Reasons To Smile

 

Me...smiling.

Me…smiling.

Far too often we focus on the things that make us upset or piss us off. Thanks to a SITS writing prompt recommended by my fabulous pitch partner and fellow blogger, this post is dedicated to the things that made me smile this week. I must admit that I had to give significant thought to this question as I’m accustomed to having a dreadful glass half-empty viewpoint on most situations. Sadly, I can fire off a list of stuff that angers me with little to no contemplation. But the good thing is I’m in the process of changing that, starting with this post! That said, here are a few things that happened this week to turn my frown upside down:

1. Making progress at a new writing gig: Twice a week, I’m responsible for posting at least three entertainment related articles. Usually, I pitch to my editor, then post, lather, rinse and repeat until I have three write-ups. But this week, I finally managed to simultaneously pitch all three article ideas and have them accepted at once. Sounds like a small feat, but hey, it made me smile and relieved some pressure. Also, yesterday was the first time since I started this gig that I felt completely in a groove where my writing is concerned. I feel like I’m recognizing and developing my unique writer’s voice and constantly creating is a true testament to the mantra, “Practice makes perfect.”

2. Started therapy–again.  Yes, I’ve spent my fair share of time on the therapist’s couch, but some personal issues have resurfaced and reminded me that my perspective on life needs another round of fine tuning. Lately, I’ve struggled with how I perceive problems as opposed to how they truly are. Dealing with that reminds me of that safety warning on the rear view window…”objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.” Well, my mental mirror tends to work in reverse by magnifying objects, situations and obstacles to 1000 times their actual size. As a result, I’m constantly feeling overwhelmed. So as daunting as it may sound to some, resuming therapy sessions puts a smile on my face because I will have someone who understands and empathizes with me to help me gain a healthier outlook without becoming overrun by my issues, unlike a spouse, family or friends who as much as you may want them to, are not always equipped to deal with your personal drama.

3. I’m obsessed with my Fitbit. It’s an awesome pedometer that not only helps you track your daily steps, but you can also log your food, sleep, blood pressure, etc. and compete with friends to see who got the most steps. On Sunday, I went to my favorite lakeside trail and ended up walking/running more than six miles!

It's a bit worn, but still smiling

It’s a bit worn, but still smiling

4. Getting back to blogging! Even though it’s been a couple of months since I’ve published, I have been blogging. But actually sharing what I’ve written instead of hoarding posts and avoiding the publish button out of fear of judgment feels much better.

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5. Regular communication with my younger sister. She lives in another state and our relationship had been of the “out of sight, out of mind” variety for far too long. She recently visited me for about a month and even though we drove each other crazy in our own mutual way, her presence and support through some trying times has definitely brought us closer.

I’m looking forward to experiencing more moments that make me smile. Strangely enough, thinking of those moments is helping me to notice more of them. It’s like when you don’t notice a certain vehicle on the road until someone calls your attention to it. After that, it seems like everyone is driving it! Perhaps, I’ll make this a weekly thing for myself and for others who are struggling with embracing positivity. Undoubtedly life is filled with obstacles that routinely kick our asses, but I’m confident that the things that make us smile would be brighter if we simply give them a little more shine.

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Reasons To Smile”

  1. So, Kenya, about that photo though…beautiful. I love a good black and white photo! I’m glad to read you’re getting into the groove of things over at Bustle.com; I’ve read all your articles so far. Hoping you find more reasons to smile. :)

  2. Thank you! I wasn’t sure what photo to use, then I found this one where I was goofing around at that moment and thought it would fit the mood of the post. Thanks for reading my Bustle articles!!!

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