Day 10 – Gratitude Can Turn a Negative Into a Positive

Our reaction to a situation literally has the power to change the situation itself. 

I was on my lunch break when my dashboard started blinking the dreaded sign that indicates I had a flat tire. When I pulled over to the side of the road a wave of emotions passed though me in the blink of an eye.

– I can’t believe this is my third flat tire in 4 weeks!

– I have a meeting in 20 minutes… I don’t have time for this AGAIN

– I’m going to have a nervous breakdown. This is ridiculous.

It’s amazing how you can be “going” through your day and then something stops you dead in your tracks and you must change course. I was completely overwhelmed with yet another flat tire but instead of letting it ruin my entire day, I decided to go on a shopping spree.

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Day 9 – Be Thankful For the Setbacks

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
Are also thankful for the setbacks.

We all have setbacks in our life, terrible events that occur and shake everything up. Usually as time passes, we are able to reflect on these moments of turmoil and see blessings of hope appear within the clouds of despair.

This is the best thing that could have happened

When one door closes another door opens. Sometimes it’s important to remember that everything happens for a reason and that I often won’t know the reason immediately.

This is the best thing that could have happened.

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101 Things I Am Grateful For

Day 8

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things 

Grateful For Myself

1. Creative, passionate and positive

2. Playful & serious

3. Messy & organized

4. Determined with resilient perseverance

5. Intuitive, reflective and intelligent

Kelly's Diva Pose Eiffel Tower

Kelly’s Diva Pose Eiffel Tower

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Day 7 – Be Thankful When You Are Tired & Weary

Be thankful when you are tired and weary,

Because it means you’ve made a difference.

Today’s quote was timely for me because I woke up completely tired, exhausted and drained of all my energy. Yesterday was busy with…

– 10 hour work day

– Invigorating gratitude art journal adventure lunch with Antonia and Brooke

– Worked-out with trainer at L.A. Fitness

– Intense evening meeting

– Blogged


She Made a Difference. 

When I’m gone this is the legacy I want to leave the world, it is the phrase I want engraved on my tombstone. What if every year I was able to walk towards this direction and make a positive difference in each role of my life by being:

– A grateful person

– A duitful wife

– A spiritual woman

– A  leader who listens

– A supportive coworker

– A thoughtful daughter

– A helpful sister-in-law

– An inspirational teacher

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Day 6 – Be Thankful for Your Mistakes

Be thankful for your mistakes. 

They will teach you valuable lessons. 

The most valuable lessons I’ve learned in life, I have learned from making my own mistakes. Of course it’s nice when I can learn from someone else’s mistakes and not repeat them myself, but it doesn’t quite sink into my brain the same way as messing something up on my own.

The best part of making mistakes is getting the opportunity to continue moving, learning and growing. Thomas Edison taught us that failing is actually a part of succeeding.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ― Thomas A. Edison


Sometimes the fear of making mistakes or failing can hold us back in a monumental way.

What’s the worst thing that can happen in any situation?

This is the question I try to ask myself whenever fear keeps me from acting. If I allow fear to rule my actions then I would never get to where I’m going. The truth is most of the time the worst case scenario never happens and my overactive imagination can make me think things are worst than they are. Last night during our Conquer Summit session with Tahani Aburaneh we discussed our goals and the following self reflection questions:

What scares you the most about taking the leap to follow your dreams?

What is the worst case scenario if it doesn’t work out?

What is keeping you stuck and holding you back?

Overwhelming the biggest thing that holds people back is the fear of failure.

I have found that when I actively choose to approach situations with the mindset that I plan on making mistakes and failing before I succeed, my shortcomings are never as bad as I imagine. More often than not I end up surprising myself because I take that initial chance to fail and then when I do make mistakes I pick myself back up and try my best to learn the precious lessons within them.


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Day 5 – Be Thankful for Each New Challenge

Be thankful for each new challenge, 

Because it will build your strength and character. 

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

When I was in college I wrote a paper on resiliency in children. I wanted to determine why some children are resilient in challenging circumstances while other children are not. The fundamental premise I was trying to answer was whether the child’s success was a result of “nature” vs. “nurture.” In other words, did the child succeed because of genetics (i.e. nature) or because they had someone in their life that lifted them up (i.e. nurture). My conclusion after researching many resilient kids from a variety of countries and backgrounds was that it was a little bit of both.

However, the one trait they all had in common was a positive outlook on their circumstances and they built their character on the foundation of the challenges they were able to overcome.

A positive outlook on circumstances


1. The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

I know each challenge I’ve experienced in my life and have overcome has grown my strength and character. Each obstacle I’ve overturned has moved me closer to where I want to be and has strengthened my competence, confidence, and courage.


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Day 4 – Be Thankful for Your Limitations

Be thankful for your limitations,

Because they give you opportunities for improvement. 

I identified the following 5 limitations that have shown up in my life in various ways.

  1. Chaotic
  2. Impatient
  3. Impulsive
  4. Mistrustful
  5. Undisciplined

Then I determined an opportunity within each perceived limitation.

