“The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.” – Albert Einstein

Nowadays, there are endless studies that prove how our beliefs shape the world around us. I believe that when we decide that we live in a friendly universe, we see this mirrored back to us. When we believe the world is out to get us, we unknowingly create more things to complain about.

Today I was thinking about all the reasons I love where I live, and I realized one of the top reasons was that the people here are so friendly! When I look around in our town, if I ever see someone drop something or fall on the street, almost instantaneously someone jumps in to help them. This is a reflection of my belief that we live in a friendly universe, and I’m proud to live in a place where kindness and community seem to come first.

“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

When we look at the things in our life with gratitude, appreciation, awe, and love, we find more and more things to be grateful for. When I do this, I often get to the point of feeling such deep gratitude that I could literally jump for joy!

Thanksgiving brings the tradition of gratitude; but I am a firm believer that gratitude is a practice that should be adopted more than once a year. When actively used, gratitude can bring immense freedom and joy. It can help you to see why certain things worked out the way they did, and it can give you a deep appreciation for all of the blessings laying in front of you.

HOW do you practice gratitude?

Begin right now by thinking of something that you’re thankful for – a spouse, a pet, a job you enjoy, a hobby you love, beautiful nature. And then think about WHY you are grateful. What is it that you love about this person or thing? The more you think about why you’re grateful, the more grateful you become. When you put increased focus on why you’re thankful for something, and really tune in to that feeling, you bring more things to be grateful for into your life.

When gratitude becomes your new habit, it seems inconceivable to take for granted all that we do. Next time you catch yourself complaining; switch your thinking to all that you can be thankful for. Let’s use the grocery store as an example. So often it’s a chore to go and buy groceries, but when looked at through the eyes of gratitude it’s a blessing to have money to buy groceries, a blessing to have an abundance of fresh food available for us to eat, and a blessing to have someone who bags our groceries. And that’s just on the surface! When we go deeper – it’s a blessing to have the farmers, the growers, the workers who transport our food and soil and water to provide an environment for our food to grow. When we can be thankful instead of complaining, we free our minds from the negativity, doubt and lack mentality. If you want to kickstart your gratitude practice, check out my favourite book on the subject; “The Magic.”

As a little experiment try the following:

  • adopt the belief that the universe is friendly, and be aware of what changes you see mirrored back to you
  • practice looking for and thinking about all the things that you can be grateful for and notice how more abundance and positive feelings flow into your life
  • think about what habits you’re ready to let go of, and what habits you’d like to adopt

And as the trees release their leaves, it’s time for us too to shed what no longer serves us. If there are habits, thoughts, behaviours, emotions that are stressing you out more than filling you up, take a deeper look into them. Why do you do those things? What would you rather do instead? What benefit are you receiving? Is it keeping you stuck or pushing you toward your goals? And then thank those things for the time they have served you and release them. Consciously choose to make new choices, think different thoughts, and feel better feelings. If you need help doing this, feel free to listen to my anxiety release recording here.

May this autumn bring you more peace, more clarity, more freedom, and more joy day in and day out. And may gratitude change the way you see the world and fill you up with such love and goodness!

With love,

Anya (& Keila)

I’m about to embark on an extremely exciting journey, and I could not feel more ready or grateful for this opportunity!

B School is a modern business school for entrepreneurs. Based online with the motto ‘ Make Money, Change The World’ it helps teach business owners the skills they need to market and grow their business while also focusing on the difference they desire to make.

Every year Marie Forleo offers around 50 scholarships to B School – and I am overjoyed to say that I am one of the 47 people for 2016 who will be experiencing B school for FREE! I am still in shock, and I still get goosebumps and light up thinking about reading down the scholarship list and seeing my name! (My boyfriend got a loud and energized wake up call that morning!!)

Being granted a B School Scholarship is huge for me as I have so many insights, coping mechanisms, belief busters, and transformations that I want to share with the world, but no real business or marketing experience. And I’m not the kind of person to let that stop me – I’m the kind of person who enjoys stepping out of my comfort zone, and looking for ways to make things happen. Not only am I going to learn incredible skills in B school, but I’ve already fallen in love with the colourful, inspiring atmosphere, and uplifting stories and dreams of other B Schoolers. It’s a learning environment that I’m proud and stoked to be a part of!

So buckle up and prepare for the videos, products, and exciting surprises I will be releasing over the upcoming months!

And a HUGE thank you, thank you, thank you to Marie Forleo & Team Forleo for giving me this life changing opportunity! B School starts in a week, and I’m more than ready to skyrocket my company, and share my message with the world!

( Below is the video that won me this life changing scholarship! )

With endless love and light; wishing that you follow your dreams and know in your bones that YOU ARE WORTHY of all of the wonderful things this life has to offer.

P.S. I was terrified to post this video – it just goes to show, life truly does begin at the end of your comfort zone. Let fear fuel you towards your dreams!!! Awesome Marie Forleo video on that here.