I created this place to give a shout-out to the people and tools that've helped me on my journey.
Because ... who would I - always promoting the magic of gratitude - be without expressing some actual gratitude, right?! :)
These last few years have been all about my personal development and growth. I am a better person, writer and creator thanks to the following people.
Mom and Dad
Thank you for being truly amazing and supportive. The beautiful images on The Gratefulist were shot by my mom, with help from my dad. Entirely free of charge of course, because that’s the kind of people my parents are.
My lil sister. We couldn’t be more different, yet we’re so alike. I'm honored that I get to be your witness at your upcoming wedding.
Thanks for making my sister so happy.
I'm very grateful for our weekly walk, the time I get to spend in nature, the fact that we’re so in tune with each other, and, most of all, our life-changing, deep, and inspiring conversations.
My fellow Gratefulists, soul-connected creatives, colleagues, and friends
For sticking by me. For giving feedback. For having the hard conversations. For being such loyal supporters of my work. Thank you.
In the past three years I took three solo trips: to Bali, to the Azores, and to New York City. Having an adventure by myself has been one of the best decisions I ever made. It forced me to step outside my comfort zone, meet and connect with new people, and trust in myself, my judgement, and my capabilities. The freedom I feel because of this is indescribable. My recent trip to New York has been the catalyst for me to start dreaming bigger dreams for myself and has ultimately led me to creating The Gratefulist.
Since I’m a complete and utter book-oholic it’s impossible not to mention the books that have had an impact on me. I highly recommend the following books. (More great books to follow soon!)
Robert A. Emmons x Thanks: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier
Do you ever wonder where I get all of my science tidbits when it comes to gratitude? Well, most of it comes from the work of Robert A. Emmons, the Godfather of gratitude, the world's leading gratitude researcher, and more specifically his book Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier. If you're as much as a tickler for tidbits like me, this book is def worth the read!
Brené Brown x Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Brené’s book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead is the go-to book for anyone that wants to live a more authentic and courageous life. She’s shown me what it means to be truly courageous and that vulnerability really (honest, REALLY) isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s the birthplace for connection and creativity.
I have only discovered podcasts a few months ago. Hmmm, I guess I missed that boat a whileago. But I am firmly making up for lost time. These are some of my favorite podcasts. You can find the full list of my recommended podcasts here.
SuperThank Podcast - Stories of Gratitude
SuperThank, a podcast hosted and produced in Portland, Oregon, is all about storytelling. People from all ages and all walks of life tell their stories of gratitude. This podcasts teaches me that there is always, ALWAYS something to be grateful for
The Sarah R. Bagley Podcast - A Recovering Perfectionist's Guide to a B+ Life
This podcast is just what I need! Honest and vulnerable realtalk about letting go of perfectionism with women just like me. I look forward to listening to this all week.
The Lively Show
Boy, does Jess Lively produce an inspiring podcast every week! It's an all-round aha-fest.If personal development and growth is your thing, join my in listening! :)