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Gratitude Jar

What’s a Gratitude Jar?

I started a Gratitude Jar at the start of the year as one of my new years resolutions, and it’s one of the best things I have ever done.

All you have to do is take a moment each day to write down something that you are grateful for and put it in a jar. It’s a great exercise, because it forces you to be mindful of the positive things that happen throughout your day.¬† And when you’re having a particularly bad day, you can have a look at all the positive things that have happened to you.

To make your own Gratitude Jar all you need is:

  • An old jar
  • Scrapes paper to write on
  • Ribbon and a label to decorate (optional)
  • Gratitude

But I don’t have anything to be grateful for!

Really? The simple fact that you’re reading this, means that you either have (or have access to) a computer with internet, which means you have electricity, and you’re probably sitting on a pretty comfy chair too. You can find an almost infinite number of things to be grateful for by focusing on the little things that you usually take for granted. A few examples of some of my own gratitude’s include:

  • Didn’t have to wait in line at the coffee shop! And my soy latte tasted AMAZING!
  • Enjoyed a delicious¬†Eggplant Rollatini for dinner tonight!
  • Relaxing Friday night eating home made popcorn and watching a movie with my husband.

Do you have a gratitude jar? If so, has it had a positive effect on your attitude or outlook on life? Please tell me about it in the comments!

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How to let go of the limiting beliefs that are preventing you from quiting your day job

Quitting your job is SCARY! And there are so many limiting beliefs that keep you chained to your desk (trust me I’ve experienced them all!) but it doesn’t have to be this way! Here are my 5 steps to letting go of the limiting beliefs that are preventing you from quitting your day job:

1. Accept that a 9-5 does NOT give you financial security

You could be fired from your job tomorrow. You employer could go into liquidation. Your entire life could fall apart. I’m not trying to scare you, but the reality is that most people hold onto their 9-5 jobs because they believe that it gives them financial security. But in reality, self employment is going to give you the same amount of financial security (or lack thereof depending on how you want to look at it).

Once you stop believe that you have financial security, you’ll likely start to realise that finances are NOT holding you back, because the fact is that the thing that normally holds people back is fear, which leads us to our next step:

2. Make peace with fear

Fear of the unknown, fear of judgement, fear of failure, fear of complete financial dissolution. I get it, quitting your job is terrifying. So how do you make peace with fear? Well…

3. Accept that you CAN earn an income by yourself (and have fun while you’re doing it!)

From an early age most of us are trained to believe that the only way to earn a living or be a respectable member of society is to be an employee. We’re told that we have to work long hours for minimal reward because that’s just how life works. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Think about it this way. If a company is paying you money, that means that you are making them a lot more money. They aren’t paying you out of the goodness of their hearts. They invest money in you, and you give them a return on their investment. So if a company is prepared to invest in you, why aren’t you prepared to invest in yourself?

4. Realise that you have marketable skills that you can use to generate an income

If you have a day job, you have skills. You probably underestimate how valuable and knowledgeable your skills really are. Or if you don’t have a day job, maybe you’re an amazing stay-at-home mum with parenting skills that you can use to help others, or maybe you’re a great cook. Stop devaluing yourself and start to realise that you an amazing person with a unique set of skills that only you can offer the world.

Once you let go of your limiting beliefs, you can starting working towards quitting your day job.

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