a little update.

February 2, 2012

remember my goal to not complain this week?

that was a really good bullet point to add to the weekly list. while i know i haven’t managed to stop entirely (a few complaints have definitely slipped out), i have really been thinking about what i’m going to say before i actually say it, and that in and of itself is kind of amazing.

case in point: yesterday i was driving home from work and an elderly man with a thatch of white hair in a huge buick was trying to make a left-hand turn from the middle lane of the road (not the designated left-hand-turn lane). i’ll be the first to admit that i tend to have a wee bit of road rage, and normally i would have been sighing up a storm and making faces and and wondering why i had to get stuck behind this other driver. but instead i just kind of cocked my head and thought, “you’re not supposed to be complaining!”

so i didn’t.

and i arrived home in such a sunny mood. removing the option to complain totally kept closed the window of negativity that could easily have opened had i done it. i realize that it sounds cheesy and new age-y and silly (and my friend kate, who might be reading this, is probably saying something about how i live on a marshmallow — hi, kate!), but i think it kind of set the tone for the rest of the evening. i didn’t vary my routine — i worked out, i cooked dinner, i watched this week’s episode of new girl, i talked on the phone — but again, i think i removed some potential negativity. and i feel good about that, especially in the wake of what’s been a really busy week.

how about you? how have your weeks been so far? tell me, i’d love to hear.

p.s. happy february!

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  • Reply
    February 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Love this post! So happy and positive. I totally agree – sometimes a little reminder is all we need to stay focused on the stuff that matters and to let the rest of it go. Happy week!

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      February 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      aw, thanks, mary! happy week to you, too. xo

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    syncopated soul
    February 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Love, love, love this!


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      February 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      thank you, miss a.! xoxo

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    February 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    kudos dear! so lovely to catch up on your blog today!

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      February 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      thank you so much, tamara! xo

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    February 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I think the only upside to me being so busy is that I don’t have time (or energy) to complain 🙂 Well done you for being so virtuous!

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      February 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      thank you, hila! 🙂

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    February 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I’m the same way! My complaints have a tendency to snowball. I can’t say I was as successful as you in the no complaints department this week, but I’m trying!

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      February 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      trying is the most important thing! 🙂 and i was defnitely not perfect–i totally slipped several times–but just being more aware of the words coming out of my mouth is really enlightening. xoxo

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