|Blouse, suede skirt, and Michael Kors Clogs: Thrifted, Sweater: H&M years ago|
I've got to get this off my chest....
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!
I'm excited about 2012! It sounds cliche, but I'm looking for great things this year. It hit me this morning as I was showering and thinking (I do some of my most creative thinking in the shower, don't know why!); that we all can get funky sometimes. I know you know what I mean. Where it's not necessarily one particular thing, but you just wake up feeling funky. Maybe a little blue. Down in the dumps. Morose. It happens to all of us, no matter how cheery we may appear to be.
And while there's nothing wrong with letting yourself actually feel what you're feeling; for myself, I feel like my day has been wasted if I've gone through it like a robot. Stoically going through the motions and trying to fight the blues. And sometimes, there actually IS cause for that gloomy feeling; but I've found that giving into that feeling really doesn't improve the original cause. In fact, it only multiplies the weight of it!
I've come up with some things that I TRY to do to keep myself on "topside". That's not to say I never have those days, because I truly DO! And the older I get, and my hormones revolting against every law of order in my body, I can feel like I'm inhabited by pissy old lady - think Miss Gulch from the Wizard of Oz!
1. Dress up! It's so tempting to let our clothes match our somber moods sometimes. When you're pms-ing and feeling bloated and weepy (I KNOW I'm not the ONLY one!), it's easy to throw on some sweats and yank your hair back. But, from my mother I learned that if you'll get dressed up, put your make up on and spritz some perfume, it'll do wonders to lift your mood!
2. Put on your favorite music! I joke that I need a daily dose of Vitamin D (Disco!!!) and I do! I call it my happy music. In other words, how can you listen to Wake Me Up Before You Go Go and not get a little happy?!
3. Smile! At first you may look a little psychotic; but after a while, you'll definitely start feeling it! This is probably the number one easiest "pick me uppers"!
4. Have a mental file drawer of memories that make you happy! One of my favorite little mental numbers is a birthday card my kids got for me on my 41st birthday. When opened, it starts playing, "Cause she's a brick. HOUSE!!!" (Remember that?) No? For your enjoyment....