My assistant asked me to write a blog on being positive. Which if I had written two days ago when she asked me to, would have been easy. But I’m not gonna lie. Today, I’m feeling blue.
I dunno. Maybe it’s the weather. It’s cloudy and a cold front has come through so I can’t go work outside. Maybe it’s that my business income is falling and I can’t figure out how to fix it (I bet a lot of you feel the same way). Maybe it’s that I haven’t really taken a day off since the pandemic began—this comes from a philosophy I’ve always had even when I worked a real job why waste a sick day being sick. I rarely took a sick day off when I was really sick. I always saved them for mental health days. Those days were glorious. I would write (this was before I was published), read, watch TV, and just enjoy my solitude.
I’ve looked at the pandemic the same way. Why waste these hours vegging when I can use them and take super fun hours later. And I’m planning on it. I figured if the world opens up by the middle of June, we can take a month-long trip and I don’t have to work a day. But that’s a whole month left without a day off.
So I’m a little burned out.
I was wallowing in my self pity when my hubby got out of the shower this morning. I got up to whine at him and before I had a chance, he pulled me close, kissed me and said, “Let’s have waffles.”
It seemed so simple. But my attitude changed almost immediately.
And so, we made waffles and bacon.
Instead of whining at hubby, I told him I needed a day off next week. We chatted about how to make that happen (I gotta write a little extra today) and talked about the things we could do on the day off. I wanna watch Netflix and read…he wants to go exploring. We’ll probably do some of both.
While we ate, we did our gratitudes. It’s something we do every morning at breakfast, but today I appreciated it a little more. We write down five things we are grateful for and then share them with each other.
I realized I have so much to be grateful for.
My books are still selling.
My creativity is going strong.
I have an amazing support system.
My fans (They are the best. Seriously.)
We have a great house to hole up in for this quarantine.
I have a dog that I adore.
Waffles and Bacon.
A husband that loves me and treats me like gold.
Friends…seriously amazing friends.
An incredible family (both immediate and extended)
A church family that I love.
The weather…it’s been so nice this spring.
That I live in the age of electricity and not 200 years ago.
Good books (I just finished The Viking’s Chosen by Quinn Loftis. So good!!!)
Good TV shows (Devouring Elementary right now….)
A connection with God
I could go on and on and on…Funny how gratitudes are like that. Once you start, you can’t stop.
So, if you’re feeling blue. Can I recommend two things?
1) Waffles and Bacon
2) Write down all the things you have to be grateful for.