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Blues: Day 50 #100PositiveDays

“Cause you had a bad day, you’re taking one down, you sing a sad song just to turn it around… You work at a smile and you go for a ride.”

– Daniel Powter

Or maybe you’re more of a…

“Pour me, pour me, pour me, pour me another shot of whiskey. Bartender hit me one more time.”

– Trick Pony

Either way, start by watching this TedTalk on vulnerability. It gets really good around 10 minutes.

Now, find some inspiring quotes. Write down the words that will inspire you and make you happy, every time you read them. Words that will help you get out of bed, eat breakfast, get dressed, and maybe even go outside. Google them, look up hashtags (#onapositivenote) on instagram and twitter, wherever you go to. Write them down on post it notes, and put them all over the house: the bathroom mirror, the front door, the fridge, and microwave. Cute animal pictures are highly recommended as well.

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And finally, watch this video (Instructions for a bad day). Its absolutely amazing and will drastically change your mentality. The narrator’s voice alone is empowering.

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Laughter: Day 49 #100PositiveDays

“In laughter yoga, we don’t laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh.” – Dr. Madan Kataria

This weekend, I had the opportunity to enjoy a conversation with an amazing cardiac surgeon in my hometown. This isn’t just any doctor though. This doctor is special because he believes in the power of alternative, natural methods of healing, most specifically: laughter.

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The physician I speak of, is an incredibly wise man, nearing retirement and still works full time while maintaining a regular schedule of laughter yoga sessions and dressing up as a clown to entertain children.

His advice? When you are down, or upset about something, this life is too short to be sad for long. Look at yourself in the mirror and start laughing. What makes him believe it works? His own experience.

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Cilantro Lime Rice (Chipotle style)

A simple side… spiced up just the right amount

Rice makes a great side. It’s easy on the stomach, not too filling, and the taste goes with almost anything. Plus, it’s always on hand and doesn’t require much prep time. But do you ever get sick of just having plain old rice? Here’s a tasty simple trick to spice up your rice that will wow your guests!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked rice (1 bag of Success boil in a bag)
  • 3-5 Tblsp olive oil or coconut oil, to taste
  • 1 lime
  • salt to taste

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Waves: Day 46 #100PositiveDays

Life throws us twists, turns, and speed bumps all along the journey. These waves of challenge offer us the opportunity to roll with the punches and show our true strength. They also often create trying times with tears and heartbreak.

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Up and down, in and out,
moving with such force,
they ripple through time.

Visitors stare off, gazes suspended,
enjoying the turbulence from afar;
others run, jump, and play within.

The colors dark blue,
fade lighter as they reach the shore,
bouts of white surface, reaching the end.

Swoosh, one moment,
then silence the next:
nature’s patterns unscripted.

Get too far in, you’ll find the waves massive,
but take a step back,
they won’t look so bad.