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A Woman Alive

February 15th, 2017
by Diane

February Monthly Activities

Please share your experience with these activities
through out the next month.
Share Your Story on my Website.

  1. Write a letter of gratitude to someone, someone who has played a really big positive role in your life who have never really thanked. Then, either call or visit and read them the letter.
  2. Volunteer at least for one day this month. Volunteering is a fantastic to show appreciation for all that YOU have in your life and it shows appreciation for those you are volunteering for. Studies have shown that people who volunteer have more a healthier and more positive, grateful attitude toward life.
February 15th, 2017
by Diane

February Daily Ritual

Share your experience with the Daily Ritual
on our Facebook Page.

You guessed it! Start a Gratitude Journal. Begin or end each day taking five minutes to write down 5 things you are grateful for. Try to change them up each day. Look for the smallest moments. Examine the darkest hour for it bright spot, for the gift. When things are not going your way instead of choosing victim ask yourself what you can learn and find gratitude in the lesson.

Show appreciation to someone each and everyday. Track this in your journal. It is amazing a small comment can change a person’s day. People love to hear their name spoken aloud. Ask your waiter their name and thank them by name. Tell the customer service person how helpful they were. Thank a co-worker for sharing the load. It is amazing to me how much others do for us that is taken totally for granted until we actually take the time to notice.

February 15th, 2017
by Diane

Gratitude and Appreciation

Thank you for joining me on this journey as I share with you in 2017 the 12 Chapters of my soon to be book, A Woman Alive. The 12 Principles for Living Alive. The 12 Guiding Principles are all of the lessons I have learned along the way, all of the tools and ideas that have helped me to re-frame the story of my life.

Our second Guiding Principle is
“Express Gratitude and Appreciation Daily.”

As I rang in the New Year on December 31st of 2014 I made a commitment to make 2015 the year of Gratitude. December had been a rough month. I was feeling sorry for myself because I was single and alone. I had just moved to a new town where I knew not a soul. I was totally blind in one eye due to a detached retina surgery and the clouds in my other eye made vision a challenge. I was deep in the process of ending my consulting career and knew I wanted to teach yoga and coach full time. Yet I could not quite figure out how to make that happen. I felt like a deer in headlights. I knew I needed to move into action in some way but I felt glued to the moment, glued to negative thoughts and feeling like nothing in my life was going right.

As the clock chimed midnight, I sat alone in my apartment blinking away another round of tears. I realized the only power I had at that moment was the power of my thoughts. It was time to change my thinking, to change what I was saying to myself. So in that moment of lonely terror I choose Gratitude. I decided then and there to focus on, think about and talk about only the things that were positive in my life, the things that I was grateful for.

I remember calling my Dad often during this time and we would go through the list of all of the great things about my move to Port Jefferson. At first it was a challenge and we would laugh trying to think of what could be positive about my having to go to the laundry mat to do my laundry, or not being able to read because of my eyes. Yet we always found something to add to the gratitude list! Slowly over time the list grew… Read more »