If you ever had any doubts about where I got it from…
Mama Everythingtarian to be exact.
And in turn, she most certainly got it from her mama…
…and in turn, passed it onto yours truly + sissies, who are not yet mamas.
Happy Mother’s Day to Mama Everythingtarian, G’ma Everythingtarian (R.I.P. + LOVE YOU!!!) and all you mamas out there! Truly, the world would not function without all of you. Personally, I know I wouldn’t be here today without Mama E’s constant love, unending support, wise words and telling me straight up when I need to just shut the hell up.
And in honor of Mama E., I’ve decided to accept her motherly challenge. On my last post, she challenged me via comment to make every blog post I write for the rest of the month POSITIVE in nature, no matter what. In her words, “The already positive things shall be Barney-fied [as in the purple dinosaur] and the negative things shall be positive-fied.”
Bring it on Mama Everythingtarian.
To kick-off the May of Positivity Challenge (which I am hereby deeming it), I’ve decided to recap my weekend journey to Minnesota by turning 10 “negative” things that happened over the past couple days into glowing, optimistic positives.
So, let’s get to it…
Negative #1: Even though I promised myself to leave my apartment clean before I went to Minnesota, I failed. I left behind gargantuan piles of dirty laundry, mounds of dirty dishes and an apartment in desperate need of a good, thorough scrub down.
Positive #1: Instead of finish my to-do list of chores, I left for Minnesota early and got to spend even more hours with my family + friends.
Negative #2: It rained and drizzled miserably the entire way driving to Minnesota.
Positive #2: The rainy weather allowed for slow, safe driving and provided me the time to read hilarious bumper stickers pasted on the back of cars.
In case you can’t read that, it says,
“If you’re going to ride my a$$, at least pull my hair.” Naughty.
Negative #3: Because of horrendous road construction, it took me 1 1/2 hours to move four miles at one point. Yes, FOUR miles. That in turn made my normal four-hour trip from Madison to Minneapolis six hours. FML.
Positive #3: Driving for six unexpected hours gives you ample time to create an awesome, totally random road trip playlist:
- “Eeenie Meenie” Justin Bieber f/ Sean Kingston
- “Gypsies, Tramps + Thieves” Cher
- “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” Backstreet Boys
- “Flourescent Adolescent” Arctic Monkeys
- “In My Head” Jason Derulo
- “What Have You Done For Me Lately” Janet Jackson
- “We Came to Dance” The Gaslight Anthem
- “High School Musical” High School Musical
- “Ice Cream Paint Job” Dorrough
- “Stay Positive” The Hold Steady
Negative #4: Bad Mexican food. Nuff’ said.
Positive #4: While eating stomach churn-inducing Mexican food, I got to spend two hours catching up with two of my bestest friends in the entire world. Nuff’ said.
Negative #5: Burning hot food + impatient people (ahem, moi?) who aren’t willing to wait for it to cool down before scarfing eating it.
Positive #5: A blister on the roof of your mouth is a good reminder to take it slow when eating, savor every bite and ensure you don’t scald the outer layer of skin when doing so.
Negative #6: Paying for an $18 meal that made you sick + didn’t even taste that good.
Positive #6: I only paid $18 for all of this – including a FREE Coronita!
Negative #7: Beating myself up for eating two bowls of Special K + skim milk for breakfast, chicken fajitas that did NOT taste right for lunch and a Dairy Queen Buster Bar Blizzard (!!!) for dinner. Not exactly the picture of health Holly…
Positive #7: Forget that last negative. I had a frickin’ Dairy Queen Buster Bar Blizzard for dinner. I’m awesome.
Negative #8: Taunting yourself with cruel, fear-inducing thoughts of how painful a 10-mile run is going to be on a Sunday morning.
Positive #8: I get to run 10 miles with Angharad (in which we will get to fully catch-up on each other’s lives) then go out for a kick-arse brunch afterwards!
Negative #9: Coffee + Caribou Coffee Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 45 minutes before running. Holly, what were you thinking?!?!
Positive #9: Coffee + oatmeal turned out to be FABULOUS running fuel. No cramps. No pain. Only 10-miles at a solid 9:00/mile pace with one of my favoritest people in the world!
Negative #10: I was a horrible blogger this weekend and barely took any pictures of anything.
Positive #10: May is MY month, and I am spending it LIVING! Good times were had with college friends, high school friends, the Everythingtarian family, extended family and blog friends. Pictures are for people who can’t remember, right?
Who is with me on the “May of Positivity Challenge?” Start things off by leaving a comment writing one negative thing that happened over the weekend and turning it into a positive!