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Why Is Gratitude So Important in Personal Growth?

There are so many ways for us to invest in our personal growth these days. Why is gratitude important in personal growth? As someone who has invested tens of thousands of dollars in the past decade in personal growth, I’d love to share my personal perspective with you.

Why Personal Growth?

Let’s start here. What are the benefits of investing in our personal growth? One of my favorite mentors is Jim Rohn, and he explains it with this quote, ‘The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.’ We all have goals and dreams and without an investment in our personal growth, these goals and dreams will always remain just out of our reach. In order to achieve success, we have to become a successful person. Personal growth is the best path to get us there.

How Do We Invest in Our Personal Growth?

The options are truly unlimited when it comes to investing in personal growth. This can be a challenge if we don’t know where to start. Here are few ideas that are free or cost almost nothing (except your time):

  1. Start at your local library. You can borrow books, audiobooks, eBooks for free and begin your journey. I recommend starting with some of the classics, such as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill or The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell.
  2. Podcasts. Another amazing free option that has thousands and thousands of choices. We are very blessed to live in a time when successful people are open and willing to share their journey with us (for free!). One of my favorites right now is the Tim Ferriss Show, since Ferriss ‘deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas’. There is so much to learn from these interviews!
  3. Reach out to a local mentor. For example, you want to have a successful yoga studio? Connect with the owner of your local studio and offer to take them out for lunch. Ask them your questions and then listen carefully to their answers. Take good notes and use them to start your own plan. Create a relationship focused on collaboration, rather than competition.
  4. YouTube videos. There is a lot of great content on YouTube and it can be difficult know where to start. I recommend starting with Marie Forleo, whether you are an entrepreneur or not, she has amazing interviews and Q&A Tuesday.

Where Does Gratitude Fit In?

First, I’d start with gratitude that we live in an age where we can take the time to invest in personal development. Not too long ago in our human history, this kind of behavior would not be possible. There wasn’t the time or the disposable income to invest in this way.

Next, focus on gratitude for the abundance of options to choose from, many that are free or cost very little. It may seem overwhelming to have so many choices however this also means that we can be more specific in the kind of learning we’d like to do.

And finally, let’s express gratitude for all of the mentors and successful people that have come before us. More specifically, we are grateful for those who are willing to share their knowledge with us so that we can all learn. We have grown and evolved as a society partly because there is more and more free sharing of information. Instead of the old adage every woman for herself, there’s a global shift going on. Together, we are more powerful than the sum each part.

What are you going to do today to invest in your personal development? And how will you express your gratitude at the same time?

JJulie-128ulie Boyer’s mission in life is to inspire people to build their lives on a foundation of gratitude throug
h 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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How to Cultivate Meaningful Friendships

True friendship takes a lot of work, despite the effort and dedication, your relationships with your best friends are some of the most important connections you’ll ever have. June 8th is National Best Friends Day and what better way to mark the occasion that ensuring you and your besties continue to connect on a deep and meaningful level! Here are 8 lessons to cultivating meaningful friendships.

          1. Pencil them in: In Bronnie Ware’s best selling book “The Top 5 regrets of the Dying”, she states that the fourth biggest regret that people have on their deathbeds is “I wish I would have spent more time with my friends.” Spending quality time with your best friends, no matter how busy you get is important to ensure a life of deep meaning and happiness. Even if you can only see your friends once a month make sure to carve out in person time for them and make it a top priority. That means no last minute bailing, rescheduling or postponing if you can.
        1. Stay in touch: This might seem like an easy one, but simply “liking” a friend’s status or commenting on Instagram is not the same thing as checking in on your friends and what’s happening in their lives. Get in touch the old fashioned way – by talking. Call them on the phone or send a letter every once and awhile to stay connected.
        1. Be grateful: True friends are hard to come by and having someone spend their time on you, especially as responsibilities start to add up is a blessing. Make sure you acknowledge that. Practice gratitude for your friends and express it! It can be as big as helping with a move, a gift, or as simple as a “hey friend, you mean the world to me” text message.
        1. Be an Active Listener: Think back to the last time you were upset, wouldn’t it have been nice to have someone just listen- advice free? When your friends are upset listen to everything they have to say before speaking, ask questions, and if you really want to offer some advice, ask first if they’re open to receiving it and if they’re not- drop it and listen advice free.
        1. Forgive and be kind: Practise forgiveness when your friends falter, give forgiveness to yourself when you do the same and be mindful about your friend’s intentions when they let you down. Remember that no person is perfect and we all have bad days and try our best. Let go of grudges and treat your friends with the kindness you’d wish to receive from them.
        1. Set loving boundaries and own up to your stuff: In order to have a healthy relationships with your pals it’s important that you set loving, honest boundaries. If your friends hurt your feelings or treat you in a way that bothers you, you need to gently tell them how they’ve made you feel and request they not do it again. Remember boundaries are there to ensure everyone feels understood and respected. A good friend will respect your boundaries once you express them. That being said, be respectful of your friends’ boundaries as well when they lay them out.
        1. Your vibe attracts your tribe: Making sure that you practice healthy habits mind body and soul will attract like minded individuals and inspire your friends to take care of themselves too. Take care of yourself and you’ll inspire others to do the same.
      1. Celebrate your friends: Host a girls only night, buy each other flowers, make a big deal of Birthdays and Anniversaries, take a class together, go on a trip, and encourage each other to share victories and wins. Make time to laugh, and celebrate this miraculous thing we call life together!

