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Do you practice gratitude?

An excerpt from the book “The Shelters Of Stone” by Jean M. Auel

“We must always show appreciation for what we take, we need to honour the spirits of trees and grass and other foods that grow, too. We must treat all her gifts with respect. She can become angered if we ignore Her, She can take back the life She has given us. If we ever forget our Great Earth Mother, She will no longer provide for us, and if the Great Earth Mother should decide to turn Her back on Her children, we will no longer have a home.” Jean M. Auel

This story has brought me many thought provoking concepts. I believe in the importance of expressing gratitude for everything in our lives. When we practice gratitude regularly, I have experienced how it brings peace, joy, happiness, and more of what I want in my life.

When I was wanting to improve my financial matters, there were many things I was wanting from a bigger home, to regular pedicures and vacations with my family. And to even be able to go on vacations with my friends. I never believed any of this was possible. I also wasn’t in a place of practicing gratitude regularly nor did I focus on what I wanted. I was too often looking at what I didn’t have and focusing on what I didn’t want in my life. I would say things like, “I don’t have that kind of money!” in an exasperated tone; or “Only rich people can afford those things.”

Then I learned to shift my thinking. I practiced focusing on what I want. I grabbed a notebook from the dollar store and decided to start writing a journal every morning. I made it a part of my morning routine. In my journal I would write about anything that was going on in my life at the time, and always made sure I would write out at least 5 things I was grateful for. Some Days I was grateful for the ability to walk, while other days I would be grateful for the sunshine, the feeling of that grass on my bare feet. Over time I noticed the world around me started to change. Was it the world that was changing?

I started reading more books and learning about new ways to manage money. I also even played a game called the prosperity game. I bought another notebook from the dollar store and labelled this book the prosperity notebook. I took some time to sit still with little or no distractions and just wrote down things I wanted. Now, this can be hard at first. So I asked myself the question, What would I be doing if I had unlimited time, money and energy? Once I asked myself that question, the words started to flow and before I knew it, I had a number of pages of things that I wanted.

Some of the things I listed were simple, like I want to go out for a date night every week, to, I want to have winter tires, new windows throughout the house, go on multiple vacations in a year, and so much more. I recently pulled out that notebook, just to see what I had manifested from my list of wants. And I can tell you, that I have manifested many of the items on my list. I have updated the windows throughout the house, obtained winter tires, and have been able to incorporate going on the number of vacations, including the vacation with friends. I manifested the things I specifically wrote down in my prosperity notebook and so much more.

Now practicing gratitude is a regular part of my daily life. I simply express gratitude for what I have now and then I stubbornly focus on what I want for my future.


I’m Coach Jackie Thomas.

I also happen to be a Nurse in the Healthcare field. I’ve been a PSW as well.

I’m a wife and mom who loves her family. But, sometimes, after a “bad day” or dealing with some intense trauma, I was triggered and brought it home to my kids and spouse. It wasn’t working.

At the height of my burnout, I went looking for solutions. Anything to make me feel better again. To love my career again. To reignite my passion again.

I found evolved NLP. The combination of science meets spiritual resonated with me. The work is founded in practices of forgiveness and healing on a cellular level for lasting true change.

To rebound, rebuild, and repair from days of trauma, disease, and stress.

To reclaim our passion to serve. To love our career and our lives - at the same time.

These tools gave me my life back. They can do the same for you.

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