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Have you ever wondered, “Is this really all there is?” My life used to consist of work, chores, taking care of the kids, and a couple hours of TV to unwind before I went to bed. After my divorce I met people who helped me realize that there really is more out there – a LOT more! My life has changed in ways I would never have believed possible.

As a result of everything I learned, I published my first book in April – Thriving not Surviving: Bravely Pursue a Life That Will Blow Your Mind! It is a straightforward guide for changing your thinking in a way that will help you move from simply surviving to thriving. I’ve done it and so can you! (see below for an excerpt from the book)

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, click the image below to download the Kindle version for FREE today and tomorrow only (the paperback version is also available but not eligible for the promotion). Go grab it and let me know what you think! Miss the promotion? Email me at gratefulsinglemoms@yahoo.com and I will notify you of the next promotion!

After you read the book, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. It helps more than you know!

I was fortunate enough to be able to include writing from two of our fellow bloggers as well:

The Wonderful and Wacky World of One Single Mom

A Creative PTSD Gal

Click the image below to get your free copy today!

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FREE Today Only – Learn 4 Secrets That Will Change Your Life!

Have you ever wondered, “Is this really all there is?” My life used to consist of work, chores, taking care of the kids, and a couple hours of TV to unwind before I went to bed. After my divorce I met people who helped me realize that there really is more out there – a LOT more! My life has changed in ways I would never have believed possible.

As a result of everything I learned, I published my first book in April – Thriving not Surviving: Bravely Pursue a Life That Will Blow Your Mind! It is a straightforward guide for changing your thinking in a way that will help you move from simply surviving to thriving. I’ve done it and so can you! (see below for an excerpt from the book)

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, you can download the Kindle version for FREE today only (the paperback version is also available but not eligible for the promotion). Go grab it and let me know what you think! Miss the promotion? Email me at gratefulsinglemoms@yahoo.com and I will notify you of the next promotion!

After you read the book, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. It helps more than you know!

I was fortunate enough to be able to include writing from two of our fellow bloggers as well:

The Wonderful and Wacky World of One Single Mom

A Creative PTSD Gal

Click the image below to get your free copy today!

Excerpt:

We are inundated day in and day out with messages of lack, things we don’t have but desperately need. Is it any wonder we struggle to feel grateful for the things we have? And yet gratitude is the one thing that will always make us feel happier.

It is impossible to feel both grateful and unhappy at the same time.

It is impossible to feel both grateful and lonely at the same time.

It is impossible to feel both grateful and angry at the same time.

It is impossible to feel both grateful and less fortunate at the same time.

How much happier would you feel if you spent more time focusing on the good things in your life? If you thought about the amazing friends you have, how much you love your kids, and how lucky you are to even just be alive, what would your life be like?

All it takes is a little practice. Now that you have (hopefully) accepted that you can choose your perspective in a situation, you can also decide to feel gratitude for whatever lesson, success or gain you have received as well. You can choose to actively seek out positive aspects of your life, even the smallest ones, until you can fully appreciate how fortunate you really are.

Even if you just feel grateful for your morning cup of coffee, the fact you have food for lunch and a job to go to every day, you will improve your life by simply opting to feel grateful for these things.

FREE Today Only – Learn 4 Secrets That Will Change Your Life!

Have you ever wondered, “Is this really all there is?” My life used to consist of work, chores, taking care of the kids, and a couple hours of TV to unwind before I went to bed. After my divorce I met people who helped me realize that there really is more out there – a LOT more! My life has changed in ways I would never have believed possible.

As a result of everything I learned, I published my first book in April – Thriving not Surviving: Bravely Pursue a Life That Will Blow Your Mind! It is a straightforward guide for changing your thinking in a way that will help you move from simply surviving to thriving. I’ve done it and so can you! (see below for an excerpt from the book)

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, you can download the Kindle version for FREE today only (the paperback version is also available but not eligible for the promotion). Go grab it and let me know what you think! Miss the promotion? Email me at gratefulsinglemoms@yahoo.com and I will notify you of the next promotion!

After you read the book, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. It helps more than you know!

I was fortunate enough to be able to include writing from two of our fellow bloggers as well:

The Wonderful and Wacky World of One Single Mom

A Creative PTSD Gal

Click the image below to get your free copy today!

Excerpt:

We are inundated day in and day out with messages of lack, things we don’t have but desperately need. Is it any wonder we struggle to feel grateful for the things we have? And yet gratitude is the one thing that will always make us feel happier.

It is impossible to feel both grateful and unhappy at the same time.

It is impossible to feel both grateful and lonely at the same time.

It is impossible to feel both grateful and angry at the same time.

It is impossible to feel both grateful and less fortunate at the same time.

How much happier would you feel if you spent more time focusing on the good things in your life? If you thought about the amazing friends you have, how much you love your kids, and how lucky you are to even just be alive, what would your life be like?

All it takes is a little practice. Now that you have (hopefully) accepted that you can choose your perspective in a situation, you can also decide to feel gratitude for whatever lesson, success or gain you have received as well. You can choose to actively seek out positive aspects of your life, even the smallest ones, until you can fully appreciate how fortunate you really are.

Even if you just feel grateful for your morning cup of coffee, the fact you have food for lunch and a job to go to every day, you will improve your life by simply opting to feel grateful for these things.

Download my Book for FREE on Saturday and Sunday

Sometimes procrastination pays off! If you haven’t downloaded my book yet, you can download the Kindle version for FREE on Saturday and Sunday (the paperback version is also available but not eligible for the promotion). Go grab it and let me know what you think! If you do, please leave a review on Amazon. It helps more than you know!

