It’s Still a Good Day

Care if I get a teensy bit deep in today’s post? Who me?

I sit here writing this post on my comfy couch with a mug of herbal chai tea, a quilt my late grandma made over 15 years ago, with Niko on my lap and Clarabell at my side, watching The Real Housewives of Miami.

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Talk about comfort! I also just finished Meg’s black bean mug cake, but sprinkled in some chocolate chips and topped it with Justin’s chocolate hazlenut butter.

Soooo, today was kinda stressful. It was an early morning, followed by a long work day, and ended with a not-so-fun appointment. But more on that next week. My point here isn’t to bitch and moan about my day. It’s actually the complete opposite of that.

Because after my day, my parents, both of whom are alive and healthy and loving, took Shane and me out for Shane’s birthday next week.

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Logan’s! Tilapia Santa Fe with broccoli.

We were all together. We were all healthy, and we all love each other. I can also say the same about my brother and my five best friends.

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{picture from last Christmas, but ya get the gist}

Yep. It’s still a good day Open-mouthed smile

When I read Unglued, several parts really hit home for me, but one specific part was about perspective on what consisted of a bad day. Because really, if you and your loved ones are alive and well, it’s still a good day.

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I hate when I hear people annoyingly whine about having a bad day time and time again. Or have a seriously bad attitude for a few petty things that have happened. I’ve unsubscribed from blogs because of it and it’s even contributed to relationships that have ended in my life.

Sure, a day can go not as expected. You can spill coffee all over your lap. You have to pay a $30 parking ticket, you accidentally write a bad check to the county health department which leads to your pets’ rabies tags being late and then you have to pay for the tags as well as the fees. Someone at work yells at you and blames you because they’re credit card was declined. Three glass items shatter on the kitchen floor in a matter of three days. Clients cancel last minute.

Yep. All of those things happened to me in the past week. But guess what? It was still a good week, and today is still a good day.

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Perspective, people! Sidenote: I miss the Oprah Show SO much.

All right, /rantover

Today is also a good day because I just went for a fantastic 4 mile tempo run, am going to train some of my favorite clients (they’re all my favorite Winking smile) and then…I’ll be here:

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post-run breakfast/snack:

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Egg scramble with broccoli, onion, and sweet potato and an almond butter pumpkin bar on the side. Delicious! And filling Open-mouthed smile

Have a great  (or at least a good one Winking smile) Thursday, you guys!

How do you shift your perspective when you let little petty things get you down?

PS – on a lighter note, head over to my girl Tina’s blog to check out my favorite post-workout snacks!

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  1. I think you make a very good point and in all honesty, it’s something I’ve struggled with in the past. But over the last couple years, I’ve really learned to gain a better perspective on life and how my days go and some of those things (dropping and breaking glasses, spilling coffee, etc) are small things that don’t need to drag down my entire day or week. It was a huge breakthrough when I figured that out.
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  2. WAY TO BE POSITIVE BABE! I’ve always loved you ;) Thanks for the shout out AND your scramble looks TO DIE FOR! Enjoy the day and SMILE :)
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  3. It is ironic that you wrote about this because a few minutes ago after being I fb I said to myself I am pretty sure there are ppl who cannot go a day without complaining about the STUPIDEST things ever. I feel like more and more I have zero tolerance for it, and yes I am guilty of complaining about stupid things out loud but after I usually tell myself it could be a lot worse and things will get better. Amen to your post. and now I need to read that book! Have fun on your trip!

  4. I agree with you sometimes when I know people who just complain ALL THE TIME. Seriously… life is not that bad if your train was 5 minutes later than usual. Please perk up.

    When I’m feeling down, I usually end up pulling out the phone and shooting out some silly texts. Hearing from peeps I love always makes me smile a little. :)
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  5. Oh I love when you get a little ‘deep’ in your posts my friend, I love hearing what’s going on in your brain! I love, love, love, the perspective you bring with this post — you are SO right. It is way way way too easy to get caught up in the five jillion little annoyances that add up in our days and weeks and let it cloud our view of the world. BUT if you take a giant step back, you quickly realize how foolish you were becoming and how fast you were forgetting the important things in life — love, family, health, faith. That’s all you need, am I right?
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    • Thanks a lot for being the teacher on this sjebuct. I actually enjoyed your own article greatly and most of all appreciated how you handled the aspect I widely known as controversial. You happen to be always extremely kind towards readers like me and assist me in my existence. Thank you.

  6. Wow – where is that scenic location your headed to later?

    Also – love every single word of this post. It’s okay to acknowledge when you feel down – but not to wallow in it. Self-pity allures way to many people into doing that on a regular basis. The only person who can control your attitude is you!
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  7. I absolutely adore your positive perspective on things! In the end, even when we have a bad week complaining about it won’t change a damn thing. So you may as well try to find the positive!
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  8. Great post! I do agree with you, however, I think it’s okay to acknowledge you’re having a not-so-good day or vent about something at times. It’s how I deal with my stress, frustrations, and disappointments. But then after that little vent session, it’s time to move on, not feel sorry for yourself anymore, and shift your perspective. Because yes, when your loved ones and those closest to you are alive and well, it’s a good day. It seems like I hear more and more stories of cancer, random strokes, sudden car accidents, etc., and it breaks my heart. We need to be thankful for our loved ones regularly and let them know how much we love them as much as we can.
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  9. loved this!!! such a good reminder
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  10. This is one of the major reasons why I love you, Paige! Everything is perspective! I think it’s so important to focus on the good and not let the bad bring you down. Sure there are bad things that happen and they do tend to add up, but whining about it never makes it better. NEVER. Also, I swear we live a parallel life. I totally get everything that happened to you. Sorry for the crap, but I’m glad you ended it on a high note (or at least a comfy note).

