Dear Gratitude Hunter
How are you? How’s your gratitude journey coming along?
Have you been practicing gratitude daily over the course of last week? Or did you at least try practicing gratitude every 2-3 days?
If you have been practicing gratitude, how are you feeling? Do you feel happier and more positive overall about life? Do you feel calmer? Do you walk with more joyous oomph?
Have You Tried Giving Gratitude When You Are Eating Something Super Yummy-licious?
If you find it difficult to start giving gratitude, try giving gratitude the next time you are eating something yummy like a healthy yogurt with a lot of super feelgood toppings.
You could give thanks for your yogurt. You could thank the manufacturer of the yogurt. You could be grateful for each ingredient in your yogurt.
Do it every time you are eating something delicious and then move on to other things you enjoy, such as music, movies or any of your hobbies.
Practice giving thanks for the obvious things and then slowly work your way on to more difficult things such as being grateful for your memories with a late beloved someone.
It’s not easy to give thanks for the challenging things. It’s tough to face a bad situation in life and give thanks for being alive and intact with a fighting spirit. But you must please try for your sanity. Please try for your positive state of mind.
Do everything you can please to stay on the bright side of things even though you are facing a tough situation. I pray that you see that pot of gold at the end of the pretty rainbow soon.
How I Developed A Walking Routine And Feel More Positive Than Ever
Let me give you a quick refresher of who I am. My name is I-Ping Yeo and I am the founder of Ashley Yeo. The reason why I have used my pen name for my brand is for the very simple fact that I have very mixed and conflicting personalities.
On the one hand, I am very calm, practical and methodical. Some have perceived me as cold as a result. On the other hand, I am a very warm, haphazard, dreamy and scatterbrained creative. Some have thought me to be a bit kooky as a result.
I like to think of Ashley Yeo as the more rebellious side of me. Someone who is not afraid to let herself go in terms of reaching for the stars.
Before “becoming” Ashley Yeo, I was a lawyer for seven years and then in a state of frustration and mental confusion for eight years due to not knowing which direction I wanted to take in my solopreneurship.
I was a headless chicken with many lofty ideas and dreams but little focus and goals. I wasted many years of my life being in a daze. At the same time, I also became a new mummy and that scared the **** out of me even more as I got more confused about who I was.
Was I then merely a mummy trying to run a profitable small online business, or was I a solopreneur trying to also care for a baby? Somehow, I forgot who I was. My mental confusion spilled over into my online business as I dabbled at everything and failed at most of them.
I wanted so hard to succeed. I worked long hours at my online business. But I didn’t see the results that I wanted.
Finally, I got so sick of myself that I decided I had to switch my life around. I started reading self-help books on focus and success. I also woke up super early in the morning when everyone was still sound asleep so that I could have some self-reflection time.
One day, after I finished reading a book at 5 am, I decided to go for a run. When I was younger, I was a cross-country runner and I was very fit. But after becoming a mummy and starting my online business, I became a slob in terms of fitness. I stopped exercising and running. However, that day was special; I picked up running again and reacquainted myself with the fitter me.
I tried to run a bit every few days. And I felt myself feeling better overall. However, as I was unfit for so many years, I got tired after my runs and found that it was becoming very unsustainable for me as my “every few days” fitness regime slipped to once a week and then once in two weeks.
I needed something more sustainable, something that I could do every day.
I switched to walking and I never looked back. Now, I walk every weekday and on weekends I do simple exercises. Ever since I started exercising every day, I feel a lot better. And now I cannot go a day without exercise. I will feel weird. Without knowing it, I had created my fitness habit.
Sorry for the long story but what I am trying to drive at is that a good habit is not easy to make, but once something becomes a habit, it’s much easier to sustain it then trying to start and stop and then start again.
You Must Grovel At Daily Gratitude Giving Even If You Lack Motivation
The same is true for gratitude. If you merely decide to practice gratitude every few days and then slip into giving gratitude only once a week, and then eventually once in two weeks, you would find it harder to go back to practicing gratitude and may even give up after a while.
However, if you practice giving gratitude every single day and persevere, your gratitude sessions will become easier to sustain. Hopefully, you will feel the nice effects of giving gratitude daily very soon.
For me, my daily gratitude sessions have brought me a lot of calmness, reduced my stress and anxiety and given me a lot of joy.
I can’t guarantee that giving gratitude will bring you the same joyful effects as everyone’s situation is different. What I can do for you is to wish upon a wishing star that you can feel more happiness and smile more through giving gratitude.
After trying many different methods of giving gratitude, I have found that the most sustainable method of giving gratitude is through gratitude journaling. Thus, I created “Big Grateful Heart: 52 Week Gratitude Journal”. I wanted to be able to practice gratitude easily daily.
Embracing constant gratitude giving to create more happiness and positivity will require creating new habits, commitment and focus.
In next week’s post, I will be sharing with you my 21 gratitude techniques for maximizing your efforts at practicing gratitude to make your new lifestyle as joyful and stress-free as possible.
May we thrive with joy and happiness as we release our gratitude to the world!
Ashley Yeo conjures seriously juicy journals, notebooks, planners, printables and paper stuff out of love, peaches and cream to help GIRL EXPLORERS feel POSITIVE and HAPPY via paper therapy. We do this by helping GIRL EXPLORERS harness their GIRL POWERS and discover POSITIVITY through discovering their PASSIONS and staying focused on their PASSIONS through streamlining their life flow and workflow for greater PRODUCTIVITY.
P/S: If you ever need to think things through calmly, try journaling. Write down your issues on a piece of paper and then think things through calmly by sipping a warm cup of chamomile or peppermint tea. After 5 minutes of relaxation, write down all your solutions on paper and pick your favorite one. Journaling has worked wonders for me in terms of problem resolution and has often helped me achieve a calm state of mind. I hope it will work for you too.
P/P/S: If you are shopping around for a gratitude journal, please check out my “Big Grateful Heart: 52 Week Gratitude Journal”. It was a former Amazon number one new release and Top 100 book on a couple of Amazon’s bestselling lists.