Last week, I was having a GRUMPY day.
Running late, server down, spill the whole cup, forget the second cup, lost the password, banged my knee into the desk, Grumpy with a capital G, day.
So I turned to my favorite place for inspiration, motivation, and general kick-assedness, my Instagram pals.
I received so much good advice from these pals, I knew I couldn’t keep it to myself. I hope you remember [or bookmark!] this list for the next time you are facing a case of the grumps.
Stepf is the blogger behind The Flexible Kitchen.
She wrote this great thing you should read: How to Stay Balanced When Life Gets Tough (and How to Return to Normal)
Michelle makes the most gorgeous custom cookies.
She has an instagram account showing off her work you should follow: @mgbakes
Jennifer is the blogger behind Tri Hard Mama.
She wrote this great thing you should read: Let it Go! How to Handle When Others Don’t Understand Your Passions
Tracie is a fellow runner who likes to try new things.
She’s a brand ambassador for a sock brand you should check out: My Soxy Feet
Aimee is my cousin and makes the most ridiculously, mouth-watering recipes on her blog Shugary Sweets!
She shared this cake recently that you should make me for my birthday*: Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheesecake Filling
Karli is the daughter of the mother-daughter blogging duo behind Kindred Style.
She’s also a Stella & Dot stylist and wrote this great thing you should read if you want to have a party: How to Host a Stella & Dot Trunk Show
Becky is the blogger behind Olives ‘N Wine
She created one of the only recipes from the internet we make on the regular that you should try, too: Baked Sesame Chicken [Easy! Delicious! Simple to double up the veggies a la #make1healthydecision’ing!]
Jen is the blogger behind nutcaseinpoint.
She just gave birth to a beautiful angel and is one of the most hilarious people on the internet… you should find 140 or less proof here: @nutcaseinpoint on Twitter
Molly is one of my favorite folks on Instagram and the dog photos she shares may have something to do with it 😉
She also taught me the wonders of this place you should check out if you are ever spending time in the MSP Airport: Surdyk’s Flights
Cindy is participating in an awesome #52hatsproject & sharing on Instagram.
She also writes great content for her website, including these two great posts you should check out if you are a blogger or a human: Seven Things You Can Do Right Now to Make Your Website Happy and 26 Things Learned from 26 Years
Katie is the blogger behind Talk Less, Say More.
She’s also on a year-long charity fundraising tour via RV partnering fitness & raising money for 12 different charities that you should consider supporting via donation, sponsorship or connecting Katie to a Crossfit Box in one of the states they are booking events in: 50 States in Year
Danielle is my best friend from good ole Lodi High and she’s the blogger behind News from Alameda.
She knows how to DIY herself through any awesome event and has lots of great, easy ideas you should pin to your “Celebration!” boards: Birthday Parties
Kelly is my dear friend and former roommate from Texas.
She also co-stars with Danielle, our pal Mary, and me in this photo shoot you should giggle at by the talented Jenna Cole: Playdate: The Shugarman Party
Andrea is a reviewer extraordinaire!
It’s not updated on the regular at the moment, but her blog is FILLED with reviews of both the Washington DC and CDNY areas you should check out: Capitol to Capital.
*Okay, okay. I might just be making this myself for my birthday 😉
We’ve all had days where we’ve felt a bit…bleh. Next time you find yourself feeling bored with your day, or facing the “I’m in a rut!” thought cycle of gloom and doom try one of these quick and easy tasks to set your sights on the brightness of life.
If you have 5 minutes more, take a moment to write a note of gratitude to someone in your life. Give it or send it or leave it for him/her to find. Put kindness out into the world. Show your feelings to someone who deserves to know they are awesome and that what they did, or do, is awesome, too.
Whatever you decide to do, hold yourself to making and taking time and don’t take no for an answer. If the first person you ask to join you can’t make it, try another. Put energy into making your plans come true and when the time arrives enjoy every single minute of the event.
A big part of getting to a place where you feel DIFFERENT than stagnant and bored is following through to do something new and out of the ordinary. You have to do the work, and in this case, the work is having fun so just stop making excuses and do it, okay?
When a song comes on that makes you want to dance, get up and dance. If you are embarrassed that’s a-okay. Just shut the door and put on earbuds and turn off the light and close your eyes and stand up and do whatever you need to do to feel safe and SHAKE IT.
Make the energy stir from within your soul, move through your limbs and out into the world. Spin around or jump up and down. Whatever feels best – do THAT. And as your shaking and shimmying around your office or bedroom or kitchen or car, remember that you have the power to keep fighting worry. BE BIGGER THAN WORRY. Stronger than worry. Smarter and more reasonable that worry. Laugh in the face of worry. And while you are at it, dance in the face of worry.