Letter of Gratitude: Vicky

Dear Vicky,

Every week I send out a letter of gratitude. My letters are to someone who has helped me grow emotionally, spiritually or physically. Today I dedicate my letter to you.

A lot of my time is spent networking and getting involved with new things. It’s taken me some time to align my interests and talents. My newest journey in public speaking has been very entertaining! Sometimes I struggle to find females that I admire. Sometimes I struggle to find females that actually empower others. In case no one has told you recently, I would like to thank you. Thank you for being such a positive and open soul. Thank you for giving straight shooting insights on various topics. Thank you for opening the doors to the world of public speaking.

I laughed when you first mentioned that I remind you of a younger you. I laugh as I take that as a huge compliment. I have been working on handling situations with grace and sometimes I fail but mostly I get it right.

Thank you for being both, a female to admire and one that empowers others.

With love,
Jess

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I am.

Building Block: SELF-TALK

The past few weeks, I’ve been doing exercises to label myself. I start the morning by saying “I am” then list a bunch of words that I feel describe me. Today’s exercise went something like this – I am a Daughter. Coach. Motivator. Inspirer. Practitioner. Athlete. Friend. Social media guru. Website creator. Doer. Writer. Blogger. Collaborator. I Empower.

The word that keeps surfacing is EMPOWER. Some people use the term Inspire and others use the term, Coach. I have been inspiring people for years. I have mentored many and I have always challenged the norm. To be honest, I’m well aware of my shortcomings and I play my strengths. I have ups and downs just like everyone. One thing I excel at is setting and crushing goals. The question I frequently ask myself is CAN I TEACH IT?

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

I guess I have successfully manifested this thought as last night, my teacher appeared! I had the opportunity to discuss with a well-respected coach/friend of mine. She was teaching me a new technique called TRE. (Let me know if interested and I’ll connect you to the PRO, Michelle Beck). Post session, I was able to share thoughts on my journey of being an Empowerer. I have a new round of clients and I have noticed some differences. My friend made a very valid point on the importance of the WHY. This is something that I know. Something that is in my bones. Something so natural to me. I’ve been practicing for YEARS. One of my hashtags for Ironman was #WhyITri. Am I effectively teaching this to others? Is this why I subconsciously decline certain clients but accept others for one-on-one coaching? Have I asked this to potential clients or do I just make assumptions? I ask lots of questions during the trial session but have I specifically drilled in on the WHY?

Even with the most well-thought-out plan, it’s important to seek outside counsel. Sometimes I get caught up in the doing that I forget to continue to deconstruct, deconstruct, deconstruct. Fantastic reminder. Very grateful! Even the coach needs a coach! 🙂

For the next few weeks, I will add I AM A STUDENT. I AM A THINKER. I ASK WHY.

Empowering tip: Be sure the labels you give yourself bring you closer to achieving your goals!

Call to action: What are your labels?

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Letter of Gratitude: Robin

Dear Robin,

I hope this finds you well! I wanted to send you some positive energy and a friendly hello!

I also wanted to thank you. It was roughly a year ago that we had a discussion on how I might be able to jump into the philanthropic side of things.  🙂 I am working on a project with the BoP HUB. It’s essentially designing business to end poverty. I’m helping with corporate engagement. Very exciting work to bridge this gap. A colleague of mine was speaking with the guys at CrossRoads and we might have a simulation for our 2016 event.

Anyways, I just wanted to touch base and again, thank you for helping me fine tune how to align my skill set and interests!

Have a Beautiful day!

Thanks!

Warm regards,
Jess

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Letter of Gratitude: George

Georgie Porgie
Pudding and pie
I’m thrilled to be re-connected
And that’s no lie

Life is not colorful
When friends are a bore
That’s why I appreciate you
Even though you snore

It will be bittersweet
To meet the amazing Zoe
I’ll do my best so
She doesn’t say “no”

I need to somehow
Keep you in my life
I completely respect that
You will soon have a wife

But honestly Georgie Porgie
Thank you for being real
In case you didn’t know
You are kind of a big deal

You are very sweet
And I hope in 2015
We will once again
Have a chance to meet

***my poetry writing is a bit rusty but you get the idea… Hope it made you smile and brighten up your week. Thank you for coming back into my life. I’m grateful to have you as a friend!

Lots of love, always
Jess

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Letter of Gratitude: H

Dear H,

Honestly, has anyone ever told you ‘no’?

I had a wonderful time getting to know you, share a ridiculous excitement for food and explore Indonesia. You are by far the worst local ever… hahaha! I appreciate you fulfilling my request of being a driver, translator, and dining buddy. I had no intention to actually fall for you. You showed me kindness and awkwardness all in one swoop.

