How do you manifest the life you want?
I'm not one of those people who think we can have anything we want. But I did discover a secret on my recent trip to Israel that I want to share with you.
The two weeks with my son was the best two weeks of my life! But as much as I wanted us to have a trip we will always remember, it could have been much different.
Michael is 29, and I feared he might be on his phone constantly, or he would be bored traveling with his Mom, and I would have wasted a lot of money on a hope and a prayer that things would turn out well, but in real life they wouldn't.
So I took an action before that trip that I want to tell you about, because I believe any of us can use this strategy and reap the benefits daily.
Before we took off for Israel, I set my intentions on being grateful for every moment we were together and for the good fortune to be able to travel halfway around the world together. Now I know you've heard gratitude is good for you in life because it gives you perspective, but I want to share how gratitude actually changed reality.
In setting my intentions on gratitude, I found myself telling Michael multiple times how thankful I was that he had come with me, and how fortunate I felt to be there with him.
When was the last time you told someone at home, work or school "thank you" for being part of your life?" "I'm so grateful I know you" is hard to be negative about. When we keep gratitude to ourselves it changes our mindset, but when we share it, it changes our reality.
Like many Moms and sons, Michael and I have had our ups and downs. Most recently we have navigated some pretty significant potholes as I have changed my parenting style from a woman who didn't love herself and too often didn't set boundaries, to a mother who values herself and is comfortable saying "no".
But even with that backdrop, setting my intentions on being thankful and communicating my gratitude set the tone. By setting my intentions on gratitude, I manifested two weeks I will forever be grateful for.