My 1 Year Challenge Met!

Wow…. what an emotional day!  Today is the official last day of my daily posting challenge for my Gratitude blog.  Though I technically started my blog on Dec 27, 2010, I wanted to take it to the end of the year because it just felt right to do that.

This started as a quest for me to attract more good things into my life by being grateful for what I had.  Having become a student of the Law of Attraction, I’ve been trying to implement it’s philosophies into my life.  One of the big things that is taught is to be grateful for what you have.  Hence my pursuit to begin this blog.  It started as a fleeting thought that it might be a good idea and was confirmed to me that I should do it as I sat in church a few days after the thought had come.   The brother that was speaking in church that day used the term “I am grateful!  How are you?” as part of his talk.  He said that was how he decided to answer people when they asked him how he was doing.  The phrase jumped out at me so profoundly.  I turned to my husband and said… “I think I just found the name for my gratitude blog!”  Hence…. the blog was born with a fabulous title… if I say so myself!

There have been so many things I have learned over this year.  Many of them are things I have learned about myself.   It’s interesting to me to go back to the first few weeks and months of my blog and see how my writing style has changed.  My posts in the beginning we very what you might call ‘matter of fact’.  They were usually very short and didn’t contain much commentary.  It seems that as I grew as a blogger…. I had a tendency to add more commentary or opinions and thoughts to the things I was blogging about.  You might even consider it rambling!

One deadline met! Now to the next challenge!

Honestly…. I have gone back and read a few of my posts and been amazed at the things I said!  I read it and think, “Where did that come from?”  Oh…. not all of my posts are profound and wonderful….  some of them are still matter of fact…. but there are some that have been very good.  I have much to learn about how to use WordPress to be as effective as I know it can be…. but I hope to take some time to go back through all my posts and get them all categorized and tagged.  That’s one thing that I didn’t know how to do for the first several months.  In the process of doing that, I hope I can figure out a way to mark my personal favorites so that they are easier to find.  When you have over 370 posts, it’s harder for your visitors to sift through!

I have many people to thank for helping to make my blog more public and noticed.  Oh… I have a long way to go to be considered one of the top blogs on my topic…. but I’ve been amazed at the traffic that has picked up on it.  Once a couple of friends ‘promoted’ my blog to a group of their friends back in July, my daily visitor number increased a bunch.  Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to tell others about my blog.

I guess the most important thing that has come out of me doing this is how I have grown as a person.  Taking the time to be aware of the things around me…. thinking back on each day and what I had experienced that day has had a profound effect on me.  I truly am so very blessed.  Though my long term goals would take me out of the particular circumstances that I am currently in….. I am perfectly happy where I am!  I have everything I need and am well taken care of and loved.  I couldn’t ask for a better husband or family.  I have intentions for this next year to focus even more on how good my current circumstance are even more than I have!

So…. you may be wondering.  Am I done?  Is this the last post for I Am Grateful!  How are You?  The answer is a emphatic NO!!  I have many plans for expanding some new pages on my blog.  One of which will be titled W.I.L.T..  As I mentioned, I have a lot to learn about how I can best use this WordPress blog of mine to my best advantage and I haven’t discovered yet how a new ‘page’ on my blog can be a daily post like the main page is…..  I’ll figure out how to do it, but those of you that follow my blog may not get daily emails to let you know I’ve posted something in the W.I.L.T. area…. you’ll just have to come back and check it out!

Oh….so you are wondering what does W.I.L.T. stand for?  I guess I should tell you!  It stands for What I Learned Today!  It hit me the other day that if we are observant…. we can learn something everyday!  Now these posts will not be long drawn out philosophies from Wanda…. at least that’s not my intent…..  These post will be short little blurbs about something I learned that day.  They could be funny or profound!  It will be what it is!  That is the section of my blog that I want to commit to posting in everyday.  They can be quick and short.

As far as my regular posts go….. while I’m not abandoning posting…. I won’t be posting daily as I have been for the last year.  My commitment to you as my followers is that I will post at a minimum of once a week!  There may be weeks when I post more… but I promise to post at least once a week.  I’m planning on putting a reminder in my cell phone every Thursday to ask me if I have blogged yet this week….

One other area that I hope to expand on is a 30 day challenge area.  There are a few things I would like to accomplish this year that I’m hoping that by focusing on it for 30 days will make a difference for me.  These will change often…. we’ll obviously the challenge  will be for 30 days!  I’m not promising 12 – 30 day challenges this year…. but I hope to get several in.  Again…. this blog will grow with me and what is going on in my life.

I’m so grateful to all of you for visiting and supporting me on this blog.  It’s the fact that I have visitors actually reading my posts that keeps me motivated to keep going!  I’m amazed that I’ve had people from far across the globe pay me a visit and sometimes make comments….  how grateful I am to all of you!

I believe that so much in our lives will change for the better if we just take time to be grateful for what we have!  There is so much value in how are attitudes can look at things!  I made a comment on Facebook the other day that I think explains this pretty well and I’d like to share it with you.  It’s a quote from Louise Hay, who is the author of You Can Heal Your Life and many many other books…. here’s what she said:

Whenever there is a problem, repeat over and over: “All is Well. Everything is working our for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come.
I am safe!” 
~ Louise Hay

We really can find gratitude in all things!  Sometimes it may not be easy!  Somedays I had to search hard to find something to blog about….. but I did it.  I forged through.  I’m so grateful I did!  I have grown so much as a person this year I wouldn’t trade it for anything!  One of the best things I learned about myself is that I can make a commitment that is hard to do and keep it!  No one forced me to do it…. no one even suggested I do it.  It was my idea and one that I felt was important to keep.  Now I know there are many other things that I can do if I want it bad enough!  I can’t tell you how many times this year my husband mentioned he was proud of me!  I think I’ve even amazed him!

