Tax Time Gratitude Power

By Ann Paquin

Gratitude Challenge

Gratitude Practice

When it comes to tax time preparation, gratitude is probably not the first thought you have. Can you imagine how tax time gratitude power could help? A regular gratitude practice offers grace and power when least expected. How do you want to feel when doing your taxes?

I was preparing my tax information feeling some frustration. In feeling frustration, it seemed like there were extra things to be frustrated about: the sorting function on my excel spreadsheet wasn’t working; I was feeling annoyed at how much money I spent at one particular store; and how little interest I earned. In addition, I couldn’t figure out a way to print a 1099 form I needed.
As I was feeling this frustration, I noticed this isn’t how I usually feel.  In this noticing, some grace appeared.  I was inspired to feel gratitude for being able to travel and buy things I wanted this past year.  I felt how many different people I connected with for so many different types of services and how I helped each in a small way with their businesses. In opening a little space for gratitude,  more gratitude started flowing.

Tax Time Gratitude PowerHaving practiced gratitude for many years, I was  allowing these thoughts to enter in. Each one helped me feel better and better. Because the gratitude felt better than the frustration, I chose to amplify the good feelings by sensing how good it felt in my body and mind.  The momentum helped me connect with the glass overflowing, acknowledging all the great things in my life, like living on Maui, having wonderful friends and having had an adventurous full year in 2015.

In the gratitude zone, space opened up and solutions to what wasn’t working appeared. As a bonus, information I thought I would need to wait for came to me in an easier and more timely way. Also, some new ideas started coming in to help me with my business for this year.  It was very satisfying moving from frustration to gratitude to a place of creativity and ease.

Now that I’ve had this experience, I will invite in gratitude before I start my taxes next year. As a gratitude challenge, how can you find ways to enjoy your tax preparation?

Ann is an Intuitive Soul Coach, helping people align and resonate with their biggest dreams and desires, offering transformational solutions for the deepest and highest good. Contact her at or 808-268-5724 for a complimentary 20-minute session to find out how she may assist you. For more information, visit


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  1. Diane Schertzer
    February 19, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    A very thoughtful message, and great gratitude reminder… Thanks, and glad to know you are living the beautiful life you so deserve…
    All the best,
    Vintage Sarasota Sister Goddess Diane

  2. Amorah
    February 19, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Ann,
    What a great turn around in perspective.
    You rock! Love, Amorah

  3. February 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you, Ann… beautiful and timely reminder.
    Gratitudally grateful for your sharings…

  4. February 20, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Beautiful as ever Ann! Thank you for sharing. You are a blessing in my world and the world in general. I am thankful for reading this post as I too had frustrations in doing my taxes and this is a great reminder to shift my focus as I finish the task. I live my life in gratitude, I am grateful for every single day and yet there are moments “I forget”, I am grateful for You!!! Always, In Love & Gratitude, I Am <3 <3 <3

  5. February 21, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Leave it to you to come up with a way for us to be grateful about paying our taxes…genius!!! You are awesome!! xo

  6. February 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Gratitude for you’re reminders of being in gratitude in every area of life
    Big Mahalo GREAT-FULL Hgs n Lv.. Gylian Solay

  7. September 20, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I’m compiling tax information now, so the perspective of gratitude is welcome! I can look at the compilation like a puzzle; a game that will will be mostly complete by the time I send the pieces to my accountant. Big Mahalo for GRATITUDE! Love, Ali

    • ann
      September 20, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      I felt an opening in my body reading your comment. I’m feeling a sense of fun eek out even as I prematurely begin to contemplate next tax time gathering as a personal puzzle replaying my abundance with enough to share. Ali, in addition to anticipating more tax time fun, you helped me appreciate my accountant even more, like the next person on my own personal relay team. He brings it home to the finish line for me. Thanks for the gratitude expansion.

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