30 Days of Gratitude: Day 24

What ‘Challenge’ am I Grateful for Today?

 

Haha! Actually…I am grateful for the CHALLENGE that has been keeping up with posting #30daysofgratitude every day for 30 days!!! This has been a 30 day challenge in itself for me, but it has also prompted me to draw awareness each day into the simple things that make life oh so sweet, I hope you have enjoyed this practice as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you.- Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘Challenge’ are YOU Grateful for Today?

 

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 23

What ‘Tradition’ am I Grateful For Today?

 

Now that I have my own little family to set traditions with, I am grateful that ‘tradition’ in general was a big part of my upbringing. My parents helped our family to establish strong traditions around our holidays. A favorite of mine, which we carry on in our family today, is the day that we get our Christmas tree. We always decorate the tree while we bake cookies and listen to Christmas songs, and then kick off the season with a Christmas film. My favorite has to be ‘Elf’ or ‘National Lampoons Christmas Vacation!’- Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘Tradition’ are YOU Grateful for Today?

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 22

What ‘Story’ am I Grateful For Today?

 

‘The Story of Us.’ I am grateful for the story of my life’s journey so far…my performing career, my yoga journey, my journey with love, marriage, travel, and children. There are so many memories deeply imprinted that I wish that I could have it captured in my own epic novel!- Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘Story’ are YOU Grateful For?

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 21

What ‘Song’ am I Grateful for Today?

 

I am so grateful for the mantra that I use every day in my meditation…’RA MA DA SA SA SAY SO HUNG.’ I use Snatnam Kaur’s version of this mantra, which facilitates healing on all levels of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. – Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘Song’ are YOU Grateful For Today?

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 20

Who ‘In My Life’ am I Grateful For Today?

 

I am so grateful for my partner, Cam. He is by best mate, the love of my life, and the father of our gorgeous children. He is so supportive of my dreams, and is incredibly dedicated to our family. He is creative and thrifty around the house, and always knows how to make me laugh when I am taking myself too seriously. I am the luckiest lady in the world to have him by my side.- Jennifer Allen

 

Who ‘In Your Life’ are YOU Grateful for Today?

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 19

What ‘Touch’ am I Grateful for Today?

 I am grateful for the warm, soft cuddles that I have every evening with my wee little pug, George. He has the softest, silkiest fur, and LOVES to nuzzle into my lap at the end of the day. The unconditional love that comes from the fur babies in our life is absolute BLISS.- Jennifer Allen

What ‘Touch’ are YOU Grateful for Today?

 

 

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 18

What ‘Piece of Art’ am I Grateful for Today?

 

I am grateful for every piece of art that my beautiful children have made for me! My daughter in particular loves to draw, and loves to make cards. I have several of her ‘masterpieces’ hanging up beside my bed, on the refrigerator, and in my office. Each is so expressive and so beautiful in its own way.- Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘Piece of Art’ are YOU Grateful For Today?

 

 

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 17

What ‘Knowledge’ am I Grateful For Today?

 

This year in May I will turn 37 years young! As a yogi, I am considered quite young to be in the role that I am in. Because my journey took me into the subtle nuances of the body early on in my teaching career, I feel grateful that I have the tools and the knowledge to look after mine and my students’ bodies in a way that is safe and functional. Yoga is a global phenomenon at the moment, but as a new yogi coming to  the mat it must feel so overwhelming to try to find the right class, teacher and experience to suit your needs.- Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘Knowledge’ are YOU Grateful For Today?

 

 

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 16

What ‘About Your Body’ am I Grateful for Today?

 

EVERYTHING! Wow, my body has never let me down. A successful career in professional dance followed by the ability to create 2 beautiful children, and now the ability to move and breathe through my practice…what a gift. I thank the universe every single day for this body of mine, and all of its ‘perfect’ imperfections’…a few loose ligaments in my hips from dance, a bit of lower back disc degeneration from my years of ballet, and a handful of stretch marks and battle wounds from making babies…ah well! All a testament to moments having truly LIVED.- Jennifer Allen

 

 What ‘About Your Body’ are YOU Grateful for Today?

 

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 15

What ‘Season’ am I Grateful for Today?

 

Of course…SUMMER!!!! Summer in New Zealand is absolute paradise. It took me a while to acclimate to the reverse seasons having grown up in North America, and admittedly I was very skeptical of the kiwi beach Christmas, but I have grown to LOVE it. My parents are coming over from America at the peak of summer this year, I can’t wait to picnic on the beach with them and have a swim in the sea.- Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘Season’ are YOU Grateful for Today?

