Welcome to Gratitude Addict!
Has life given you lemons? Let's make some lemonade, people!
Hi! I'm Lauren & I'm a gratitude addict!
Hey there, precious peeps! My name is Lauren Zalewski and I’m so happy that you’ve come to check out my site! If you’re looking for happiness, positivity, inspiration, and a way to incorporate GRATITUDE into your life, you’ve come to the right place!
In a nutshell, I believe in a world of good and kindness. I truly believe that people mean well but sometimes get lost along the way. I Click here to Read More
And most of all I believe in GRATITUDE. As a matter of fact...for me...most if not all of those things I just listed now come naturally to me because of my gratitude practice. And it is a practice...it's not something that you just have or you don't-you have to work at it. So that's exactly what I decided to do beginning in 2016!
Last year I challenged myself to try to cultivate more gratitude into my life. Other than do the typical gratitude journal that everyone does (and I knew I would not keep up with,) I scared myself by committing to do what I called my “Gratitude Project” which entailed posting on Facebook one original thing that I’m grateful for every single day for the entire year. I wasn’t allowed to repeat, and I wasn’t allowed to list things of material value (iPhone, laptop, etc.). I knew by committing to do this to my ‘Facebook universe’ I couldn’t back down.
So I did it! And the one thing I was NOT expecting was that people really liked it!
When your default setting is set to gratitude, your eyes open to a beautiful world you were once blind to. You see things in a completely different way.
So what will you find here?
I have lived with chronic pain from lupus & fibromyalgia since 2001 so I write a lot about life with chronic pain and how I find gratitude and blessings from my situation. In 2014 I founded an awesome Facebook group which is growing by leaps and bounds called, Attitude of Gratitude With Chronic Pain. It’s a fantastic group of peeps who walk the road less traveled when it comes to living with chronic and/or emotional pain, illness, and disability by fostering positivity and gratitude vs.complaining about their situations. We focus on the SOLUTION…not the PROBLEM. If you live with chronic pain/illness/disability check out the chronic pain page to find tips and an explanation of what I do to maintain that sense of gratitude-even on the worst pain days.
Then I came upon this journal that someone had given me as a gift. I had forgotten all about it, and just looking at it made me HAPPY! It was the colors…those bright colors are so much fun and make me happy! It was then that I decided to make Gratitude Addict using
bright, happy colors (because…I’m not one of those pink, frilly sites…remember?) Those are the women who ‘do it all’ and have those crafty ideas like how to decoupage a bench you bought from a garage sale or how to make a placemat using your old granola bar wrappers. They are incredibly awesome....but that's just not in my DNA. I can barely remember if I took my meds in the morning and my laundry is currently overflowing in my basket!
This 'Lemonade Affirmation' just came to me one morning last week & I can't really explain why or how....but I like it!
I wasn't looking for anything to write at the time. However, I had been doing some self-reflection so I'm guessing that's where it came from. There are some times when you're chronically ill (or ANYONE, actually) where you wonder what your identity really is.
- Who am I?
- What do I stand for?
- What do I believe in?
- What makes me special?
- What makes me tick?
So I just started writing and I guess I must know exactly who I am because it took less than 5 minutes for me to write. It just flowed as if someone had been transcribing it to me. So I guess that's pretty cool that I know who I am!
So many of you seem to be enjoying it too and perhaps we are very much the same! So I'm posting it here and welcome you to share, print & stick on your bathroom mirror....whatever. If you find that it helps you get through the day...AWESOMESAUCE!!! I'm flattered!
Oh, and why 'Lemonade?' It's what I make out of lemons. 😉
Current blog post!
Do you guys know who Danielle LaPorte is? If you don’t, you should! (And now you will.) Her quotes are something else-so very powerful and breathtaking. She has a way with words that just speaks to me (and millions across the world.) Her famous hashtag is...read more
This time I was the one getting interviewed!
Here's my podcast interview with "The Gratitude Podcast" from March 2017 w/ my new friend Georgian Benta! Can chronic pain & gratitude co-exist? (spoiler: YES!!!)