so personal?...

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A Little Kick in the Pants…

A Little Kick in the Pants…

This morning I was feeling a bit disgruntled about Winter while taking Katie to early morning sports conditioning.  It was 5:54 am, cold and dark.  I was super tired.  Did I mention that it was cold, and so dark out? I was griping to myself about how hard it is to deal with the start of winter.  I had literally thought to myself, “There’s not much about winter to be grateful for at this moment.”  Now that was a mistake. It was...

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Crash!

Crash!

You have undoubtedly seen all the emails that promoted my webinar about how to create this heart book.  I’ve been very excited to share the process of how to make it and start an on-line teaching series on book art.  The webinar is a kick-off, and soon the full on-line class will be available.  I worked like crazy last month and through the weekend to get everything ready. Then Life slapped me in the face on Tuesday.  It was a relatively...

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Play the Gratitude Game

Play the Gratitude Game

Last year when I wrote my Art of Gratitude course, there were some disbelievers about Lesson 3, which focused on being grateful for the not-so great things about life.  I had to convince these doubters that it’s possible to find a kernel of gratitude in even the worst of things, such as being sick, losing a job, or having a relationship end. Still not convinced, we would do a small battle:  they would throw out ideas, and I would tell...

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Grateful for paying taxes…huh?

Grateful for paying taxes…huh?

Not long ago I had to pay my business tax to the city. Lack of an on-line system means filling out the form by hand, writing a check and mailing it in. No biggie, except that when I looked for a stamp to put on the envelope, these were the only two types we had: Something just didn’t seem right about declaring LOVE, or Celebrating that I was paying my taxes. I almost put it off for a day so I could go buy some generic stamps. After a pause, I...

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Feeling Lucky (Part 2)

Feeling Lucky (Part 2)

Last week I introduced you to Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, who has spent a decade researching “Lucky” and “Unlucky” people. He studied them through interviews, diaries, personality testing and questionnaires, looking for common threads and then ran experiments to test some of his theories. (Reading that post will help the rest of this make sense.) In one experiment, he raised the importance of finding the...

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Gratitude Turns a Bad Situation Around

Gratitude Turns a Bad Situation Around

Last weekend, four friends and I drove to the Oceanfront at 5:45 am (in the dark) for the culmination of three months of training: the Shamrock Half Marathon.  It was still dark out and only about 45 degrees.  The kicker was that the wind was blowing about 25-30 mph and it was starting to rain. As we made our way from the car to the starting area, the wind was whipping up a heavier rain right into our faces.  We had ponchos on that were blowing...

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Why is a “stop it” button important?

Why is a “stop it” button important?

Last week I wrote about having a “Stop it Button.”  Why do you need one? Because, what you focus on grows!  And if your mind is caught up in negativity, worry or anger, then it’s like a magnet, bringing more of that junk into your life. If you want more of the Good Stuff in your life, then you need to be able to focus on the good stuff.  That is hard to do when the negative thoughts are pushing through your mind like weeds...

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How do you “just stop”?

How do you “just stop”?

I remember being about 6 years old and crying my eyes out about who-knows-what.  My parents were fed up and I clearly remember them ordering me to “Stop crying.”  What?  How do you just “stop crying?”  Even my 6 year old self saw the lack of logic there.  Crying is not fun.  If I could have stopped it, then I would have long before they told me to.  Crying had engulfed me, and I  saw no clear way to simply turn it off....

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