For those of you who don’t yet know about my book, it is a reflection of how I’ve changed my thinking in such a dramatic way over the past 7 years that I have literally gone from surviving to thriving. It is the foundation for this blog. I was fortunate enough to be able to include writing from two of our fellow bloggers as well:

The Wonderful and Wacky World of One Single Mom

A Creative PTSD Gal

Thriving Not Surviving: Bravely Pursue a Life That Will Blow Your Mind!

Feel Grateful For the Little Things

How do you feel about your life?

From the time we are young children, we are taught to want more. Do your best in school; score the winning touchdown; never give up. We are told to do more, be better.

No longer limited to just TV, magazines and radio, advertisements can be found on every website, email, street corner and even on bathroom stalls. Daily we are inundated with ads that are specifically crafted to show us what we will be most tempted to buy, at the time we will be most tempted to buy it. We freely give our personal information to large corporations that use this data to find better ways to get us to buy their products, use their services.

All to get us to want more.

Our economy depends on this desire to have the latest gadget, the fastest computer or the coolest car. As soon as we buy the latest phone the next generation is announced and we begin counting down the days until it’s released. The excitement over our current purchase completely eclipsed by what will be replacing it.

It’s no wonder so many of us are unhappy with our lives.

What if, instead of focusing on the things we don’t have, the things we think will make us happy, we instead use this energy to grateful for everything that we already have? What would our lives look like if we chose to appreciate the people who bring us joy and support us in times of trouble? How would we feel if we were grateful for the roof over our head and food on the table, instead of wishing the house were bigger and the food fancier?

It is impossible to feel both lacking and grateful at the same time.

You simply can’t feel like you don’t have enough in your life, if you are truly grateful for all that you have. If you are able to appreciate each person, each possession, each event in your life, you will have little time to feel that you are missing out on something better.

Gratitude is a habit.

Cultivating a feeling of gratitude is a habit. We have been so accustomed to complaining about what isn’t fair, about what we don’t have, that we are not used to generating gratefulness. It’s ok if at first you have a hard time finding something to feel grateful for.

Start small.

Find one small thing right now that you appreciate. It can be anything. Say it out loud, or better yet write it down in a gratitude journal. This can be as simple as a notebook you carry with you or an app on your phone where you can list things you are grateful for as you think of them. Writing them down will give you something to look at when you’re having trouble feeling grateful in the future.

I will start.

I am grateful for:

A hot cup of coffee in the morning.
Five minutes of quiet after the kids go to bed.
A sunny morning that is just the right temperature.
A weekend with nothing scheduled.
Good friends I can call when I’m feeling down.
A quick text from a friend that lets me know she’s thinking of me.

What are you grateful for?

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Write down all the amazing little things you are grateful for

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If you’re struggling in life it could be difficult for you to find reasons to be grateful. It’s easy to focus on all the things that aren’t going so well, the limitations you have, the difficulties you face. You may be having financial problems, going through a divorce, or you may even have suffered a disability or loss of a loved one.

As challenging as it may be, it is during these times of distress that it’s most important for you to feel grateful for all that you have in your life.

I recommend starting a gratitude journal. You can use a tiny notebook that you keep in your pocket, an app on your phone, or a leather bound book; choose whatever you will feel excited to use. I keep a journal and a pen by my bed, but I also jot down little things on my phone all day long. If you’re into social media you can use that to record what you are grateful for. Every day I post at least 1 thing to Twitter for which I am thankful.

You can write down a bulleted list of all you are grateful for, or you can write in detail about one thing you are most grateful for. You can write in the morning, in the evening, or jot down ideas over the course of the day. The purpose really is to get yourself into the habit of finding things for which you can feel grateful.

Let’s set some ground rules!

1. Be honest. This is incredibly important. This doesn’t work if you’re just going through the motions and don’t actually feel grateful. If you got into a fight with your best friend today, then today isn’t the day you’re going to be grateful for her. If your dog destroyed your favorite pair of shoes, then you can be thankful for your K9 friend a different day. Keep thinking and find something that you are truly thankful for today.

2. Look for every little thing. The things you are grateful for don’t have to be big things. They can be itty bitty little tiny things, as long as you are truly thankful for them. Did you enjoy your morning cup of coffee? Did your kids sleep in an extra 10 minutes? Did you make the green light on the way to the office? Being grateful for little things will help form this habit just as well as the big things.

3. Be very specific. For example, you might not feel that “I am grateful for my husband” resonates with you if you just got into a huge fight. Instead try, “I am grateful that my husband did the dishes after dinner.” Or, if your children have been bickering all day and you’re at your whit’s end you might not feel that “I am grateful for my children” is entirely true. Instead try, “I am grateful it’s almost bedtime.” If you’re frustrated with your job you might not feel that “I am grateful for my career” is sincere. Instead try, “I am grateful for the person who made coffee at the office this morning.

4. Be consistent. In the beginning it will be extremely valuable to do this every single day. I know you’re busy but cultivating a feeling of gratitude will be life changing. Once you develop the habit you will be happier; you will feel less stressed; you will feel rejuvenated. Do whatever you have to do to make sure you do this every day. Put a reminder on your phone. Get your kids, husband, friends, or coworkers to remind you. Each morning put your journal on your pillow to remind yourself to write in it. Post to whatever social media you use every day. Do whatever it takes to be consistent and you will see results.

Have you started a gratitude journal? If so, let me know what you think!