“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
There is always something to be grateful for.
Three years ago we kicked off our annual gratefulAF challenge and had NO idea the impact it would make. Like, WOW. Each day I saw you, our passionate community, light up the world. A big shout out of gratitude to all of you who participated in 2017, 2018 + 2019 you sparked so much fucking joy for those your serve and love.
We are doing the challenge again for 2020 because gratitude changes fucking everything and we need this!
This is my personal story and why gratitude is the center of all that we do at Passion Squared and how it can help you with perspective, awareness and even possibly help change the chemistry in your brain (here’s a study!)
In early 2007 I was in the darkest place I have ever been in my life. So much so, that I was planning my suicide. But here it is, 20 fucking 20, and even with all the heaviness, confusion, grief and stress of this year, I am alive, living my purpose and empowering others to live their’s too. How did this happen? It all began with gratitude.
Of course, there is so much more to the story which I share in my book Follow Your Heart, but it was learning about the power of daily gratitude that made me realize that I had more to do on this planet, and that no matter how dark my head became, there was always something to be grateful for.
From there, I was able to keep perspective, and perspective allows me to get through just about any hardship, sadness or loss. It was this quote that changed it all for me, which is tattooed on my left arm to be sure I never forget that gratitude saved my fucking life.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
We created a simple challenge for you and one I hope you invite your community + teams to join in too. It’s called the gratefulAF challenge.
Each day in the month of November we invite you to practice a little piece of gratitude and kindness. And of course this year, even though things are so different, there are so many folks to share our gratitude with along with many people to help. It’s truly is the little things. You just never know who is in desperate need of your light + love.
How You Can Participate
Start date: November 1, 2020 (but you can begin anywhere, anytime!)
1. Capture your gratitude
2. Post to your Instagram page or Stories (only if you feel inspired to do so)
3. Use #passionsquared
4. Tag @passionsquared /@ mention passionsquared if posting in Stories
Click here for the Instagram Stories graphic
Click here for the Instagram gratitude list template
Click here for the Facebook/Instagram/Blog post square size graphic
To use our gratitude gif’s for your Insta Stories or anywhere, search the term PASSION SQUARED under GIFS in Insta Stories or on giphy.com
Our intention is that after 30 days you will feel how much gratitude can change your perspective, your energy, your brain, your biz and your LIFE and you see the value of a daily gratitude practice.
How will you incorporate this challenge into your business and life? We would love to hear your gratitude ideas!
With love + a fuck ton of gratitude-
BTS of this blog + challenge
Total Time: 5 hours
Building the challenge
Developing the idea and daily themes 2 hours
Designing graphics on Canva.com 1 hour
Editing 30 min.
Building the blog
Writing 30 min.
Editing/SEO stuff 30 min.
Proof reading 15 min.
Designing graphics on Canva.com 15 min.
In this class Nina shares her insights on what she see’s that is working with businesses, what opportunities you have to build trust and long term loyalty right now and what you can learn about yourself.
In this class you will learn:
Why clarity of brand matters now more than ever and how to find it
What building long term trust looks like right now
How the content you are sharing on the socials impacts your relationships with your clients
Why practicing healthy boundaries and honoring your process is critical to your long term mental health (to watch our class on Mental Health click here)
This is an HONEST AF class from someone who has been building businesses, brands and lives for over 30 years. Please watch with an open heart + mind.
If you have questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
A big shout out of gratitude to Sola Salon Studios for hosting this class.
If you or anyone you know is struggling, click here for resources and support. You are so loved.
In this class, Nina + Gina discuss:
Feeling Your Feelings
Digital Tools to Help You Engage Your Clients, Teams and Community
Healthy Boundaries + Focusing On What You Can Control
You are not alone even though we know some of you are feeling that way. Be sure to take care of your mental and physical health and stay close.
You can find Nina on the gram @passionsquared and Gina @iamginabianca