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Wellness Wednesday #3: Gratitude

by on ‎02-14-2018 10:00 AM

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘Thank You,’ that is enough.”

-Meister Eckhart

 

On this Wellness Wednesday, I want to share with you something that changed me to my very core. It wasn’t a diet, a material thing, or a major life event. It was gratitude.

 

True wellness comes from so much more than the food you eat and the exercise you undertake. At least I believe so. Gratitude transforms a struggle into a rewarding challenge. It transforms a small amount into a bounty. It transforms worry into bliss.

 

I often find myself, when I’m alone, letting my mind wander off and my thoughts drift to small worries that build into bigger and bigger ones. I’m sure you can relate. When that happens, or when I find myself awake at night worrying about the day that’s passed or the day to come…I’ll practice a “gratitude snapshot”…where I reflect on all the things I can find to be thankful for.  By the end of just a few minutes I’m teary-eyed with thanks to God for all I’ve been blessed with.

 

Having a gratitude list in your planner, your car, taped on your bathroom mirror, can help lift you out of a slump and into wellness of spirit. Your list will look different than mine of course. But I thought I’d list some here to inspire you to do the same:

 

I’m grateful for clean running water and a roof over my head.

 

I’m grateful for meals, no matter how simple, that keep me alive and healthy.

(here's the recipe for one of them!)

 

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I’m grateful for the young woman Heaven blessed me with who inspires me, makes me laugh, and teaches me to be a better person. 

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I’m grateful for my dreams and goals…they keep me moving forward, inspire me to improve, help me to get up when I fall down. Here’s a livestream from awhile back about my vision board..I encourage you to make your own!

 

I’m grateful for every opportunity I can take to focus on me..my health, the improvement of my fitness, my peace of mind. 

 

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I’m grateful for coming across words that lift me up when I feel challenged.

 

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I’m grateful for the dog I didn’t ask for but got sweet-talked into adopting by a certain 7-year-old! <3 

 

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I’m grateful for the small things that bring me to happy tears: sunrises, my favorite song, Gabby playing the ukulele, the “beep” my badge makes when I walk in to QVC (no lie…I still can’t believe I’m here).

 

I’m grateful for the incredible people I meet everyday from all over the world. 

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And I’m grateful for the beautiful souls who work so hard, support their families, and bring smiles to millions when we come together on the air. 

 

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I’m grateful for the hardships I’ve suffered. Knowing grief, loss, and heartbreak help the joys be even sweeter and build you into the better person you are today.

 

I’m grateful for every teacher who took the time to pass on valuable knowledge to me, and pushed me to move past my comfort zone (I used to have a debilitating fear of public speaking…thank you Mr. Levy for getting me through that!).

 

I’m grateful for my family. They sacrificed so much so I could thrive, learn, and grow. Here’s five generations of my fam! 

 

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I’m grateful for you…if you made it this far you’ve shared a least a few minutes with me. Your time is precious and you gave some of it to my words. I cannot thank you enough.

 

In our quest for wellness it’s easy to feel defeat, feel overwhelmed, compare ourselves to others, and be so close to giving up. A gratitude check-in can help hit our reset buttons so we stay on track and remember how far we’ve come.

 

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

-Melody Beattie

 

I hope this inspires you to find the abundance that is all around you…Thank You!

 

Read our first two Wellness Wednesday blogs here and here!

 

Be well…

Stay Connected with Jennifer:

Email: j_coffey@qvc.com

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Comments
by
on ‎02-14-2018 01:35 PM

You have made my day. My son was born on Valentine’s Day. He is the best. I think we could all be more great full. I am now taking a walk on a sunny day. Greatfulness is being in the moment and realizeing it.

