When You Aren’t Feeling Grateful

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Gratitude is a huge part of my daily life.  There isn’t a moment I don’t notice something- anything- that brings me joy or makes me feel grounded.

Sometimes that isn’t enough, though.

Sometimes you just feel agitated.

Maybe your roommate left passive aggressive notes in the bathroom, or maybe someone pushed past you on the train.  There are endless reasons for you to roll your eyes at the people in your life, society norms, or just the mere thought of human existence (it can’t just be me, right?).  We all have those days; and that’s okay.

That’s when you need to practice self love.

Don’t beat yourself up for your bad mood- give yourself a break.  Be kind to yourself when you’re irritable.  Do something extra special- even if it’s just stopping for your favorite latte.  These little things add up- and soon you’ll forget about the other little things that brought you down.

Whether it’s a phone call from a friend or a beautiful bouquet of flowers, remember- it’s the little things in life that bring the most joy.

Even when you’re not feeling upbeat or grateful, those simple pleasures will bring you back.

💕

A Little Pizzazz on Casual Friday

Today I picked out a pearl-embellished little black dress to wear to work.  It’s Friday, which calls for a little pizzazz.

Even a gal who doesn’t “party” anymore can enjoy a flouncy dress to ring in the weekend, right?

Of course she can.

I strolled through Cambridge, Dunkin Donuts in hand and my Karen Walker shades on.  I felt fantastic, with a Holly Golightly energy about me.

Dressing up gives me life!

I hopped onto the bus in Harvard Square and headed into the office.  Listening to a song that I envisioned as the soundtrack to my glamorous morning commute, I closed my eyes and felt grateful for this summer day.

I hopped off the bus and walked into my office.  As I sat at my desk, a coworker walked by and said hello.

“You look nice today,” he remarked.

“Thank you,”  I replied.

“I say this because it’s casual Friday,” he continued.  “You don’t have to dress up.”

“I know.”  I smiled.  Dressing up makes me happy.”

Although it’s Friday and I could have worn jeans, life is about the moments- especially the small ones- that bring you joy.  Slow down and smell the flowers, spritz on that special perfume, and splurge on a delicious lunch.

Here’s to Casual Friday- and doing what gives your own workday a little pizzazz.