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Iyanla Vanzant

Power Thought: Gratitude is a state of being

Listen to the audio version here or on Spreaker! [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”http://www.carmaspence.com/carmaspence/audio/powerthoughts/2014/20140716.mp3″]   “We think we have to do something to be grateful or something had to be done in order for us to be grateful, when gratitude is a state of being.” ~ Iyanla Vanzant What this quote means to […]

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Power Thought: Gratitude can lead the way

Deepak Chopra “Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.”
~ Deepak Chopra

What this quote means in business:
I like to say that the more you appreciate, the more you have to appreciate. When you are grateful for your business as it stands right now, focusing on all the things about it that are going right, you will not only be happier, but you will become a magnet for opportunities to make things even better.

For example, a little more than three years ago I was in an abusive relationship, supporting the two of us with my business and barely making ends meet. I was on food stamps. I was unhappy. And it was in this dark time that I took up the habit of a gratitude journal.

Every morning, I would write down five things that I was grateful for in my life and business.

I’m not going to lie … it was really difficult to come up with five things to be grateful for. I was profoundly unhappy. But I stuck to it. That morning ritual was my island of light.

That island of light has grown so much bigger. (more…)

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Day 21: Facing challenges and finding blessings anyway

swolleneye Yesterday was the hardest day to find celebration in. I woke up with a swollen eye and a client said they were going to pay me two weeks past the time I planned on using that money. But blessings and celebration I still found.

Remember how I said I went to see a friend speak the other day? Well, apparently while I was there, I was mauled by mosquitos. I have two bites on my forehead, one or more on my right ring finger and three on my back.

I’m allergic to mosquito bites. When one bites me, the bite swells up to the size of a 50-cent piece or more.

The two bites on my forehead swelled so bad, I looked like a half-Neanderthal when I woke up. And, as the day progressed, the swelling fluid dripped down my face. By the time I went to bed … as pictured above … my eyelid was swollen, and so was the space below my eye.

But, the Universe knew that I was determined to find a celebration through all the discomfort and so brought me several blessings throughout the day.

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Cultivate an positive attitude

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Ever the optimist, Sonny Kapoor firmly believes in what his father told him: “Everything will be alright in the end. And, if it is not alright, it is not at the end!” – From The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, screenplay by Ol Parker based on These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach. Film distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures

I’ve been wanting to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for awhile now, and it finally came up on HBO. So I TiVo’d it and watched it last week.
The manager of the hotel, Sonny Kapoor, is a young man and a big dreamer. He firmly believed that everything will be alright in the end. And, that if now is not alright, then it is not at the end.
What a beautiful sentiment. And, what if we approached life and our business with this attitude? What if we just expected the best and always strove to achieve it? What if we didn’t give up easily, but kept pushing on toward our vision?

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10 Things Women Should Stop Doing To Themselves

By Angela Giles

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Carma’s note: When I read this article in a newsletter I receive, I immediately wanted to share it with you. I have faced the following challenges and, occasionally, they rear their demonic heads again. As women, we all face these “opportunities for growth” and I hope that this article inspires you to rise above them.

10 Things Women Should Stop Doing To Themselves

By Angela Giles

In order to have a new ending, you have to start a new beginning. As Arnold Bennett once said, “The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.”

This is absolute truth. However, before you can begin this process of evolution you have to stop behaviors that may be holding you back.

Here are some suggestions to get you moving forward:

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Gratitude Is an Important Second Step

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
Thornton Wilder

A couple days ago, I shared a video in which I talked about release. The next step in creating the life you want is gratitude. In today’s video, I talk about having gratitude for what you have and writing it down in a gratitude journal every day.


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