Magical Gratitude 28-day Challenge: Day 11

Welcome to day 11! 

I hope everyone has been having a wonderful, thankful week!

Start today with the magic words: THANK YOU!!! Say thank you for everything you touch today. Thank you for the heat in your car, the coat that protects your skin from the biting cold, thank your child for having the will to live when s/he was but a heartbeat in your womb. Be thankful for your toothbrush, and toothpaste, be thankful for the clean, safe water you use to brush your teeth. 
Instead of the Thank you List, you are going to count your blessings. Make a list of 10 blessings, and why you’re grateful. Reread the list, and say thank you, thank you, thank you! Feel as grateful as you possibly can. 
Before you go to sleep tonight, hold your magic rock and say thank you for the best thing that’s happened today. 
The best thing that happened today for me was seeing my son run up to his teacher and embracing her with love and appreciation. His teachers are amazing. When my son started the school year, he could barely speak. He tried, but I could only understand maybe 50 words. He couldn’t count, despite my attempts – I would count everything with him! He knew his colors, although only I could understand what he meant when he said anything other than blue. He loves school – everyday when I pick him up, (he only goes for a few hours, Pre-K is half day), when I pick him up he tells me “he played! with cars and play doh and friends”. Of course he still has a speech impediment, but now even strangers can understand him! He is speaking so much better, it swells my heart with pride to hear him babble on with his teachers or friends, my mother. He can count to 10, and I almost cried when I realized it. He knows his colors, and can say each one almost clearly. I am so thankful for his teachers and the work they have done with him. 
My boy opening gifts at my father’s house, telling his Nana
he didn’t want to pick up the wrapping paper I believe lol

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Magical Gratitude 28-Day Challenge: Day 10

We are at Day 10! Who is feeling amazing! I know my mood has been getting increasingly better, my patience has increased, and I’m finding myself just sitting back and smiling thinking about how lovely my little life is. How has your life changed since starting this challenge? I’d love to know!! Just contact me and tell me your story!

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

Philo of Alexandria

Today’s chapter reminds me of a situation I had just the other night. I went through McDonald’s drive through to get a smoothie, and the woman in the window was far from friendly. She impatiently barked “what would you like” when I ordered, “go to the 2nd window” when I finished telling her my order, said nothing but the amount I owed when I got to the window. She pushed the cup into my hand and all but threw my change at me. I considered telling her to drop the attitude, because I certainly did not deserve such gruff treatment. But then I thought about when I worked retail. I hate to admit, but when I was in college, there were days when all it took was one customer to get me really mad, and I was far from friendly – never rude but not friendly- with the rest of the customers. It wasn’t fair of me, and it isn’t fair of the McDonald’s girl, but she’s young and probably isn’t treated very well by many customers. So I smiled, told her thank you, and wished her a good night. I sincerely meant it, because I felt for her. 
Day 10 Exercise

Byrne calls this chapter “Magic Dust Everyone”, because you will be sprinkling magic dust on people by thanking them, directly or in your mind. Choose 10 people you receive services from – your kid’s teacher, your hair dresser, your dentist. – the list goes on – and take a moment to feel grateful for everything they do/have done for you.

Be sure to add 10 items to your thank you list every morning, and hold your rock and say thank you for the best part of the day.

Magical Gratitude 28-Day Challenge: Day 9

Welcome to Day 9! 

So, we have been adding 10 items to our gratitude list every morning, and each night we hold our gratitude rock thinking about the day and saying THANK YOU for the best part of the day. 
Today we are going to be practicing an exercise designed to bring us more money! (again!) Byrne has dubbed the chapter “The Money Magnet”.

Day 9 Exercise: Gratitude for your bills…

If you don’t have enough money, the last thing you would normally do is feel grateful for your bills, but if fact that’s exactly what you have to do to receive more money in your life.

