Gratitude- Does It Even Help?

 
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Happiness Is Not a Destination...

 
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What's On Your "Not-To-Do" List?

When I was a kid, I had so many goals. 

 

I wanted to write books. I wanted to be a vet. I wanted to travel the world.

 

I have officially participated in all of those goals now. (I mean, can you ever actually be done traveling the world? And there are always more books to write!)

 

But the path to completion wasn’t necessarily smooth. 

 

At the beginning of this year (before COVID even hit), I was in a mastermind meeting with my coach. One of our goals was to clarify some of the things we wanted to work on or accomplish during the course of the year long program.

 

When it was my turn, I listed my main things. I wanted to heal my body (it’s improving!). I wanted to hold my first Happy Vet retreat (it’s now going to be virtual, thanks COVID, and will be announced in the next couple of months!). I wanted to manage my stress better (meditation and gratitude, anyone?). And I wanted to improve our finances (I’m a...

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Why Self-Care Fails (It's Not What You Think)

A few years ago, a friend recommended I read a book.

 

In the book, the author discusses the rough time he’s been having, and how he started repeating to himself “I love myself, I love myself, I love myself.”

 

He suggested I try it too.

 

I literally couldn’t get the words out.

 

A few years later, I picked up the book and this time, I also picked up the mantra.

 

“I love myself, I love myself, I love myself.”

 

At first, it was really hard to say it. So I just thought it.

 

When I could think it with minimal cringes, I made myself start saying it out loud until it felt better.

 

Then I started saying it out loud while looking at myself in the mirror. (Let me tell you how awkward THAT was in the beginning… even if it was just me!)

 

Over time, the mantra got easier.

 

And one day I realized something.

 

During the time I was practicing the mantra, repeating to myself “I love...

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