This was one of those weeks where gratitude was absolutely necessary to get by. I’ve been in a real funk for several days, and any time I started to feel my emotions spiral, I just thought to myself “Stop. Take a breath. You are not dying. You have food, and clothes and a roof over your head. You have friends and family who love you. Not everyone is so lucky.” Those thoughts never entirely took away the funk, but they did stop the downward spiral. Life is all about perspective, and if you have a negative one, you’ll only be able to see things negatively. Sometimes having a positive attitude takes a lot of effort, but your attitude is the basis for everything you do, and everything that happens to you, so its worth it.
1. Yesterday was a great day. I got to accompany Jen to Carson’s newborn photo shoot which was shot by Natalie a blogging friend whom I had never met in person. That woman has some serious patience! It was great to get a behind the scenes view of baby photography, but it was even better to spend one on one time with Carson and big sister Leila. After the photo shoot I took the dogs to the beach which is my #1 funk busting activity. Olive was on her best behavior, and all the dogs had a blast. I came home to a clean house, and spent the evening watching Survivor. Content sigh.
2. Boozer’s back for the weekend! I love my dogs but Boozer has like a magic power over me. He’s so cute and funny, and I just love his tiny brown face.
3. I’ve got an awesome running mix going on Spotify. It actually make me feel motivated to run which is crazy because I hate running. Music is a very powerful thing. If you’re ever in a fitness rut, try changing up your tunes. It makes a huge difference. I can share my mix with other Spotify users, so let me know if you’re interested.
4. I’m in first place in one of my March Madness tournament pools! (Let’s not mention I’m in dead last in the other one) I hope the trend continues. I love winning.
5. This weekend I have a big creative collaboration planned. I hope it works out the way I’m envisioning it in my head. I’ll be sharing the end product with you all very soon!
I would like to note that I wrote this entire post, clicked “publish”, got an error message, tried again, the whole post deleted, and I had to start over. After the first time writing it, I started to feel pretty good. Funk free if you will. Gratitude is magical like that. As soon as it got deleted, I was rightfully pissed and felt like crying. Instead, I started over, rehashed my gratitude from the week AGAIN, all the while thinking, “it will never be as good the second time around”. Well, guess what? It was just as good the second time around. When you really, truly focus on what you’re grateful for, even in the face of a catastrophic (ok, minor) technical disaster, everything bad just slips away. Gratitude is a very, VERY powerful tool. Try it out the next time you’re burnt out or frustrated or angry. Let me know how it goes.
Have a joyful weekend everyone!