I’m grateful for keeping up a daily morning meditation routine 18 days in a row, journaling, keeping an evening grateful log, and also a daily recovery log. Many times, I’ll start something like this, but I tend to break the habit because life gets “too busy”. Much of this is to help me keep my focus on getting my finances and life under control, still on track to finalize my divorce so both my wife and I can move on with our lives, and my personal goal of taking Together We Can Heal to the next level. I find that when I put my self-care first, everything else seems to also fall in line.


Lately I’ve been getting back into my music, both at work and at home. I have been doing some hard-inner work, listening to a variety of podcasts, learning the ins and outs about website marketing and how to build an online business, coupled with the deep look at my monetary patterns. I haven’t allowed myself a chance to slow down. This week I blasted music, singing on my drive to and from work. I have a wedding I’m DJing next month and I’m getting excited planning that event. I can’t wait to watch everyone connect and let loose to the sound of the music.

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I’m grateful for getting so much accomplished this week while also having balance in my life. I’ve done some mini courses, set out a plan to accomplish my 2019 goals outlined per month, and I even started meditating again.


Meditation is huge for me. While I’ve tracked my food and made exercise a habit, (278 days now – almost one year of mindful eating – YAY!), I would like to start doing the same thing with meditation. I’ve noticed that it’s been very hard to get my mind to settle down. Yesterday was day five for me and I found it somewhat easier. Just like going to the gym; I can’t expect to jump back in and pick up the heavy weights if I haven’t worked out for a while.

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Today I’d like to introduce a good friend, Self-Care Vigilante, Ilana Kristeva. I met Ilana at a retreat a couple of years ago and was so inspired by her daily text gratitudes that I started a weekly gratitude list of my own. Comparing my Grateful Sunday blogs from 2017 to this year in 2019, I can see how my gratitude list has grown leaps and bounds from just a short paragraph to plenty of things to be thankful for during the week. While it’s important not to suppress the struggles we are going through in life, it’s equally important to not let those conflicts define us either.


When I became acquainted with Ilana, I had only been blogging for a couple of months. She encouraged me to continue my writing and even offered that we FaceTime together to help me get into a daily routine of composition. Two years later, this is still something we haven’t done. However, her excitement and belief in my blog inspired me not to give it up.


Recently, Ilana sent out an email to her “Tribe” of an interview she did with Jesse Walker, who wrote the book Fit Beyond 40. Not only was it exciting to see my friend sharing her message, there’s a lot of good tidbits of information in this video.


Interview with Self-Care Vigilante – Ilana Kristeva

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