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5 Simple Ways to Give Thanks

As it is Thanksgiving week, it’s natural to start to look back on the year and reflect on all the things we are grateful for. No matter what may have transpired, from starting a new job, breaking up from a relationship, or dealing with a death in the family there are many moments or people that we can give thanks to. Take the time of Thanksgiving holiday to communicate with your friends and loved ones about how much we appreciate their existence in our lives. 

Most of you may never journal or write your gratitude list every day, and giving thanks takes practice. I can assure once you start practicing gratitude in your daily routine, you will notice how your Universe changes in a positive and abundant way. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to start. 

Below are 5 special way that you can show gratitude to the special people and things in your life. 

1. Before each meal, give thanks to the food. Appreciate every bite (yes, even the broccoli) and be aware how much it’s nourishing your body.

2. Try complimenting the people you come across every day. A sincere compliment is a small token of gratitude that affect people in big ways.

3. Don't forget your 4 legged friends, tell your pets how grateful you are to have their unconditional love and company in your life.

4. Now take a look around your home. Give a big shout out Thank You to each room, your 50" TV, your favorite comfy chair and fancy throw, your handy laptop and commercial juicer and meditate over the good memories created in each room of the house. (Don't forget your car in the garage too.) 

5. Most importantly, thank yourself! Thank your mind for all your creative ideas and talents, thank your body for being healthy, and thank your spirit that you are still alive and thriving.

These efforts may sound too simple, but making that conscious effort to honor your blessings and your connections with your loved ones makes our lives great. I hope you celebrate love, gratitude and abundance during this holiday season!


Aah Haa Moments

As we gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate another abundant Holiday, it's also a time to reflect on the year about true happiness, peace, love and great lessons we needed to learn............aah haa moments. 

With all the hustle and bustle of gift shopping and sharing some Holiday cheer, take some time to Be Still, Be Grateful and Be Present. Recognize who YOU are, recall how much you've learned, own your self awareness, and give thanks for your unique presence, and all the wonderful gifts that you give and receive to those you interact with each day from crazy family members to demanding clients.

As we bid farewell to 2014 and welcome 2015, we have the opportunity to reflect on where we've been, relationships that didn't bring out the best in us, cherish those that do and use those aah haa moments to create a brighter vision to manifest for the coming year, whether that be in business or personal.

Together, let's create a new year filled with wonderful and infinite opportunities to share our unique gifts with the world in a way that creates value, beauty, and abundance. 

Nostalgia Release

It's bittersweet how our thoughts like to go there....even the most painful of breakup moments can also take you back to those happy times foregone with that special person or ex. We all have those signs whether it be a song or place or a date on a calendar that triggers those thoughts from our past. According to Merrium-Webster, the definition of nostalgia is "pleasure and sadness that is caused by remembering something from the past and wishing that you could experience it again." As my best friend would say "would you want to sit there and watch a bad movie over and over again?" For some of us we do torture ourselves, keep holding on and replaying that movie on an endless loop. 

But for those that try so hard to block those thoughts when they come in, here are a couple of tips to try. Allow yourself to sit still for a moment and just recognize and address the core of the thought. For example, Ok nostalgic thought, you're back. I accept you're in my mind again. Don't let it be another not again or now what moment. Be aware that it is a thought from your past, and start to recognize your lessons from the experience.

Next and the hardest is to truly appreciate the glory of what you learned (some never do and will keep repeating those painful experiences until they do). This part is a repeated process and takes practice. Once this practice becomes a conscience awareness you will eventually have the grace to send him/her a beautiful blessing whenever you get those nostalgic thoughts.

Stop playing that bad movie.

Thank you for reading, and please share your thoughts or comments below.


#StrongerThan Fear

It's the middle of July, summer heat is on and all we wanna do is head to the beach. But what if you lived in a part of the world where your life is at risk because you're a girl and you will be shot at if you speak your mind or went to school so you can pursue your dreams. That is what happened to Malala Yousafzai.

Malala is a courageous young women advocating for universal education and girls’ rights. She was targeted for her beliefs and a masked gunman boarded her school bus, called out to her by name and shot her. He not only failed in killing her, but also her cause. On July 14th is Malala Day, a day that stands as a reminder that millions of girls around the world are still fighting for basic rights including an education. 

As a minority female myself how amazing it is to live in a part of the world where I can take for granted that I received an education, can freely use my voice, and to live a life that I always imagined by building my own company based on the beliefs that I dictate to help my clients launch their own dreams as well.

Please help me spread the love and do something meaningful to help millions of women and girls around the world who are denied an education and the opportunity to chase their dreams. If Malala's story and countless other stories like this moves your heart, please do your part to help celebrate brave girls who will show the world that they are #StrongerThan Fear. Join Malala Day here

In the words of Malala: “Malala Day is not my day. It is the day of every girl and every boy. It is a day when we come together to raise our voices, so that those without a voice can be heard.”