Issue #18

September 20, 2023

by Rosemary Morretta


Welcome to TLC’s Gratitude Issue!

In this edition, we delve into the transformative power of gratitude for small business owners, featuring a guided gratitude meditation, a powerful weekly affirmation, and insightful article exploring how cultivating thankfulness can enrich both your personal and professional life. Join us on this journey of abundance and positivity.

As a token of our heartfelt appreciation for your active participation in the TeamSelfCare community, we are thrilled to offer you a complimentary Gratitude Journal. This valuable gift is our way of expressing gratitude and is specially designed to help you cultivate greater happiness, reduce stress, nurture relationships, and elevate your personal and professional achievements. May it serve as a reminder of our gratitude for your valued presence in our community and the positive impact you bring to it.

Featured Article: The Power of Gratitude: A Small Business Owner’s Secret Weapon

In the world of entrepreneurship, where challenges and uncertainties are a part of the daily routine, small business owners often find themselves wearing multiple hats and juggling numerous responsibilities. The journey of building and sustaining a small business can be both rewarding and demanding. In the midst of all the chaos, one often overlooked yet incredibly potent tool stands out: gratitude.

Gratitude isn’t just a feel-good emotion; it’s a mindset that can bring about significant personal and professional benefits. In this blog post, we’ll explore how practicing gratitude can be a game-changer for small business owners, helping them thrive in both their personal and professional lives.

The Gratitude Mindset

Before diving into the benefits of gratitude, it’s essential to understand what gratitude really is. Gratitude is more than simply saying “thank you.” It’s a mindset, a way of looking at the world with appreciation and acknowledging the positive aspects of life, even in the face of challenges.

Small business owners often face countless obstacles—financial pressures, competition, and the stress of managing day-to-day operations. In such an environment, it’s easy to lose sight of the positives and become overwhelmed by negativity. This is where the power of gratitude comes into play.

Stress Reduction and Improved Well-being

Running a small business can be incredibly stressful. Long hours, financial pressures, and the weight of responsibility can take a toll on one’s mental and emotional health. However, practicing gratitude can help alleviate these stressors.

Studies have shown that people who regularly express gratitude experience lower levels of stress and anxiety. When small business owners adopt a gratitude mindset, they become more resilient in the face of challenges. Instead of dwelling on setbacks, they focus on the lessons learned and the progress made, leading to a healthier, more balanced life.

Enhanced Relationships

Building and maintaining strong relationships is crucial in the world of business. Gratitude plays a significant role in strengthening these connections, whether they are with customers, team members, or business partners.

Expressing gratitude towards customers can foster loyalty and trust. A simple “thank you” note or a personalized message can go a long way in building a loyal customer base. Similarly, showing appreciation to employees and collaborators can boost morale, increase productivity, and create a positive work environment.

Increased Resilience

Small business owners face a constant stream of challenges, from economic downturns to unexpected setbacks. Maintaining a gratitude mindset can help build resilience, enabling entrepreneurs to bounce back from adversity.

When you’re grateful for what you have, you’re less likely to be overwhelmed by what you lack. This positive perspective allows small business owners to adapt, pivot, and find new opportunities in the face of adversity, ultimately leading to greater success.

Improved Decision-Making

In the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship, making sound decisions is crucial. Gratitude can help small business owners make better decisions by fostering a clear and positive mindset.

When you practice gratitude, you’re less likely to be clouded by negativity or fear. Instead, you approach decision-making with a sense of abundance and optimism. This can lead to more confident choices that benefit your business in the long run.

Enhanced Creativity

Creativity is a valuable asset for small business owners, helping them innovate and stay ahead of the competition. Gratitude can boost creativity by expanding your perspective and encouraging a more open-minded approach to problem-solving.

When you’re grateful for the resources and opportunities available to you, you’re more likely to explore new ideas and take calculated risks. This creative mindset can lead to innovative solutions and business growth.

Better Work-Life Balance

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential for small business owners, yet it can be challenging when you’re constantly immersed in the demands of your business. Gratitude can help you appreciate the non-business aspects of your life.

By acknowledging and being grateful for your personal relationships, health, and leisure activities, you can create a more balanced and fulfilling life. This, in turn, can lead to increased motivation and productivity when you’re at your desk.

Increased Productivity and Motivation

Small business owners often wear many hats and face the risk of burnout. Gratitude can be a powerful antidote to burnout by increasing motivation and productivity.

When you’re grateful for the opportunities your business provides, you’re more likely to approach your work with enthusiasm and dedication. This can lead to improved productivity and a stronger commitment to achieving your business goals.

