Category: Inspiration

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Gratitude is My Prayer

Prayer is an important tool in all of our lives. And it’s not used nearly as much as it could be. Do you have rituals in your day where you are giving thanks?

Expressing gratitude and giving thanks is a form of prayer. When we say thank you for what we already have, we are asking God or The Universe or a power that is greater than ourselves to give us even more to be thankful for. Writing in your gratitude journal is a form of prayer. Giving thanks before a meal is a prayer. Saying ‘thank you for this gift of another day’ when you wake up is a prayer. When we widen our scope about what prayer looks like, we may find many opportunities in our day when we are praying.

Having grown up without any formal prayers or spiritual practice, it wasn’t until my daughter was born that I started looking at my faith and spirituality. At first, my focus was only on gratitude as my prayer, which on its own can be very powerful! I manifested many wonderful things in my life using gratitude intentions. A gratitude intention is when you write something that you are grateful for, in the present tense, that you have yet to manifest in real life. You write the same intention in your journal, every day, until it becomes your reality.

My practice continues to grow today and currently includes a morning prayer ritual, meditation, gratitude before I eat and giving thanks in my gratitude journal every night.

You don’t have to be religious to benefit from the power of prayer. A prayer of gratitude can change your life. When you give thanks, do it from a place deep inside of you, right from your cells and create a beautiful vibration at the highest energetic frequency possible. Send out your message of thanks into the world and watch carefully what comes back to you. You will be amazed and surprised at the gifts that will show up.

What are you prayer practices? How can you use the incredible power of gratitude to fuel your prayers and connect you to a higher power?

julie-128Julie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude through her brand, Wake Up With Gratitude™. Julie’s first book, 30 Days of Gratitude, The Gratitude Program That Will Change Your Life, became an Amazon bestseller when it was released in May 2013. She is also the founder of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Program, a healthy, whole food detox that nourishes your body at the cellular level. Julie also loves to mentor and develop leaders through her mentorship program as well. A former triathlete, Julie has completed 3 full Ironman Distance triathlons. Julie lives in Ontario, Canada with her 6 year old daughter and husband Dan. She can be reached on her blogInstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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To the girl who wants to have it all

The answer is yes. You can abso-friggen-lutely have everything that your soul desires. The people who tell you otherwise, those afraid of the big life you want to live and who want to keep you small, they’re wrong. The success, the love, the magic you seek? You’re worthy of it.

Your passion, your determination, your never-ending days and sleepless nights will all get you to exactly where you want and need to be, but not without patience. You’re your own toughest critic, but only because it keeps you on track, motivated, and accountable. You’ll be met with plenty of closed doors and nos, and some of them might shake you so hard you’ll want to give up, but don’t. Please don’t forget that you will never miss anything that was meant for you along your journey.

Between work, working out, maintaining a social life and everything in between, you pack your schedule full to the brim and often find yourself running on fumes (coffee fumes, that is). You pride yourself on your productivity, and you think you’ve figured out a sustainable way to cheat exhaustion without actually taking time to rest, but don’t fool yourself – you haven’t. You check goals off of your list like you’re grocery shopping, and you often put your heart’s desires before your personal needs.

Pause. Take a step back. Breathe. Slow it way, waaay down. Admire all the good things and humans you’ve filled your life with thus far. Give yourself permission to prioritize pleasure, play, and rest once in a blue moon; it won’t kill you or tack on any extra miles to your trip toward your vision of your best life. You lovingly hold space for others, so why don’t you try holding space for yourself? Most importantly, remember this: you don’t have to do it all, all the time.

You are doing the best that you can. Take pride in that idea. Cultivate a joy-filled life around that idea. You can have it all as long as you remember to take care of yourself along the way.

Get it, girl. Slay.

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Jenna is a yoga teacher, writer, and brand builder on a mission to fuel her life withurpose and to explore the world. She was raised in Minnesota but considers Colorado her home away from home. Currently, you can find her in Minneapolis, where she is creating the life she has always dreamed of.

