During my time in North Carolina, I met a beautiful woman by the name of Francoise Everett, of Guilt-Free Mothering. Francoise works with entrepreneurial moms and aids them in helping to find balance between their business life and their home life.
As part of her mission, Francoise had gifted 100 Free Gratitude Sessions throughout the month of December. I was one of the lucky ones that was able to experience her perspective on how living a life through gratitude can forever change your world.
At the end of our 30 minute conversation (which actually turned into an hour and a half), Francoise left me with a challenge – to live and to document 40 days of life, living through gratitude.
On Christmas morning, each of my children and my husband received a gratitude journal with a note inside. The note was personalized, expressing my gratitude for each of them, along with an invitation to take part in this challenge (see below).
Starting on December 31, 2012, I invite you to be part of a 40 Days of Gratitude Challenge. It is designed to help us gain a better understanding of all the wonderful blessings we have in our lives.
I think that this will be a wonderful experience for us but there are some rules that are in place that will make a big difference in this challenge:
- For 40 days you will journal ten new things that you are grateful for in your life.
- You can NOT skip a day, or you will have to start over.
- You can NOT repeat any one gratitude – they all have to be fresh, unique ideas.
RESULT: You will have 400 new things you have never paid attention to – 400 blessings that you are grateful to have in your life.
It is so easy to see all of the things in our lives that are not going our way. It’s so much easier to complain about what we don’t have, rather than to count our blessings.
Here is an opportunity to really experience all of life’s little blessings and to start the New Year on a positive note. All you need is a pen, a pad of paper and an open heart.
Is anyone up for the challenge? We begin tonight!
PS. And I begin by expressing my sincerest gratitude for each and every one of you…