I woke up yesterday morning in a pretty foul mood. I’d been up late the night before with a recent argument on my mind and I was feeling disappointed. Frustrated. Uninspired.
I got to work and thought I’d lay low and keep quiet to avoid spreading my mood to others, but had been there barely an hour when I found myself in a challenging and confrontational situation – and I don’t do confrontation. Any other day, however, I would have been alright. Uncomfortable, but ok. Yesterday wasn’t my day. I cracked. I cried. I bawled. (I also took a quick walk around the block so no one would see me.)
Then I ate McDonalds for lunch, which is always a sign I’m not having the best day.
That mood was like glue. It felt like it was going to stick for days. It was something that had been creeping up on me for a while; all of my insecurities and concerns boiling away and finally erupting out like a volcano.
Today I woke up and knew that to turn my week around, I needed a good start to the day. I let myself sleep in and wake up without an alarm. I tidied the house whilst listening to the rain on the roof. I made a healthy breakfast and enjoyed it whilst watching some of my favourite YouTubers. I packed a healthy lunch. I had a hot shower using some new, organic products I had been saving for a special occasion (note: don’t ever save things for a special occasion. Every day should be special.). And just before leaving for work, I spritzed myself with my Combardis* Harmony elixir and repeated a little affirmation to myself – “There are beautiful things happening in my life daily“. With the scent of essential oils lingering, I walked out the door ready to embrace my better day.
I recently attended a conference where I heard a seminar on giving. The speaker mentioned how paying someone a compliment is in fact giving yourself a gift because of the way it makes you feel when you see someone’s reaction, and today I realised how right she was.
I was really impressed with something my colleague had been working on, so I emailed her to say congrats and let her know. She emailed me back and said I’d made her day, but to be honest, her response made mine.
I cleaned my desk. (Clean house, clean desk, clear mind.) I created a to-do list and tick, tick, ticked away. I received an email; another colleague of mine had nominated me for an excellence award to say thank you for all the help I’d provided their team time and time again. I. Was. Beaming. I sent her a message to say thank you and commented how much I enjoy working with her. I remembered I had been meaning to nominate a team for an award myself, so did just that. I ate my healthy lunch and headed to the gym on my break to work up a sweat whilst chatting (between puffing) with a good friend I hadn’t had the chance to speak to in a while.
I drove home in the sunshine, caught up on some work for my own business, organised some invoices (because yay for getting paid!) and enjoyed a sweet cup of tea.
And now I’m sitting in bed writing this blog feeling bloody content with my world – even if only for a little while.
I realise this post is basically a play-by-play of my last two days, and I know no one but my mum (hi Mum!) really wants to hear about that, but halfway through this afternoon when I was floating around on cloud nine, I thought to myself “What a difference a day can make!” And I wanted to share that with all of you.
No matter how shitty your day has been, tomorrow is a whole new experience. And with a little positive attitude, you can make it better than yesterday. I know being positive doesn’t fix everything. I know sometimes you really can’t defeat crappy things that happen around you, no matter how hard you try. But just know that you can wake up tomorrow and try again.
That’s all from me today. It’s time for me to get some sleep and get ready to face another day – and whatever life happens to throw at me tomorrow.
*This post wasn’t sponsored by Combardis, but I was lucky enough to win two of their beautiful elixirs from Rachael Kable and I love them. So take it from me and try them for yourself! Oh, and visit Rachael’s blog while you’re at it. Again, she didn’t pay me to say that – I’m just a huge fan. 🙂