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Why Gratitude Changes Everything

Jan 04, 2019

Hey Babes!

I hope I’m finding you all happy and well today!  Just because Christmas and New Years is over doesn’t mean we have to ditch the holiday spirit completely right?

Right in this very moment, I’m curled up on the couch by my tree, which smells amazing!  

I’ve got some smooth jazz going in the background, and I’m burning a candle that smells like basalm fir and cedarwood.

My Boo is in the next room doing his own thing.  I’ve got a hot cup of dandelion tea in my hands, and the soft glow of the Christmas tree is giving me a great sense of peace and calmness. 


I always feel the same things this time of year – excitement, joy, peace, abundance, hope.  This year though, the emotion that is just filling me up beyond all the others is gratitude.  This was a miracle Christmas for my family. 

My dad was diagnosed with AML this summer, and it has been one hell of a ride.  I’m so so thankful to say that dad is doing AWESOME and is making improvements every day (and is completely cancer FREE!!!). 

Dad’s life in this moment right now would not be possible if it were not for a selfless man, who is still a stranger to us, who just so happened to be in the bone marrow registry, who just so happened to be a perfect match for my dad, and who selflessly decided to donate his stem cells to save another man’s life. 

It’s a thankfulness that literally is beyond mortal words, and something that I truly don’t think I’ll ever be able to find the words for.  Throughout the entire process, and holy mother of pearl what a process it has been, gratitude has been the reigning theme.  Even during the darkness. 

Actually, especially during the darkness. 

I can’t help but look at everything, even dad’s AML diagnosis, even the bout of sepsis he had, the bone marrow biopsies, even the sleepless nights and neutropenic fevers and barium swallow studies and all the gook and grit of cancer, and feel thankful for every single awful part of it.  Feeling gratitude take over my body, mind, and heart makes the fears of the unknown completely disappear.  Fear and gratitude cannot live in the same place. 


So now it is something I practice every day. 


On my walk into work, I say in my head several people and things that I’m thankful for. 

In bed at night before I fall asleep, I think if one thing I appreciate myself for, and one more time go through my rolodex of people and things I’m thankful for.  It’s the simplest of tasks, and yet it has enhanced my life in ways I never imagined. 


Nothing feels impossible. 

Nothing feels too hard or scary. 

Nothing feels too big. 


I feel light and effortless.

I feel happier.

I feel more peace in my life.

I feel like everything and everyone that is happening to me is just another gift from the universe. 


It’s impossible to feel crazed and stressed and angry and fearful when gratitude is coursing through my body like this, like currents of energy.  That’s all we are anyway, energy.  This is the energy I want to always feel. 


What are you grateful for this holiday season?  How do you practice gratitude in your life?  What is something that has challenged you in the past that you are thankful for now? 


Abundantly Yours,

Emily :) 

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