The Magic, p.96
Get your bills together and separate them into 2 piles – paid and unpaid. Get at least 10 paid bills, and all of your unpaid bills. On all of your unpaid bills, write THANK YOU FOR THE MONEY and feel grateful for the money to pay them (even if you don’t have the money). Feel grateful for the services provided to you, feel grateful that you were able to get electricity or cable or phone time without paying up front. Imagine you have the money to pay them all in full and appreciate that money to your bones. 
Now, for your last 10 bills you’ve paid, write THANK YOU – PAID and feel truly grateful you had the money to pay the bills!
 I know I’m grateful when I pay my bills every month! When I was with my abusive ex, if I wasn’t quick enough he would take the money and blow it before I had the chance to pay the bill. He’d get so mad whenever I paid the electric or for the phone bill. I still pay my bills the day I get paid, and it feels so great to have my bills paid in full, and to not worry about any negative consequences for paying my bills. I am so grateful to see zero’s on my electric bill, phone bill, and I’m even ahead with rent! Life is an amazing thing when you feel gratitude!

Magical Gratitude 28-Day Challenge: Day 8

Take a Bite Into a Gratitude Sandwich

Welcome to Day 8! We are more than 1/3 through the 28-day challenge! I don’t know about you, but things have already started magically improving in my life! 
Today we are going to express appreciation for the food we eat and the drinks we drink.
Byrne writes that giving thanks for the food one is about to eat has been practiced thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians. In Elen Sentier’s new book Shaman Pathways -Following the Deer Trods: A Practical Guide to Working with Elen of the Ways, Sentier explains that the ancients dating back to Paleolithic times, when humans were still hunter-gatherers, considered hunting a sacred rite, and gave thanks to the animals and plants who gave their lives to sustain that of the humans. (Btw – if you’re interesting in learning about Elen of the Ways, this is a great book choice! Sentier teaches a lot of exercises that help you explore the Otherworld, and helps you connect with the Universe in unique and enlightening way).
When you’re about to pop some popcorn for a movie night with your family, or pop open a bag of pretzels for your child (obviously something I just did), think about the work it took to get that food into your hands. You went to the store and spent the money, yes, but there’s more than that. The people who stocked the shelves at the store, the people who delivered the food to the store, the people who put the food into the neat mini-sized bags, the people who made the food….when you think about it, you realize that a lot of people contributed to feeding your growing child; that keep your belly from rumbling angrily when you’re hungry.

The incredible thing is that when you are grateful for food and water, it doesn’t just affect your life; your gratitude also impacts the world’s supply. If enough people felt gratitude for food and water, it would actually help the people who are starving and in great need.

The Magic, pg. 89

Day 8 Exercise

In the morning you will add 10 more items to your thank you list, and before bed you will hold your gratitude rock and say thank you for the best thing about the day. Before you eat anything today, look at the food and say Thank you!

Magical Gratitude 28-day Challenge: Day 6 & 7

Hello my lovely readers!

We are going over day 6 and 7 today! Yesterday I went to my fathers house for Christmas, (it went well!) and after grocery shopping I was wiped out! I’m still fighting off a cold, but again, grateful it’s not worse!
So, a quick recap – everyday we are adding 10 items to our gratitude list, and before bed each night we take our rock into our hand and say thank you  – while feeling grateful for the best part of the day. I know I’ve said this every day, but I mean it from the bottom of my heart: Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to read this, and hopefully for following along with me in your copy of The Magic.

Day 6: Works Like Magic

One thing I see often on social media is people complaining about their job, or their small paycheck. I’m on disability – I cannot work. I got my first job when I was 14 years old, and always did well at work, so it grinds my gears to see people taking their work for granted. Byrne says that if you are miserable at your job, the best way to get into a better job is to start being grateful for the job you have.

You should love your job, whatever it is, and be excited about going to work, and you shouldn’t settle for anything less. If you don’t feel that way about your current job, or if it’s not your dream job, the way to receive your dream job is by first being grateful for the job you have.