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Day 10/14 of Self Love :: Make Time for “Me-Time”

When I think about “me-time,” I tend to think about face masks, bathrobes and fluffy slippers. I also tend to think, I’ll do that on the weekend, I don’t have time, I need to make dinner, I need to walk the dog…

Do you see what got lost there? ME. Activities that make me feel good and recharge my batteries, seem to slip to the bottom of the priorities list.

Time for a mindset shift: me-time can come in different forms and doses. Reality check: you are not doing as good a job of taking care of others as think – if you are always at the bottom of your own to-do list.

You can’t pour from an empty cup. To truly give the best version of yourself to others, you have to come from a place of health, of nourishment, and of care – for yourself.

The key to making “me-time” count, and making sure that you are feeling the benefits of self-care, is intention. The way you look at things can make all the difference.

Me time can be the extra 2 minutes you spend in your morning shower, when you are intentionally taking that time to relax, to feel the heat of the water, to mentally prepare for your day.

Me time can be your drive home from work, when you pop in an audio book that really challenges and engages you towards your highest self.

Me time can be anywhere and everywhere, as long as you are putting yourself first. Check in with yourself, with your body, with your mind. What do you need? And what are you going to do today that will serve your needs? Self-care isn’t optional, it’s necessary.

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Day 8/14 of Self Love :: Declutter Your Space

Imagine yourself waking up to your most ideal morning routine. In this fantasy, you wake well-rested and have all the time in the world. You decide to put off answering emails and checking your social media accounts. Instead, you choose to dive into a deep, slow meditation for 10 minutes. When you rise, you reach for a glass of water with fresh lemon, and step into a long, hot shower. As you step out of the steam, grabbing a fresh, fluffy towel, you look at yourself in the mirror and know that today is going to be awesome.

Now take a moment to reflect on what your mornings really look like. When you wake to your alarm blaring you are instantly aware of the sleep you didn’t get, and the time you don’t have, and so the feelings of stress and rush come flooding back in. You lay in bed scrolling instagram for a few too many minutes. You peer over the edge of your bed to the pile of laundry you left on your chair last night and wonder what you’ll be able to find that’s clean and wearable.

You take a quick, lukewarm shower and step out of tub. You reach for your towel, and notice that it’s still where you left it yesterday, in a damp puddle in the corner of your bathroom. You brave the freezing cold to rush to the linen closet – you didn’t get your laundry done but a face cloth will have to do. As you re-enter the bathroom, you look in your mirror and get ready to face the day. Only, your toothpaste cap is missing, your makeup is in a bottomless bag and you can’t find your hairbrush.

We all know how wonderful it feels to come back from a weekend away, or to wake up after a night out and feel the energy of a spotless and clutter free home. We know that cleaning and tidying makes us feel good, and we know how it can affect our mood to be in a serene and contemplative space. What you may not have thought about are the negative consequences when you haven’t made time to tidy, clean and organize.

Waking up and coming home to a messy space can become a metaphor for brain fog and overwhelm that we carry with us throughout our lives.

Prioritize your mental space – take some time to declutter today, and imagine how good you will feel tomorrow morning. xx

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Day 7/14 of Self Love :: Indulge in Your Favorite Creative Pursuits

One of our favourite ways to get out of a rut and to re-energize our self-care practice is to make time to do something creative. Creativity means lots of different things to different people and can be quick and simple, deep and meditative, or really messy.

When you set aside time to free yourself from thoughts of stresses, pressures, deadlines, shoulds, and can’ts, you can tap into a freeing space, without limitations and without expectations.

Taking the time to indulge your creative side, whether you consciously realize it or not, has a great impact on your mental state, your confidence, and your ability to react to chaos and challenge in your life.

Learning to be creative without judging the quality of the output is a powerful way to flex your self-acceptance muscles. Learning to view the art you make, the words you write or the cookies you bake as a process of release, instead of a destination, can make all the difference. It’s about the journey – and you can always start over.

Creativity has many lessons to teach you, whenever you’re ready. Give your subconscious mind the chance to reach the surface – you never know what will come from it. Even if nothing does, you will learn something about yourself in the process of opening up, and letting it all out. xx