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Thankful is an adjective that’s defined as feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative. Usually, we like to express our thankfulness during holidays, birthdays, and other celebrations. Many of us have even created a healthy daily practice of expressing our thanks. We’ve all realized the healing power of gratitude and how it can transform our mindsets from a place of fear or lack to a place of empowerment and clarity. When I’m feeling great, I always like to express my gratitude for the big things like money, security, and freedom. And when I’m in a dark place (depression, it happens) I know I can reach for the smallest things to be grateful for like my breath, or how my body automagically processes a million things at one time to keep me alive, or the the roof over my head. Being thankful is a cool little mindset tool that heals the body, mind, and spirit from any yuckiness, and acts as a magnet to attract more good into our lives. It’s awesome and I love it. Here are the top 5 things I’m thankful for today.


1. I’m thankful for my parents. I’m so grateful they decided to move to the US when I was a kid. I asked them once why they chose to move to Anaheim CA, and they said it’s because I told them I wanted to live closer to Mickey and Minnie. Not surprised. I’m obsessed with everything Disney to this very day. Aside from spending most of my life at Disneyland, I had the perfect role models growing up. A mother who was a thriving entrepreneur who taught me how to hustle for what I want while offering the highest level of customer service to her clients, and a father who encouraged me to play with Legos, build model cars, and attempt woodworking so I could think like an engineer. My parents were feminists and I just realized this last week (#FacePalm). I’m so incredibly grateful for them. Click here to see a vintage photo of them that I posted on Facebook >>>


2. I’m thankful for my overactive mind. That almost sounds like a backhanded compliment, and it probably is. Hah! I’m overthinking my overthinking. Classic Lena. My mind is always racing. Thoughts jumping in and out of my mind constantly. But every now and then, I create something incredible that educates, entertains, and inspires people to be the voice they want to hear in the world. That’s my “big why” — to show others that if I can do this they can too. I always talk about how important it is to know you WHY. My mind is overactive because it’s super passionate about creating as much as possible in alignment with my WHY while I’m still walking on this earth. That’s why I absolutely love my virtual program called OMG Be The Voice Bootcamp. I created it to help people get over their social fears to get their voice out into the world. Click here if you’d like to learn more about it >>>


3. I’m thankful for my clients. They inspire me. I don’t know if they know this, though. Witnessing their journeys, their achievements, and their contributions to the world is so humbling. I get to see how brave they really are. I get to hold their hand to help them get past the hurdles. I get to enjoy and celebrate when they accomplish something big (or small). It’s such a gift to be in this role, and I’m blessed that so many incredible people have trusted me with their time, money, and purpose. One of my most recent book coaching clients just launched her book this week. Her name is Lara Habig and her book is called More Than Enough: Discover Your Limitless Potential and Live Your Bravest Dream. Click here to download a Kindle version of Lara’s book at NO COST before it goes back to the regular price of $9.99 on Monday. >>>


4. I’m thankful for my friends. Living in Chicago where I have absolutely no blood relatives was really hard for the longest time, especially during the holidays. Until my best friends in Chicago decided to share their families with me. As a result, last year’s holiday season was incredible and I felt so much love from such a huge family, and I’m so looking forward to this upcoming holiday season. I love spending time with them. They’re so accepting, inclusive, caring, and generous. I’m so grateful for them all. It also helps that my non-local friends and I stay connected from time to time, which I love, because I know our bond is still strong. And I’m also incredibly surprised to have built some especially strong bonds with my virtual friends — people I’ve met in Facebook Groups but haven’t met with in person just yet. If I ever feel lonely (and I do!) then I like to remember that I have a wide net of supportive friends all around me. If you’re looking for like-minded friends, then join my Facebook Group. It’s free to join, and it’s a great way to build your circle. We have people from all over the world in our group, so you just might be lucky enough to find a local friend, too. Click here to join my Facebook Group, especially if you enjoy the magical power of words in thinking, writing, and speaking. >>>


5. I’m thankful for comedy school. It’s been 14 weeks since I officially became a student of comedy at The Second City in Chicago. I love it like an Arab loves hummus. And that’s saying a lot because I really love hummus. I’m in my second term of comedy writing and improv classes, and I absolutely love those classes. I love my writing class the most, well, for obvious reasons (hint: I’m a writer). Improv class is incredible, and has really helped me to trust myself more. I highly recommend improv. It’s a place where grown ups secretly get together behind closed doors, step into a time machine, go back in time to when they were 7 years old, and play pretend for 3 hours. It’s so much fun! You don’t have to be funny to take improv classes, in fact they tell you on the first day “please don’t try to be funny”. I’ve also learned so much about the art of stand up comedy, which was so much harder than I expected. I have a love hate relationship with it. I love what I’ve learned so far, and I have so much more respect for stand up comics now. I may or may not continue with stand up. I haven’t decided yet. I’ll definitely let you know about my upcoming shows, but in the meantime… Click here to watch my 5-minute showcase set at the Chicago Improv Comedy Club, and please like, comment, and share if you loved it. >>>


How does the word #THANKFUL inspire you? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts because I’d love to know >>>


May you always feel good and make magic…

Lena Anani
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Lena Anani is a comedy writer, self-help author, and podcast nerd. As a Second City trained comedian she loves to write jokes, perform improv, and produce shows. With her books on Amazon, she empowers readers everywhere to access their inner magic. You can also find her interviewing fellow authors from all over the world with her She Wrote A Book podcast. And she’s been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX. Her obsessions include karaoke, her furbaby, and everything Disney.

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