The Magic, p. 71

Day 6 Exercise

The next day you go to work imagine an invisible manager is following you around, taking notes of everything you’re grateful for. Does your office have good coffee? Do you have a coworker you enjoy talking to?As your “gratitude manager” follows you around during your next shift/the next time you work, have them “take note” – you will cue them to note it down by saying or thinking “I’m grateful for ______” and feel as grateful as possible. It can be anything – if no one took your stapler, the building didn’t get set on fire, that kind of stuff. (Sorry, couldn’t resist the silly Office Space reference).

Day 7: Magical Way Out of Negativity

Byrne states on page 77 that taking things for granted is a “major cause of negativity, because when we take things for granted we are not giving thanks in return, and we stop the magic from happening in our life.” She goes on to explain that being negative is impossible when you’re grateful. I cannot agree more! Since I’ve started practicing gratitude, I’m finally happy! Sure, I’ve had some trying times. There was one time my mother was fretting over a bill I had that came out of nowhere and I remember telling her “Mom, if I’m not stressing, you shouldn’t either. I will take care of it when I can, and since there is nothing I can do right this minute, I am not going to let it ruin my day.” She took a deep breath and tried to relax. I’ve been trying to explain to my mother that my life has turned around because I’m grateful for what I have, and don’t stress over what I don’t. She wonders how I can be living in section 8 (income based) housing, get only $800 a month, and not be stressed. I tell her “it’s simple: My son has a safe, warm home. We have a good routine and a healthy relationship. Neither of us ever go hungry. I have a car in the parking lot, and clothes in my closet. I have cable, and canvases, and craft supplies galore, while my son has an entire room for toys. I have done what is in my power to promote my writing business, and have applied for financial aid and payment plans for bills I cannot pay. What do I have to stress about? I’m happy, my son is happy, my life is great!” and ever since she has been coming to me for advice on what she can do to lead a happier life. It’s why I decided to get ordained through the Universal life Church – because as Reverend Amanda Wilson, I can offer advice to people of all faiths, and hopefully help them. Even if they just feel better talking to me, I’m happy and grateful.

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.

Gautama Buddha, the Founder of Buddhism (Byrne, p.80).

Day 7 Exercise

For today, your task is to choose one problem or negative situation in your life you want to resolve. List 10 things that you are grateful for about the negative situation. At the end of the list, write “Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the perfect resolution.”

For one whole day, try to get through without saying anything negative. If you catch yourself saying or even thinking something negative, stop yourself and say “But I have to say that I am really grateful for _____”
This is sort of how I boosted my self confidence. I started by giving myself one compliment a day, and stopped myself from putting myself down. If I put myself down, I would immediately counter with a compliment. It felt silly at first, but I would make a point to look in the mirror and say the compliment aloud. You get used to talking to yourself, and you finally start internalizing the truths of how great you are.

Magical Gratitude 28-day Challenge, Day 5

Hello my lovely readers! Who is feeling amazing today!? THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for joining me on this magical endeavor to transform into a grateful person! I have a cold, hence why I’m writing this later than usual. It was great to sleep in! I’m thankful that my cold isn’t as bad as it could be, and I’m thankful that I’m starting to feel better!

If you haven’t already, get a copy of The Magic by Rhonda Byrne, the author and creator of this process.

Let’s review…

So, every morning we are adding 10 more items to our thank you list, and before bed each night we take the gratitude rock into our hands, thinking about the best part of the day and saying thank you, feeling the energy of the gratitude fusing with the rock.

