"One of the best ways to get yourself out of a rut is through gratitude!💕" . . .
I gotta tell ya! This ⬆️ quote really hit home with me! The majority of my life was spent being ticked off and angry. Secretly, I held onto grudges and negative things that had happened to me in the past not even realizing the intense power that I was giving these feelings. It was baaaad!😬 I mean really bad! But it got to the point where I decided I can't live like this anymore. So 3 years ago, I started doing the hard nitty-gritty, tedious process of working on my mindset (Deep Exhale!💨) . . .
Part of that process looked liked keeping a gratitude journal. When I first heard of it, I thought, "Oh my gosh seriously?!?!"😳 I then started listing off general things like "I'm thankful for this food.🍗 I'm thankful to be alive. I'm thankful for my car."🚗 I didn't really know that I was supposed to think of the tiny things that took place during that particular day. (i.e. "I'm thankful that person let me get off of the freeway.") 🤷🏼♀️ . . .
Honestly, when I realized this was what I was supposed to do, it took me FOREVER to think of things to write down! 🤯 This is because I knew being ticked off far better than I knew peace, joy, and happiness.🤦🏼♀️My body intentionally reached for negative emotions because that's what I trained my brain to do most of my life.😬 But I found that once I started doing daily gratitude mediation and keeping a gratitude journal, that list of "10 Things I Was Grateful For" started getting done faster and faster. . .
Now, am I where I want to be on this journey? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! It's an ongoing process. I actually started to include my 4 year old son on this journey with me this week. 👩👦It's important for me to teach him how to focus on the blessings that were given to him in a day. I don't want him to make the same mistake that I did. I want him to know peace, joy, and happiness naturally not as something as a foreign concept.💕 So if you're like I was and are stuck in a rut, I'd encourage you to try to focus on gratitude. 😍