Gratitude & Favorites List

Living in an attitude of gratitude is something I would like to say I do every second of the day but just like you, I get caught up in my own pity parties, stuck in a negative mindset sometimes and I feel like I'm swimming against the current to get back to gratitude. 

Part of living the Strong Chick life is honoring what arises in the body (all the feels), and working with what you have and what you know to cultivate a mindset of growth and happiness. Does this mean we are pooping rainbows and butterflies all the time? Nah. But choosing to see the good, when we can, with what we know—that's powerful. 

Today I want to share all the things I'm grateful for and my current favorites of all things. For you, so you can see what real life gratitude looks like (not the kind that's only said at Thanksgiving "I'm thankful for my health and all of the humans and dogs and kittens)—and also for me.

1. White Hot Truth by Danielle Laporte

I waited months and months for this book to come out and it is so not disappointing. Danielle hilariously and with so much raw honesty helps us filter between our compulsion to self-help ourselves into extremes, and genuine spiritual aspirations. I'm finding myself saying "OMG YAAASSSS, me too!", to almost every page. The book is full of so much pink highlighter it's laughable. But as someone who found herself purchasing self-help after self-help book, my desire to read them wasn't always pure. As icky is it is to say this, I found myself feeling like "ha, I am so enlightened. I'm on another level. So zen, I knock your zen out of the park." Yeah I'm rolling my eyes at my very dickish thoughts too. Grateful for Danielle's truth and words that are blasting the BS within the path to various spiritual apparitions. 

2. This video from Glennon Doyle Melton on the 5 habits all strong women keep. The one she shares....THE MOST IMPORTANT. 

3. The women in my Strong Chick Summer free group. In this 5 day free course I'm running this week I asked these women who I've never personally talked to before to get vulnerable and introduce themselves. Two things could have happened. I could have heard crickets. Dead silence and been super nervous that everyone would be like "wtf is this weird thing", OR they could open up, get super outside of their comfort zone and dig deep. THEY ARE. It's so amazing to be apart of and watch this sisterhood grow. 

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4. Cooper time. His dad and I have 50/50 custody. So We each have him for one week at a time, and this works beautifully for our family. The weeks I have him we do "Cooper & Mommy Days". These days we watch movies, or go on fun trips and I push my work off later in the day. We went to the Worthington Farmers Market this past Saturday and ate donuts + croissants and it was perfect. 

5. https://www.psychologytoday.com . My mental health is number one to me always, so finding this resource and finding a therapist who I feel comfortable going to has been an awesome find this week. No shame in my therapist game, frankly I think we should all go to one. 

6. Honey. Because it's just so delicious & make me happy,  and when I put it on blueberry muffin with some butter I experience bliss, and it's the favorite part of my morning. 

Favorites

These are my current favorite's in just about everything:

Shows:

  • Shameless
  • The Handmaids Tale
  • Greek

Books:

  • White Hot Truth
  • Eat Pray Love (again, I can't get enough)
  • Letters to A Young Poet

Quotes:

  • “When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person's body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.” 
    ― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love
  • Your problem is you're... too busy holding onto your unworthiness. -Ram Dass

That's all I have today. I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on what you're grateful for. Gratitude doesn't ask that you thank the Universe/God for everything, every minute of the day. It can be small things, like getting your coffee the right color because it has just the right amount of cream. 

I love seeing what you're grateful for so if you're feeling brave and want to share, post what you're grateful for on IG and tag me @strongchicksrock and use #scrstopdropandbegrateful. The goal is to take a moment, reflect, then share and tag 3 friends to do the same. You can look through the hashtag and see all past posts :)

 

xox

Rachel