Tuesday, May 1, 2012

oh hey May...

There are certain times, it could be a day, a week or a month, when it can feel next to impossible to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Do you know what I mean? Times when the negatives outweigh the positives, the 48 hours allotted for freedom each week seems drastically unfair and you feel, however unrealistic, that you have nothing to look forward to.

I pride myself on being an extremely positive person, and I think that I truly am. I am naturally happy and upbeat, and silver lining is my specialty. Lately though, I've been having a bit of a rough go of it. I've been letting the negatives take over my mentality and it really, really sucks.

So, this week I am making legitimate, active steps to turn all that around. Even if I have to invent them or exaggerate or play mental games with myself - I am choosing to focus on the positives this week, and hopefully beyond! Here's what's keeping my chin up on this first day of May...

... It's the first day of May, which means Memorial Day is coming. Which means a long weekend in the Hamptons is also coming. Summer will be here soon!

... I'm starting up my Bikram yoga practice again this week, after more than a year away. It's going to hurt like hell, but the rewards far outweigh the moments of nearly blacking out in tree pose with sweat pouring off me. (See above, Memorial Day is coming...)

... I have a job, which means I can afford to treat myself to fresh flowers for my bedside, whenever I want. This week, I'm thinking Lilacs. And maybe Peonies, too.

... I ordered some new shoes from Nordstrom, and they'll be arriving this week. 

... Cinco De Mayo is on a Saturday this year, and it's this weekend. Caliente!

How do you guys beat away the Negative Nancy feelings?


  1. Sounds like we are have identical moods today! The last month has been a rough one for me. But I'm determined to keep positive and make personal goals for myself this week. One of them being, I'm hoping to workout at least 3x..."hoping" being the optimal word in that sentence.:) Keep a smile on your face! I love your blog! Also, Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers, their fragrant is amazing!


    Molly Jane


    P.S. Stop by my blog if you want!:)

  2. i try to make a list of all the things that don't "suck" at the moment and little things that i like however random. that seems to help when i see a really long list.

  3. I think you have to create little holidays for yourself and make the weekend special. Rather it's planning a weekend trip (http://voyage-on.blogspot.com/2012/03/spring-escapes.html) or just devoting the weekend to relaxing at home, I really try to look forward to every weekend - and pepper in some after work fun when I can, too ;) Feel better!

  4. I totally hear ya. You can't be positive ALL the time... but it helps to make little lists! New shoes + yoga always cheer me up!

  5. I know what you mean, April seems to have been a bit of a weird month for a lot of people! Normally my happiness mojo gets deflated by very little, so in order to combat that I started the Give Me A Smile Week on my blog, just to get other bloggers to let us know how they keep their chins up, so if you have any suggestions that would be awesome!

    Some weekend list making and retail therapy sound like a good one though ;) !

  6. I totally get ya on feeling down sometimes. I do hot power vinyassa yoga, which clears my mind and refreshes me. A shopping trip for a fun new accessory or outfit helps too. Making plans for weekend getaways and things to do also helps. Sounds like you've got it down! Cheers for sunshine and summer.


  7. Good luck letting more Positive Polly into your life... It is hard, especially this time of year, with SOOO much going on, to see the light at the end of the tunnel (or the Margarita at the end of the day!)... but making a to-do list of EVERYTHING I have to do, and marking off even the small things reminds me of how much I actually am getting accomplished, even if I don't get to ALL of it.... that just gets moved to tomorrow's list

  8. I have found myself in the same kind of funk recently as well. My life feels like a constant droll with a constant cloud overhead. The problem was that I wasn't aware of the rut I was in, but when I finally realized I knew I had to make some changes, even if very small. Here are some things I found to help..
    Negative Nancy Quick Fixes: a work out (nothing like sweat to get the endorphines going), chocolate (and not feeling bad about it), new clothes/shoes (instant gratification), a manicure (in an extra bright color!), a night in with friends (laughing, or crying, with others always helps), and for especially rainy days that can drag you down, and shiny and bright rain-proof outfit (rainboots, slicker, umbrella etc.)
    Although I truly love cinco de mayo, drinking and a hangover tend to bury deeper into the rut I am attempting to escape..

  9. I totally know what you mean! I have been in a funk lately as well and have actively been trying to change my attitude! Loving the flowers! I think they'll be a great pick-me-up! As well as the Bikram! I haven't been in a round a year as well! But I miss it!! Need to get back into it!


  10. i watch this,


    works like a charm...every time :)

  11. You go, girl! More power to ya. And I know the feeling. I usually go for a really long run to clear my head, then I come home and eat my feelings (guilt free). I also have a tendency to shop when I'm feeling low. Good luck! You'll get through it.

  12. I love this. :) Thanks for sharing. xx