August 05, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - a new week

Do you ever catch yourself in a moment when you realize that you are cranky, unreasonable, and unmotivated?  I am sorry to say I had a bit of that going on at the end of this week.  But, when trying to look for the good I can say I'm really glad this week is over.  It's always nice to have a fresh start.


I was grateful for sugar cookies this week (which is quite the indicator that it wasn't my best week).  I absolutely adore sugar cookies.  They make a lot of things better :)


And I'm trying to remind myself of a quote I saw on a wall years ago that stuck with me.  It said, "Attitude is the mind's paintbrush.  It colors every situation."


I don't mean to be downer, but I try my best to be honest here on my blog.  I struggle and feel weak at times.  

So, what do you do to pull yourself out of a rut?  Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate it.

17 comments:

  1. When things aren't going great for me, I try to remind myself that things may not be the way I wish they were but they are what they are and I can choose to either be miserable about it or accept it and try to enjoy my life. Then I listen to music, start a fun project, get out in nature, or call a friend. Or eat cookies - you are right, they can make a big difference. ;)

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  2. Thank you for sharing-the good and the bad-with us. Life is not only about sunshine periods,and even if it shouldn't get better next week, I'll still read your posts regularly! When I am sad or angry, I clean a lot,but not before I eat all the sweets in the house - my favourite sadness treats are marshmallows and marzipan.

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  3. Cheri, I totally feel ya' and appreciate you sharing with us. When I feel this way {which hits me once a month after I get a negative pregnancy test}, I literally force myself to smile big and begin doing what makes me happy in the moment. Last week it was baking and volunteering at the local retirement home. Then I remind myself that the sun will always shine tomorrow and count my blessings.

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  4. Your honesty and sharing are part of what I love about your blog! I try to do something new and different when I get that way. I also allow myself to have the feelings because I think it's bad to shove them down and hide them. I think it's good for my kids to see that I'm not always super happy and learn how to deal with and cheer themselves up:). I moved from CA last year to northern UT and have often felt lonely and struggle to find a community of moms here and that is often the source of my sadness but my kids and I have gotten out and explored a lot of new places when i do. Also, I really like to bake and cook and like others said: treats do help;)

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  5. I think it is important to recognize that it is OK to feel down once in awhile. Often when feeling down, I start to feel guilty too - which makes it worse. 'What right do I have to feel down? I have so much to be thankful for, and am so blessed and the people around me deserve better." etc - you can fill in the rest. This is a path towards bigger problems and therapy bills.
    When I am down, and having a really really awful day - I let myself have it. Stay in bed, watch tv, don't change out of your PJs - whatever. EXCEPT that it has a limit - kind of like time out for kids. You can have your bad day / afternoon / morning (make your limit) but after that - no more. Time to move on, tomorrow is another day. If we are talking MAJOR disappointment / heartbreak - throw a pity party. All friends only, mark a day of mourning, make it melodramatic and ridiculous - everyone in black, watch sappy movies, eat ice cream - the whole deal. After the party is over, that's it - it was mourned and celebrated time to move on and focus on other things. If it's not one of those "big" things - but constant nagging worrying and fretting that is getting me down, I take a different path. I write it all out, I'm totally honest with myself, I pour it out good, bad, selfish, what have you and seal it in an envelope. After this there are a few options. I usually freeze it, because I find that it has brought me comfort to read these years later and see how things worked out, kind of like a time capsule. However, I have done other things like burn it, and mailed it to Santa Claus. The point is every time I catch myself starting to get sad or worry about the things I wrote down - I remimd myself that that problem is no longer mine, that I gave it up. Similar to taking a pacifier away from a toddler. Remember - It turns out all right in the end, and if isn't all right yet - it isn't the end.

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  6. I feel ya girly! I have had a very similar week! I'm in my first trimester and the heat and nausea has not been on my side. Love your honestly and love your blog!

    XOXO, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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  7. Right there with you momma! I don't know what was up with this week, I barely even blogged! End of summer? This awful heat wave? A leaking roof? A cranky, lego crazed 4-year old???? I've been in a funk all week too, maybe a sugar cookie would have helped! So here's to a fresh week :) Love your new blog header by the way! Crazy cute!

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  8. I've been fighting the downer days a lot & searching for the blessings in disguise since losing my job. Prayer helps most, or going for a long walk & seeing God's power in the beauty of nature. Losing myself in a good craft project, baking something sweet, & talking to my mom all make me feel a bit better too. And believe it or not I find your daily blog entertaining & inspiring. And I enjoy reading everyone's good comments as well. Here's to a good uplifting week!!

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  9. I love your post! We all have those days, and sometimes they do turn into weeks, unfortunately!! I have five boys and summer is about to kill me.......I so look forward to school when I can have some down time.....as much as I crave sleep, I find getting up an hour before everyone else helps me mentally prepare for my day. And find something to be grateful for everyday....even if it's just sugar cookies :):)

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  10. Your blog often pulls me out of a rut. Seriously.

    Thank you! =D

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  11. We just moved across the country from our entire family, and I have to say, I was having one of those weeks too. With 2 toddlers, and being 8 months pregnant, I didn't have a whole lot of patience after 4 days in the car with said toddlers :). I'm trying to sign hymns and pray often... wish I could make some sugar cookies, they've been on my mind all week, but our oven isn't usable yet, so have to get by with some pudding instead :).

    Hang in there - always great to start the week with Sunday services!

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    1. oops, I meant sing hymns, though learning to sign is one of my goals :)

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  12. We all have times like that!! Sometimes the best way to get myself out of a rut is to pretend like I'm not in the rut at all. On those days when I'm really dragging and life is hard and the house is out of control and whatever else, I'll ask myself, "What would I do or how would I act if I didn't feel like this?" Then I'll do whatever it is that I came up with. I'm amazed by how well this works. And even if I still kind of feel out of sorts, I figure that at least I've accomplished something and I'm not yelling at my family. :) Like some of the other comments have said, I also give myself time to feel whatever it is that I'm feeling, but I put a time limit on it; I'll give myself some time to throw my pity party and be as sad as I want, but when time's up, I have to move on.

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  13. Love your honesty. We all feel this way sometimes, yet when we do, we feel so alone. I love your quote and that cookie looks divine. Wallow in your bad mood and then pick yourself up, smile and enjoy life's blessings. We all love you and adore you....even if most of us have never met you in person!

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  14. Bummer, I didn't see this yesterday. I try music. And I'm an emotional eater too, I like Asian food, thai and chinese, mmmmm. And when it's really bad, I write. I write what's eating at me until i get to the very bottom and then I decide - what could be worse, or if I can talk it out, or change anything. Oh and I love to go to the movies, I will go by myself, its a great distraction. Oh, youtube this song, Jill Scott - Blessed. She and I went to HS together, it's a great reminder, short and sweet, little blessings we forget about. Hope you feel better.

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  15. In love with your new blog header! What a great picture!

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