Yesterday we focused on our health and renewed our appreciation for it. Todays’ topic is a bit more touchy – something that can cause wars, murders, make people eat weird stuff and do crazy things:

 Magic Money 

Rhonda explains that if there’s a lack of money in your life, “understand that feeling worried, envious, jealous, disappointed, discouraged, doubtful, or fearful about money can never bring more money to you, because those feelings come from a lack of gratitude for the money you have.” (p.61)
This was one of the first things I started doing when I began my healing journey – I started appreciating the money I have, despite the fact that I get less in a month than many people make in a week. I’m on disability because of my mental illness – I cannot work, so I am lucky to get any money at all. I have a roof over my head, my son and I never go hungry, we are never cold, we have plenty of clothes, and my rent, electricity, and phone bills are always up to date. I am even blessed enough to have cable and internet – a blessing many people in my situation do not have. Has being grateful brought me loads of money? No, but I am confident that my gratitude for what I have is why whenever I have an unexpected expense I somehow come into money to cover it – I get a writing gig, my mother gifts it to me, I sell clothes, one time I was chosen to take a survey for Google and received a $50 gift card, which bought me an office chair I needed so I could spend a large portion of my day at my desk writing. Gratitude has made a HUGE difference in my life, especially when it comes to money.

Now, today’s exercise should have been read in the morning, so I apologize for posting this in the afternoon. But, better late than never! There are a couple steps for today’s exercise:

  1. Take a few minutes to recall all the times you have been given things at no charge to you. When you were a child, did you have toys? Meals at home, a snack and lunch at school? Did you receive gifts for your birthday or holidays? Did you have a pet? Were you rewarded for good grades, or given an allowance?  As you remember each time money was paid for you, say and feel the magic words from your heart for each instance.
  2. Take a dollar bill or small bill and put a sticker on it. (I used a Post It Note). On the sticker write: THANK YOU FOR ALL THE MONEY I’VE BEEN GIVEN THROUGHOUT MY LIFE.

  3. Take your magic bill with you today, and at least once in the morning (oops, lol you can do it tomorrow too), once in the afternoon, and once in the evening, or as many times as you want, and take the bill out. With the Magic bill in your hands, read the words you wrote and be truly grateful for the abundance of money you’ve been given. 
  4. After today, put the Magic bill somewhere you can see it everyday, to remind you to continue to be grateful for the abundance of money you have been given in your life.
I think it will be fine to perform this now, or you can repeat the process tomorrow. And speaking of tomorrow, I will be doing it a little differently. Tomorrow’s exercise is intended to be done while you’re at work, and because many people don’t work on Sundays, I will be providing day 7’s instructions as well – Byrne explains that if you aren’t going to work on day 6 to perform day 7, then go back to day 6 when you go to work.

Until tomorrow, my lovely readers!

The Magical Gratitude 28-day Challenge

Happy New year! I cannot believe how quickly 2018 came to an end! It was probably one of the best years of my life. . I have been working hard to improve my life – to heal, to attain sovereignty, to empower myself – and the results have been magnificent. I have found happiness for the first time in my life – even as a child I felt incomplete! But now, I finally feel like I am where I belong.

As I was going through my favorite blogs trying to figure out the best way to celebrate the new year I found a common theme – making plans for 2019. Resolutions, goals, steps -whatever you call them the bottom line is looking forward. But what will be out of sight by looking forward? All I could think was “2018 marks the first year of my new life, and I can’t unceremoniously leave it behind me”.

I was sitting at my desk going through my mini Happy Planner (a hand-me-down from my best friend), and I happened to look over at the bookshelf next to my desk. For those of you who don’t know – I have a huge “witchy” library. I have a large bookshelf upstairs in my altar room holds most of my books, and the bookshelf next to my desk is for the books I’m currently working with for articles or personal study. So anyways, I glance over at my bookshelf and see a book I had honestly forgotten I even owned, and wasn’t sure I remembered putting it there. The book is The Magic by Rhonda Byrne. She’s the same author of The Secret – I never read it but it was all the hype a few years ago.

Dedicated to you…May The Magic open up a new world for you, and bring you joy for your entire existence. That is my intention for you, and for the world.

