There is always something to be grateful for.
Last year, we kicked off our annual #gratefulAF challenge and I 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! And last month, we tried getting a jump on our gratitude by doing an October challenge, and while some of you participated, we did receive feedback that you wanted to keep it going for November, so YAY!
This is my story and why gratitude is the center of all that we do at Passion Squared…
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 18… 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 NEW challenge for you and one we hope you invite your community + teams to join in too. Each day in the month of November we invite you to practice a little piece of gratitude. This months challenge focuses more on YOU. It is a more reflective challenge, to help you find gratitude for the simple things. Each day suggests a theme, an idea, a focus, and all we ask is that you find a little gratitude each day around that theme, idea or focus. And of course, we threw some gratitude list making days in, cause, you know, we believe in it so much!
Here’s how it works…
1. Capture a picture that expresses your gratitude
2. Post to your Instagram page or Stories (only if you feel inspired to do so)
3. Use #passionsquared #gratefulAF
4. Tag @passionsquared /@ mention passionsquared if posting in Stories
We also have Instagram Story GIF’s to help you share your gratitude!
Search the term Grateful or Passion Squared to find our grateful GIF.
My 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.
With love + a fuck ton of gratitude-
BTS of this blog + challenge
Total Time: 4 hours
Building the challenge
Developing the idea and daily themes 1 hour
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.