Gratitude has changed my life.

As I have practiced the art of gratitude, my life has changed in many ways. I find myself feeling more content, which allows for peace to enter my life. I truly believe that having gratitude leads to contentment. While most of us are on the pursuit of happiness, which is understandable because it’s the best emotional high, it is also not sustainable. Contentment is more sustainable. I found contentment through gratitude.

I hope the practice of gratitude positively impacts your life like it did for mine. Now that I’ve been practicing for over two years, I can’t imagine not having a heart full of gratitude. One thing to remember is to be kind to yourself and forgive yourself if you miss a week or two. This book is simply a tool to help you get started with practicing gratitude.

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I had some big girl decisions to make.

My journey to motherhood was challenging, humbling, and completely life changing. I have changed in ways I never could have anticipated and my relationship with Thomas has changed, but only for the better. I am a mother now and there is nothing in the world I can’t do.

I think your heart will fill with joy as you read the first chapter of my book Big Girl decisions, where I describe how I fell in love with Thomas, my husband over heartburn pizza and a valentine’s box. Thomas made me insanely happy, so happy in fact that the idea of disturbing that happiness with the creation of a tiny human paralyzed me. I didn’t want to share my husband. I didn’t want to put my career on hold, stop writing music, or doing all the things I loved doing. I was terrified about how much my life would change once I was a mom.

One day, I woke up and the idea of having a child didn’t make me want to curl up in a ball and hide. On that bright beautiful day, I knew it was now or never. I was pregnant four months later. You may cry during the chapter titled She Swings and Misses, where I describe driving home after my Dr. told me that because I wasn’t miscarrying on my own I would need to have a D&C. The loss of my pregnancy changed me forever.

Thomas and I somehow got through it together, and in the mix of it all we smiled again and grew closer as a couple. Nine months after that I was looking at two tiny pink lines. I was so excited I starting running around the house singing at the top of my lungs.

I hope that you laugh when I tell the story of my seven-month-old son throwing up on Thomas, the family dog, and again in the tub. Just picture an eight-month pregnant lady leaning over the tub trying to clean the throw up off her kid. Yep that was a shinning moment for me.My journey to motherhood was challenging, humbling, and completely life changing. I have changed in ways I never could have anticipated and my relationship with Thomas has changed, but only for the better. I am a mother now and there is nothing in the world I can’t do.