In Episode 43 of the Wandering But Not Lost Podcast, co-hosts Matt Emerson and Jan O’Brien launch the 2018 Gratitude Challenge in this week’s WBNL 52.  In Reach Your Peak they discuss The Power of Gratitude w/ Loreen O’Brien and just a few days short of a monumental election we are going to Wander the Vote with an Election PSA and a Presidential Road Trip that will hopefully inspire you to get out and cast your ballot.


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WBNL 52 – 2018 Gratitude Challenge

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The 2018 Gratitude Challenge

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”    – Melody Beattie

21-day Challenge

At Wandering But Not Lost (WBNL) Coaching, we are sponsoring a 21-day Gratitude Challenge to encourage the development of a daily habit and practice of gratitude. Here is how it works and how you can participate:

  • Make a commitment to the challenge and just begin today!
  • You need an Instagram or Facebook account
  • For the next 21 days, post a daily image on Instagram or Facebook with what or who you are grateful for today.
  • Use the hashtag #WBNLGratitude in your daily post.
  • All the #WBNLGratitude posts will be included on our social wall:
  • All participants who complete the 21-day challenge (prior to 11-30-18) will receive a T-Shirt of their choice from our Wandering But Not Lost Shop


Gratitude Journal is an excellent and easy way to practice daily journaling.  Just follow these simple steps to cultivating more gratitude and happiness in your life:

  • Select a journal or notebook that interests or inspires you.  Visit a bookstore and see what jumps out for you – discover if you prefer ruled or un-ruled, blank pages.  My personal preference is the Moleskin notebooks – the blank, unlined versions.
  • Get a favorite pen or writing instrument.  Don’t underestimate the value of a great pen!
  • At the end of the day simply answer this question in your gratitude journal –

Today I am grateful for…

    • What happened today that made you smile?
    • Who are you thankful for today?
    • Notice and record memorable moments
    • Notice and write down synchronicities
    • Celebrate the small things

Pay it Forward – Share the Gratitude

  • Send a personal note to someone
  • Don’t complain for 24 hours
  • Give someone a heartfelt compliment
  • Leave a bigger than normal tip for great service
  • Pay for the order of the person behind you in line

More Gratitude Resources

In her best selling book “Simple Abundance – A Day Book of Comfort and Joy “ Sarah Ban Breathnach takes the reader on a daily inspirational and transformational journey toward self-discovery and awareness weaving these 6 major themes of gratitude, simplicity, order, harmony, beauty, and joy.

Check out these articles on Gratitude:


Reach Your Peak – The Power of Gratitude w/ Loreen O’Brien

Loreen OBrienLoreen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in teaching folks Wellness Tools. She offers Telehealth Counseling and Coaching, meaning sessions are done online using a secure telehealth platform.
Loreen has over 20 years of combined experience as a therapist, clinical chaplain, and public school teacher as well as extensive training in the use of very effective wellness approaches such as EFT/Tapping, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama Breathing Techniques and more.  You can find Loreen online at her main counseling website: or at her new Free Soul Academy course platform  Start learning some free wellness tools by joining her Free Soul Academy Closed Facebook Group!


Mindfulness is Not another thing to do and add into your day; instead, it’s a mindset, to integrate into your existing daily activities. -Loreen O'Brien @WCCounseling Click To Tweet


Wandering Zen – Wandering the Vote – A Presidential Road Trip




Tuesday, November 6th is election day in America.  The balance of power is at stake and it is important that you make your voice heard.

Many of you may have early voted but if you haven’t and you don’t know where to show up next week click the link below and find your polling place.





While we wait for the returns to come in, let’s take a little trip across the United States and become reacquainted with those that have held the highest office in the land.  Thanks to The National Park Service for compiling an incredible list for our virtual road trip. Many of the locations below are under the stewardship of the Park Service, which has celebrated its 102nd Anniversary in 2018. The NPS is a national treasure and one that we can be proud of and should never take for granted.  So, let’s hit the road…

George Washington (1789-1797)
John Adams (1797-1801)
Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)
James Madison (1809-1817)
James Monroe (1817-1825)
James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library (James Monroe Law Office), Virginia
Highland (Ash Lawn-Highland), Virginia
John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)
Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)
Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site (Lindenwald), New York
William Henry Harrison (March -April 1841)
William Henry Harrison Home (Grouseland), Indiana
John Tyler (1841-1845)
John Tyler Home (Sherwood Forest), Virginia
James K. Polk (1845-1849)
James K. Polk Home, Tennessee
Zachary Taylor (1849- July 1850)
Zachary Taylor Home (Springfield), Kentucky
Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)
Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)
James Buchanan (1857-1861)
Abraham Lincoln (1861- April 1865)
President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home (U.S. Military Asylum; The Old Soldiers’ Home), Washington, DC
Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)
Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)
Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)
James A. Garfield (1881- September 1881)
Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885)
Grover Cleveland (1885-1889 & 1893-1897)
Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)
William McKinley (1897-1901)
Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
William Howard Taft (1909-1913)
Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)
Warren G. Harding (1921- August 1923)
Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)
Calvin Coolidge Homestead District (President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site), Vermont
Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933- April 1945)
Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)
Little White House , Florida
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953- 1961)
John F. Kennedy (1961-November 1963)
•JFK Presidential Library & Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)
Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974)
Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977)
Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
George H. W. Bush (1989-1993)
William Jefferson Clinton (1993-2001)
Bill Clinton Library & Museum, Little Rock, AR
George W. Bush (2001-2009)
Barack Obama (2009-2017)
Barack Obama Presidential Library & Museum (Coming Soon), Illinois
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