Byrne didn’t dedicate The Magic to her children or her lover, to her best friend or confidant – she dedicated the book to us. She expressed her wish that magic dance through our lives because she knows a magical life is one of joy, abundance, and fulfillment. I know that once I realized that magic was real – the kind of magic that allows joy into your heart and breaks down all barriers to your imagination- my life started making a turn for the better.

The Magic teaches you how to be grateful – truly grateful. Being grateful doesn’t mean saying thank you when you get a gift, or thanking someone for holding open the door – it’s appreciating everything you have instead of fretting over what you lack.

The Great Mystery Is Revealed

I’m sure you’ve all heard that the universe holds a great mystery – the secret of how to life a fulfilling, enlightened life. Byrne reveals the answer on pages 5-6:

The answer to the mystery that has eluded so many for centuries is in one hidden word: gratitude…if you don’t take the time to be grateful you will never have more, and what you do have you will lose. And the promise of the magic that will happen with gratitude is in these words: if you’re grateful you will be given more, and you will have an abundance!

While the words she quoted came from the Holy Scripture of the Gospel of Matthew they apply to everyone because they are describing a fundamental law of science and of the Universe. Gratitude operates on a Universal law with which us witches are quite familiar with: The Law of Attraction – like attracts like. When you are truly grateful for your home, your finances – no matter how much or how little you make  – then according to the Law of Attraction you will attract more of them.

It works in the same way as metal being drawn to a magnet; your gratitude is magnetic, and the more gratitude you have, the more abundance you magnetize. It is Universal Law! 

You Can Never Be Too Grateful
I learned how to be grateful in 2018 – after 30 years of life I finally learned how to be grateful. So why am I starting 2019 with a Gratitude challenge? Because you can never be too grateful! My life has changed so dramatically in 2018, it simply would not be right to move forward in 2019 without paying the proper respect to the changes accomplished in 2018.

The Magic Formula

  1. Deliberately think and say the magic words: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
  2. The more you deliberately think and say the magic words, thank you, the more gratitude you feel.
  3. The more gratitude you deliberately think and feel, the more abundance you receive. 

I am honestly not doing this challenge to gain more out of life- I am doing it because it is easy to take things for granted, and I feel compelled to remind myself every day that I would be homeless or dead if I hadn’t taken the path I did a few years ago that lead me to the changes I made in 2018. More abundance of course is welcome, but I wanted to just get that out there. I welcome you to join me in this challenge – the reason why is for you to decide. I don’t care what your reasoning is, because no matter how selfish you may think it is, I only care about bringing more joy and love into another persons life. You can get The Magic on Amazon. I will be writing about the challenges, but I urge you to get a copy for yourself because you are often instructed to read ahead and I will not be providing detailed notes of the chapters. It wouldn’t be legal to replicate her book on here. Also, you might want to get a journal or notebook to keep through this challenge. I personally like writing things out by hand, but using a word processor on your computer will work too. So, get your copy  of The Magic, set up a way to journal the endeavor and join me on this magical adventure!

The Magic Gratitude 28-day Challenge: Before you start

Figure out what it is you want to achieve. Get paper and pen or your computer/tablet/phone and make a list of what you really want in every area of life – literally every aspect. Remember you are just making list of what you want- not how you will get it.

The Magic Gratitude 28-day Challenge, Day 1: Count your blessings

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. – Willie Nelson (p.29)

This assignment is probably best done on a computer or tablet, because you will be adding to it everyday for the next 27 days. When you first wake up, or as soon as you can in the day, make a list of 10 things you are grateful for. Think about why you’re grateful too. When you finish writing the 10 things, go back and read each one aloud, followed by saying “Thank you Thank you Thank you” before reading the next item.

Some ideas for format:
I am truly blessed to have _____, because _______.
I am so happy and grateful for ______, because ________.
I am so thankful for ______, because ______.




Good luck, and thank you, thank you, thank you, for reading my blog! #MagicGratitude2019