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What Started Out As An Experiment Is Now Changing Lives
Life wasn’t looking too great for author Natalie Fox 18 months ago. Suffering from anxiety, working a soul-destroying job and separating from her husband, she decided to try practicing gratitude out of desperation to fix up her life.
She started practicing gratitude by thinking of three things that she was grateful for every morning when she woke up.
“After a while I started writing the things down and then thought I would use my skills as a designer to create some sort of rudimentary book that I could print out to prompt and inspire me. It was originally just meant to be for my eyes only!” Natalie laughs.
The thought popped into her head one day to self-publish the book, but she quickly dismissed it, thinking it was a ridiculous idea. The thought persisted for several weeks and so she set up a Facebook page to see if people might be interested in it. It was to be an experiment and if it went well she would publish the book properly and try to promote it a little. People started liking the Facebook page from the other side of the world and so she asked some of the fans to review a pre-release PDF of the proposed book, named Gratitude Journal: 100 Days of Gratitude Will Change Your Life. One of the reviews that popped into her inbox brought her to tears:
“I have had a few months now of a life change …. had a heart attack and a stroke since September … I also am left side blinded …. this journal is helping me to remember things I used to do that I can’t do any more .. the things I used to really take for granted.. but it helps me to be appreciative for what I can do and what I do have.. Thank You… it has come into my life at a perfect time.” Judy
Natalie was overjoyed, saying “I felt so humbled when I received that review. I had never felt gratitude so deeply in my life. That moment will stay with me forever. I knew if nothing else, I had helped to make one person a little bit more happy.”
Fast-forward 12 months and she has just published a second edition of the book. After listening to feedback from readers, Natalie redesigned the book, adding nearly 100 extra pages and creating a beautiful new cover. She also set up Yonder Publishing to enable her to publish more titles of her own and for others and distribute to more retailers.
And how did practicing gratitude change Natalie’s life I hear you ask?
” My husband and I fell in love again after a whole year of being separated. It’s wonderful because at one point there really was no hope for us. I no longer suffer from anxiety and my job is no longer soul destroying! I get to design and write and be creative for a living. But most of all, it’s such a great feeling to know that the book is contributing in some way to the happiness of others and can help them turn their lives around too.”
Gratitude Journal: 100 days of Gratitude Will Change Your Life by Natalie Fox is available to buy from leading retailers worldwide.
To find out more please visit www.gratitude-
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