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We all lead busy lives doing our best, right? Well, I try anyhow. I am here for you, posting & updating hand madeTreasures on the Etsy Shop above, Facebooking, keeping up with our homestead, Craig and Chloe. So, I am taking a step back on this blog for a while. I am still active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our quarterly newsletter. So join me there please, by clicking the 4 icons at top of this page.Also, look back at our previous blogs for some inspirational nuggets.

With gratitude, Joy, a Grateful Chic


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Living in the moment

Living in the moment is the only place to be. This blog is revealing some personal things today so that you can think about how in your life you could slow down a little too. Enjoy.

The last month and the next month have a LOT of un-usual responsibilities for me and Chloe. These are things that you might liken to a Christmas season. We had a nice pace going in Jan-March, but now it seems hurried. Does life sneak up on you like that sometimes?

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Live, Rinse, Repeat

Sometimes learning more about myself is scary. Wait, make that, "When I learn more about myself it is scary!" Geez, why did I pick Lent to be introspective? It would be nice to hear that I am not alone in this inward inspection shock. Maybe give me a hug next time you see me or something. Anyhow, I spent this week looking over some of my habits. It started with some innocent personality test a friend asked me to take. It was pretty accurate. Positives were things I do see in myself. I was happy to hear that I am a natural leader, fun to be around and a giver.

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Spiritual Renewal Sacrifices

Sacrfice can bring new peace and satisfaction. When I was younger and all the way through my 20's my mother said I was never satisfied. I saw it as my personality. Never accepting less than what I deserved or wanted within reason seemed normal to me. I was (and am still) very driven. I am creative. I am resourceful. So, I thought of my restlessness, as mom saw it, as a gift. In fact I sometimes was rather put out at her seeming lack of drive or taking the dregs as we called them.

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Spiritual Renewal through Gratitude Day 8

Warning: I am being really vulnerable today in hopes that my experiences help you...

We all get this concept when we get a rash, dry skin or a tummy ache. Hurt or irritation = something is wrong. So why is it that when I feel a mental irritation, I almost always automatically think there is something wrong with the other person or thing with whom I am irritated with at that moment? Think about this idea for a minute and if it applies to your life.

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Spiritual Renewal through Gratitude 1

So the next 39 days, I will be thinking about how to live a better life. I invite you to be conscious and share in this journey with me.

Each day, I am slowing down and taking time to see how I can be more at peace, more happy and more of service. I am doing what seems to be a new buzzword, "Radical Self Care". Today I am exploring ANGER. When I start to feel angry, I am stopping (usually) and asking what is behind the anger. I know this emotion is healthy, but what scares me most if how I deal or express it sometimes when very stressed.

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Just do it

It has been a while. Thoughts are piling up. Fear sets in as I wonder what expectations people have. Then I laugh at myself and my ego realizing that probably no one will have even noticed that the blog has been stale and all but dried UP since September of last year. Eeeek!

I do a thought blog to you all very often. I have such good intentions of writing and getting back into this practice that I really love. Blogging has been a hobby of mine for almost a decade now. Wow! So here goes a new one.

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Disappointment=Destiny OR Where have the Chics been all Summer?

So, very early Spring this year, plus a few months before that, we were working and securing a BIG deal for Grateful Chics to go Nationwide in Retail Stores. We had a contract we were about to sign. The partner was pressing us to get going, revamp our labels, displays and other things that were quite costly. We were excited, hopeful, scared and hurried. We felt the wave of Shark Tank rolling in. We thought we had hit it big. Then, it busted.

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Practice makes Easier

Practice makes perfect is that old saying that really sets us up for failure. What practice does is make the new habit easier, quicker, more efficient and if we are lucky, it becomes a part of us like breathing. I was reading in Brene Brown's book. the Gifts of Imperfection, her take on Gratitude. She says that her research shows that Joyful people are ones who practice gratitude. These folks don't just have an attitude of Gratitude. These people practice Gratitude every day.

Soak in this thought for a few minutes please before reading on...

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40 Days of Gratitude

Since my last blog many exciting things have happened. There is so much to be grateful for that I struggle to know where to start. I guess starting in the NOW is best. Claire and I are hosting another #40GratefulDays. Each day we are taking photos and posting them to Instagram. It is fun and cool to see everyone's posts from around the country. However, learning this new media has made it harder to post than a quickie FB shot or writing in my journal. Remember this later.

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