Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Unconventionally Thankful

Last week I was skimming through my blog roll and came across this post by Erin about being Quick To Say Thanks. I loved the idea and told her I was going to steal it and create my own list. Shutting down negativity in you life can be HARD. Every now and then, I just want to complain all the live long day, y'all. Even on those days when I am in that mood, I still have to deal with life. And the complaining just makes me irritable! But I do find that when I pause to notice the little things then I am much happier. Of course I am thankful for the "normal" things in my life - my family, friends, job, house, etc. - even though I often take them for granted too.

I wanted to focus more on the little unconventional things that make me smile! I have friends and family members who are going through hard trials right now and their struggles can offer me some perspective every now and then. I always want to take a little moment of my day to count my blessings - one by one.
The huge windows in my office. (totally stole this straight from E's list!) Back in December when I got my promotion at work, I upgraded offices. There are things I've wasted time complaining about this office, but the thing I adore about it is the big windows. There is nothing like natural sunlight streaming in to make me a happy girl.
The Pinterest Humor section. One word: lifesaver. These funnies have gotten me through some tough days. Days when it was all I could do to drag myself out of bed and make it work. Days when my life was a wreck. My best friend (who lives in a different state) would always tell me when I felt like I was going to cry to go to Pinterest Humor, and it worked! You can find me on Pinterest {here}.
Mexican Fridays. (you already know food was going to be included on this list somewhere) Every payday, my girls at work and I go to our favorite Mexican place. Working with people who are some of my closest friends in this world is one thing, but just taking that time at the end of the week to celebrate a) our paychecks, b) the close of another successful work week and c) each other is pretty great.
Books. It's no secret that I love to read. I'll read anything I can get my hands on. There's no feeling like getting lost in a good book. It's such a stress reliever to disappear from your own life and fall into someone else's. Plus, I'm still a library regular and the only ways books are better are when they are free!
Freebies. If you don't already know, you can sign up for daily emails that send you alerts when companies have free samples to distribute. and Freeflys are two of my favs. I've gotten so many beauty products to try this way ABSOLUTELY FREE. And it makes for exciting mail days. Freebies > Bills.
Mascara & Fingernail Polish. Because ANY day can be made instantly better with a dab of mascara and splash of color on your nails. When you look better, you feel better.
People Who Are Huggers. I spent a good portion of my life not really wanting people I didn't know all up in my personal space. These days, I'm pretty much a full blown hugger myself.
Cute Panties. Every girl knows that nothing makes you feel on top of your game like rocking some cute panties. Gives you an inner confidence boost to conquer the day.

Really cute, crazy talented, athletic high school boys. Before you go calling the cops to throw me into perv jail - don't panic. These boys just turn into my favorite athletes and I spent many hours of my life watching them, yelling at them and supporting their salaries.

Bloggers like Hannah. Hannah has got to be my soul sister. She just doesn't know it yet. The way this girl writes just connects with my heart and the depths of my bones. She inspires me, she gets my life, she relates to my deepest and most real struggles.



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Anonymous said...

I love Mexican. I could eat it every day for real. And of course books!

Life of a Little Songbird said...

LOVE this! I have been trying to be more positive lately. I can already tell a difference in my day to day life. Im so negative sometimes & I dont even know I am doing it!

Fran @ Sassy Southern Bride said...

I love this my friend. I live for Mexican Fridays too!!

Pamela said...

Love this! :) If we lived closer, I know we would be eating Mexican allllllll the timeeeeeeee!

Mademoiselle Michael Blog said...

Aw what a lovely post.
P.S. I am a serious hugger!!!!! :)

Cassie said...

love this! going to have to borrow myself!!

Amanda aka Manda said...

Sometimes it's nice to remember the little things that make us smile.

lil desiqua said...

Cute panties are terribly underrated. I bought some the other day just because! And bonding with your coworker friends over Mexican food sounds delightful- I may have to incorporate that idea into my "work" life!

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

I could always eat Mexican food! The little things add up to making any day better! Puppy kisses would be on the list. I am a total hugger, and books are always with me.

Amy @ Living n Learning said...

Love this post and am probably going to make my own list! It is tough some days to not get down on ourselves or with what's happening in our lives that isn't so great. It's so important to remember the little things that make us happy every day. Books are one of those things that make me happy every day. And I especially love borrowing from the library because it's FREE! You can't beat free books.

Erin LFF said...

So glad you did this post and I'm totally okay with you stealing the windows line item ;) hehe- its the truth though, it makes the world of difference! Now if only you and i could go do mexican together... THEN we'd be complete!

Ashley Morris said...

How did I not know about the freebie website? Signing up now! Thanks for sharing.