The Gratitude Project
You know those moments in life where you have those sudden epiphanies and everything you have been thinking about just becomes so clear… it’s like all that haze in your mind or the brain fog is now clear and you can see everything, from every angel and perspective. This is what happened when i was sitting in my new house, doing a little yoga and listening to Melissa Ambrosini’s podcast… I then found myself grabbing my diary and writing things i was grateful for, as this happened Melissa introduced her next guest… Angela Simpson who runs The Gratitude Project. I had to stop and double check i just heard correctly and sure enough i had..
After the episode was finished, i quickly slid into Ange’s DM’s (typical Kate) and we got chatting. I immediately become a daily gratitude journal-er and follower of The Gratitude Project. Months on, i’ve contacted Ange again to ask some questions about herself and the gratitude project. Keep reading girls.
What was the catalyst that inspired you to start the gratitude project?
There were many things that motivated me to create The Gratitude Project - in particular, my own personal experiences of choosing gratitude over discomfort and fear, and the profound impact this had on my health and happiness.
One key memory I have was when my daughter Bo was only a few months old. I was in the car with her, driving to see the chiropractor because she had some problems with her neck. She was in the back of the car screaming, she hated the car! I could feel my stress levels rising and I pulled over the car for the 4th time to get her out and soothe her, frustrated as anything and wanting to cry. I was running late, Bo hated the car and it was all getting on top of me. But I had this moment when getting her out of the car and I realised that some people would give anything to be in my situation. I had a beautiful baby girl, I was in the car taking her to see a health care practitioner that I could easily afford and that was my biggest stress that day. Who on earth was I not to feel so incredibly blessed in that moment? But I allowed all the things out of my control, her discomfort in the car and my poor time keeping to overshadow how incredibly luck I really was! So I made a decision there and then to stop choosing to focus on the discomfort and start focusing solely on gratitude. It changed everything for me. I became more present and happier within a week and over the long run I started to see big changes in my health, relationships and life.
This experience really was a life-changing-game-changer for me.
How has the simple act of being grateful changed your life?
Like I said above, learning to live with a mindset of gratitude changed everything for me. I’m far happier and healthier, I’m able to soothe myself when I feel emotions like sadness and disappointment and my relationships are more loving and harmonious. Life just feels lighter and brighter when you are grateful!
If there was one thing you could tell your younger self - what would it be?
Let how you feel guide you. I used to push so hard to achieve and now, as a mother, I know that I have to really listen in and follow what feels right! Sometimes that means I hustle (either in my business or simply getting the kids out the door) and sometimes that means I rest and enjoy slow mornings in bed with my loves.
What is your main goal for The Gratitude Project?
My main goal is to help women feel as happy and healthy as possible and I love doing that through coaching. During my studies at IIN (link: https://bit.ly/2v9fiex) I realised the profound effect that coaching can have on a person’s life. It's not about 'fixing' people or trying to figure out how they can be their best, it's about supporting and encouraging them to find the answers. Having someone to facilitate that personal transformation is so amazing and I love that I can be that for so many women now in my coaching business!
Can you let us know what are the most important practices you have implemented into your daily life and the benefits from practicing them?
I keep my daily practices very simple and have found that what makes me feel like my best self are slow starts to my day, cuddles in bed with my hubby and two girls, nourishing food, time spent with people I love and who inspire me and beach walks. I try not to caught up in ‘shoulds’ and instead, get obsessed with joy!
Life isn’t sunshine and rainbows at all time, when things are tough and the stress is creeping in, my self care practices bring me back to earth, ground me in what’s really happening (not my false evidence appearing real FEAR) and helps me to keep a level head.
If there is anything you should take from this interview with Angela, it would be to thank yourself for having the courage to live everyday no matter what is on the cards, and to expect nothing and appreciate everything. See how the simple act of gratitude can change your whole world.
To get in contact with Angela OR if you are interested in her coaching sessions… head over to her website The Gratitude Project and learn how to suck all the goodness out of life.
Lots of love.
Kate & Ange.