Sunday, August 23, 2015

Why having a gratitude journal will change your life

When you're out, do you notice things that make you grateful or thankful? Since moving to Canada in 2011, I've made a conscious effort to live in the moment. It was something that I had really never done. I was very concerned with advancing my career, and because of the thrill of that chase, I really never took time to appreciate what was around me.

I lived at the beach basically for over six years - between San Diego and Tampa, I lived where people go to vacation. I didn't really appreciate that beauty until I was gone. I didn't appreciate that I could go to the beach and clear my mind whenever I wanted.

Fast forward to today. A friend of mine inspired me to start a gratitude journal, and even though I'm only a few entries in, I can tell that it's life changing. A gratitude journal is a great way to keep yourself in a thankful and positive state of mind.If you can write down things you're grateful for a few times per week, it's ideal.

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Studies say keeping a journal like this has many positive health benefits - including better sleep, decreased anxiety and depression, fewer symptoms of illness, and it's a good way to get through the difficulties of life.

Nothing is too big or too small. For instance, my hubby and I celebrated our friend's birthday last night and I enjoyed a delicious cider. I don't have them often and it made me happy. It added to my experience out with friends and for that I am grateful. I came across this list of how to get into a grateful mindset.

Give it a try and see how it changes your life. Going back and reading entries in your journal is a lot of fun :).

Sunday, January 4, 2015



Sorry for yelling. But I do.

I could stand in a hot shower for hours. I am obsessed. But as a new mommy my shower time ain't what it used to be. So I have to make my time in the shower count.

My husband got me quite possibly one of the best inventions ever made.

This is the Kohler Moxie showerhead. What makes it awesome is that it pairs with your phone via Bluetooth so you can LISTEN TO MUSIC IN THE SHOWER. Yes. The sound is crisp and clear. I listen to everything in the shower from Jay-Z to Mozart and it all sounds amazing.

I've had this showerhead for over a year and I love it.

What's cool about it too is you can pop the speaker out and move it around if you want to listen to music elsewhere.

It is a little spendy, but if you love showers and you love music, I promise you'll love this!!


Dear Melissa,

How can you possibly top 2014? You said the same thing about 2013, and 2012, and 2011. Life just keeps getting better and better. At times you wonder why positive, healthy things keep happening. And then you remember, because YOU wanted them to. Your decisions affect your energy. What you think about, you bring about. This is a good reminder to always remember.

At this very moment, you have everything in life you've ever wanted. You have a loving husband. A beautiful, healthy baby girl. A great group of friends and a family who you wish was closer. You have a great job that you enjoy.

How can life possibly get better?

It can. How?


Positive change.

Change that takes you out of your comfort zone.

You have a lot of things that you want to accomplish this year. Writing it down puts the elements in motion. This list will be revised and added to through the year... And as things get checked off the list. This is fun.

1) Rededicate yourself to a healthy, clean eating plan. You know you feel your best when you don't eat junk. Become a more adventurous cook.

2) Be a better wife and partner.

3) Save for the future. And that Audi S4.

4) Schedule your time so you don't forget to do things for you. Nails, hair, massage.

5) Be a more available friend.

6) Surround yourself with people who are comfortable enough in their own lives to allow you to grow.

7) Go to the gym. For your health. For stress relief. For fun. Three times per week minimum.

8) Watch at least one movie per week.

9) Go to bed after 8p but before 10p.

10) Call your mom and dad at least three times per week.

11) Your way isn't the only way (even if you know your way works.)


13) Negative self-talk is so 2014.

14) Experience more Toronto.

15) Continue laughing from your belly.

Love, Melissa

I challenge you to write down a list of goals for the year and follow your writing as your year progresses. It's amazing how fun it can be to watch how much control you have.

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