Gratitude Stories: My Journey to Freedom

Illustration of birds flying towards the sun
Submitted by Natalie Street

I felt that the Universe was unfair to me for a big part of my life.

From the time I lost both my parents due to illness, to when I had to live in foster care during my teenage years, to being sexually assaulted at 17 and then later on raise two kids on my own without any outside help. I had a position at work where I felt everyone else was valued except me, even though I was working really hard.


It was like, every time I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, something really bad would happen.
And then in January 2019, I was at my lowest mentally. I reached the bottom. I saw the documentary "The Secret" that was talking about gratitude. And it really got through me, even though at the time I didn’t really understand how you can be grateful and say thank you for receiving a 300$ bill!

This is a photo of Natalie


So I searched for a gratitude app in my App Store’s cell phone and The Gratitude App was the one that I was instantly drawn to.
I remember my first entry in my journal was a sentence that the app suggested lol
But I remained constant in opening the app every morning even though I didn’t really know what to be grateful for.


After a few weeks, while scrolling in the app, I only saw positive things in my journal and it really started to change my spirit.
I started to read more and more self-help books, along with writing down my gratitude list every morning.


After 2 years of practicing gratitude, my life has changed so much!
I got 2 promotions at work, was able to clear my debts, improved my living situation, and I was also able to touch a few lives that are now practicing gratitude with the app.


But mostly, I feel gratitude and love all the time in every situation! This has helped not only me, but my kids too because I’ve started to teach them facts of life in a very different way than they were used to.


Words will never be enough to describe how grateful I am for this little phone app that I found in January 2019!

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