In the world of small business ownership, where challenges are aplenty, gratitude can be a game-changer. It’s not just a positive emotion; it’s a mindset that brings about numerous personal and professional benefits. From reducing stress and enhancing relationships to fostering resilience and creativity, gratitude can significantly impact the success and well-being of small business owners.

So, as you navigate the intricate landscape of entrepreneurship, don’t forget to pause and reflect on what you’re grateful for. By doing so, you can unlock the incredible potential of gratitude and use it as your secret weapon for both personal and professional growth. Embrace the power of gratitude, and watch your small business thrive like never before.

Introducing the Gratitude Journal

We created this complimentary Gratitude Journal with one simple goal in mind: to empower you with a transformative tool that can bring more joy, fulfillment, and success into your life. In our busy world filled with constant hustle and stressors, it’s all too easy to lose sight of life’s many blessings. That’s where the Gratitude Journal comes in—an indispensable tool that can transform your life in remarkable ways.

Are you looking for greater happiness, reduced stress, improved relationships, and enhanced personal and professional success? If so, the Gratitude Journal is your key to unlocking these benefits. By making gratitude a daily practice, you’ll not only shift your perspective but also supercharge your well-being and productivity.

Join the countless individuals who have harnessed the power of gratitude to lead more fulfilling lives. Start your journey today with the Gratitude Journal, and watch as positivity, resilience, and abundance fill your days. It’s time to embrace gratitude as a daily habit and experience the profound impact it can have on your life. Download this FREE resource today!

Recipe of the Week: Gratefulicious Granola Bars

A few years back, I sold award-winning granola at my local farmers’ markets. I was very involved with my state organic farming association where I met a woman who produced organic fruits and vegetables. We became friends and I often met her for breakfast to catch up. She ate a strict Paleo diet and ALWAYS ate eggs for breakfast. Lots and lots of eggs. WAY TOO MANY EGGS… So, one day I was determined to find some different things she could eat for breakfast and went home and created a few different Paleo granola recipes. She loved them. and so did lots of other peeps I shared my granola with. To make a long story short, she and I decided to go into business and sell my granola mixed with her fruits and vegetables locally. While this recipe is not one we sold, it is a fam favorite, so I’m sharing it with you here.


Servings: 12

Calories per Serving: Approximately 175 calories

Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes

Total Time: 35-40 Minutes


  • 2 cups chopped nuts (such as almonds and walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup seeds (such as pumpkin, chia, sunflower)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits (strawberries, blueberries), chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar, honey, or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond or peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Prep Your Ingredients: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8×8-inch (20×20 cm) square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, chopped nuts, and dried fruits. Stir in the salt and cinnamon, ensuring an even distribution of ingredients.
  3. Prepare Wet Ingredients: In a microwave-safe bowl or a small saucepan, heat the honey or maple syrup and almond/peanut butter until they are easy to mix together. Stir in the vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Pour the warm honey or syrup mixture over the dry ingredients in the large bowl. Stir until all the ingredients are coated and evenly distributed. If you’re using chocolate chips, add them at this stage.
  5. Press Into Pan: Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to press it down firmly and evenly.
  6. Bake: Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  7. Cool and Cut: Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes. Using the parchment paper overhang, lift the entire slab of granola out of the pan and place it on a cutting board. Cut it into bars or squares while it’s still slightly warm.
  8. Enjoy with Gratitude: Once the bars have completely cooled, they are ready to enjoy. Savor each bite with gratitude, and consider taking a moment to jot down something you’re thankful for in your Gratitude Journal as you enjoy these wholesome treats.

Quote of the Week

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle

It’s so easy to get caught up in the pursuit of more—more clients, more revenue, more success. Yet, this insightful quote by Eckhart Tolle reminds us that true abundance starts with gratitude.

As a small business owner, take a moment to acknowledge the incredible assets you already possess—yourself, your loyal customers, your dedicated team, and the opportunity to pursue your passion. These are the building blocks of your success. By recognizing and appreciating them, you lay a strong foundation for even greater abundance and prosperity in your business and personal journey. Gratitude is not just a mindset; it’s a powerful tool for achieving your entrepreneurial dreams and living the life you were meant to lead.

Weekly Meditation: Guided Gratitude Mediation

Listen to Audio

Begin by finding a quiet and comfortable place where you can sit or lie down. Close your eyes and take a few deep, cleansing breaths, allowing your body and mind to settle into the present moment.