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 14

What ‘Sight’ am I Grateful for Today?

 

I am grateful for the beauty of the land we live in- Aotearoa. Around every corner there is something spectacular to see! One of my favorite sights is the view of Rangitoto while I am walking along Takapuna Beach…it is massive, and so mysterious. It still amazes me that I get to live amongst this beauty and experience it every day, New Zealand is definitely nature’s playground.- Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘Sight’ are YOU Grateful for Today?

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 13

What 'Abilities' am I Grateful for Today?

Every morning I wake up so grateful for the ability to go to work in a job that is also my life's work, my passion, and a way of being for me. I am so grateful to offer others a platform for self- care, nourishment, and healing.- Jennifer Allen

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30 Days of Gratitude: Day 12

What 'Texture' am I Grateful For?

As we all know, we are now entering one of the busiest times of the year, my most sacred space has to be my big, fluffy, super-king sized bed!! Most days I literally FALL into it at the end of a busy run of working and parenting, and in that moment there is nothing more divine then the feeling of my heavy cotton sheets and duvet as the cocoon me for my night's sleep...ahhhhhhh.- Jennifer Allen

What 'Texture' are YOU Grateful For?

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 11

What 'Holiday' am I Grateful For?

This 30 Days of Gratitude campaign was inspired by the traditional American Holiday Thanksgiving. It is one of the only holidays that is truly about family, feasting, and giving thanks. It is a day to reflect on the people and things in our life that surround us in joy and love. I truly hope you have been enjoying the opportunity to reflect on these joys this month thus far.- Jennifer Allen

What 'Holiday' are YOU Grateful For?

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 10

What 'Taste' am I Grateful For?

I’m most grateful for my first sip of coffee in the morning. I only have one coffee a day and usually it’s a coffee served to me in bed by my husband. That first sip is so many things to me, the kind gesture of another human being lovingly getting up first to make the coffee, it’s the precious family time spent together on our bed as the sun rises in the morning, it’s the taste of a brand new day with endless opportunities and it’s a reminder of the small things in life that can bring us the greatest joy. So yes, I am most grateful for the taste of my first sip of coffee, a ritual that reminds to practice bramacharya  everyday.- Sam Ford

What 'Taste' are YOU Grateful For?
 

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 9

What ‘Place’ am I Grateful for Today?

 

I am so grateful, every single day, for my second home- Jayayoga Studio. It is wear my heart lives and my passions lie, and the most amazing experience in the world is witnessing the transformation that takes place with my students, trainees, and teachers there. The energy is absolutely divine.- Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘Place’ are YOU Grateful for Today?

 

 

 

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 8

What ‘Book’ am I Grateful for Today?

 

The book that lives on my bedside table beside my journal (I take LOTS of notes!) is ‘The Universe Has Your Back’ by Gabrielle Bernstein. The premise of the book is the work of transforming your energy from fear-based to love-based, and trusting that the universe will take care of the rest. Have your pens, journals, and highlighters at the ready for this one, a worthwhile read as part of your spiritual journey.- Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘Book’ are YOU Grateful for Today?

 

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 7

What ‘Memory’ am I Grateful for Today?

 

I am grateful for all of the wonderful memories that I have of what I call my ‘past life.’ Even though it was this life, before I was a yoga teacher I was a professional dancer and music theater performer. Even though I have hung up my dance shoes, I am left with amazing memories of New York City and the glamorous life. I also have thousands of photos to look back on and reminisce.- Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘Memory’ are YOU Grateful for Today?

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 6

What ‘In Nature’ am I Grateful for Today?

 

No doubt in my mind…the SEA. In the words of Moana…’the sea calls me.’ Whether I am simply looking out at the water, dipping my toes in, or fully submerged over my head, I am always healed by the energy of the ocean. I have always lived near water, and here in NZ we are so lucky to be surrounded by the beauty of the sea.- Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘In Nature’ are YOU Grateful for Today?

 

 

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 5

What ‘Sound’ am I Grateful for Today?

 

I gave this one quite a bit of thought, and the conclusion that I came to for today? The sound of SILENCE.  Because I am oftentimes either teaching or with my kiddos, I find that I use my voice almost all day! By the end of the day I absolutely savor those few moments either right before bed or early in the morning that I may sit silently in meditation. Silence actually IS golden!- Jennifer Allen

 

What ‘Sound’ are YOU Grateful for Today?