How to start your own Gratitude practice 

I have almost finished my fave gratitude journal so was inspired to write this post.

My Kikki K gratitude journal almost full I love the gold edging 👌🏽

Do you practice gratitude?

I guess I was first introduced to it via The Secret back in 2006. Which talks about being thankful for what you have now & talking in a present tense about future desires you wish to manifest.

Getting the gratitude journal from Kikki K helped me to make it a practice.

The journal has 3 spaces for each day. Here you write down three things you are grateful for. I often use up more than the three spaces depending how inspired I am.

A great tip from Marie Forleo was to really build out your gratitudes – write very detailed & specific descriptions for each grateful. Especially if it is something you are looking to bring into being – manifest.

Practicing gratitude brings more things to be grateful for into your life.

It’s a favourite practice of many well known figures – Oprah, Tony Robbins, Lewis Howes, Danielle LaPorte, Marie Forleo to name a few.

 

 

Benefits of practicing Gratitude

♥️ Improved mental health

♥️ improved cardiac health

♥️ improves immunity

♥️ improves quality of sleep

♥️ Shifts your perspective – changes the way your see the world

 

 

Some easy ways to get started with your Own gratitude practice

 

💗 Think of 3 things you are grateful for as you get out of bed

💗 Say ‘Thankyou’ with each step you take from the bed to the bathroom ( usually the first port of call) when you get up

💗 Start a gratitude ‘note’ in notes app on your phone. Write 3 things at a certain time each day or when you get a few minutes eg while waiting in line etc

💗 Get a notebook / gratitude journal like my new one. Another Kikki K gem.


💗 If you don’t want another notebook have a section in your current daily planner or journal.

💗 You can have reminders on your mirror, fridge or wall. ‘What are you grateful for today?’ Or even a scheduled reminder on your phone.

💗 Go around the table at meal time & each person says what they are grateful for today.

💗 You can join a gratitude challenge on Instagram or do your own one like this

 

Gratitude Inspiration

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♥️ I am so thankful for you, your support & for you taking the time to read my ramblings. ♥️

All the best with your gratitude practice I’d love to see how you practice. Let me know in the comments below or on social @kellystevensonlal on most platforms.

Much love & gratitude

Kelly xo

5 take aways from Thrive – Arianna Huffington

Thrive book It was summer when I read it. The kids were doing waterplay outside, hence the water in the cover 💦 
I loved Thrive by Arianna Huffington it was such a good reminder to slow down &  we don’t  have to be doing everything. 

I was actually reading it around the time I did the ‘Do less challenge’ with Kate Northrup, so it was perfect.

Thrive also touched on how important sleep is – which is the main topic in her latest book The Sleep Revolution, which I’m currently reading.


 5 take aways from Thrive that resonated with me. 

Measuring success is so much more than how much money you make or how much power you have. It needs to consist of four pillars - Wellbeing, wisdom, wonder and giving

Amen! I cant say much more on that. It’s a good reminder to keep things in check. 

✨How do you rate / feel your live is going on these four pillars?

✨ What can you do to improve each of these four pillars?

✨ What will add to your wellbeing / wisdom / wonder / giving rather than take away from it?
2. Start getting 30 minutes more sleep - go to bed earlier or take a nap.
Sleep is Important to every area of your life. It makes dealing with all that comes your way so much easier. You don’t realise the value of sleep until you aren’t getting it – in my case once I had babies. I now hold sleep on the pedestal it deserves. It affects your health, wellbeing, mental health, ability to concentrate, ability to learn & absorb new information, affects your stress hormones – just to name a few things. Inadequate sleep over the long term will also put you at risk of major burnout. 

Get more sleep you won’t regret it 😴

Love grows brains we need to show children a picture of love as we raise them.
Show children a picture of love 💗 I just loved this. With two young children it was a good reminder that they learn most from observing us, not just by what we are telling them. 

Constantly photographing our lives is interrupting and it can make it hard to settle into conversations
Don’t interupt the good times. We all have far to many photos anyway- what are we going to do with them all. Are our children really going to want them all or are just going to be burdening them with a shit tonne of digital clutter. Be mindful take a few if you must then put the camera/Phone (most likely) down. 

 Be present enjoy the moment. Im as guilty of this as anyone else – “wait dont eat yet I have to instagram that” 🙈
Constantly photographing our lives is interrupting and it can make it hard to settle into conversations
So hard to slow down with all the information, the things you could be doing, feel you should be doing. The way busy busy busy is held up as some sort of great achievement & badge of honour that your life is full. It may be full but is it full of meaningful activities & moments. (That just reminded me of the teacher who filled the jar for his class I’ll link the video here.)

💟 Just do it – just slow down. 

💟 Take a breath. 

💟 Try out some meditation. 

💟 Cross off all the crap off your to do list which you loathe. 

💟 Deligate, eliminate & create space. 

💟 Create space to connect with your family, friends, time to be present with your children.
Evaluate what it is that is taking up ‘all’ your time. Is it meaningful, is it adding value to your life? 

 

Be sure to check out Thrive if you havent already.

Id love to know one thing you took away from it if you have read it / or once youve read it?

Let me know in the comments below 💟
Much Love

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Make your life whole & full

At the end of 2007 I was living in Fiji. I saw a book review on Oprah.com about Eat Pray Love.

Looking at this & other books I had recently read including The Secret & even a fictional book I did picked up at a Fiji bookstore – The Ya yas in bloom.

All the books had examples of enjoying the pleasures in life, the small things like colours, smells, tastes, scenery, friends & family ( well they aren’t small)

Really enjoying everything, making everything you do a wonderful experience, treating the essential everyday things such as eating as a ritual. Embossing all the details so life is exciting & beautiful.

We used to go to the movies in Fiji & Continue reading