about what the heck IS this page?

Hi there!  Welcome to my page!

I started this page on January 1, 2017 as a way to carry on carrying the message of gratitude after finishing my year long “Gratitude Project” on Facebook in 2016.  My posts became popular (which surprised the heck out of me!) and so many peeps told me that I should write a book.

A book?  Me?

Yes.  A book.  I have 365 entries from the “Gratitude Project” which could be a book in and of itself….but I also have a hell of a story.

Stay at home mom of two, PTA President, gets sick, turns to booze, booze turns on her, goes to rehab, gets second chance, starts a kickass chronic pain group , becomes a gratitude addict, embarks on a year-long “Gratitude Project“, and starts a blog while writing a book about her experiences.

That’s the gist of it in one sentence, but as you can imagine there’s a whole lot more to it than that.  I write about my struggles with chronic pain but also how I choose to live with it with positivity & gratitude rather than bitterness.  I write about gratitude and how I’ve found it to be a life-changing ACTION that has made all the difference in my life.  I write about recovery and how a sober life is so freakin’ kickass.

I talk a lot about my group on Facebook, AoG (“Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain“) and how I’ve used gratitude to help myself (and now a few thousand others) get rid of the mental debilitation that comes along with chronic pain.  This life is HARD.  We don’t need to make it harder on ourselves.

I’m real.  I’m honest.  I’m not perfect and I’ll be the first to tell you that as well as provide you with a diagram as to how I’m not perfect.  I’m not the girl who’s going to show you how to cook home-cooked meals every night while doing crafty things throughout the house all while  having a perfectly clean home (believe you me…it’s NOT.)   I’m not that girl.

I think in general we are all making ourselves sick trying to portray this ‘perfection’ that doesn’t exist.  We think we need to be able to ‘do it all’ with a smile on our face.  But we are sick, both mentally and physically…we are addicted…we are screaming for help.  Let’s just be real and show ourselves in all of our vulnerable glory-hairy warts and all.

I hope you enjoy my page and maybe get something out of it.  I do my best to keep it going as I write my book and keep up with being admin of AoG and the new page.  My purpose…my mission…my joy…my passion, even…..is to spread the good word of gratitude to anyone who wants to hear it.  I know it’s a hot buzz word and peeps think it’s some kind of self-help mumbo jumbo, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not.

With gratitude, with just a little more gratitude from everyone, we could accomplish so much.

And we could be happy.  Isn’t that the ultimate goal after all?

Thanks for reading!

💜🍋 Lauren

 

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