Reasons to Smile

Unfortunately, I haven’t really felt like writing lately. I’m sure this is pretty obvious since I haven’t been active on this blog since early last week. To be honest, I just can’t seem to get to feeling like myself lately and I don’t know why.

When I sat down to write today’s blog post, I didn’t have a plan of what I would write about. The first thoughts that came to my head were to complain about life and to whine about not having a real job or being in school. Yuck.

Instead, I realize that I have to power to overcome my horrendous mood by reminding myself all the things I have to be happy about right now.

Number one:ย Coffee.

I love my little Keurig and chai latte flavored creamer. The only negative about this is that I can only make one cup at a time.

Number two: My new planner.

It has the calendar for the month, and then it has pages for day by day. I love this because I can write a to-do list for every day…crossing things off a to-do list equals feeling productive…something I need!

Number three:ย Ali on the Run’s first marathon race recap! It has been beyond inspiring to read her blog as she has trained for her first marathon, all while battling Crohn’s diseaseย and raising over $20,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Her recap brought tears to my eyes and made me want to run another marathon tomorrow!

Number four: KNMS girl’s volleyball.

My little volleyball team is having a great season so far, and they make me smile on a daily basis. I had a light bulb moment the other day when I was complaining to my running buddy about not currently being in school. She reminded me that if I was in school right now then I wouldn’t have been able to coach the girls. As much as I hope I’m teaching them about volleyball, competition, and being a team, they are a big part of my happiness right now, too. I need them.

Number five: My volleyball team’s homework assignment.

I asked each girl to write about their proudest moment or a time when they did something that didn’t think was possible. I loved reading each other their little stories, and yet again, they didn’t cease to make me smile (and giggle)!

Number six: Duh.

Does this one even need an explanation?

What is making you smile now?



12 thoughts on “Reasons to Smile

  1. SO SO SO needed this little reminder today my friend! I have been getting so caught up with the things I can’t control in my life right now that aren’t making me happy that I’ve forgotten to appreciate the little things here and there. This is exactly what I needed to snap out of it today. Thank you!!

  2. Totally can relate on loving planners and coffee. I am such a planner nerd. Can’t live without mine. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Ps love your blog, I’ve been reading for awhile now ๐Ÿ™‚ and great job on the marathon, so inspiring!

    • Wow! Thank you…I love hearing that people like to read. Every now and then I get discouraged about this little blog, but when I hear something like that it keeps me motivated to keep writing! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  3. Glad you are being optimistic about life, I know sometimes we can get bogged down by things, but it’s always important to count one’s blessings sometimes to help us get through the tough parts in life. ๐Ÿ™‚
    You’re puppy is adorable!

  4. hi I found your blog awhile back (in time to read your marathon, recap, CONGRATS!) and i just wanted to let you know I adore it ๐Ÿ™‚ You have a great personality and writing style and can tell you’re a genuinely nice person. I understand the feelings of let-down post marathon and finding things to be motivated and happy about… I think it just means you’ve gotten bitten by the bug!!
    Melissa ๐Ÿ™‚

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