 

 

by
on ‎02-14-2018 01:40 PM

@Jennifer_Coffey  Words and thoughts well said.  Thank you Jennifer,  I love this blog.  It is so inspirational and uplifting. You are a beautiful person, inside and out.  Thank you for being you! 

by
on ‎02-14-2018 01:42 PM

@Jennifer_Coffey   Almost forgot to add, your doggie is adorable!  

by BetJ
on ‎02-14-2018 03:36 PM

Very well said, Jennifer!  Thanks for sharing this, as it was a good reminder for me!  Happy Valentines Day!

by
on ‎02-14-2018 04:17 PM

Thank you, @Jennifer_Coffey Happy Heart Every Day.

by epfotog
on ‎02-14-2018 05:25 PM

I am thankful for YOU !   i remember you in my daily prayers.  

by
on ‎02-15-2018 03:21 PM

Jennifer, this post is so beautifully written that you brought tears to my eyes. I think about this subject more and more as I get older.  I wish so often that the younger generation could realize what a gift gratitude is and how it IS the gift that keeps on giving. It not only makes one a better person, it fills the heart with happiness. A happy heart can only spread that happiness to others. We have a culture of scarcity today where we often feel we can never measure up or ever have enough. Insecurity, jealousy, and greed follow. Your daughter is fortunate to have a mother who is a positive role model and understands the value of setting goals, following your dreams, believing in yourself and a higher power, working hard, and being grateful for everything. With your passion and life experience, you’d make an excellent motivational speaker!

by
on ‎02-15-2018 05:20 PM

Beautiful, heartfelt, and very inspirational.  Thank you Jennifer for reminding me of what is so very important!

 

❤️

by
on ‎02-15-2018 11:16 PM
Way too sappy for me
by
on ‎02-16-2018 12:55 AM

I can take a little "sappy".  Smiley Wink  You are feeling joy!   It's a good thing!   From Martha      No, from SCSmiley Happy Heart  

by
on ‎02-16-2018 12:59 AM

And one more thing, I really need the little dog!  Heart

by sunfloweryellow
on ‎02-16-2018 12:10 PM

Hi Jennifer, you are an inspiration, know matter what you keep me humble. Who am I to ever feel lacking when so many other people have less. Gratitude is definitely the key and we all should take time to focus on that. Blessings to you and your family!!!! 🙏🏽😊

by
on ‎02-16-2018 02:37 PM

Thank you Jennifer.   Once again, a very nice read.   Wish everyone would just take a moment to breathe and take it all in.   Everyday is a gift as they say, your life can be over in a heartbeat.  I try to be thankful everyday and treat people nciely, you never know what is happening in their hearts.     

by CaDreamer
on ‎02-16-2018 08:11 PM

Jennifer, I'm grateful that you are still there and sharing your views with us.  I have been through the most harrowing two years and as much pain as I've lived through, I am left feeling grateful for life, family, love and a million other things.  No matter how much of a practice gratitude is, like yoga, thank you for reminding us of it's importance and it's reward.  All the best to you, Gabby and Picaboo...you're all precious. 

 

xo,

 

Sandra

by joannedreams
on ‎02-21-2018 11:22 AM

!Jennifer,

 

I just read your beautiful post!  I appreciate your awareness and sensitivity - it shines through everything you do!  So thank you for lifting our spirits, and reminding us that we are so very blessed!:

by
on ‎02-25-2018 09:11 PM

Jennifer

Your video of the vision board is a life lesson in itself.  I immediately thought that your future book would be about inspiring others, since you do that so very well.

All the best to you and yours.

 

by CHRISTMAS SNOW
on ‎09-29-2018 05:04 PM

Love the furbaby and keep giving thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

P.S.Will you please see if we can get some colored window lights for our homes.They only offer white or clear and I would love to go back to colored lights.I know if anyone can do it its you! I would like to be able to have different colored lights or bulbs for all occasions in my windows.

by
on ‎03-30-2019 11:02 AM

Love your blog..now I understand why you're the host I love to watch! We share the same values!!! I especially love watching you and Isaac!!! Keep spreading the LOVE Jennifer!!!! LOVE your dog...I couldn't be happy w/o mine!! Heart