Gratitude Opens Doors

There’s a shift in the wind. A changing tide.

The winds are blowing and there is greatness on the edges of the breeze.

Can you feel it?

I can. And so many people I’ve talked to lately are in a similar place in their lives.

Very interesting.

I have felt lost for awhile. Actually, a very long while. I’ve felt like I’m struggling and striving. I’m learning and implementing, however, something’s still missing.

I have felt like I’ve been missing it – missing something critical – maybe even my purpose.

Sure, I’ve helped people. My knowledge and skills have helped plenty of others. However, I haven’t felt like I’ve yet landed on doing what I’ve been put on this planet to do.

And then… something amazing happened! But let me take a step backwards for a minute…

When I don’t know where to go or what to do, when I feel like I need answers, I decide to become thankful. When I focus on what I DO have and what I can find contentment in that I currently have in my life, it shifts my perspective and gives me a new outlook on my life.

Even more fascinating than that, it’s given me answers. It’s filled in the gaps. New ideas are flowing – innovative ideas – straight from Heaven.

I haven’t even fully stepped into them yet and it’s already exciting!!

When we learn to work with what we have and be thankful for what we’ve been given and focus on being and doing our best, we are somehow, by the grace of God, propelled into something even better than we could have imagined.

If you have never kept a Gratitude Journal, I suggest you start one TODAY! You will be surprised by what you write, what comes flowing out of you, and what you learn about yourself.

I encourage you to come up with at least 5 things to be thankful for from each day.

Personally, I write in mine each evening because the day is fresh in my mind and it frees up my mind and opens my heart for my evening prayer before bed to receive directly from Heaven.

We are creative beings – created and made to create – the flow of creativity works like a river. It flows.

When you write in your Gratitude Journal, you are releasing not just thankfulness, but part of your heart. When you allow things to flow out, that’s when you are free to be filled again. We are made to operate like a river – the current flows in and flows out just to have more flow in again. I believe this applies to our attitude of gratefulness, too. Being thankful opens our hearts and lives to receive more.

Give it a try. Be thankful. Learn about yourself. Find contentment. Make it a daily practice - your lifestyle!

Do you already keep a Gratitude Journal? How often do you write in it? Have you noticed a difference in your life and attitude since you started writing in it? If you don’t have one, are you going out to get one… today (hint, hint!)? All it takes is a simple notebook – no need to get a fancy journal or spend loads of money. Just get one and start writing! Share with me in the comments below how it’s going for you.

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JessBio200 Gratitude Opens DoorsJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Gratitude Opens Doors

Find Yourself Again

After years of pouring yourself into others, feeling as though you’ve been beaten by life, and finding ways to cope, eventually you find yourself standing at the edge of figuring out who you are.

You know you must find yourself – who you really are and were created to be.

Either you once knew and lost it…

Or perhaps you never knew.

I feel as though I have been standing at the edge of this for the past 3-4 weeks myself. How does one answer this question after so long of not knowing or feeling like it’s been so far stuffed away that it hasn’t peered into the light of day in a decade?

In pondering what I really want my life to look like through reflection of where it was and where I have been, I’ve been forced to come to terms with the reality that I’ve lost myself somewhere along the way.

For each person the reasons are different, yet so many of us feel this at some point in our lives.

I believe in my life, the storms that have weighed so heavily on me have been my daughter’s health and all the unknowns surrounding it. And of course, keeping up with her daily needs.

Add to that her twin brothers and the heaviness it places on a mom’s heart knowing two more of her children need therapies.

Living through a 12-year relationship that was hard, to say the least, lost a bit of me. “Coping” and “survival” took over while I squelched some of what once was the critical parts of me.

Feeling forced to earn an income and busting my tail to get more money into our household at every waking moment… striving.

In my soul searching, personal development, and simply the stillness of listening I’ve come to enjoy and value over the past several months, well really a year, I’ve found a few portions of my soul that have not been released in such a long time.

One of those pieces is creativity. Not just crafty, but true creativity… the kind that flows from your heart.

Another piece is music. I used to play the flute and haven’t for so long. I miss it.

I have also owned a cello for years, planning on learning how to play, yet… nothing.

Well, not anymore!

I’m learning now. How can you not when you hear the brilliance and creativity flowing from other cellists like Steven Nelson (playing “Michael Meets Mozart” here with Jon Schmidt):

I simply love the creativity and genius that flows out of this video! It feeds my soul. Music does that for me in a way that nothing else can – which translates to me that I need to be doing something with it!

I’d also like to learn languages. I have a few in mind, however, I haven’t narrowed it down yet.

I have places I’d like to travel to and maybe even live one day. A super nice aspect about blogging is the portable factor of being able to make a living from anywhere in the world!

I used to blow off bucket lists, thinking they were too focused on the “death” aspect. How sad is that? That’s not what they are for AT ALL. They are for living… really LIVING.

My time is now…

It’s time to love life again.

What about you? Do you have a bucket list? Do you have dreams and desires you have pressed so far down that you think they are impossible to accomplish now, even if it’s simply learning to play an instrument, learning a new language, or taking up a new hobby? It’s not too late! If you are breathing in and out, you can always learn something new. Share in the comments section below something you’ve always wanted to do or thought was interesting that you’d love to learn. I want to hear!!

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JessBio200 Find Yourself AgainJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Find Yourself Again

The Lies of Personal Development

When you start this journey into self help, personal development, personal growth – whatever you want to call it – all the same, just different names, it seems most people get revelation after revelation. The more you seek, the more you are given to receive.

I know this is true for my life.

When I am open to change and seeking direction, it comes and comes like a flood.

It’s in the applying of the new knowledge and skills that gets interesting. You can be totally open to loving yourself and your life, even willing to make changes – however, the craziest part of the process of personal development is realizing just how dark, dusty, and damp your thinking was to begin with – those thoughts you grew up with, your mentality about yourself and the world around you, and how that could all once be considered “normal” in your head. Wow!

At least that’s the way I feel.

It’s brain pathways, thought patterns, and general feelings of life that try to seep back into the new thought patterns and habits you are trying to develop, almost trying to choke the life from the new growth. It’s bizarre, yet obvious, at the same time.

It’s almost it’s own worse enemy because it’s so obvious.

That’s when I know I’m on the right track… when I hit a crazy wall with funky thoughts and find myself “feeling” certain old things again and having old thoughts. It’s lies and not the truth. It’s the old me trying to squelch the new, improved me.

If you have found yourself in this same position, I encourage you to see the success you are having – if the lies are trying to creep back in, you are obviously doing something RIGHT!

Don’t give up and throw in the towel on all the progress you have made. Keep seeking answers to your purpose and passion. Keep serving others. Keep moving forward.

Are you in a place in your life right now that you are feeling “funky days” and having crazy, old thoughts creep up again? Are you fighting hard not to throw in the towel and need a boost to keep going? I pray this post has helped you realize you are NOT alone. You aren’t hanging out on a limb by yourself somewhere. You are loved. You are valued. You are appreciated and respected. Please share your story in the comments below. I love hearing from you!

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JessBio200 The Lies of Personal DevelopmentJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

The Lies of Personal Development