My follow through is a work in progress. I sit on things before acting, I switched college majors at least 4 times. I have a tendency to dream up ideas but there are a handful of those ideas I actually complete. When I do follow through completely it's because my heart is fully committed. Every bone in my body has to be fully aligned with what I have going on. I used to stress about all of that, but now I've made with peace with it. It means whatever I finish or consistently work on, is coming from a place of nothing but joy and fulfillment. I suppose that's the point of the limited time we spend here on Earth.
When I started my 365 days of gratitude on Instagram, I was excited for the challenge of posting what I'm grateful for everyday. I was as equally terrified. I kept asking myself why commit to a full year of gratefulness posts when you have no idea what the year will bring? What if some days suck the life out of you, and you'd rather dive into a Netflix marathon than go on social media talking about how grateful you are. You're kind of over sharing Lauren. Our egos get so loud, and that negativity creeps in so easily. There was a bigger question that moved me to follow through, and shifted my perspective- If we consistently give into our fears, how would we ever grow? As Danielle LaPorte says, "interrupt anxiety with gratitude."
When I was given the opportunity to stand up in front of a room of over 50 women and say out loud, I'm over on Instagram doing this gratitude thing, here's why you should follow me, it became even more real. A huge thank you to X-Factory for making that magic happen.
Here's what a month of gratitude looks like in words and pictures.
Gifts, being an auntie, snow days, lazy days, books, more books, lungs, my bed, health, laugher, family, love, my business, truth, sunrise, my voice, saying no, music, empowerment, tap dance, tattoos, being informed, John Lennon
One month into the challenge I am psyched about my follow through and how important it is to take the time at the end of each day to think about what you are thankful for- particularly those days that suck. It's become a daily practice to think about what moved me, inspired me or what lessons I learned throughout the day. The days when I've done nothing but drink tea, watch tv and do laundry- there was still something I was able to find to be grateful for, to celebrate. We don't need to live an extravagant lifestyle to see our blessings, it's truly in the simple things.
The simplicity of life is what I built my business model on- seeing this come full circle is helping to build the momentum for the next 334 days. I decided to take it a step further. At the end of the year I plan to develop the photos for a gratitude album. I suppose it's a send off to the ending of my thirties (I'm grateful for the lessons I've made in the last decade)- but that's a post for another day...
Always living light, and in deep gratitude
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