Somehow our friendship grew, and years later when I considered starting this blog, one of my first phone calls was to her. Trista's encouragement is part of what brought me here to you. So again, I was grateful for her.
Then a couple of years ago Trista called seeking my input, wanting a story she could share in her book Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart. It became clear to me in an instant.
But in a world where negativity, brutality and hate abound, how are we to remain positive? And for those of us who struggle getting there, is feeling grateful one day a week enough? For Trista, the answer is quite simple. No. (Although, I'm sure her positive side would say it's a start...) Her book, coming out in paperback on December 30th, teaches how the daily practice of having a grateful heart is life-changing not only for the beholder but for those in her wake.
I wasn't so sure I was buying it. So when I had the chance to chat with her more about the book, I jumped. Here's what she had to say.
Q: Opening our lives up to the public leaves us very vulnerable to criticism. This is risk you’ve taken many times and endured some harsh comments as a result. Still, I see you kill haters with kindness. Tell me about a time you just couldn't do it.