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It isn’t all Beautahful

It isn’t all Beautahful

But I am grateful anyway.

If we are friends on Facebook, you might have seen my most recent Facebook live. Here it is in case you didn’t:

However, I want to re-cap for you just in case you aren’t a fan of those things. So I just completed my second round of reading The Magic (The Secret) by Rhonda Byrne and I really wanted to provide a review.

Right away at the beginning of the book I begin to relate to Rhonda as she writes: ” My story is a perfect example of what life is like when a person is ignorant of gratitude, and what happens when you make gratitude a part of your life. If I had been asked six years ago if I was a grateful person, I would have answered, “Yes for sure I’m a grateful person. I say thank you when I receive a gift, when someone opens a door for me, or when a person does something for me.” The truth is I was not a grateful person at all. I didn’t know what being grateful really meant, and just saying the words thank you on the odd occasion certainly didn’t make me a grateful person.”

This was me.

I wrote thank you notes. I said thank you to anyone holding the door open or if you did something. And I thought I was grateful. I even had friends talking about practicing gratitude and thought to myself “Oh I’m good on that department.”

Ha. I wasn’t.

“I didn’t know what being grateful really meant, and just saying the words thank you on the odd occasion certainly didn’t make me a grateful person.” – Rhonda Byrne, author, The Magic (The Secret)

So today as I am driving home from swimming, I could barely make out the outline of the mountains that are always in view on the way home. Living in Salt Lake City does provide some amazing scenery, hence the blog title. However, you will note the title of this post specifically… the inversion was so bad today. It was not pretty. I noticed the lack of mountains and said to myself “ugh, so gross” and I was immediately triggered to be grateful for the air that I breathe.

It’s WORKING!

I was so excited to see the proof that gratitude is becoming an automatic behavior. As we are wrapping up 2016 and going into 2017, many people make New Years Resolutions to cut out bad habits and start new ones. As I have been writing down my things I am grateful for and journaling about gratitude for the past 2 months, this is something I will be keeping in 2017. If you are looking for a resolution for yourself, or if you are reading this on a random day in August, consider incorporating the practice of gratitude into your life.

A few specific examples of this practice over the last two months:

  • Just ONE day after the practice of being grateful for the “unexpected” things that happen, I unexpectedly found the cheapest flights to Spain on the vacation dates we already had set and we booked these flights within 30 minutes. I am talking $443 RT pp cheap. Yeah.
  • Two days after practicing being grateful for money, I finally had some resolution to my outstanding state taxes from 2014. I am writing this at the END of 2016.
  • I was on my way to Boise, Idaho in my rental car. Being unfamiliar with the car I did not really notice when the gas gauge was at about 1/3. All of the sudden, the light came on. No worries, I’ll just stop at the next exit. Drive about 15 more miles, no exit. It’s cool, any minute now right? 5 more miles, nothing. So I used google to find a gas station on my route. It’s 30 miles away, however there is one 15 minutes out of the way if I take the exit in a few miles. CRAP. Commence gratitude. Well, I guess back up… I journaled the day before that I was grateful for a safe trip and an awesome work presentation. Fast forward again, I began saying out loud how thankful I was for a safe trip to Boise and that I had the right amount of gas to get me there. I said out loud how thankful I was for the gas station that was right at the next exit. Remember it was actually 15 minutes out of the way once I exited according to Google, which knows everything, right? WRONG. Gratitude for the win again. There it was. The gas station even said “Welcome to the Middle of Nowhere” on the front of it. I made it safely.

Pretty incredible, yeah? Consider incorporating gratitude into your life. Grab the book The Magic (The Secret) by Rhonda Byrne to assist you on your gratitude journey.

My normal view of the Wasatch mountains on the way home from swimming
My normal view of the Wasatch mountains on the way home from swimming on a non-inversion day

 

Another round of snow angels from swim practice this week. I wrote about snow angels and swimming here: http://beautahfulworld.com/index.php/2016/11/28/i-am-grateful/ in case you didn't catch it.
Another round of snow angels from swim practice this week. I wrote about snow angels and swimming here in case you didn’t catch it.

 

So. Much. This.
So. Much. This.

Currently reading: “Happy Pocket Full of Money” by David Cameron Gikandi and “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne

Currently listening to: “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Live” by Mark Manson (1. This does seem a bit ironic considering the post, 2. Caution, language)

I am grateful!!!!

I am grateful!!!!

Today was Day 28 of The Secret.

If you missed my most recent Facebook Live or previous posts, The Secret is a book that walks you through different gratitude practices every single day for 28 days. You can pick up your own copy here.

Here is that Facebook Live if you wanted to watch it:

After I got home from Hawaii, I decided I would start swimming again. I ordered a swimsuit and found a local pool.

I went twice, by myself. And on that second time a bunch of guys showed up as I was cooling down and asked if I was swimming with them that day.

Turns out, this group has been swimming together since the late 80’s and I have joined them three times a week for the last month.

One of their traditions is snow angels mid-practice when there is fresh snowfall.

If you know me well, you KNOW I am not a big fan of cold weather. However when I woke up this morning and saw the snow I was literally giddy for snow angels.

Why?

Because I am grateful.

I am grateful for my new swim group.

I am grateful for the accountability.

I am grateful for the heat inside my home.

I am grateful for my health.

I am grateful to be able to walk my dog and watch him frolic in the snow.

I am grateful for this beautiful city I live in and the mountains that surround me.

I am grateful for YOU – my friends and family who support me.

Gratitude isn’t something that should stay in November, imagine what it can do for you all year. Please go grab The Secret for yourself: http://amzn.to/2fFxBuO

I will put up a review for you soon, but go ahead and buy it now.

You will be so glad that you did!

swimming snow angels
Yes, it was as cold as it looked!
swimming snow angels
Ok I got a little used to it… and then it got tingly
The finished product
The finished product
Another angle as I ran back inside
Another angle as I ran back inside

 

Currently reading: “Happy Pocket Full of Money” by David Cameron Gikandi

Currently listening to: “The Charisma Myth” by Olivia Fox Cabane