Gratitude Journal 12/9/18 📔

Happy Sunday bloggers, hope everyone is having a great morning so far.☺️

Just wanted to take the time to say Thank You for reading my blog. I’m not the best writer but I do enough to get my point across.

Thanks also for the gift of writing.

What a joy it is to express myself through words!

A letter, a diary entry, a blog, or a report…all these things are ways I can share my thoughts and knowledge with the world.

I am grateful for the chance to express myself and pray that God will guide my pen every time I write.

Olivia ✍🏾

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Gratitude Journal 📔 12/5/18

Good morning friends,

How good it is to talk to God!

Formal prayer is important, but today I just want to pour out my heart and speak to God in my own words.

Thank you for the opportunity to talk to you as a friend.

Thank you for listening to my prayers and understanding my heart ❤️

Remember you can talk to Him without judgement and shame.

Come as you are…..

Have an amazing day,

Olivia

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Self-Care isn’t Selfish…it’s ok to Reward Yourself ☺️👇🏾

Good Morning friends,

Today I am going to treat myself!

Thank you for the opportunity to do something special “just because.”

Thank you for giving me the chance to reward myself just for being me.

I am grateful for these little joys and for the ability to recognize that I am worthy of pampering.

My life is special, and today I am thankful for the chance to rejoice in myself.

Now, I haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet!

I just know whatever I do I deserve to do it, and will not be told I’m being selfish. 😃

What do you feel like doing but didn’t want to take the time to do?

Happy Tuesday Luvs,

Olivia💋

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“The stress-free way to enjoy the holidays is to plan, take one step at a time, and have a sense of humor.” Beth Tabak

Can you feel the holiday jitters beginning? Suddenly there it is right around the corner. Relax! Take time to plan well now and ease into the holidays with a big smile. Grab a journal and pen, and let’s get started.

🎁Reminisce over previous holidays- In your journal create a column for What Works and another for Not That Again. Under What Works list the activities that bring you joy, come naturally, and click into place. Under Not That Again list your challenges. Jot down the things that drain your energy and bring you down. What can you do to delegate, dump, or change the items in the Not That Again column and embrace more of the activities in the What Works column? What changes need to be made?

🎄Choose a theme you can be excited about- What is important to you this holiday? Base your theme on that. If you want to stay home instead of traveling your theme could be “Home for the Holidays”. If your budget is tight consider “Simply Sensational”. Your theme helps you stay focused. A theme that honors your spirituality could be “Faith and Family First”. Or choose a favorite quote such as Mahatma Gandhi’s “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World”. Get creative, have fun, and write it down.

🎁Set your top 4 priorities- Base them on what you really want which should connect with your theme. Get crystal clear. Write them down. When you know your priorities you are able to respond easily to a request and set boundaries. When someone asks you to get involved request 24 hours to respond. Look at your priorities and see if it serves them. If it does, consider it. If not, the answer is likely no.

🎄Create a Map- What if you took a big trip without planning? You would likely get lost, waste time, and experience anxiety. It makes sense to plan at the holidays when so many areas of our lives are effected: time, energy, personal care, relationships, physical environment, and finances. Consider creating a task list thru the end of the year. It takes a block of time but will save you time and stress. It will rescue you from running in circles, going back and forth to the same place, and trying to remember what’s next. In the past I’ve had hundreds of items on my task list. No wonder we get stressed when we attempt this in our heads. Here’s a tool to help. On your computer create a chart with 4 columns. Use your theme for the header. Under your theme list your priorities horizontally. Label the columns in a way that is helpful to you. I use Business, Personal, Holiday, and Need List. Use small font and minimal margin space to fit as many rows as possible. Print your map. List your tasks and add on as they come to you. Keep your map with you at all times. Schedule time to carry out the tasks. Have fun and build momentum as you make progress. Remember to save it for next year.

🎁Simplify- Every task must be handled. You can do it, delegate it, or dump it. Eliminate what does not serve your priorities. What can you get help on and delegate? This is a good time to get rid of those items on your Not That Again list. Hire someone to decorate or a housekeeper for the month. Have everyone bring a dish instead of you doing it yourself. Get your family involved and remember that things don’t have to be perfect. Let go. This will give you the space to embrace what you truly enjoy.

🎄Set a budget- Develop a budget that feels good. There are lots of ways to make a holiday special without adding stress to your budget. Show people they are appreciated. Plan family fun and activities. You can let someone know what is special about them in a card, letter, cassette, or video. Get creative. Every year I have one gift for the kids to find. I wrap empty boxes inside each other. When they open the last box there is a clue telling them the next step. Don’t let a tight budget steal your joy. Make it fun!

🎁Set boundaries- Decide now what you will not tolerate. Write it down. Remember your Not That Again list? Is there someone who ropes you into things you don’t want to do? Have the conversation that’s overdue. No is no. If someone keeps asking after you said no, they are attempting to control you. Setting boundaries is about educating people on how they can treat you. Is there someone you need to educate?

