Sometimes you sleep so hard (and didn’t have to get up to pee – YAY!), that you actually hit the 9 hour sleep mark and end up over sleeping a bit.
Sometimes you wake up with the worst allergy headache (even though you have never dealt with allergies before)
Sometimes your dog is a jerk and takes the whole “look buddy, all this room to explore now” a little too far and makes you have to text your boss to say “sorry, I’ll be a little late, my dog is a jerk”. But here is a pic of him being cute to remind me that he’s worth keeping (and not putting up a “dog for sale” sign)
Sometimes bracelets you have had for ten years make an appearance and you get a cheesy life lesson of “making old things new” (and making you pause in your “cleaning out and getting a whole new life” to realize that keeping some of the old isn’t always bad either)
Sometimes the free “in shower” self tanner product you were given, sits on a throne of lies and you come out streaked and have to over compensate (hoping nobody notices – and thankfully the girls in the office assure you that you’re safe)
Sometimes you have no idea what the heck those streaks are on your dress in a picture, but you have already changed 3 times so you’re going with it…..
Sometimes online dating takes you through 9,000,000 jerks and you wake up to a message that says “if I liked bigger girls, I think you would be a hoot to get to know”
BUT ALWAYS (alllwaaayyyys), even in the “messy sometimes”, you can still find a reason to laugh and be happy……..and this purple dress with pockets and these bright earrings are definitely happiness!
I’m naturally a more realistic person, that sometimes ends up seeming negative. I have to consciously choose to pick joy. I literally have to talk it out loud over and over sometimes. But you know what? As cheesy as it is, it really works. And whether you believe it or not, it really does flow out of you for others to see. It’s so simple to do (and I don’t like a lot of extra work, so if something so little can make such a big difference, then I’m IN!). I give people PLENTY of things to say about me….but I truly hope that being more intentional about being more of a light, will be one of the main things that starts being spread about me (even if it’s through laughing at that dang roller coaster video of me).
Life is so different when you are looking through the lens of joy and choosing to be thankful and see the good. I promise you if you give it a try, you won’t be disappointed. And I promise you that there will be people on board that will ALWAYS only want to hang on to how you “used to be”……let those people live in that bubble and you keep moving along. Eventually you’ll be so far down the road, you won’t even be able to see them in the rearview!