Welcome to Gratitude Addict!
Has life given you lemons? Let's make some lemonade, people!
My name is Lauren and 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!
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’ve 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. I also 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 there’s my alcoholism…I added another disease to the mix years ago while unsuccessfully trying to manage my chronic pain and not surprisingly it went very, very wrong. LOL Today I am a very grateful recovering alcoholic and I take my sobriety very seriously. I am so grateful for my 12-Step fellowship and the life it has helped me to build. I’ll be adding a page on ‘recovery’ at some point (hopefully soon!) so stay tuned. For now, you can find out more about me on the ‘About me‘ page.
So my wish is to show you ways to incorporate gratitude into YOUR life, even if things aren’t going swimmingly for you. Gratitude can be found in ANY situation….we just have to learn to be open to it. Life is hard….it’s really hard. I’m just trying to make it a little easier and gratitude does that for me in spades.
Here’s what you WON’T find!
- If you’re looking for inspiration and advice to be a person who can ‘do it all’….you’re in the wrong place. That’s not me.
- If you’re looking for ways to be more efficient or get cute little crafty ideas for your home….RUN, don’t walk away from here. I’m NOT your girl.
If you’re looking for a truth teller who seeks to find the good in every situation….that’s me. You might be able to find ways to cultivate more gratitude in your life too. It turns out, I found 366 things which is absolutely amazing….and I’ve got more in me!
The site is a work in progress, so bear with me. I had this idea of what I wanted when I started working on it back in October, and this is nothing like it….it’s better. I thought I wanted one of those feminine pink flowing sites that all the female bloggers are using these days. But as I started working on it, it didn’t feel right.
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. I hope YOU like them. Besides…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 photos.
Yeah…not me. 😎
I do hope you’ll stick around for the fun. There’s ALWAYS something to be grateful for. Comment away. Can’t wait to meet all of you and I’m grateful that you wanted to check out my page and my message.
Let’s get our gratitude on! – Lauren 💜
Happy Birthday to one of my inspirations, Martin Luther King, Jr.! A fine example of service & love you left for our world, sir. Thank you!
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