Many of us remember when Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter from the popular reality television show The Bachlorette tied the knot in front of 26 million viewers. Since then, Trista's life has truly evolved due to many exciting opportunities including penning a memoir, Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart. In this newly released paperback just in time for the holidays, Trista shares with us moms how to appreciate the simple things in life so that we all may live with a more grateful heart. Recently, we had a chance to catch up with Trista to get some advice on how she manages to juggle her personal and professional responsibilities while being a wife and mom of two.
Momtrends: How did your experiences on The Bachelor and then The Bachelorette changed the way in which you viewed yourself and the future?
Trista: I realized that anything is possible, and that I always have to go with my gut. No matter what goal or achievement I am trying to accomplish in life, it has to be authentic to me. That's what truly matters.
Momtrends: Early on in your relationship with Ryan, you experienced many difficulties such as fertility issues and a strenuous pregnancy. How were you able to find strength during this challenging period in your life?
Trista: I leaned on my husband Ryan. Even today, he keeps me strong. Having him to confide in makes it easier. I also learned the power of gratitude. Being grateful for my blessings like having a roof over my head enables me to put things into perspective.
Momtrends: How did you arrive at the premise forHappily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart?
Trista: I originally wanted to write a children's book about gratitude, but after connecting with a literary agent, this book seemed like a natural choice. Like I mentioned, gratitude is a huge concept in my life. I searched for inspirational stories to include my book. Being able to connect with people gave me a new sense of accomplishment.
Momtrends: Every day, you document what you are grateful for on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. How does this simple exercise help shape the person you are today?
Trista: It's a daily reminder to be thankful for my blessings. I've been doing it for five years now and it helps keep me accountable. At times, we all get frustrated and upset, but we need to remember to try to be positive. This daily exercise has opened up my world.
Momtrends: What's next for you? Are you currently at work on a new project?
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Trista: Yes! I am working on my new line of products for Grateful Heart, a collection I have designed in conjunction with the inspirational home décor brand Glory Haus. These gifts are visual reminders to moms like us to have a grateful heart in everything we do.
Momtrends: With the holidays upon us, what tips do you have for making this time of year less stressful?
Trista: Embrace the positive in everything you do. Also, taking some "me time" helps because it can become overwhelming. Whether it's just a cup of coffee or a shopping trip, make the effort to find some time for yourself.
Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart is available wherever books are sold.
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