I’m going to make this short and sweet and right to the point.

I’m a summer girl.
And I hate winter.
But, I do love NOVEMBER.

And it’s not because of the reasons so many others rave about– like “sweater weather” or “breathtaking forests” or “pumpkin spice lattes” (gross) I’d rather be in flip flops on the beach drinking ice tea.

But I live in New England, so that perfect trifecta only happens a few months out of the year. And November isn’t one of them.

So why is November my 2nd favorite month of the year? Because it’s…

National Gratitude Month

and

National Adoption Awareness Month!

Those two things together make me warm and fuzzy inside, even if it’s 50 degrees outside.

This month more than any other, I really try and create more space for gratitude in my life through simple practices like creating a gratitude jar, keeping a gratitude journal, being intentional about expressing gratitude more often to people in my life, and feeling appreciative for so many things including the gift of adoption that touched my family many years ago.

There has been multiple research showing that if you spend just a few minutes a day either writing or expressing gratitude and appreciation, it can actually improve your physical and mental health, your relationships, your resiliency, and your long term happiness.

Gratitude is also addictive—another benefit that research has discovered. Acts of kindness and feelings of gratitude flood our brains with a chemical called dopamine. When we are truly grateful for something (or someone) our brains reward us by giving us a natural high. Because this feeling is so good, we are motivated to feel it again and become more inclined to give thanks, and to do good for others.

But it doesn’t matter if gratitude makes us healthier due to the power of positivity, or if the dopamine in our brains sets off a chain reaction of gratitude. Every study done on the subject of gratitude research has indisputable evidence that gratitude benefits our bodies, minds and souls.

So, how about a little GRATITUDE WRITE NOW?

I invite you to join me next week (November 15-19) for a FREE 5-day Yogic Writing challenge to cultivate a Gratitude practice. I’ll send you an email each morning with a simple exercise to strengthen your gratitude muscle, and I’ll meet you in my Facebook group to share your practice and appreciate and support each other. (The Facebook group participation is optional.)

One last thing:

If you are touched by adoption and would like to share your story, or are curious about adoption or foster parenting, please visit my Facebook page: The Adoption Monologues for resources and stories.

And finally, THANK YOU for supporting my Yogic Writing programs throughout the year and for sharing your stories. I am so appreciative of YOU!

Virtual hugs,
Rebecca

It’s taken me a little while to really take in all the love and joy that transpired last month on my 60th birthday. The day was definitely a “golden moment” I will replay over and over again. After more than a year of covid fear and aloneness and not seeing or hugging one another, the day was truly magical.

My daughter, niece, and husband teamed up to make it happen. The details were amazing, from the JT themed tables, to my favorite Newport “lobstah rolls” and the hilarious “Name That JT Song” game everyone played, adults and kids alike. Are you catching on to the theme here?

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For me, that means I schedule my yearly mammogram, and I make a donation to The Get In Touch Foundation, an organization that focuses on educating girls in grades 5-12 on how to do a breast self exam so they can be an advocate for their own health throughout their lives.

I met the founder of GIT, Mary Ann Wasil, several years ago when I was on a retreat at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Continue Reading

Are you looking up?

Easier said than done, right?   

The truth is, I’ve been feeling quite a bit of despair lately with everything that’s happening in our country and it’s been a struggle to stay positive. I’m worried that my son Continue Reading

Question: Is your life handing you a little too much dirt these days?

 

For me, some days I wake up and my first thoughts sink into this global pandemic we are still in the midst of, along with the horror show of trending news stories of virus-deniers, racism, martial law in action, etc… and I just want to cry. I have to force myself to get up, meditate, write, and think about the blessings in my life and the GOOD in the world; not the bad and the ugly. Continue Reading

The first time I took a yin yoga class, I spent the first half hour in conversation with myself: “Are we done yet? Can I get out of this pose now? This doesn’t feel great… Can we FLOW, please?!”

If you’re not familiar with Yin yoga, it is a slow, meditative style practice, as opposed to the more common (yang) yoga of movement and flow. Once you come into a yin pose, it is held between three and eight minutes so that the connective tissues are gently stretched. Holding a pose for several minutes can provoke anxiety, or fear, or even boredom.
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“There is so much love in the world,” my husband cries softly. “So much beauty.”

“Yes,” I say, wiping his tears, “there is that.”

He sits propped with a cushion to comfort his back, and picks at the fresh fruit from the Edible Arrangements bouquet that arrived earlier today, or perhaps it was yesterday, or the day before. Deliveries of fruit, hot meals, chocolate and flowers have been pouring in the last few days; it’s hard to keep track. Continue Reading