What are YOU grateful for?

‘Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.’
-Melody Beady

For me, July is a time of year for us to celebrate our Independence. It reminds me of the extreme sacrifice countless men and women have selflessly given to and for us and our country. It makes me feel so incredibly grateful for the supportive families these men and women leave behind to serve our country. I am so incredibly thankful for our past as a country and my past as an individual for it helps me further appreciate where we’ve come as a nation and as individuals. I am grateful for the relative peace we enjoy. My family can walk outside and freely go places, buy what we want, where we want and when we want. We have so many rights and privileges living in this great country. For it is in our past we can create our future. I am so thankful for the countless opportunities I have to create my own future.

Our perceptions create our reality. For it is in seeing and fully appreciating what we have today that creates opportunities tomorrow. It is in truly feeling the feelings of gratefulness we begin to feel we have enough… enough food, enough love, enough house, enough freedom to have, be and do anything our heart desires. The one thing I know for sure is that gratitude helps us fully embrace the present and this, in turn, opens up space to have more of what we want in the future.

With a grateful heart,


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Tandy Elisala

Family Caregiver Coach, Cancer Empowerment Advocate and Chief Inspiration Officer at Center for Inspiring Greatness | Empowered Family Caregiver
Tandy Elisala is passionate about helping family caregivers go from being overwhelmed and stressed to empowered and calm. Tandy went through cancer four times and learned how to heal using conventional, complementary, and alternative therapy. Tandy left her corporate career to take care of both parents simultaneously while raising three kids as a single mom. She took care of both parents for 2 1/2 years until their respective deaths. Tandy now teaches what she learned on her journey. Tandy is a family caregiver coach, a multiple best-selling author, inspirational speaker and mom to three adult kids, one angel dog and one diva cat.

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