The Key to Joyful Living

Last week, I wrote about the year 2011 and how to move forward in 2012.  I also wrote briefly about perfectionism and the importance of trusting your intuition.  Just a few days later, I found a great little book which happens to tie all of these thoughts together perfectly.

Meet Sylvia Ferraro, two time world fitness champion.  She is clearly a natural born leader, a fitness icon, and an inspiration to all who meet her.  These are just a few of the reasons I jumped at the chance to take a sneak peak at her new children’s book based on her own true story,  The Gratitude Girl.  If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by the demands of work, family, other peoples’ expectations, perfectionism, or all of the above, her book is for you.

The Gratitude Girl delivers a powerful message about gratitude and the importance of listening to yourself.   We all become drained to the point of feeling exhausted at some point in our lives, particularly women and mothers.  We give to others without recharging our own batteries, and the result is burnout, fatigue, emotional numbness, and even depression.  So where do you go from there?  What do you do to regain a sense of balance and vitality?

Sylvia narrates her own journey through this plight with her beautiful narrative in this book.  She recounts the little things that bring joy along the way-the wind, a song, the sky.  This is one of my favorite parts of the book because the so called “little things” in life often bring the greatest joy, the type of joy we are often seeking when we buy material things.  In listening to herself and getting still, she finds gratitude for the small things in life, thus rediscovering her own sense of joy and vitality again.

I see so many people arriving at this place of exhaustion and emotional numbness, and many of them choose unhealthy outlets like unhealthy food, alcohol, or drugs to feel alive again.  Instead of resisting the unpleasant feelings and getting stuck in state of inertia, we can all learn from her proactive approach and ability to practice nonresistance.  Most of the time, the best thing we can do is stop, get still, listen to ourselves, and find gratitude again.  I believe her story will help many women move towards grace instead of perfection, self nurture instead of self depletion, and mindful living instead of helplessness.

I hope you’ll empower yourself by reading The Gratitude Girl today.  You can get your own “Circle of Friends” sneak peak edition by writing to and placing “Like It! Love It! Gotta Have It!” in the subject line of your email.  You can also read more about this book here.

That’s all for today from this health blogger mom, folks.  Speaking of empowerment, I just read good news about the real estate market projections for 2012.  Your financial soundness and stability is crucial for good health, and it’s important for all of us to stay as informed about economical factors as possible.  It looks like real estate market may be seeing some significant improvements in coming months, and that’s good news for all of us who are interested in real estate investment this year.  Enjoy!