New Year’s Eve was pretty awesome. The Mister and I vegged until early evening, then visited all the honky-tonks along Broadway in Nashville before heading to Music City Midnight - Nashville’s huge, outdoor concert. We stuck around long enough to see a few bands, freeze ourselves to the bone (it was colder in Nashville than Detroit!) and then headed back to our Airbnb to ring in the new year with a few drinks and cheesecake. It was a perfect ending to a crazy, crazy year… both energizing and relaxing and spent in the company of my very favorite person in the world.
I was blissed out on the new year for a few days. New year, new me, new possibilities, new life…
And then it was Wednesday and reality set back in.
New year, sure - but same me with same responsibilities. Ugh. By late night I was feeling a little bummed. I wanted to be back on vacation - free of responsibility, curled up with my sweetie.
I am not ready to start “doing” yet - I’m still busy dreaming!
This morning has been a series of self-pep talks to get going. Which is why it was SO timely that I found a question on our Facebook group from SheHiver, Jacqueline, asking, “[What do you tell] yourself throughout the week to maintain a positive attitude and point out what IS working?”
Her question got me thinking… what DO I tell myself?
I’m not sure there is any one thing I can tell myself to turn a mood when it flips upside down. But there are a series of practices I can put into place that both research and experience have shown to work for me, personally… get out among friends, get mindful about the moment, take a moment to dive deep into appreciation, look for what is good in life instead of focusing on what’s not.
Gratitude + Appreciation + The Company of Really Good People. That’s my recipe - and my answer.
What do you do when you need a pick me up? What’s your go-to practice? Head on over to the Facebook group and share your answer with Jacqueline and the rest of your Hive.
And, if you have a question for the SheHive, shoot me an email or leave it over on theFacebook group. We’ll be answering the most popular, or unique, questions this year in our weekly newsletter.
With much love and gratitude,
Ursula Adams, MSPOD
SheHive Founder and Leadership Coach
P.S. Want to learn more about cultivating a practice of happiness? Bliss Club kicks of tonight and there are still two spots left. It’s a 21 day challenge to learn the habit of being happy.