As you continue to breathe deeply, bring your awareness to the sensations in your body. Feel the support of the chair or cushion beneath you. Let go of any tension you may be holding in your body, starting with your forehead, your jaw, and your shoulders.

Now, let’s turn our attention to gratitude. Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can bring about a profound shift in your perspective and well-being. It’s about recognizing and appreciating the positive aspects of your life, no matter how big or small.

Think about something in your life that you are truly grateful for. It might be a person who has supported you, an experience that brought you joy, a place that holds special meaning, or simply the gift of life itself.

As you bring this source of gratitude to mind, imagine it in vivid detail. Picture it as though it’s happening right now. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? Engage all your senses to make this moment as real as possible.

Now, take a deep, cleansing breath in, and as you exhale, silently or audibly say “thank you.” Feel the gratitude welling up within you and spreading through your heart and throughout your entire being.

As you continue to focus on this source of gratitude, let it expand. Think about more things, people, or experiences that you are thankful for. Allow your mind to wander, and with each breath, bring forth a new element of gratitude. They could be recent blessings or cherished memories from the past.

With each “thank you,” let the warmth of gratitude wash over you, filling you with a sense of joy and contentment.

Now, shift your focus inward. Think about the qualities and strengths within yourself that you are grateful for. Perhaps it’s your resilience, your creativity, your kindness, or your ability to learn and grow.

Take a moment to appreciate these qualities within you. Say “thank you” to yourself for possessing them. Recognize that these qualities are a part of what makes you uniquely you.

As we approach the conclusion of this meditation, take another deep breath in, and as you exhale, release any remaining tension, stress, or negativity. Feel yourself surrounded by the positive energy of gratitude, like a warm embrace.

Slowly open your eyes if they were closed, and carry this feeling of gratitude with you as you continue your day. Remember that gratitude is not just an emotion; it’s a practice that can enrich your life in countless ways.

Whenever you need to reconnect with this profound sense of thankfulness, return to this meditation. Let gratitude be your guiding light, illuminating the path to a more joyful and fulfilling life.

Affirmation of the Week

“I am grateful for the abundance in my life. Each day, I find joy in the simple moments and appreciate the love and opportunities that surround me.”

Incorporate the Gratitude Affirmation into your daily routine as a small business owner and experience the transformative benefits of embracing abundance and positivity.

  1. Morning Ritual: Begin your day by taking a few moments to sit quietly, close your eyes, and repeat the provided Gratitude Affirmation to yourself.
  2. Visualize Abundance: As you recite the affirmation, visualize the abundance and blessings in your life. Picture the positive impact this mindset shift can have on your day.
  3. Repeat Throughout the Day: Whenever you encounter a challenge or stress, return to this affirmation. Remind yourself of the abundance that surrounds you, even in difficult moments.

Benefits of Daily Use:

Practicing this affirmation daily can be a game-changer for small business owners. By consistently focusing on gratitude:

  • You shift your perspective to see opportunities, even in adversity.
  • It reduces stress and enhances your overall well-being.
  • You build resilience, making it easier to overcome challenges.
  • Positive energy attracts positive outcomes, benefiting your business.
  • Improved emotional health positively influences decision-making.
  • Strengthened relationships with customers and team members result in loyalty and collaboration.

Add this daily practice into your routine to cultivate a mindset of abundance and watch how it transforms both your personal and professional life.

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Wrapping Up

Thank you for taking the time to read our latest issue of the TLC newsletter, focusing on gratitude. We appreciate your dedication to self-development and your commitment to nurturing your well-being. As a valued member of our community, we hope you’ll download our gift of a new Gratitude Journal.

Please feel free to email us at with your comments and any questions you may have about gratitude or any other topic. Our team is here to support you on your journey.

We encourage you to join TeamSelfCare’s Self-Care Check-In For Entrepreneurs Facebook Group. It’s just getting started and there’s a lot of great posts planned to help you align who you really with a thriving business while living a life you love.

Also, don’t forget to become a member of our new FREE Back to Basics membership program. It’s just getting started but is filled with a variety of business and self-development resources that will help you thrive in your business and in life, with more added every month.

Additionally, we hope you’ll take some time to listen to the weekly meditation. We hope that this guided practice will provide you with a sense of inner peace and inspiration as you embrace a gratitude in your life.

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Thank you again for being a part of the TeamSelfCare community. Remember, your well-being is a priority, and we are here to support you every step of the way. Stay tuned for our next issue, where we will continue to provide valuable insights and practical tips for your self-care needs.

Wishing you joy, balance, and abundant well-being.

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