Sour Day

Today is just one of those days. You know the ones. It’s grey and icky and really, really wet out, and I clearly woke up on the wrong side of the bed because my mood is just so sour today.

I haven’t been in a mood like this in a really long time–I don’t think any of you will be surprised to hear that generally I’m a pretty chipper person. I recognize that I have a pretty good life: a family who loves me, a boyfriend who loves me, two adorable schnauzers who I have to assume love me, if for no other reason than I’m the one who feeds them. I’m gainfully employed, I have a roof over my head, food in mah belly… believe me, I know there’s not a lot of foundation for me to Eeyore out on you all.

And the worst part is that this day really SHOULDN’T seem so bad! It isn’t like anything terrible has happened. I mean, sure, I got some disappointing news about my book, and the weather is blah, and I stayed up really late trying to write last night but only managed to eek out about 100 words, meaning I feel like I’m tired today for nothing. But, I mean, c’mon. Suck it up, Gretchen. Far worse things are happening in the world. Worse things have happened to me in the not-so-distant past (anybody remember catastrophe week?).

Unfortunately, knowing all that on a cognitive level doesn’t really do much to boost my mood. Logic and emotion? They don’t always work in conjunction with each other. Since I can’t think my way out of it, I gotta figure out some other way to pick myself out of this slump. I’m thinking I might need to spend some time with Taylor’s fake-sunshine lamp when I get home from work today.

Okay, enough complaining. Sorry for going all doldrum-dweller on you guys. I promise tomorrow I’ll be back with some actually interesting content (well, interesting to me: oil cleansing!) and stop with the whiner baby act. 🙂

What are your go-to mood-lifting methods?

The Little Things

On days like yesterday, when the weather is dreary…

Dreary Day

And you’re sick at home, yet again


And you’re still a passenger on quite the emotional ride


And you’re feeling like you might be stretching yourself just a little too thin…


You have to focus on the little things.

Nutcracked Coffee

Like the barista spelling your name correctly.

Snuggle Buddy

And puppies snuggled in blankets.

Puppy Paws

And puppy paws, more specifically.

5 More Minutes

Sometimes you have to focus on the little details so you don’t get overwhelmed with the big picture. You have to take a step back, take a breath, and reboot. Or at least, you need to try.

What’s one little (or big!) thing you’re trying to focus on right now?