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Bringing in 2018 with Full-On Gratitude

Bringing in 2018 with Full-On Gratitude

This blog discusses a topic that I found really useful in 2017, almost life-changing. And now that I am aware of how powerful gratitude is, I use gratitude as a practice for healing and finding calm in my crazy days! Whether it is professional or personal, when I use gratitude as a tool for establishing a healthy mindset, life just gets better.

Let’s make the shift in 2018…

  • WHAT: Bringing in the New Year with gratitude can be refreshing, soothing and a hopeful way to start anew!
  • WHY: Finding, developing, growing, and/or sharing gratitude is a powerful way to connect with loved ones. Gratitude is a beautiful way to express your feelings in a healthy way and create meaningful connections. Gratitude is a healing practice that helps us realize that we have more than we think.
  • WHO: You can share gratitude with anyone! Here are a few ideas: friends and family, clerks in stores, seniors, youth, animals, caretakers, business partners, spouses, nonprofit organizations, school staff (teachers, aids and principals), street salespeople, local assembly members, a coach or mentor, a fitness coach, and so on.
  • WHERE and WHEN: You can share gratitude anywhere and anytime! Some examples are: in person, with a handwritten card, with a hug, an online message or email or free e-card, before you go to sleep and as soon as you wake-up, before or after you eat, when you see a beautiful image in nature, when someone makes you feel good, when you recover from a mistake or apologize, when you want to cheer up a friend. Can you think of any more times or in more places in your life?

Below are three free resources that are for your programs, schools, and at home:

1. 10 Simple Activities to Teach Gratitude by Chelsea Lee Smith
2. 4 Ways to Refuel Your Gratitude by Rebecca Alber
3. Habits of Heart: Helping Students Reflect and Act on Gratitude by Maurice J. Elias

Please leave a grateful note in the comments section below. I’d love to learn what you’re grateful for.

Thanks for reading! I am grateful for your attention today.

For breakfast: I had an Herbalife Shake and a cup of coffee- 2017 was the year of coffee for me!

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In 2014, Julia was awarded the Women Making a Difference by U.S. Senator of California Lou Correa for her contributions in youth programming in Orange County, CA. In, 2013 Julia received the OSTI award from BOOST for her contribution to out-of-school time individuals by providing innovative approaches to support students, families and communities. Julia currently develops tailored training's and facilitates workshops for educators, non-profit organizations, mentor professionals and students. She works with you to create strategies for educational programs to enhance student success and a productive future. She also will establish effective practices for staff communication and leadership. As the Director of Education at WRiTE BRAiN WOLRD Julia is built, expanded and introduced the WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS curriculum into education communities across the country. WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS inspires creativity while applying project- based literacy and builds 21st Century skills. In only two and a half years WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS is being implemented in 41 states with 45,000 student becoming published authors of their own children’s book. While at the Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF), Julia launched a college internship program for sports management, hospitality, event planning and marketing majors from universities across the country. Julia develops specialized programs ranging from activity based curriculum in a variety of different educational areas to creating a collegiate mentor program. Starting in 2006, Julia managed a national character education program called- Tiger's Action Plan, a free youth development curriculum that focuses on leadership, goal setting, service learning and career exploration. Prior to joining TWF, Julia was a Coordinator for the After School All - Stars in Los Angeles, where she taught a range of middle school enrichment classes- from personal leadership to sports, to performance and visual art classes. Julia has been teaching/leading groups since she was a teenager working alongside her mother, who is an acting teacher and coach in the USA and Europe. Julia has served as a trainer/facilitator in disguised learning and cultural diversity throughout California. In 2009, Julia received the Honored Educator Award from California State Fullerton University for dedication to education in Orange County, CA. Miss Gabor is a graduate of the State University of New York, Fredonia receiving her bachelor's degree in the Fine Arts. She received her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Antioch University in 2012.

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  1. Love the free resources. Thank you postcards are so simple and easy.

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