My 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 23, 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!
Latest blog posts!
- “The Art of the Unplug” – Finding GRATITUDE on my Week Long “Staycation!”
- Gratitude and Grieving
- How to Implement Gratitude into your Life During this New Year
I was very honored to be interviewed and share my story of resilience and bouncing back through incorporating GRATITUDE into my life. Check it out!
After being diagnosed with a chronic illness, Lauren took care of everyone else – except herself. After a while, she started using alcohol to deal with the pain and that quickly got out of control. When she hit rock bottom, she found a deep sense of…
This week’s episode of “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life!” – Thursday, October 21 at 8pm EST “Meditation & GRATITUDE” w/ Iris Perren and Suzanne Celensu from Mini Meds!
I am so excited to be offering a breath of fresh air when I welcome the team behind the wonderful YouTube channel Mini Meds as we discuss “Meditation and GRATITUDE!”
Iris Perren and Suzanne Celensu are two friends who founded the wonderful YouTube channel Mini Meds. If you are a member of my community “Attitude of GRATITUDE with Chronic Pain,” their channel is no stranger to you as I post their exercises as our daily “BREATH BREAKS” several days each week.
They are unique in that all of their meditations are short and average around 5 minutes. This fits in perfectly with what I like to offer the group each day as I try to send the message that intentionally breathing is so important for our body, our mind, and our spirit….and it does NOT require a lot of time! Just a few minutes will provide enormous benefits!
These two ladies are part of the team that came up with this AMAZING idea and I cannot wait to introduce them to you so they can share their story and about how meditation and GRATITUDE work in tandem to help us on our journey to wellness and wholeness.
About Mini Meds:
“Mini Meds was created during lockdown in March 2020 with a team of four people with varied skillsets. With mental health so prevalent during such a difficult period for everyone, we felt it was the right time to try and help people where possible.Suzanne is an actor and voiceover artist from Yorkshire in the UK. She has a master’s in business but since graduating, has pursued her career in acting. When Iris approached her with the idea of setting up Mini Meds she was thrilled and excited to go on this journey and they haven’t looked back.Suzanne quotes “the best feeling in the world comes from knowing that you can have a positive impact on someone’s day.” Iris feels so lucky to have her precious friend Suzanne by her side, her beautiful voice is just incredible for her meditations.Iris has a master’s in business and worked in that area for around 10 years and recently started her self-employment in business consulting and training. She has been certified in meditation since 2012. Since that moment, her heart has always wanted to share this passion.Manos, Suzanne’s partner, is a professional cinematographer and helps to edit all our beautiful videos. Dave, Iris’ husband, is ‘the Mini Meds Handyman’ and focuses on Mini Meds’ social appearance.The mindset behind shorter meditations came from Iris’ previous employment. She found it hard to find time for longer meditations with her work schedule. She thought, “maybe there are others out there like myself who might benefit from shorter meditation exercises?”We are four great friends with one passion – to help and support people through short meditations. Everyone at Mini Meds has an important part and we couldn’t do it without each other.We’re so grateful to everyone who listens to our work. When we began, we told each other that if one person benefits from each video we post, then we’re helping to make a difference.”
Whether you live with chronic pain or not, meditation and mindfulness is a “treatment” that we cannot afford to leave out of our day. Join us LIVE for the hour as we discuss how meditation helps to boost our GRATITUDE and supercharge our well-being!
**episode will be recorded for later viewing**
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