Every day CAN be this good! #grateful

“And it’s a great day to be alive. I know the sun’s still shining when I close my eyes.  There’s some hard times in the neighborhood, but why can’t every day be just this good?” -It’s a Great Day to be Alive (Travis Tritt) I recently spent a week in San Diego, California (for a little R&R and to attend the biannual Martha Beck Life Coaches Summit). It was absolute bliss (and a huge hug fest)! I got to connect with a bunch of the people I did my coach training with (and made some new friends too)! Surrounding myself with like-minded, non-judgemental, authentic people not only feels comforting; it serves as a great reminder for benefits of practicing gratitude. Too often we can become overwhelmed with what’s not going right in our lives (and the world at large). For example: ‘I will be happy when I lose weight/get a better job/meet the right person – fill in the blank.’ However, happiness doesn’t come just by getting the things you don’t have; it comes from appreciating what you already do have. What happens when we feed into the lack and scarcity mentality is that we actually create more of it. The Universe responds to us, and since it doesn’t know the difference between “positive” or “negative” thoughts, whatever we focus on expands. Look for the good, and you will find it. Look for the bad, and you’ll find that too. Why not use your imagination to manifest what you want?! “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have,...

Sometimes you get lucky and end up where you started.

“Thank God for hometowns. And all the love that makes them go ‘round. Thank God for the county lines that welcome you back in, when you were dying to get out. Thank God for church pews. And all the faces that won’t forget you. And when you’re lost out in this crazy world, you got somewhere to go and get found.”  -Thank God for Hometowns (Carrie Underwood) I was born and raised in East Gore, Nova Scotia. When I was in high school, I was itching to get out of my small town. I thought “there’s got to be more to the world than this!” I lived in Halifax for 5 years and then in 1997 I moved to The Northwest Territories for 5 years, before ending up in Alberta. I sold my place in AB at the end of May (yes, one month ago!), and the new owner wanted possession within two weeks… So, I sold/gave away my furniture and packed everything else up and put it in storage, until I figure out my next move (figuratively and literally). I already had a trip planned to NS for the end of June, so that’s where I headed. If you’ve ever been to the East coast, you undoubtedly noticed how friendly the people are. I’ve known this my whole life (having grown up here), but I think it took getting away to really appreciate it. It actually became crystal clear to me last fall, on a trekking trip in Nepal. Others in our group kept talking about how nice the Nepali people are. I couldn’t agree more, and I also couldn’t...

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