Dorothy Salvatori PhotographyMy name is Lauren Blanchard Zalewski!  I’m so glad you are here!

I refer to myself as a “gratitude addict,” because that’s absolutely what I AM – an addict of GRATITUDE!

For the last many years I have made it my passion to write about as well as share with the entire world about the power of GRATEFUL living and how it can help us to live lives of exquisite joy and wholehearted GRATITUDE.

What makes me different? I promote GRATITUDE for every situation as I feel its immense power can help to reduce the emotional effects of the many roadblocks in our lives.

I have lived with chronic pain/illness for 20 years, so my main focus is sharing my message and experience with others who live with chronic physical and emotional conditions. But at the end of the day, the lessons I teach are for anyone who wants to ‘up their game’ in the inevitable struggles of life!

GRATITUDE is the answer!

8 years ago I hit a rock-bottom in my life after losing myself emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually to the effects of chronic pain.  I had turned to alcohol as a way to shut out the world and self-medicate my pain, and it ended up taking me down a dangerous and destructive path.  One that I am so GRATEFUL to have gotten out of!

I was fortunate enough to attend a month-long inpatient program devoted to dealing with the emotional suffering that goes along with chronic pain and illness. I got sober and immersed myself in studying about the ways we can take control over the emotional suffering that almost always goes along with chronic physical pain. 

A passionate student of the human experience, I have made it my life’s work to study and pass on the knowledge that I have accrued so we can all live our best lives despite our struggles.  7  years ago,  I began my own group called “Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain” on Facebook.  Our main focus is on coming to a place of acceptance and moving forward with GRATITUDE to reduce the suffering we once endured.  We want to move on with our lives and live them in the most fulfilling and wholehearted way possible!

This complaining-free zone is a place of learning and bettering ourselves by using intentions, mindfulness, journaling, community, and connection, as well as practicing GRATITUDE!  We bring JOY back into our own lives by helping each other.  Our “little” group has now grown to almost 6,500 members and spans 82 countries!

In addition, I host a live broadcast every Thursday at 8pm EST on both Facebook Live and on my YouTube channel called “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life”.    Each week we speak about a different topic relating to incorporating GRATITUDE into our lives despite our struggles. Viewers have the option to have their comments, tips, and questions appear on the broadcast screen in this town-hall type interactive broadcast.  Most weeks I have a special guest on with me who is an expert in their field and shares on various ways we can make our lives better despite the blind turns in the road that come our way in this life.

I have a few upcoming books to look forward to!  The first will be released by Rockridge Press on November 30, 2021 and is called, “The 5-Minute Gratitude Journal for Teen Boys: Quick Prompts for Wisdom, Courage, and Confidence.”  This has been a labor of love and I am so excited to be offering the gift of GRATITUDE to teenage boys who so desperately can use some in today’s society.  In March 2022 I will be releasing, “52-Week Intention Journal: Motivating Prompts to Encourage Reflection, Focus, and Meaningful Change” also through Rockridge Press.  “Chronically Grateful”, my book on how GRATITUDE has helped me to live a life of purpose and meaning through the struggles of chronic pain is currently in the works and I’m hoping to get that out in 2022 as well.

You’ll also want to check out my blog page to read about my thoughts on all things relating to GRATITUDE and/or living with chronic illness.

My second chance at life (I call it “Lauren 2.0!”) has brought me to a place of becoming a teacher and a carrier of the light that was so tenderly and generously carried for me.  The wisdom that I share is simply gathered from my personal experience and learning-I am a seeker and forever student who is always looking for physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental breakthroughs and ways to ease our path to one of healing and wholeness.

Allow GRATITUDE to fill your mind, body, and soul to take us from a place of pain and suffering to a place of serenity and light.

Join me as I show you how!


October 14, 2021

What BIG surprise came today that made me cry? 

My BOOK!!    Get a sneak peek at the “5-Minute Gratitude Journal for Teen Boys: Prompts for Wisdom, Courage, and Confidence!”  Due out November 30, 2021!

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This week’s episode of “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life!” – Thursday, December 2 at 8pm EST   “Gratitude & the Healing Powers of Music” with Adjunct Professor of Music and Performer, Gaby Siegel, M.A.

I’ll be back LIVE this Thursday night with an exciting topic and guest! I’ll be joined by Gaby Siegel, M.A. who is an Adjunct Professor of Music and performer where our topic will be on the healing powers of MUSIC!

How does a happy song affect your emotions? Or a song that reminds you of your childhood? And how does GRATITUDE come into play in relation to music and healing? I’ll be chatting for an hour with Gaby who specializes in this field and you guys will love what she has to share!

I have been wanting to do an episode on the healing powers of MUSIC for a long time, and Gaby is the perfect expert to share with us about its benefits!

About Gaby Siegel, M.A.:
“Born in South Africa, Gaby (Kritzinger) Siegel has won numerous awards for outstanding musical performances throughout her early years and has earned the highest qualifications in piano, and music theory from the Royal Schools of Music (London), as well as the University of South Africa (pre-graduate qualifications). She later obtained her Bachelor’s Degree (B.Mus Performance, Cum Laude) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Two years later she obtained her Master of Music (M.Mus Performance, Cum Laude), at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa. As an adult, she has taught piano, music theory, and ear training at several music schools, academies, and conservatories in South Africa and foreign countries. She has lived, taught, and performed in Williamsburg (VA), Djibouti and Uganda (East Africa), Stuttgart, and South Africa.

Prof. Siegel is a very active performer – playing as organist and/or pianist for weddings, private parties, and special events. She performed as rehearsal pianist for Gospel/Contemporary Worship artist Michael W. Smith, during his concert at the Kennedy Center in January 2014, and again in July 2019. Since 2015 she has been the pianist for the annual Washington, D.C. Easter Sunrise Service at the Lincoln Memorial. At the Easter Sunrise Service in 2015, she accompanied guest musical artist Michael Tait (“Newsboys”). In October 2015 she was the pianist for the World Premiere Performance of Ben Roundtree’s Symphony Nr.1, performing with the Worship Orchestra of Washington.

Gaby Siegel is also a composer and arranger, and she participates in various music projects as a studio/session pianist. In 2018 she composed original music for a Relaxation Double Album by Licensed Art Therapist Lacy Mucklow (Author of the “Color Me…” adult coloring book series). This album, called “Lavender Dreams,” was released in June 2018. A second album, “Lavender Destinations,” was recorded in 2020. She arranges and records frequently with new artists and for special event projects.

Professor Siegel teaches and mentors students from her home studio. She also performs as an accompanist for artists, with orchestras, for special events in the Northern Virginia area, and serves as a pianist at Capital Church (Vienna, VA). Here at Patrick Henry College, she teaches Piano and Piano Accompaniment. Her style of teaching is designed to incorporate music theory, ear training, and improvisation into her lessons so students can develop as well-balanced, well-rounded pianists and performers.”

JOIN US LIVE this Thursday, December 2 at 8pm EST!


My goal is to help provide my audience and followers with the information and resources you need in order to live your most wholehearted, joyful, and meaningful life. 

Whether you live with chronic pain or not, “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life” brings topics and guests who help ALL OF US through life’s struggles.

**episode will be recorded for later viewing**


🟣The “5-Minute Gratitude Journal for Teen Boys” is now available for PRE-ORDER🟣

Encourage the teen boy in your life to look at life through a lens of appreciation using empowering writing prompts, quotes, and affirmations.

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