Thanks again to all of you who faithfully read my blog and thanks to those of you who are just discovering it!  I hope you’ll find some words for thought here!

I wish you the best in this upcoming year!  May you have a blessed and prosperous year!   Just keep in mind that prosperity is all in how you look at it!  Even the meekest of circumstances can be a life of wealth if you look for it!

I hope you’ll continue to join me here and even follow me on Facebook….  (See the “Like” button over on the right hand side?  Go ahead!  Join me on Facebook!)   One of my new goals is to get set up with Twitter.  I may use that to post my W.I.L.T. posts so stay tuned!

Thank you again and have a wonderful New Year!

I am Grateful!  How are You?

I Can Dream, Can’t I?

I spent a lot of time ‘dreaming’ today.  More time than I should have.  I could have accomplished the same thing in a lot less time….. but I had fun doing it!

Part of studying and learning the Law of Attraction is to allow yourself to believe that you can have and deserve the things you want.  One of the things I would like to have come about is what we will call my ‘dream home’.  Now there will be plenty who would argue with me and tell me that I have a beautiful home already and that I should be grateful for what I have.  And you know what?  I don’t disagree with that at all!  I do have a beautiful home and I am very grateful for it.  It’s nicer than anything we have lived in at this point in our marriage.  It’s important to be grateful for what you already have while in pursuit of your dreams.

There are personal reasons why we would like to ‘move on’ from here.  I’m not going to get into them here….. Let’s just satisfy the curiosity by saying that we have decided we would like to live in a house again…. not a condo.  So…. in the process of me working on manifesting the things I want to have happen in my life….. I spent some time dreaming today!

One of the big things they teach about the Law of Attraction is visualizing.  Imagining yourself in the situation that you would like to be in.  Acting as if it’s so.  Allowing yourself to believe that you can have what your logical mind wants to say is impossible.

This is just one of many of the homes I looked at online today! I can dream... can't I?

Part of what helps me to visualize things, is actually seeing pictures (or even the real thing).  So I spent a few hours on the internet today looking at homes for sale.  I put in the specs of the dream home I want and let the search take me there.  I actually didn’t even put in a zip code… so it brought up ALL the homes for sale in Utah with those specs.  Now… I had a lot of sifting and sorting to do…. there were a lot of places that I wouldn’t want to live that came up….. but other places that we have considered also came up.

It was fun to look through all the pictures and see all the possibilities of what could be a future home for us.  It was fun to not let price be a factor.  Just to dream.  Surprisingly…. it wasn’t always the most expensive homes that appealed to me!  These will be great images to let my mind dwell on as I pursue a way to make it all happen.

I’m grateful that I can dream!  Dream of a better life….. dream of becoming a better person…… dream of making a bigger contribution to society.  One of my dreams is to make more money than I need, so that I can ‘spread’ it around….. giving back what has been given to me.  Just like the line in the musical “Hello, Dolly!” says….  “Money is like manure…..  it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow!”  I look forward to being in a position to ‘encourage young things to grow!’

What are your dreams?  What are you doing to make them come true?

I am Grateful!  How are You?

 

 

Perhaps the theme to the LaVern and Shirley show said it best…..  “We’re Gonna Make our Dreams come true!…. and we’ll do it Our way!”

Believe – Belong – Become

I had the opportunity to be a part of the ‘B-3’ tour tonight.  It’s a tour that our company has put together to help train their Associates in their personal development.  The first meeting was here in Salt Lake.  The point of the meeting is to help everyone in the company realize the importance of Believe, Belong and Become.

The evening started with the life story of Mark Narovlansky’s quest to come to America.  Growing up in Russia, he was led to believe that America was a bad evil place.  He tells the story of how he was enlightened by a couple of books that changed his life, one of them being Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends and Influence People.  This book was a real eye opener for him.  It made him believe that there was a better life for him in America.  But the story is complicated.  He spent 8 years trying to get approval to leave Russia and come to America.  Through many struggles, including all of his family members not wanting anything to do with him, both he and his wife losing their jobs and many more things….. he never gave up hope believing that he could get here.  And he made it and has become a very successful citizen.  He is living the American dream.  It was a very inspiring story.

He was followed by Tyler Norton, who always does such a great job of speaking.  No matter how many times I hear Tyler speak, even if he is repeating something I’ve heard from him before…. I’m always touched and motivated.  He’s amazing.

I’ll just share a few of the tidbits that I got from this meeting tonight.  I guess the one that hit me hard from Mark Narovlansky was his Principle #4 which is:  It doesn’t matter how many times you are denied — it only matters that your try again!

Mark Narovlansky -- what an amazing story of Believing, Belonging and Becoming!

I can’t imagine what he and his family must have gone through for 8 solid years sending in requests to leave Russia every 6 months only to be denied, time after time.  He mentioned that the Russian government felt the process was meant to break down those who were ‘traitors’ to the country.  To make them give up and be humiliated.  8 years is a long time…. never giving up, never wavering….. then still facing complications at the border with only hours left on his Visa.  Amazing story.  Perseverance and belief to the max!

The next point that stuck with me that both Tyler and Mark talked on was:  You can’t belong to something you don’t believe in — And you can’t believe in something that’s not true.  Isn’t that the truth?  I know it rings so true for me!

I’m so grateful I believe so strongly in this great company and the product it represents.  I’m grateful for the encouragement to never give up!  I’m grateful for the training and personal development it affords me.  I know through this company I can Believe in myself and what I represent, I feel like I Belong to an incredibly important movement and I can Become the best that’s in me by associating with such wonderful people!  Believe – Belong – Become!

I am Grateful!  How are you?