I loved our first date at the mangroves. You reminded me that I NEED to have nature in my life. Congested cities can be overwhelming without the balance. It was adorable that you told the gatekeeper that I was your wife… hopeful thinking? It was oddly comforting.

My expectations grew as your words got more serious. I’m sorry that I cut things short. Perhaps we could have lived happily ever after but you started showing similar signs of a Terrorist I once knew. I mean, you both went to Michigan, have a slightly perverted mind, ridiculously awkward sense of humor, and have HUGE discrepancies between your words and actions. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when you asked to take me to the airport – bailed – then decided to tell me you loved me. Perfect timing as I was just about to board my flight. You are intense. You are my favourite type of questionable decision. I’m not sure if you were genuine or just saying what you thought I needed to hear. Either way, the inconsistency is not my style. I’ve learned to friend-zone guys the moment I second guess their intention.

For what it’s worth, my heart says to call/message you but my head vamps that decision…

I feel blessed to have met you. I still think about you fondly and accept that you were a ‘reason.’ I extended my contract in Indonesia an extra month just to see where things went and you successfully showed me that it’s OK to love again. Perhaps you also taught me to only give 80%, rather than 100% – so thank you for that subtle reminder! Maybe one of these days I’ll allow someone to look after me, but until then, I need to keep my independence.

One of my favorite memories (I have heaps) is our date at the Monas, flying kites. I still cannot believe the shorty cut our string. I had a wonderful day flying a kite, sipping coconuts and checking out the National Museum (whilst stealing kisses in dodgy corners).

I miss you…more that you should know. And more than I should admit.

Lots of love,
J

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Letter of Gratitude: C

Dear C,

You were my high school sweetheart. You were my first real love…perhaps puppy love, but still worth writing an unpublished letter or note of gratitude.

I sincerely hope that we always remain friends. Despite your constant need to be a pervert, I admire your ability of never taking life so seriously. I remember laughing so hard with you. I appreciate the countless strawberry milkshakes (with an extra chocolate cookie) and you always singing to me. I am still a fan of Jack Johnson because of you.

I remember being so upset with you when you told me I couldn’t attend your wedding. I was thinking, ‘why on Earth is this boy marrying a girl who clearly doesn’t trust him? How am I a threat and why can’t I attend the wedding?!’ I remember laughing so hard when you tried to explain that she never thought she could fill my shoes because apparently your family still kept a picture of us from senior prom on your mantle. I miss your family and hope to always keep them in my life, whether or not you and I are on speaking terms. Gosh, you like to push my buttons…

I appreciate your friendship over the years. Sometimes it takes a former lover to understand the words that you cannot say. Just knowing that you are there gives me great comfort. Thanks for being a friend.

Sincerely,

Pretty Lady

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Author’s Note

Well Wishers

A collection of moments of gratitude to some of my favorite people around the world.

By Jessica M Corvo

Author’s Note

I appreciate when people suggest books to me. I view it as an insight into how they see me/support my interest in personal development. That said, I was gifted the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff when I was 15 years old and again at 22. There is a chapter in the book that challenges you to send a heartfelt thank you letter to a different person once a week. When I’m going through a difficult time, I write letters daily.

Sometimes letter recipients question my intentions or criticize my “annoying” optimism whilst others thank me for brightening their day or simply send back some positive vibes. Over the years, I have cultivated a talent to find the positive in most situations. The truth is, sometimes my letters are sent to friends and other times, they are sent to foes. There is always a lesson to be learned and gratitude to be shared. An incorrigibly difficult person might test my patience, teach me a new boundary or challenge my loyalty to my dreams – all these things ultimately strengthen me in some way! Isn’t that a reason to be grateful?

In 2014, I received an increased amount of negative backlash, this saddened me but also proved just how important it is to send these heartfelt letters. The hardest thing for most people to say is still “I LOVE YOU”, “I AM SORRY” or “HELP ME.” I’m far from perfect but I have been able to strengthen relationships through my writing. The sincerity is always there but I’m mastering the ability to articulate my feelings.

I guess my goal of sharing my writing is to inspire others to fall in love. I fall in love every single day. I get inspired by the simple things. I enjoy watching people do things they love. I thrive on the authentic. The unapologetic. The people who make this world so much more interesting. The Lovers. The Movers. The Shakers. Who knows, maybe one of my acts of gratitude will inspire others to continue this ripple of goodness.

Practicing gratitude is an important part of my week. I feel it’s important to thank people, whether they are a season, a reason or a lifetime. Gratitude has definitely changed my outlook on life.

Here is a collection of my letters over the years… I had a blast consolidating them. I hope you take joy reading my rambles.

With love,
Jess

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