The Aggressive Optimism Podcast – Alicia Thorp – Gratitude

Whoa! Today’s episode of the Aggressive Optimism Podcast is one of the best examples of Aggressive Optimism I’ve showcased.

I talk with Mindset Mentor, Alicia Thorp about finding the courage to leave an abusive situation and how gratitude has helped her create a life she truly loves.

Her story is such a powerful reminder that we are not defined by our circumstances and even in the darkest of times, we have a choice to change.

Please listen and share.

And if you or someone you know is in an abussive situation please reach out to those who can help. Here is the number to the national domestic violence hotline. At the very least you own yourself a conversation about your options.










My name is Alicia Thorp and I am a certified mindset mentor, guiding others to bravely step into their personal power. I’m also a mom, wife, coffee lover, yoga instructor and bestselling author. On any given day, you can find me with a cup of coffee in my hand, rocking yoga pants, listening to music as I work and watching my kids eat snacks.

As wonderful as all this probably sounds, life wasn’t always flowing in alignment for me. I lived in darkness for a while. Anxiety, post-traumatic stress and seriously low vibrations were my regular companions. I found myself crying daily. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next or what my next best step was. I knew I had to look beyond people-pleasing to get out of the negative surroundings that had started to become my reality.

It wasn’t until I realized I was trying to be everything for everyone else that my life changed. I began to step out of old habits, releasing myself from past relationships and friendships in order to go inward. I set out to retrain my brain and figure out how to be the best version of my true self.

I started watching inspirational videos online and reading books aimed at mindset and mindfulness. I worked on my body-mind connection through yoga and dove deeper into my truth. Moving past giving all my time, energy and power to others, I found three amazing strategies that changed my life. Through certification programs, continuing my education in wellness and an amazing support system, I was able to move beyond my dark past. I believe that you can, too.

Living at your full potential is possible. Stepping into your personal power is possible. I am here to confidently, yet gently, guide you back into a healthy mindset.

To learn more please visit

And, please support Alicia (Women Who Illuminate and me  by purchasing one (or all) of our books. These are seriously great gifts of the true meaning of Aggressive Optimism.







Here’s the poem I mentioned in the podcast. It has helped me through so many things and I hope it will help you too.

Reason, Season, or Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty; to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Unknown


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