I was in a total life rut – on paper things looked great but every morning I just woke up in a funk. One morning I decided to snap out of it and go for 30 days of positivity (instead of all the other “fixes” I had tried – lose weight, workout more, better job, etc). It is the best thing that I have done for myself in years.
30 Days of Positivity Tool Box:
1. A good morning play list. I decided to start my days with my favorite inspirational and fun music. My playlist included Enya’s “Pilgrim,”¯ Lee Ann Womack’s “¯I hope you Dance,” Maroon 5′s “Moves Like Jagger,” Alan Jackson’s “That would be Alright,”¯ and Pink’s “Perfect.”¯ This playlist is pretty embarrassing – but, it gets the job done and leaves me smiling.
2. Evaluate my own progress the same way I evaluate Bogey’s progress. Bogey is my 8 month old hound/terrier mix. She is sweet and smart. BUT we also have those days where she is determined to take every single pair of underwear out of the laundry basket and leave them all over the house. When she does this, I think of how far we have come in the last month or two. And, if I’m really stretching, how far we have come in the last six months. Does she still pee in the house? No. Does she still chew on my shoes? No. See? Progress. So, when I mess up, I ask myself, “Do I still chew on shoes?” No. And, I also remind myself of how many amazing things have happened in the past few years AND just because things may not be moving as quickly as I like (as in right now), I will eventually meet the goals I have set, it just takes time.
3. Happy quotations, jokes, and pictures. I love quotations – so, every day for 30 days I found a great inspirational quotation or a funny joke for the day. It kept me focused on the happy things. On top of this, I took the time to dig up old pictures, print up new pictures, and put them up in my office and house. Every time I look next to my computer I see my high school best friends, my “sisters,” and my family – I think of the latest adventure with the crew and look forward to Thanksgiving and the holidays.
4. I gave Ryan the freedom to charge me a dollar. I gave my boyfriend Ryan the freedom to charge me a dollar if I was ever negative. This forced me to be mindful about the words coming out of my mouth. I also told my close friends what I was doing so I would have some added accountability.
5. Lower expectations. That sounds weird. However, I was expecting myself to exercise 2 hours a day, work 10 hours a day, clean the house, walk the dog, train the dog, do the laundry, wash the car, start a new venture and eat perfectly … EVERY DAY. When I didn’t succeed at making the day 30 hours long, I felt like I had failed. I really embraced doing a little thing each day that would help make me successful. If I had an apple instead of a candy bar I was like “Lauren you ROCK!” In the past my inner voice would have said something about my willpower being pathetic or something … Such an awesome change.
Next: The results