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Cielos

Cielos Main Promo.mp4 from Cheni Yerushalmi on Vimeo. It’s called Step One.  Have a vision. Does it have to be clear? Not necessarily. In the beginning of creating State of Gratitude, my vision was to create something bigger than just a simple tee shirt brand. Over the course of time, through patience and trying to imagine a world where the stigma around addiction didn’t exist… cultivating an identity that curates a community of gratitude across all lines regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, identity, and most importantly struggle.  We all overcome certain obstacles in our life and have so much to experience and life stories to share.  What is most important to us is cultivating a community that brings power...

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The City of Dreams

Over the past couple weeks, I have had the pleasure of visiting Los Angeles. The last time I was in this city of dreams, it was more of a nightmare… plagued with lost phones and wallets. Constant and incessant drinking guised as typical College Spring Break behavior.  This Spring Break trip was back in the days when I was a college student in Boston. For some reason, our spring break week fell on the first week of March, which was also partly in the month of February. February in Boston is wicked cold and dark. The sun begins to set at precise moment when your hangover from the evening before begins to fade. In my case, that would be around...

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Manifest It

What would you do if you were propelled 5 1/2 years into the future? To a future that had moved on without you. Families that had accepted you as gone and moved on in your absence. Careers gone, loved ones moved on, and homes lost.  This reminds me of an exercise I was asked do once. I was asked to write down a list of traits that I felt defined me, my life. At first instinct, I was drawn to write down things such as a brother, a son, an aspiring nurse, etc. But, after a brief discussion, I realized that my first instinct was actually wrong. As life continues, we can lose those titles and what remains? Loyalty, trustworthiness,...

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Grief and Gratitude

  It’s been almost a month since my best friend Justice died.  Can I even call him that, my best friend?  It feels incredibly selfish, because he was so many people’s best friend, people who he knew longer and saw more often.  It feels empty to call him just my friend, though, because he was much more than just a friend to me.  He was a confidante, a mentor, a travel buddy, someone to count on and to look up to, a protector.  He was effortless, fearless, compassionate, empathetic, generous and loving.  Yet still, it doesn’t feel right to call him my brother, either, because he already has a beautiful, amazing, strong sister who was very much a part of...

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What does it mean to be Limitless?

Limitless Gratitude means removing the boundaries that confine our thinking to believing that gratitude should only be expressed when life is good. It is easiest to find things that we are grateful for when we are happy with the way our lives are going.  What about the times when things aren’t as you may have imagined? I find that it is hardest to be grateful for anything when I do not feel my best. On the days when it doesn’t rain it pours and nothing seems to go correctly… How do I reposition my thinking to remind myself that Gratitude should be Limitless?  Believing that Gratitude is Limitless is not just removing a border, it’s removing the barriers that prevent...

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