Lauren Schell is a writer, producer and believer in miracles and magic. Dedicated to cultivating deep meaning & purpose, she hopes to inspire others to tune into their inner guidance and practice self-care in all areas of live. Her passions include yoga, meditation, paddleboarding, painting and spending time with her Love.

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Creativity Without Fear

Ever since I can remember, I’ve enjoyed the act—the art—of making things. I’ve always considered creativity as a way of incorporating myself into everything that I do or create. From chalk murals on the driveway, to charcoal masterpieces in 5th grade art, to scrapbooking, drawing, and writing. Even before I could put into words what being able to express my creativity does for me, I knew that when I grew older that it would play an important role in my life.

Now, creativity and the art of making things show up in every area of my life. They have become a part of who I am. From my big girl job, to my side hustle of teaching yoga, to writing—everything I do, every conversation I have, I’m being creative.

My life-long dance with creativity hasn’t always been a smooth one, though; I’ve hit a lot of speed bumps and come face-to-face with countless roadblocks along the way. It took me years to even consider the idea of calling myself creative, rather than just someone who creates, and I still struggle with owning it some days. I don’t get paid to write, take photos, or draw, so who am I to call myself a writer, photographer, or artist? And if I don’t get paid, surely that means I’m not talented enough, right? I always think, how dare I? But that, of course, is just my fear trying to keep me small and inside my comfort zone where I know I won’t get hurt. When someone doesn’t recognize the value in my offering, it cuts deep because I’ve put some of myself into what I create. It feels personal, like they’re rejecting a part of who I am.

My creative offerings, they’re not for everyone. That’s something that I’ve realized after years of creating, often after tears or anxiety levels that shot straight through the ceiling. But just because someone doesn’t find meaning in or a connection to what I say or what I’ve created, that doesn’t take away from its intrinsic value. It’s still art. It’s still a beautiful act of creativity.

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Creativity Mala by Tiny Devotions

For anyone who is struggling with owning and fully stepping into his or her creativity, this is what I have to say to you:

Putting your heart and soul out into the world whether it’s a podcast, a book, a caption on an Instagram photo or a blog post, it can be just plain scary. When you hit publish or put the final brush stroke on your masterpiece you’re saying, Hey, world. See me. Hear me. It’s an act of vulnerability, of sharing yourself with others in hopes of making connections in some way, shape, or form. But when you practice vulnerability, you are inherently being brave. So. Damn. Brave. Without courage, there is no creativity. Your fear will try to trick you into thinking it’s not good enough, that you’re not good enough. Don’t listen to that voice—it’s wrong. There will be people who hate what you say, who don’t consider your work art, or who will try to tell you that you are not who you think you are—but they’re wrong too. If you write, you’re a writer. If you draw or paint, you’re an artist. If you take photos, you’re a photographer. Being good or getting paid are not prerequisites to being creative, all you need to do is create. That’s it.

Don’t be afraid to make things and share them with others. The world needs more of you and your creative expression in it, I mean it.

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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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Chocolate Glazed Almond Donut Holes

There are sweet pleasures in life that we must hold onto, enjoy, and never waste. Donuts, for many, are one of those pleasures and while I love the occasional doughy treat, creating healthier alternatives is what I am all about. These “donut holes” are my spin on the traditional donut. Soft in the center with a chocolate glaze, they mimic the shape and flavor of that donut hole you love so dearly. Imagine these with a cinnamon sugar coating, or even with a jelly filling! There are endless ways to jazz these up so I invite you to get creative in your kitchen. You may even be able to trick your husbands into reaching for these instead of their traditional sweet treats, I know I did!

