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Dorothy Salvatori PhotographyMy name is Lauren Blanchard Zalewski!  I’m so glad you are here!

I refer to myself as a “gratitude addict,” because that’s absolutely what I AM – an addict of GRATITUDE!

For the last many years I have made it my passion to write about as well as share with the entire world about the power of GRATEFUL living and how it can help us to live lives of exquisite joy and wholehearted GRATITUDE.

What makes me different? I promote GRATITUDE for every situation as I feel its immense power can help to reduce the emotional effects of the many roadblocks in our lives.

I have lived with chronic pain/illness for 20 years, so my main focus is sharing my message and experience with others who live with chronic physical and emotional conditions. But at the end of the day, the lessons I teach are for anyone who wants to ‘up their game’ in the inevitable struggles of life!

GRATITUDE is the answer!

8 years ago I hit a rock-bottom in my life after losing myself emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually to the effects of chronic pain.  I had turned to alcohol as a way to shut out the world and self-medicate my pain, and it ended up taking me down a dangerous and destructive path.  One that I am so GRATEFUL to have gotten out of!

I was fortunate enough to attend a month-long inpatient program devoted to dealing with the emotional suffering that goes along with chronic pain and illness. I got sober and immersed myself in studying about the ways we can take control over the emotional suffering that almost always goes along with chronic physical pain. 

A passionate student of the human experience, I have made it my life’s work to study and pass on the knowledge that I have accrued so we can all live our best lives despite our struggles.  7  years ago,  I began my own group called “Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain” on Facebook.  Our main focus is on coming to a place of acceptance and moving forward with GRATITUDE to reduce the suffering we once endured.  We want to move on with our lives and live them in the most fulfilling and wholehearted way possible!

This complaining-free zone is a place of learning and bettering ourselves by using intentions, mindfulness, journaling, community, and connection, as well as practicing GRATITUDE!  We bring JOY back into our own lives by helping each other.  Our “little” group has now grown to almost 6,500 members and spans 82 countries!

In addition, I host a live broadcast every Thursday at 8 pm EST on both Facebook Live and on my YouTube channel called “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life”.    Each week we speak about a different topic relating to incorporating GRATITUDE into our lives despite our struggles. Viewers have the option to have their comments, tips, and questions appear on the broadcast screen in this town-hall type interactive broadcast.  Most weeks I have a special guest on with me who is an expert in their field and shares various ways we can make our lives better despite the blind turns in the road that come our way in this life.

My first book was released by Rockridge Press last year and is called, The 5-Minute Gratitude Journal for Teen Boys: Quick Prompts for Wisdom, Courage, and Confidence.  I was honored to have been asked to write this special book in order to help today’s teens who have their own unique stressors and struggles….especially in this age of the pandemic.  On March 29, 2022, my brand-new book will be released, the “52-Week Intention Journal: Guided Prompts to Build a Practice of Reflection, Focus, and Meaningful Change” also through Rockridge Press.  Throughout the 52-weeks and 172 pages of this book, I share in detail the various strategies and tools that I have used myself to live a life that makes me excited to wake up in the morning!  I help the reader craft the life that they want to live-one that is aligned with their soul and life’s purpose.

You’ll also want to check out my blog page to read about my thoughts on all things relating to GRATITUDE and/or living with chronic illness.

My second chance at life (I call it “Lauren 2.0!”) has brought me to a place of becoming a teacher and a carrier of the light that was so tenderly and generously carried for me.  The wisdom that I share is simply gathered from my personal experience and learning-I am a seeker and forever student who is always looking for physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental breakthroughs and ways to ease our path to one of healing and wholeness.

Allow GRATITUDE to fill your mind, body, and soul to take us from a place of pain and suffering to a place of serenity and light.

Join me as I show you how!

 



My new book is NOW AVAILABLE!

“5-Minute Gratitude Journal for Teen Boys” is available now!  Woot woot!

Inspire teen boys to find their greatness through gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful tool for teens dealing with school stress, friend drama, and the pressures of social media. Taking time to focus on the good stuff can boost their self-confidence and help them achieve their goals. This gratitude journal provides easy exercises that will help teen boys commit to gratitude and put them in charge of their life and emotions.

What sets the 5-Minute Gratitude Journal for Teen Boys apart from 5-minute journal books for teens:

  • Guided goal setting—Does your teenager want to become more confident, change a habit, or create a new one? They’ll start by writing down their intentions, which will help them get to where they want to be faster.
  • Empowering exercises—Thought-provoking writing prompts will help them make gratitude a habit. By practicing just 5 minutes a day, boys will begin to see real benefits, from waking up without hitting snooze to staying calm during tests or team try-outs.
  • Words of wisdom—Affirmations and inspirational quotes from icons like Steve Jobs and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will empower teen boys to access a new superpower: resilience.

Help the teen boy in your life kick-start their gratitude practice and feel happier and more motivated with the 5-Minute Gratitude Journal for Teen Boys.

Get a sneak peek at the “5-Minute Gratitude Journal for Teen Boys: Prompts for Wisdom, Courage, and Confidence!” which was released on November 30, 2021!

Available NOW!  Click here to order YOUR copy!

 

 


Latest blog posts!


This week’s episode of “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life!” – Thursday, December 16 at 8pm EST   Dr. Kathy Zhang, MD of  “The Purpose Filter” podcast!

Join me live this Thursday, December 16, starting at 8pm EST where I will be joined by palliative care physician and host of “The Purpose Filter” podcast, Dr. Kathy Zhang!  We will be discussing her unique perspective on life and messages she takes of GRATITUDE and living life with intention and purpose by caring for those at the end of their lives.
 
To check out “The Purpose Filter” podcast, go to:   “Purpose Filter Podcast” 
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My goal is to help provide my audience and followers with the information and resources you need in order to live your most wholehearted, joyful, and meaningful life. 

Whether you live with chronic pain or not, “Gratefully Living the Chronic Life” brings topics and guests who help ALL OF US through life’s struggles.
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**episode will be recorded for later viewing**
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I am now on Substack! 

Subscribe to my Gratitude Addict newsletter for exclusive content along with my musings on living a life of intention, joy, hope, and GRATITUDE!  I’m really enjoying this platform, and if you are looking to hear about how I live my own life by utilizing these tools that I lovingly promote, I think you’ll enjoy what I have to say!  I’m a perfectly imperfect hot mess who is GRATEFUL for each breath I take!  Join me on the journey!