🎄Schedule time for planning and yourself- When is a good time to update your plan? When can you take time for you? Put it on your calendar each week thru the end of the year. Keep the appointments. Add this line to your daytimer as a reminder: “I have an appointment in honor of myself this ______(day) at __:__ (time) to do something special for me because I sooooooo deserve it!”

🎁Give in a way that gives you joy vs. obligation- When you give in a way that comes naturally to you, you stay in integrity with who you are. Therefore, you are able to share your own special gifts with others. When you are doing what you love life clicks. If there is a situation you are dreading, think about how you can tweak it and handle it in a way that would bring you more joy.

🎄Take action now- Begin today so that you are tying up your last bows well before the pitter patter of hoofs on the rooftop. Keep your holiday journal and map close at hand. The sooner you complete your tasks, the sooner you can sit back, smile, and enjoy the season!

What I want for you is to take action to move one step forward to prepare for the holidays…Starting Now!

Please send your thoughts and comments. I would love to hear from you.😀

Olivia

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I owe more than great gratitude to Olivia B. Shepherd for helping me regain my freedom and my life back again. I’ve always worried very much but things got much worse with time and at my lowest point, I couldn’t stand large crowds and was afraid of driving alone. The only place I felt safe was around my family. My mom heard about Olivia from a friend and got me signed up. Everything has been a fairytale ever since. She has equipped me with techniques to deal with my depression and anxiety issues. Her love and support has helped cast worries and fear out of my life. I can’t put a price on the assistance I’ve got so far, you are a God send Olivia. Loads of thanks!

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Gratitude Journal 📓 11/15/18

Good morning friends, who among us is afraid of change or trying something new.

🙋🏽‍♀️I know I was but no more, I’m super excited about all my new experiences!!!

Lord, sometimes I get frustrated, especially when I have to face something new.

Thank you for giving me an open heart.

Help me accept change and rejoice in new experiences and new people.

Help me to be grateful for new opportunities and always see the good things even when I am afraid to try something new.

Don’t be afraid to embrace new things, there’s so much on the other side of fear!!!

Have an amazing day!!!!

Olivia 💓

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Gratitude Journal 📔 11/13/18

Good morning friends here’s to another day to give thanks!

Today my mind is thinking of places far away from me.

I’m grateful for the places I have traveled to and the opportunity to see new things and meet new people.

I am grateful for the places I haven’t see and the anticipation and promise of trips to come.

Thank you, Lord, for making it possible for me to leave my surroundings and visit new places.

Where have you been?

Where do you want to go?

I’d love to visit Dubai, Japan, Africa, and Australia!

I’m going to thank God in advance for blessings to be able to travel in the future.

Wishing you all happy travels,

Olivia

Gratitude Journal 📔 11/9/18 Everyday Is a Journey

Good morning friends, every day is a journey through time and space.

Thank you, Lord, for the journeys that make up my life and take me amazing places.

I am grateful for the things I’ve learned on my life’s journey.

Allow me to appreciate the journey more thank the destination and keep an open mind for unexpected gifts on the road.

I may not always end up where I thought I would, but I’m grateful for the paths I travel.

Today as my son leaves the halfway house for the last time,

I’m so grateful God took him on that journey to prison because I think it saved his life.

He was headed for a life that wasn’t for him and wasn’t raised to be in.

God saw him through all those months, and I survived him being back there.

I thank God for the journey we both went on because it made both of us stronger.

Be thankful for your journey even when you don’t understand your path.

Have an amazing Friday,

Olivia

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Gratitude Journal 📔 10/24/18

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us.~Romans 8:18

☺️Good morning friends, it’s hard to be grateful for difficult times.

💓Help me to see my trails as an opportunity to grow and change.

💓Help me reach out to others who are suffering their own difficult times.

💓Thank you, God, for the chance to know you better through my suffering.

💓Help me remember and be grateful for the suffering you endured to help me.

💓Let me find the bright side of every trial and the strength to be grateful for the rest.

I know it’s easier said than done, but trusting God in all of your circumstances can really help.

As a person who suffers from depression, sometimes I can barely see the good in anything but I know I have to.

God will be beside you no matter what, so always be grateful!

Peace & Love

Olivia💓

Gratitude Journal 📔 10/23/18

Good morning friends,

Today I’m thankful for my family. My parents, my siblings, my cousins and aunts and uncles…all are part of my family and my life.

I may not be close to everyone or see everyone as often as I’d like, but I am grateful for their presence in my life.

My family is a big part of who I am today. Smart, funny, pretty, and outgoing☺️

I need to thank them for that gift, even as I thank God for putting these special people in my life.

Think of the family in life good or bad, thank them anyway!

Have a great day☺️

Olivia