Power to the Positive

by Holly on June 1, 2010

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May is our month.

Well, was.

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…


Nuff’ said.

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…

Thanks George!

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
2 eggs
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.

Much happier.


claire June 1, 2010 at 9:50 pm

“If you fake it, I promise you will eventually make it.

Positivity IS contagious.”

Yes, yes lady! Oh, and thanks for visiting my blog today. It was great to see your comment since I love yours so much. P.s. how have I never been to WI when I live in MI…crazay!

I want to make some muffins…mmm. delicious.

mary ann June 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm


Evan Thomas June 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I think I needed this reminder for positivity today. i’ve been switching hosting and WOW I’ve heard words come out of my mouth I didn’t know I knew and have just wanted to cry but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and my blog will be up and running in no time

Adrien June 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I love attitude adjustments! I had a friend who would always tell me when I needed one! He called them “AJs” (coming up with it when we were drinking.. hence the letter that don’t work), I loved it! Everything’s better after an AJ!

Lynn @ The Actors Diet June 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm

i definitely think there is something to being positive – especially in public. but it is also extremely important to be true to our emotions in private, and not gloss them over to the person who really matters – ourselves!

Run Sarah June 1, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Amazing – positivity is contagious, I totally agree. I have been working on that as much as I can during my current (not fun) rotation and it has been helping so much.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm

It’s nice to know that on a bad day, while seven months pregnant I know I’ll never look as bad as her. Thanks for the reminder!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans June 1, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I’m going to go ahead and say that June is our month too, because there are some things I really just need to motor on, so I’m just going to put my head down and G.I.D.- Get. It. Done.

Molly June 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm

perfectly said :) Let’s continue into June and July, since we’re Midwest gals who love sunshine and summertime :D

BroccoliHut June 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm

I think Greek yogurt+crumbled muffin is one of the best combos on this Earth. Perfect for parfaits:)
Here’s to a happy June!

Jamie @ Tearaveler June 2, 2010 at 4:18 am

maybe it IS like a deliciously crusty baguette – a very thin layer of crusty on the outside (end of April.. possibly beginning of May), soft and happy on the inside (May and beyond =). Terrible analogy, I know. hah

sophia June 2, 2010 at 4:20 am

Loved this post, Dear Holly! Because I’ve been struggling with some issues, too. Not my ED, not anything disastrous…in fact, I’m lving a GOOD life right now, what with all my good eats and vacation…but I’ve recently discovered that I have a stroke of inner negativity inside of me that I must get rid off, or it will inhibit me from a productive social life.

Katie June 2, 2010 at 5:30 am

Love that yummy wrap and those yummy strawberries on the side!

I believe in surrounding myself with positive people and positive energy, Its how I roll!!!!

Love ya girl!!!!

Erica June 2, 2010 at 5:31 am

This post just made for a great start to my Wednesday :) Congrats on paying off the CC and for all the other great lessons you learned during the month. A fruit rollup? I haven’t seen one of those babies in ages. mmm reminds me of elementary school. Love the youg mess and the strawberries in the last picture look vibrant. Ah! Makes me just more and more thrilled that summer fruit is HERE. Enjoy the rest of your week

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 2, 2010 at 5:39 am

I couldn’t agree more about positivity, and the law of attraction. If you believe it, it will happen!

Lauren June 2, 2010 at 5:57 am

Yes, it’s so true that the way we think really effects our entire day! Some days, I try so hard to keep telling myself to stay positive. I think that is where faith comes in though. Some days, I just need to have faith that everything will work out, even when the impossible occurs.

Life isn’t constant so we must expect the downfalls. Food is in fact constant so we can always look forward to having food lift our moods. I hate when people say “don’t pour your emotions into your meals.” That’s garbage. I ALWAYS put my feelings into my food and it ALWAYS makes me feel better! ;)

Hope you are having a great week love.

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 2, 2010 at 6:31 am

Oh YUM! to the veggie scramble. I should have came here for inspiration before making my breakfast this morning. ;)

Susan June 2, 2010 at 7:23 am

I definitely fake it till I make it most days!! and it actually works! I can’t believe Positivity May is already over. although, I have a sneaking suspicion that June will be nothing short of spectacular for us ;)

Kacy June 2, 2010 at 8:50 am

May was definitely a better month for me than April, and I’m hoping June will be even better yet. And for you as well. And I want those muffins. Now.

wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas June 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

(Why I put my last name in my other post I have no idea…could I bother you to delete that one?)

Oh, so true. I am searching for freelance work too, and it’s not easy. I feel your pain. But from now on, when things look bleak, I will think of you and simply appreciate the fact that I am not Living la Vida Lohan.

What a mess (Lindsay, not yogurt.)

Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

I am slowly learning to be a more positive person, therefore I appreciated Positivity May and plan to keep it rolling through June. Once July hits though, I’m done. :)

samantha June 2, 2010 at 10:33 am

i am SO BAD at faking it until i make it, but i try to wake up each day with a sunny attitude. it’s working today, even though i had to wake up at thebuttcrack of dawn and get cavities filled. but i’m smilin!

Danielle (Runs on Green) June 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Positivity is definiely contagious. Thanks for the reminder!

hahaa and when I picture a Debbie Downer…that image literally pops into my head

Naomi(onefitfoodie) June 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I JUST WANT THAT BANANA MUFFIN!!!! wowza thta looks good!
i have always said that positivity is contagious!! i cant stand when people are negative and always see the glass half empty! thats no way to live life :)

Brooke June 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Oh sh!t. So I was about to tell you about this amazing horoscope site that I check everyday and then I got curious to what sign you are. So I go to Facebook and see that you were born on A CUSP OF SAG-CAPRICORN! But no worries, I just called Pearl and relayed the message. What do you go by? Sag? Cap?

Anyways, the site is — http://ophitali.wordpress.com/

The monthly forecasts seriously calms my state of mind! It just nice to know you ain’t craycray.


Hayley @ Breath of Fire June 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Positivity is contagious, I agree!! I also think it’s super important to acknowledge any negative thoughts, feel the feelings, and then just move on from it. Sometimes I beat myself up for not being “positive enough”, which is so not the point!

Lauren @ Health on the Run June 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Haha that picture totally makes this post.

I love your new outlook and your lessons learned from your month of positivity. Even when our circumstances don’t change, our attitude can make everything so much better (something I constantly need to remind myself of).

So what about June? Will the positivity-challenge continue?

Kate June 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm

cantankerous is the best word! it is second on my list of favs behind “confab.” bonus points if you can use that one in a post :)

banana bread muffins look amazing!

Katie June 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Some days I stroll into work just CHANTING “fake it ’till you make it” – and like you said – it ALWAYS works. Always. You are inspiring, my dear. :-)

Also, I will always appreciate and enjoy your yogurt messes. :-)

Katie June 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I loved your month of positivity in May! Not only is May my birthday month, but I also graduated on May 29th…and I used inspiration from your blog and the book, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben to write my speech that I presented at the ceremony. It was wonderful and my principal and the superintendent of the school both said that they hadn’t heard a graduation speech as well written as mine in years! Thanks for the inspiration, Holly. :)

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