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Chocolate Glazed Almond Donut Holes

Almost Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
Recipe by Humble Wild Flower

Dough

½ cup Dates – soaked for 2-3 hours in warm water
2 tbsp. Date Water
½ cup Almond Flour
½ cup Almonds – soaked for 2-3 hours in warm water

 Chocolate Glaze

4 tbsp. Coconut Oil
3 tbsp. Cocao or Cocoa Powder
½ tbsp. Maple Syrup (or Honey if not vegan)

 In 2 medium bowls, I like to use glass, soak dates and almonds separately with warm water. Tap water is perfect! Soak for a minimum of 2 hours. If soaking overnight is easier, go for it, but you may need to adjust the amount of date water you use.

Once soaked, strain dates, keeping the date water.
Strain the almonds, discarding the water and give them a quick rinse.

In a food processor or good quality blender, add the soaked almonds and blend until they are broken down thoroughly.

Once the almonds are broken down, add the dates and 1 tbsp. of date water.

Mix until well combined. The texture should be sticky but not watery.

If you are having troubles getting everything well combined, add the second tbsp. of date water. See above photos for an example of the texture.

Add the almond flour into a medium bowl and add the date/almond mixture into the almond pulp.

Mix until well combined and a soft ball has formed.

Roll into small balls, the size you would like your donut holes to be and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, in a pot, melt coconut oil and add in your cocao powder and maple syrup and stir until smooth.

After 20 minutes, roll the balls in the chocolate glaze, set on a piece of parchment paper and cool for 30 minutes.

Remove from fridge and enjoy!

SERVICESJasmine is a holistic nutritionist, wellness advocate, and lover of nature residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is passionate about developing recipes that nourish the body and the soul but that never sacrifice flavour.

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How to Use Affirmations to Raise Your Vibration

One of the fastest ways to breathe new and miraculous energy into your life is to use the power of affirmations. They truly work wonders and can radically lift you up from having issues with worthiness, fear or limitation to shining your inner light a whole lot brighter.

Affirmations are positive statements that you repeat over and over again in order to imprint your subconscious mind. They are usually words that trigger an emotional reaction or response within you that brings up the healing that needs to take place. There will almost always be resistance that will appear in order to challenge you. This is a natural and perfectly normal part of the process. Your job is to see beyond the “monkey mind’ and keep moving forward regardless.

Keep in mind that using the power of affirmations are not magic beans, band-aid solutions or a clever way to trick the Universe into thinking that you have everything figured out. Affirmations will not work unless you are willing to dive into the emotional work that needs to be done and be truly HONEST about where you’re at.

The resistance we feel rise within us is an excellent opportunity to do some powerful inner spiritual work.
How affirmations work is that words that inspire, empower and excite you have the power to override the current programming you have in your mind and help to form new beliefs which in turn will help to shift the landscape of your current reality. You’re essentially raising your vibration and increasing the positive energy of your soul’s frequency.

Affirmations are a method to bring about newfound change in your life through the process of repetition. The idea is that you find an empowering affirmation that you resonate with within your heart and either write it out or place a printed copy somewhere in your constant awareness. It could be on the bathroom mirror, the corner of your computer screen or in a little pocket in your purse. Every time you see the affirmation you, repeat (or imprint) the affirmation over and over again until it sticks to your soul. You also need to feel the feeling the affirmation will give you.

Let’s try a little exercise together…

I want you to use the affirmation I AM WORTHY.
Say it now, (silently). Say it again. Notice how you feel and round up the negative feelings or itty bitty feelings of resistance and imagine yourself throwing them out because they no longer serve you. I AM WORTHY.

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Once you start to use affirmations, you will notice that the better you get at decluttering the icky feelings as they arise the stronger your resolve will be.

The secret to truly mastering affirmations:
The Universe cannot differentiate between what is happening in the physical realm, or what is happening and being imprinted in the spiritual realm. When you use your affirmation as if it has already happened, then you strengthen your manifesting power. So if you truly want to change and heal your life then make sure you are showing gratitude to the Universe as if it has already happened and you are already living it.

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Sarah Prout is a bestselling author, award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, devoted wife, mother of four beautiful children and creator of The Manifesting Academy.  She has been teaching the art of metaphysics and manifesting for over a decade. Sarah now inspires millions of people around the world to tune into their infinite potential and manifest a life they love.

 

3 thoughts on “How to Use Affirmations to Raise Your Vibration

  1. Ivana knezevic

    A good text, to the point, easy to understand . The laws of Universe are straight and simple. It is us who complicate our lives and get lost along the way. Sarah has a gift and has made it her mission to help us understand the power we can have to take control and improve the quality of our lives. It is then up to each of us to apply her knowledge and wisdom and find meaningful alignement with the Universe . We are given a wonderful gift of life and we should treat it with respect and gratitude.

  2. Zenaida R.Garbo

    Thank you my Dear Sarah for all the inspiration and learnings which you imprint on my mind.It really help me and change my attitude.I think positively everyday and believe the power of affirmation and manifestation.Thank you so much!!!!

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