After a crabby, cantankerous April, yours truly needed to make some major attitude adjustments in May. And being challenged to 31 days of positivity by Mama Everythingtarian was exactly what I needed to rebound from some of life’s innate crustiness.
Because sometimes, life is just crusty. And not the yummy French baguette kind.
More than anything, the past month’s challenge taught me one important and overriding fact:
Positivity is contagious.
Did everything I secretly pray for curled up in the fetal position at night in my white granny panties + ‘N Sync t-shirt magically come true in May?
Not at all.
But I learned to relish the little things, like the happiness brought on by a cold, crunchy bowl of Kashi GoLean Honey Almond Flax, blueberries and organic skim milk.
I also learned you need to surround yourself with positive people.
Down with Debbie Downers.
Instead, down banana bread muffins…
They’re much healthier, tastier and filled with good-for-you fats (from almonds + coconut), which are scientifically proven to boost your mood.
We can use all the help we can get, right?
I learned some days, we just need to fake it til’ we make it.
When you least feel like it, plaster on a smile and remember things could be worse…
If you fake it, I promise you will eventually make it.
Positivity IS contagious.
How else do you think I managed to pay off credit card #1 like I said I would? I stayed positive and told myself that no matter what, I was going to make it happen.
And I did.
Becoming a cheapskate didn’t hurt either.
I happily accept food donations from friends…
I learned that despite the best of intentions, sometimes things like scoring a new freelance writing job don’t happen. And that’s okay. I’m learning to accept there are only so many hours in the day, days in a week and weeks in a month.
I can’t do it all, no matter how hard I try.
Time management is key. Let go of doubts, fears and lawyers who don’t call (or e-mail) back. Instead, spend your time appreciating sunny days, people who care about you and a delicious yog mess.
This delicious yog mess contains Dannon plain Greek yog, 1 T dark chocolate chips + 1 crumbled banana bread muffin.
I’m learning that pursuing your dreams also requires a generous dose of realism.
I don’t like it.
But I’m learning it nonetheless.
The point of this post? The circumstances in my life did not change all that dramatically this month. I’m in my same job, have my same friends, enjoy my same family, eat the same foods…you get the picture.
1/2 T coconut oil
1 T minced garlic
large handful spinach
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
shmear of spinach artichoke hummus
FlatOut multigrain wrap
But staying positive, even when I wanted to retreat to my 3-year-old self and throw the world’s largest tantrum kicking and thrashing on the floor…
…made this month happier.