Gratitude is everything. Seriously. It’s the foundation to our happiness and that catalyst for our success. If you haven’t learned to be honest-to-god grateful for your life exactly the way it is at this moment, than no matter what blessings come your way, they will never be fully appreciate or bring you happiness. It was learning for the very first time in my life how to be honestly grateful after my husband left, that began to bring about dramatic changes in my life. I guess when you have nothing it’s easier to be thankful for the really small and simple things. I’ve always recognized that being grateful for where I am in my journey/life/finances/relationships etc. is what has brought about happiness, blessings and manifestations of my dream. On the flip side I’ve also been aware enough to know that when I let my gratitude slide, my world starts to unravel quick. #GetGrateful is the first step to my #HBRMethod because without understanding and embracing it deep down inside of you, nothing else matters. You can read all the self-help books in the world, you can try a million ways to find happiness or success, but until you accept responsibility for your life as it is and find peace and a thankful heart in at your current state, nothing will ever work.
I have so much to be thankful for this year. It’s been an amazing journey. Some of the highest highs, and some pretty nerve wracking lows, but overall it’s been a year that has brought me closer to my destiny and my #BigPictureDream. This year I saw my dream unfold in brand new and exciting ways. Ways I’ve worked long and hard for, and finally was able to realize in 2014. Like being on the Steve Harvey Show. Yeah yeah, I know I might have been a little silly on the show, but for me it was an opportunity to live my dream. It was the perfect example of how our #BigPictureDream might be “X” and take years to fully achieve, but along the way we got an opportunity to do our practice runs on many many “A-W’s”. Successful people don’t just magically appear on Oprah or CNN, they have hustled behind the scenes for years on much smaller stages. It’s all part of #TheHustle.
I’ve been able to work and provide for my family in a dream career job which enables me to travel (since I work from home and have my kids all but 4 nights a month, it’s kinda nice to get out once or twice a month). I even have a beautiful office in LA when I’m there and one in New York when I’m there… what more could a girl ask for?
I’ve meet some of the most unbelievable people on the journey to write my book #HustleBelieveReceive who have motivated me as I’ve been following my dream and in the process become part of my crew. Meeting Kimberley Hatchett is one of the things I’m most grateful for in 2014. Her generous kind spirit has blown me away, I’m blessed to feature her in my book along with her close friend Victor Matthews and Janna Andrews.
And of course I was able to manifest my biggest dream of them all… landing a traditional book deal.
But though the year has held so many amazing mile stones and brought so much joy, there are still those hard days. The ones when it’s hard to remember to be grateful, or it’s just easier to bitch about what’s not going right than it is to be thankful for what is. I’m as guilty as the next person believe me! Through those hard times I’ve leaned on my sisters, my support team, my two best friends Lisa and Courtney. I have no idea where I’d be without their unwavering support, love, faith and ability to listen to every little up and down in my road. They are saints for real. I am so utterly grateful to have people around me who I know love me no matter what, and who remind me of my own words to stay positive when I sometimes forget or wanna feel sorry for myself. I can’t overstate how important it is to surround yourself with people who lift you higher instead of being deadweight. If you look around and don’t see many of these people and a lot of deadweight, I’m giving you permission to cut the cord with anyone who’s not supportive of your journey and who you are working to become. And trust me when you do the right people will be drawn to you and naturally fill that void, only so much better. You’ve gotta #ChangeYourCrew if you wanna achieve your dream.
I am grateful for my three beautiful babies who are the very best part of me and my greatest achievement. They are my closest companions and my source of daily humor, reality and my biggest challenge, but greatest joy. On a day like today, I’m so thankful that we can cook together, that we’ve been able to establish strong traditions that the four of us look forward to and cherish.
I am very thankful for my health. At 39 I know shit starts going downhill pretty fast, so to have been able to run a full marathon and half marathon this year, I consider that a huge reason to be grateful.
And I am soooooooo grateful to each and every one of you, who take the time to read my blog and support my story and my dream. You will never know how much it has lifted me when I was low and wanting to give up. Your messages, emails, comments, tweets, and posts give me reason to keep going and fills me with humble gratitude. If you’ve received anything from my journey, believe me when I say I receive just as much when I hear from you.
So on this night before Thanksgiving… what are you grateful for?