I’ve been gone but I’m back …. And I’m Grateful!

You may have noticed that you haven’t received a blog from me in quite some time.  Well, I’m back!  I’ve taken time off of blogging partly on purpose and if I’m being honest, out of frustration.  I truly wasn’t sure where my business was going and it was difficult to write with integrity.  I’m a small town girl and I wanted to figure out how I was going to work from home, add value to people, and do less traveling. So, here I am with my comeback blog.  There are some new things happening such as my name has changed to Straight Up Leadership, I’ve got some fun & engaging events coming up, and I’m starting a Podcast in 2020, so stay tuned, you won’t want to miss the next year!

As 2019 comes to a close, I continue to work on being thankful for this amazing life I have.  As children we are taught to say thank you and if you didn’t you might have gotten a swat from you Mom, I know I did.  I did the same to my kids, but I not only wanted them to say thank you, I really wanted them to BE thankful. I wanted them to know how truly great we have it here.

One of my coaching clients hit it on the head the other day.  She shared with me that she has always wanted to travel, to enjoy other countries, to experience other cultures and meet new people.  On one of their trips she and her husband took their two daughters to an underdeveloped country.  During that trip they experienced many fun and beautiful things, but they also took them out into the city to see how the poorest of the poor lived.  I asked her why it was important to show them that and she said “Because I never want them to take this life for granted. I want them to KNOW how good they have it so they are good to other people, so they are happy.”    What a beautiful thing!  How many of us would have gone to that degree to ensure our children understand gratitude.  I told her how proud she should be.

So during this time of Thanksgiving, I encourage you to take time to really look at the things we have to be grateful for, things we take for granted like clean water, electricity, and good food every day.  Did you know that positive psychology research shows, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

Can you write down 3 things you are thankful for every day for 10 days?  Give it a try, here’s mine for today!

  • I’m thankful for the health of my partner Wayne, our kids and grand-kids.
  • I’m thankful for the time I get to myself to meditate, read and grow.
  • Lastly I’m thankful for flannel sheets in the winter 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving,

Irmadene ~


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