Joanna Gaines Shares the Mantra That She Uses Every Day

It's short, sweet, and powerful.

Joanna Gaines shares the mantra that helps her every day.
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To say that Joanna and Chip Gaines have a lot going on would be a laughable understatement. The two started as hosts on Fixer Upper and moved on to create their own Magnolia empire that includes, at last count: a new TV network; a new hotel coming in 2021; three B&B’s; a quarterly magazine, Magnolia Journal; a castle; a museum; and the mega-shopping complex Magnolia Market at the Silos, which includes a restaurant, a coffeeshop, a multitude of home and gardening shops, and a soon-to-be-relocated historic church. Plus, they’re raising five kids. Whew!

You have to wonder how they do it all without completely going nuts. In the winter issue of Magnolia Journal, Joanne reveals the short-and-sweet mantra that she uses every day. According to a sneak excerpt in People, Joanna writes that whenever she felt herself being pulled away from the present, she would tell herself to “look up.”

As you can imagine, it is way too easy for someone like Joanna to keep her head down and focused on all the tasks that need her attention. But, as she explains, “I challenged myself to spend this year living in the present…To choose instead only the moment that’s unfolding right in front of me…Not every moment has been worthy of the attention, but for the most part, the ones I’ve caught, I wouldn’t have wanted to miss. And it’s made me wonder how many quiet miracles are happening all around us on a daily basis, and how many of them we fail to experience when we’re busy looking down.”

Joanna Gaines shares the mantra that she uses every day.
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That’s certainly something to consider, especially as the crazy-making holidays start to ramp up, pulling you into all sorts of directions. As Joanna goes on to say, “Who we become is shaped more in the mundane than by the milestones… Right now, this very second, this is the gift.” Hear, hear!

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