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Hi there.

If you came over to my house, I'd make you a smoothie or a nut milk latte of some sort. I'd give you a cookie, we'd curl up in bean bags, and we'd chat.

I shoot for that kind of vibe here and in my courses...where you feel heard, nourished, loved.

How gratitude happens (without making a list)

How gratitude happens (without making a list)

The last thing you need is another to-do. Let me get through grocery shopping, cooking, company, and all the dishes, then maybe I’ll have a moment to ponder what I’m grateful for, right? I hear ya, so... I’d just like to offer something to ponder while you’re chopping veggies and washing glasses. You don’t have to do anything with it until maybe February, okay?


I asked the women who took my course earlier this year what brings them joy. Most hadn’t considered this in years. The best part of the exercise was the realization that almost everything they listed didn’t require big blocks of time. Many were things they were already doing, things that could be squeezed in here and there, and if/when they did them, they felt a whole lot happier.

Things like:

Almond milk lattes

Coffee + bookstores

Shopping at Target alone

Visiting antique shops

Going to art shows, meeting the maker/artist behind the thing

Deep conversations, can we all just stop talking about the weather?

Writing greeting cards

Hiking with my dog

Breakfast with friends

Calling my Dad

Visiting a hot spring

Planting herb seeds for summer blooming

Making bracelets or earrings for the gift closet

Painting a few times a week

Bringing food to the office monthly

Mentoring R.A. - she wants me to

Yoga with Annette

Organizing the garage

Using the bath salts and lighting the candles

Doing morning pages each weekend morning

Reading my new book

Addressing employee challenges immediately

Giving a load of clothes to Goodwill

Buying opera tickets early

Going out dancing with Karan

Having morning coffee quietly

Fresh air, enjoying nature

Laughing with friends

Listening and singing to the 80s while cleaning the house with my daughters

Savoring a sunset

Bedtime conversations

Trying something new

Traveling some place new


Water skiing

Doodling a little every day

Making something with my hands, anything that's not on a keyboard

After doing this exercise, one of the women said, “Being conscientious of what I love to do encourages me to look for opportunities to do those things.”

I love this because it shifts gratitude from passive observance to proactive creation. Paying attention to what’s in front of us, the reality and opportunity, helps us notice what makes us happy, which gives us a lot more control over happiness than we realize.

Self-awareness is how gratitude happens.

If you’d like to share a few things that bring you joy (in between grocery shopping, cooking, company and all the dishes), leave a comment, now or in February ;)

What’s your money story?

What’s your money story?