    I’m thinking about you. Just thought you would like to know. ;)
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  11. Today my 9am client cancelled 15 minutes before our session. I was already at the studio, and I will now be stuck here until I finish my last client at 8pm. I initially got ragey (seriously, it’s so disrespectful and it happens to me all the time – I’m convinced that cancelling right before a session is a rich person thing, lol) but then I focused on the positive. I was able to get my workout in at the usual time rather than having to go in the late afternoon when the gym is busy, and I got to go to Whole Foods because I needed a bonus meal! She was also doing a 90 minute session, so I charged her a cancellation fee and got £90 for doing absolutely nothing! My overrall stress levels were lowered because I now have less to do today. Yay – writing this down really helped me see the positive :)
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    • It can be SO annoying. But yes, it helps a little to know that I’m being paid to ride the elliptical/read/chat for an hour anyhow. But still disheartening.

  12. this is such a great post because it’s so important to remember that the petty little shit is nothing compared to what other people are dealing with – YES my commute sucks right now and our area just can’t recover from the hurricane yet but every day i come to work and see students without homes or heat and i think okay so it takes me 2 hours to get home at night – that’s temporary because these kids don’t even have a home to go home to. i’ve just learned to shut my mouth about petty things – in the end if you have family & friends who love you then you’re golden :) :) xoxo!!!

    • <3 You *have* been dealing with a lot Julie. I’m not sure I could put this post to use driving 2 hours and looking at the devastation every day!

  13. Love love love this! I think we all can use a little refresher of positivity in our days and this is perfect! Thank you for this post!
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  14. i love your perspective! yes, Lisa is so spot on. I still need to read that book. Did you ever read Help Meet? Kinda has a chapter on that. Hope the appointment is not anything serious.

  15. Thanks Paige…I so needed this today! Work has been crazy this week & remember what is really important helps. There’s a quote I turn to when I get stressed “That which matters the MOST should never give way to that which matters the LEAST”. Oh so true!
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  16. I feel the same way you do about negativity! Love this post Paige! Everything in life is about perspective and how we perceive things! We have the power to alternate the way we view things that occur in our lives, and see the positive in them. But, I also feel it’s important to allow yourself to not have a good day. Things can’t be rainbows and butterflies every single moment. If your feeling sad, you’re allowed to feel sad. Allowing ourselves to feel those emotions can help us accept what is going on and then move on from it, learn from the experiences that we have gone through. It’s so important to just be thankful with everything we have in our lives in this moment. To end on a not so serious note, how was the black bean mug cake? I want to try it out, but I’m scared to add beans ha ha.
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  17. great post ~ perspective is so important! I had a moment like that last week when I dropped my iPhone and shattered the screen (new phone = $$$ = no bueno) but I tried to remind myself it could have been so much worse (what if I’d crashed my car and been injured?) and in the grand scheme of things it won’t really matter a few months or even weeks down the road. Whenever I’m having a more difficult time seeing the brighter side of things, it always helps me to start a gratitude journal – even for only a few days. Listing all of the things I have to be grateful for in my life usually gets me feeling better quickly. :)
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  18. Great post! Needed it today, as we are incurring $4k of damages to M’s truck. Thank you.

  19. I love that you ALWAYS find the positive in sometimes the worst experiences. I hope that you have a GREAT vacation in Colorado. Which area are you going to??

  20. I needed this today!! Have you been hiding in my brain?? ;)
    I hope your appointment went okay!
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  21. It looks like a lot of us needed this reminder today! I have a big problem of spending too much energy sweating the small stuff. I’m good at hiding it and put on a smile for most people, but my husband has definitely seen me act like a baby over nothing more than once.
    I would love to check out that book- it totally sounds like something I would benefit from reading! Thanks for sharing!
    PS- loved your post on Tina’s blog and THE REAL HOUSEWIVES (So glad Beverly Hills is back!!)
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  22. Love that positivity!
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  23. LOVE THIS! and you of course. But it’s so true about maintaining a positive attitude and removing yourself from relationships that don’t foster and encourage growth and positivity. Life is too short and we have so much to be thankful for that we should always be mindful of that. I read the Bright Side Up awhile ago and loved it and have truly tried to incorporate the basic principles into my everyday life.

    Yum, breakfast looks good.

  24. Great post, Paige! It’s so easy to get frustrated and feel like the world is ending when it definitely isn’t! I am guilty of making a bigger deal out of things than they actually are and I’m trying to work on not doing that! I think we all need reminded that someone out there is defintely having a ‘worse’ day and that we can be thankful for all the good that is around us! :)
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