Sunday, November 27, 2022

The genesis of a transformation – #Gratitude #Affirmations #Giveaway

Mariëlle S. Smith (Guest Blogger)

365 Days of Gratitude started with a friend sharing the daily gratitude prompts he’d been using for I don’t know how long. At the time, I’d been trying to create a gratitude practice, but nothing would stick. Until I started working with those prompts. Suddenly, returning to my practice each day became easy, and I started looking forward to taking those five minutes to sit down with my journal.

As my practice developed, I began to leave out some of those prompts my friend had shared with me. Others I modified, and I also brought in some new questions to answer, until I found a gratitude practice that fitted me perfectly.

My own practice brings me so much. It slows me down and reminds me to breathe deeply. It stops me from pushing myself too hard, too often. It brings me joy. Happiness. Appreciation, especially of the things that are so easy to take for granted. It reminds me of all I have going for me, no matter how horrid my day has been.

Seeing what my own practice did for me inspired me to create the 365 Days of Gratitude Journal. I found the practice so transformational, I couldn’t not share it with the world.

So I did, and it’s been wonderful to see people use it, and to hear how it’s transforming their lives as well. I even had people tell me they took the journal to their therapy appointments and how their therapists raved about it, saying they’d be recommending it to their other clients. I don’t think there’s a better compliment to be had and I’ll admit I had a little celebration the first time someone shared their therapist’s response to the journal.

About six months after the first volume was published, I got a nudge to create a second volume, in a completely different style. That’s how this volume, which users call the ‘pink one’, came about. I’m often asked whether I’m going to create a third volume, but I have no immediate plans to do so. I am toying with a charity edition to raise money for the many cat charities here in Cyprus and I’m also working on getting the journal translated in multiple languages—the first volume is now available in Greek and I’m already talking with my German translator—but I’ll be honest: I haven’t thought beyond that.

If the nudge comes, I’ll answer it, that’s for sure. I love creating these journals too much—and the work is much too rewarding—to ignore such a call if or when it arrives.


*** Now available in black-and-white AND full colour! ***

‘The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.’ Mary Davis

Gratitude is not just about ATTITUDE.

Gratitude is about PRACTICE.

But how do you create a gratitude practice that sticks?

After the success of her first 365 Days of Gratitude Journal, writing coach Mariëlle S. Smith brings you Volume 2. Same journal but with an entirely different look!

After years of barely surviving her own emotional minefield, Mariëlle discovered the transformative power of practising gratitude. But, like no one else, she knows that cultivating an attitude of gratitude is easier said than done.

365 Days of Gratitude, Vol. 2 is an undated, guided journal. Complete with inspiring quotes, daily prompts, and recurring check-ins, it was designed to help you create a sustainable gratitude practice too.

Commit to the life-changing power of gratitude today and order your copy now!


I’m not here to sell you on gratitude. There are many articles and research papers I could be citing to convince you just how great practising gratitude is for you. I think you’re already aware of that, though. Perhaps you’ve read some of those articles and papers or maybe you just know it somewhere deep down—or not so deep down.

I’m not hooked on gratitude because it works wonders on my blood pressure and promises to help me sleep better. Although it probably does that, too.

I’m hooked on gratitude because it enables me to perceive everything in life as magical again. I’m hooked because I’m not the same person I was since I started practising it. And because I slip and return to being that anxious, burned out, overachieving workaholic as soon as I stray from the gratitude path—which happens far more often than I care to admit.

Gratitude is a commitment for life. I created this journal to help you commit and turn your gratitude practice into a sustainable one.

About the Author

Mariëlle S. Smith is a writer, writing coach, and editor. She lives in Cyprus, where she organises private writer's retreats, is inspired 24/7, and feeds more stray cats than she can count.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Marielle - Welcome to Beyond Romance!

I am 100% in agreement with you, both about the power of gratitude and the difficulty in keeping focused on one's blessings. I will take a look at your journal, and I hope many of my readers will do so, too.

Sherry said...

I love the cover and look forward to reading the book.

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