Isoke Salaam is an East Coast PR girl originally from New Jersey with private clients within fashion and the arts. When not reviewing a client portfolio, typing on an iPad and answering her cell phone while balancing in heels, Isoke practices ballet, enjoys running, writing, reading, traveling and learning about art! She is a PR powerhouse, an avid art fan and a fashion lover.

Photo provided by Isoke Salaam, photograph by  Maira Iqbal

Photo provided by Isoke Salaam, photograph by Maira Iqbal

I met Isoke when I became an advocate for the D.C. Humane Rescue Alliance and the 2017 Fashion for Paws event. I was instantly drawn to her because of her grace, her grit, and the way she exudes a certain calm, and connectedness that is so rare in busy, professional types these days! After getting to know her, I learned that she cultivates this through a daily gratitude practice (along with a lifetime of being an exceptional human!).

Here’s how she puts gratitude into practice every day:

1. Truly put things into perspective

Someone cuts you off in traffic. You have a less than polite coworker. Your new shoes weren't delivered on time. Are these things annoying, yes. Do they truly constitute a bad day? No. On a daily basis you should truly think about what matters and all of the things you have to be grateful for. A small issue no matter how obnoxious is not truly a bad day. Its simply an obnoxious situation. When your family is healthy,  your friends are happy and you are in a great space, what truly matters? Be aware of your mindset. Think grateful thoughts.

2. Make a grateful list every day

This is my favorite task to practice gratitude. I make a list of all of the things I am grateful for no matter how small. I typically like to write the list down but you can also type the list into your phone as a keepsake. When you have a list of 50 things that you are grateful for in front of you, it is hard not to be happy. I write down the smallest things from my new sparkly nail polish that I fell in love with to the most important thing in my life, my health.

3. Meditate anywhere

Simply close your eyes and breathe. Meditation puts you in a space that allows you to relax and truly focus. Focus on being grateful while meditating. You can meditate anywhere. Try meditating for two minutes while your car warms up in the morning or before bed each night. Make meditation a daily priority. Your grateful heart will be forever thankful!

What do you think? How are you going to put this into practice in your own life? Leave a comment below to let me know!


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