I have to read a lot of celebrity books as the  host of a NBC’s New York Live, a daily entertainment and lifestyle show.  There have been so many books, that it is hard to remember all the ones that have followed me  home and spent quality time in my bathroom :-).  But there is one recent book that crossed my desk that I cant’ seem to forget.  In fact, I keep telling family and friends about it.  That book is Happily Ever After: the Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart by former Bachelorette Trista Sutter.

In Happily Ever After, Trista writes that despite fertility struggles, complicated pregnancies, endless to do list… what she calls the messiness of life… she has managed to maintain a grateful heart.  She writes that with active gratitude, everyone has the ability to reduce the stress, laugh more and experience each day to it’s fullest.

That mindset really spoke to me as something I needed to share with you here, as well as others.  I am very grateful for my life.  In fact, that gratitude has helped me to appreciate being single.  My  family and friends, my work opportunities, my health, my gifts… there is so much that makes me happy.  A good friend said to me today… that I have such a healthy attitude about being single, about being childless and even about getting rejected by a man.  This was after I told her about a guy that I was set up with on a blind date who didn’t seem to be that into me.  I shared that I told the guy, “Look, it just seems that you are really not that into me… and that’s ok.  My ego is healthy enough to allow me to not to expect every man I encounter to want to be with me, even if I want to be with him.  And that’s ok.”   And it really is ok.  I accept the reality that I can’t do everything, I can’t have everything… but the things that I do get to do and the things that I do get to have are wonderful. And I am grateful.

In her book, Trista lists some things we can all do to exercise our gratitude.  Why not give one or more a try?

*Tweeting about one thing you’re thankful for at the end of every day

*Writing positive thoughts on a slip of paper and keeping it in your wallet or purse as a reminder

*Makig the most of your ‘me time’ (I do this one very well, lol)

*Creating a list of all the reasons you love and appreciate your partner/friend/family members and sending it to them

*Inventing reasons to gather and celebrate, or throwing a party for no reason at all.

What I’m Loving!

Also, wanted to include some things I’m loving this week…

The Blacklist–This gripping NBC Drama staring James Spader is fine tv.  The show returns Monday, Jan. 12 at 10 pm from it’s winter break. (And ladies hear me when I say do not miss the beautiful actor Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe #bonus)

KatherynMichaelSheldon.com–This amazing website not only features beautiful photography, but if you are in NYC the ‘Foodland Adventures” section will guide you to some of the city’s most amazing restaurants.  A must if you are planning a trip to NYC!

Apollo Theater–Would you believe the historic Apollo Theater is celebrating 80 years this month?!  This landmark stage feature greats such as James Brown, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and so many more.  And the Apollo is still going strong with the new Apollo Music Cafe, show stopping celebrity performances and ‘Amateur Night’, showcasing fresh talent and possibly future legends.

Sincerely,

Jacque, E.I.C.