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You Can Have A Good Day Today
Warning: Overly optimistic and peppy post ahead.
Yesterday I wrote about how I’m so happy to be in the midst of marathon training.
My speedy, rainy morning run wasn’t the only good thing about yesterday.
In fact, right before bed last night, I actually said out loud, “Absolutely nothing bad happened today. Today was awesome”
It was just one of those good days.
I had a photo shoot for work that, on Monday, was looking to be disastrous. But everything came together at the last minute and the shoot was a major success.
The dancers were amazingly talented and ridiculously sweet, the photographer caught every single move they did and the entire staff was in a great mood.
The shoot even wrapped a full 2.5 hours early, which pretty much never happens. Work day win!
Afterward I went to dinner at my favorite NYC restaurant: Tony’s Di Napoli!
This is my go-to spot when people are in town visiting. It’s family-style Italian, the bread basket is bottomless and the pasta is fantastic.
I don’t care that it’s in the heart of Times Square and it’s super touristy. I love it there. (And there used to be an Upper East Side location, but the stupid 2nd Avenue Subway construction forced it to close. RIP.)
I ate with a coworker, 6 of our models for today’s fashion shoot and my handsome friend.
Yup. He joined a table of eight hungry dancer girls and wasn’t afraid. Good man.
After dinner, Handsome Friend (the boyfriend title may or may not be in existence now…) and I saw Rock of Ages.
Perks of working for a dance magazine. I love Broadway.
This was my fourth or fifth time seeing the show and I loved checking out the new cast members and rocking out to my favorite ’80s music. Friend liked the show, too. He laughed a lot.
So I didn’t get as much sleep as I would have liked, as usual, and I was dragging a little during this morning’s Sweat Squad meetup.
Look at that!
Kelly made my morning by showing up in her new T-shirt. Looking fabulous, Kelly. You are great.
But hey, not every run needs to be a speedy one. I’ve learned that big ol’ lesson over and over again from Coach Cane. He’s so wise.
I’ll be out of the office again today working at a photo shoot, which will be crazy but fun. And I’m still feeling happy about yesterday’s good day.
I am convinced that you can control how good every day is.
Yes, things will come up — missed deadlines (guilty), emails you just can’t find time to respond to (guilty) and crappy commutes (hopefully not guilty today) — but you get to decide how you react to these things.
I used to be so stressed out all the time. Every little thing set me off, got me worked up and, ultimately, brought on Crohn’s Disease flare-ups.
I can’t deal with that now, and I know that if I can ward off stress before it arises, I can also help keep my Crohn’s Disease at bay.
Yes, it currently helps that I’m all googly-eyed and giddy because I’m spending a lot of time with a very nice boy. Stress? What stress? Kissing & cuddling cure all.
But since I am not currently psyched about the idea of sharing this handsome man with others, I will give you five other (free!) ways to ensure you have a good day today:
1. Take a different route to work. If you drive, take another road. If you take the subway, get off a few stops earlier. If you walk, walk on the other side of the street. You’ll see new faces and will (hopefully) appreciate the change in surroundings.
2. Smile at a stranger. If you’re feeling extra ballsy, compliment a stranger. I recommend sticking with something simple, like “I like your shirt,” but go ahead and get wild with it. A stranger will totally not be afraid if you say, “You look like you’re great at karaoke” or “You have lovely boobs.” It’s not creepy. It’s polite. Right? No?
Anyway. Smile at people you pass today. Everyone wins.
3. Take a walk. If you’re like me and never leave your desk during the day, I recommend you do so. I should take my own advice here. But seriously. A little dose of midday Vitamin D can work wonders. And I think I read a study once that this can help you re-focus on your work tasks. I might have made that up. I don’t know. Just go take a walk, OK?
4. Wear your favorite outfit. I don’t care if you wore it yesterday, or three times last week. I have a few dresses that I put on when I need to perk up. It always works.
5. Call a friend. I love calling my mom at night and catching up with her. You could do that. Or you could call someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Perhaps a grandparent? Just don’t be dumb and call someone who stresses you out. That’s fun for no one.
Bonus ideas: ogle puppies at a dog park, ogle men in a regular park, break a sweat however you’d like, wear a bathrobe, eat a delicious chocolate cake (the whole thing), get very drunk.
TELL ME: Do you have any tricks to make sure you have a good day? Share them. I want more ideas, since I don’t always take my own advice. I will more likely take your advice.