“For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” Brene Brown
Over the last 8 years, I have worked day in and day out, on creating a life that would allow me to be present and help others. In the last few years, I actually created an awesome business to serve those I love in a very different way than the status quo.
It’s risky, I mean, in the industry I mostly serve, there is far more interest in learning the latest haircut or color technique. And I get that.
But working with creative small business owners and hairdressers over the last 30 years, there are a few things I know are true;
-Self esteem & confidence is quite low
-Healthy boundaries are nearly non existent
-Anxiety is typically high
-Workaholics are prevalent and even seen as awesome #notawesome
-People pleasing is high
-Saying no is seen as a bad thing
-Self care is the last thing on the to do list
And because of this, many of us are depleted, burnt out, overwhelmed, exhausted, unhappy, self-sabotaging, and loaded with the toxic energy of those around us. #yikes #usedtobeme
So what comes first?
In the quote above, Brene Brown breaks is down perfectly, gratitude comes before joy.
And that is what I subscribe to. Gratitude and peace come first. That is where we will find joy, and that is when everything will fall into place.
Simple concept, but not at all easy to practice.
Gratitude comes from practice. Peace comes from practice. Just like learning the latest haircut or color.
So where do we start?
Every day, take 5 minuets and write a gratitude list. Either on a piece of paper, or in your head, or on your phone, or on a napkin, wherever, whenever, just do it, and you will find an immediate shift in your energy.
Start Saying NO
The most important thing you can do for yourself and others is to take care of yourself, your energy and your space. Start by saying NO one time per week. That NO will give you an extra hour, two hours or even more to breathe, take a walk, read a book, or just sit in stillness.
Practice Healthy Boundaries
Next time someone asks you “Do you have 5 minuets to talk? Say no, but I have time at 3:30.”
If someone interrupts you while you are in the middle of something simply say… “I understand this is important to you, but I am in the middle of something, lets connect back in an hour.”
You see, the more we take care of ourselves, our energy and our bodies, the more we can show up fully and be present for those we serve.
A depleted, exhausted, burnout human is of no good to anyone, whether its you or the team you work with.
So today, I am grateful, for my process (and all the people who helped save my life) and for my decision to share it with the people that I love.
Today I am grateful for the power of gratitude lists, saying no and setting healthy boundaries. Now it’s your turn. What are you grateful for?
Love + Gratitude + Awesomeness-