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In the heart of Jessie & Laurent, amidst vibrant discussions and strategic planning, we find ourselves reflecting on the intricate tapestry of 2023. A year echoed with words like “Thank you,” “Grateful,” “Saved Me,” “Delicious,” “Convenient,” and “Amazing.” As we step into the unique landscape of 2024, filled with global complexities and personal challenges, we aim to be your anchor, making life a tad easier amid your busy schedules.

Finding Gratitude Amidst Uncertainty

Reflecting on Thankfulness:

Thanksgiving may traditionally be a time for gratitude, but in the whirlwind of global events – wars, social injustices, climate change, and political shifts – finding thankfulness seems daunting. However, we’ve discovered various practices that may resonate with you, helping cultivate gratitude even in challenging times.

Exploring Meditation:

Acknowledging the difficulty some face with traditional meditation, we share our journey with various approaches. Whether through guided sessions, breathing exercises, or transcendental meditation (TM), the key lies in consistency. Finding a method that syncs with your pace is the first step towards a more centered and thankful outlook.

Gratitude Journaling:

A simple pen-and-paper exercise, especially in the morning, can be a powerful ritual. Our partner, Rick Graves, shares his personal experience with a gratitude journal during dark times. Starting with seemingly small positive thoughts, the act of writing down what one is grateful for can create a cascade of joy and love.

Bonus Tip: Share your gratitude with others. Reach out to friends, loved ones, or colleagues and let them know the positive impact they’ve had on your life. The ripple effect can be transformative.

Mindful Eating – A Dietary Shift:

In moments of stress, our dietary habits often bear the brunt. Recognizing stress eating tendencies, Rick turns toward composed meals for portion control. Jessie & Laurent and the options for sizes, allow for proper portioning. This simple dietary shift, paired with thoughtful food choices, becomes a source of nourishment rather than added stress.

Adapting Exercise Routine:

Acknowledging the challenges of the present – from gym closures to environmental factors – adapting your exercise routine is crucial. Rick shares his experience with a Stealth board for indoor planks. Whether it’s a creative indoor workout or a moment of outdoor movement, finding a way to engage your body contributes to holistic well-being.

Nature’s Healing Powers:

Finally, in the midst of chaos, don’t underestimate the healing powers of nature. We are fortunate to be able to leave the kitchen and take a walk along the bay or find a bench to pause to connect with the outdoors. The power of nature is all around us. 

As we extend our heartfelt wishes to you and your family in 2024, remember that Jessie & Laurent is more than a culinary experience – we are here to accompany you on your journey. In the face of challenges, may you discover gratitude, joy, and moments of peace. Together, let’s navigate the year with resilience and a spirit of thankfulness.

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