  1. My chaotic way of scrapbooking and crafting provides me opportunities for creativity because I get everything out all at once and can see from a different perspective.
  2. My impatience fuels my initiative. I don’t sit still waiting for something to happen, instead I take action.
  3. My impulsive nature compels me to get out of my comfort zone and try new things. This makes a lot of sense because I’m a life sampler!
  4. My mistrustful nature drives me to be detail oriented.
  5. Because I can be undisciplined I don’t see boundaries the same as others. I enjoy being messy, pushing the envelope and being a free spirit.

Here’s a couple pages from my gratitude journal:

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Day 3 – Be Thankful For the Difficult Times

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

I’ve certainly had a lot of character building experiences in my life! But I’m thankful for every single situation because each one has provided me with an opportunity to learn.

When I reflect on the worst moments in my life I can see clearly that each moment provided me with a blessing and helped shape the strength and character of the woman I am today. Every time I have stopped fighting with difficult times and instead turned to face them with words of gratitude, I have found: growth, acceptance and ultimately peace.

Thank you for the difficult times!

Here’s my gratitude pages from today’s journal:

 Grateful for my eyesight

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Day 2 – Be Thankful For the Opportunity to Learn

Be thankful when you don’t know something,

for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

I’ve always enjoyed the pleasure of learning and the sweet bliss of acquiring knowledge. I love the thrill and challenge of having no idea what the answer is and then figuring it out. One of the things I love about our scrapbook retreats is that I get to learn from the wisdom of the amazing women who retreat here.

I’m grateful for learning a plethora of things this year. Here’s a quick sample of a few things I learned in the last couple of weeks from my Scrap Divas and Friends. Thank you so much everyone!

Cooking Lessons:

– Kathy taught me how to make scones. She also taught me that I’m supposed to fill dry ingredients to the top. My whole life I’ve been filling it to the line! No wonder my cooking measurements always seemed off!

IMG_3543Making Scones










– Karen explained the difference between a dry measuring cup and a wet measuring cup
– Denise showed me that an icing bag coupler goes on the inside of the piping bag and apparently not on the outside. She also showed me how to tie the top of the bag so that I didn’t get icing everywhere.

– Angie recommended that I immediately take veggies out of the plastic bags and dry them on paper towels so that they keep longer. This actually works! It’s amazing.


Miscellaneous Lessons:

– Michele showed me how to use Dawn soap to clean and refresh a Cricut mat.


– I’ve also learned tons of amazing things this year about social media, blogging and mixed media by watching YouTube videos.

– I learned you shouldn’t mix cool acrylic colors with warm colors until they are dry otherwise the colors turn muddy.

Gratitude Prompts

What have you learned this year? Please share with us by posting a comment. Thank you.

Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.” — Christiane Northrup

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Day 1 – Sometimes I Thank God for Unanswered Prayers

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

I think there are at least two lessons here:

  1. Be grateful for the things you don’t have because sometimes the things you desire are things you don’t need.
  2. The more you desire, the more you will have to look forward to in your life.

I’m such a grateful person because I’ve been blessed with many unanswered prayers. When I was 14 years old I had a crush on a boy named Ryan. I wasted many nights praying that he would “go out” with me yet he never showed me any interest at all. In the end, God knew what was best for me and never answered that prayer.



As Garth Brook sings:

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers

A friend of mine once asked me in an exacerbated tone….


I thought briefly about her question and responded intuitively. I hope not! I want to learn and continue to desire things until I die. There is always something more I want to learn, read, and try out. The more I learn the more I realize that life holds miraculous things that I want to learn more about! Desire is not a bad thing it propels us forward in life and gives us purpose.

I Want To:

– Consistently exercise, meditate, eat healthy and sleep well

– Send out positive energy of joy and love to the world

– Shine bright and give others permission to do the same

– Travel more, write a memoir and inspire others to rise above their circumstances

– Be an impactful leader in my niche as a Compliance Officer

– Inspire others to pursue their artistic passions, learn new art techniques and teach

– Develop a supportive SoCal female entrepreneur community

– Meet amazing artists, participate in art retreats and attend meditation retreats

– Spend Sunday afternoons relaxing with my husband, drinking a cup of coffee and playing a game of chess

– Attend Mass more frequently, pray more consistently and volunteer in my community

Sunrise steps

Having desires, goals, aspirations and dreams helps me have a zest for life. I have a pleasurable tendency to get seduced by learning new things and each time this occurs I get swept up with a strong passion to wake up every morning and learn even more things.

So today I am extremely grateful that I don’t have everything I desire because it affords me with a plethora of things to look forward to.

Gratitude Prompts

– What is an unanswered prayer that you are grateful for?

– What do you desire that you are grateful you don’t yet have?

My Previous Gratitude Journal Posts

10/17 & 10/18 Gratitude Journal

10/16 Gratitude Journal

10/15 Gratitude Journal

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