Monthly Archives: June 2012

Bad Days Are Okay

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Isn’t it funny how the minute we’re having a bad day, or a friend is having a bad day – we immediately try to fix it.

“You’ll be fine, look at all that’s good in your life!” Or “I will be okay, tomorrow is a new day.”

Shut up friend. Zip it self. Do you really think I want to hear that right now?

It’s like we’ve been taught that having a “bad day” is a bad thing….but what if it’s really not.

What if it’s okay to have a bad day once in awhile.

Sometimes it lets you see something you would have been blind to. Or it helps you make an important decision you’ve been putting off. Sometimes bad days can really affect our fate and our destiny in the end too. You truly never know what a bad day will bring.

In my opinion there are some perks of having a bad day:

– You get to be a huge beotch to whoever you want. Yep. Because you’re having a bad day damnit!

– Overdosing with food is fun. What other night will you allow yourself to eat an entire large pizza, dip it in ranch, follow it up with almost finishing a 2 liter of pop (or a 6 pack of Corona) and then having a tub of ice cream to yourself for desert – with no judgement at all.

– Makes you look at good days in a whole new light. Who knew that days you didn’t get rear ended from the back or get yelled at by your boss were actually pretty decent days?

– You look like total shit and you dont give a crap. Um yes please.

– Getting caught up on all those Lifetime movies about pregnant teenagers and really messed up relationships is pretty nice.

– Tough moments or days will often show you who will accept you at your worst and who won’t. (see opening paragraph in regards to those really obnoxious friends that annoy the hell out of you to try to make you have a good day, when in the end, you end up appreciating). Whoopsie. Def one of those friends. . .

– You don’t have to clean, cook, or work out. Why you ask? Because you surely don’t have time to do any of those things when you’re having a bad day! Duh.

So go on. Have your bad day. It’s ok.

We all have them. And we’re all in this together.

Put your hand on your heart, breathe, and remember that you have a purpose.

Meanwhile – try to mildly (in some really messed up way) enjoy your bad day.

And the pizza too.

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Leave Your Footprints – The Right Way

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A girlfriend and I volunteered this past weekend – picking up trash on San Diego’s coastline. They do beach clean-ups here locally every Saturday morning and we were both pretty amazed at the amount of people that come out to help.

It’s astounding though. That even after that many people volunteer, every weekend, to consecutively help time and time again, that ocean and beach litter is still such an extreme problem in our nation.

Litter is simply a result of bad behavior. You know the choice you are making, and you know that your decision to litter will have a harmful impact on something, somewhere, at some time – but because some may  never see that unfortunate impact, people continue on with their bad behavior.

Litter being on the ground attracts more litter. And before you know it, your community is having (hopefully!) beach or ocean clean-ups every weekend because the amount of litter that’s piling up is just overwhelming.

We found your average objects – balloons, ribbon, plastic plastic and more plastic. The amount of plastic on the beach was unbelievable. It is 100% non-biodegradable, yet we continue to bring it and leave it.

Then we started finding items that seemed just plain wrong to leave behind.

             

Like really?

According to the Global Marine Litter Information Gateway, 90% of all marine debris is plastic. And guess what that plastic does to marine life? It gets tangled up on their body and some even eat it. Animals are starting to mistake the litter they see, for the food they usually see and eat, since litter is starting to become more prevalent than food for them.

Beaches offer a tranquil and naturally peaceful escape from the busy and the sometimes chaotic life we’ve all grown accustomed to. Why wouldn’t we all want to keep something beautiful that we rely on for summer bbq’s, and weekend walks? Hell, pick up trash for selfish reasons then.

When we finished picking up our trash we high fived each other (pretty standard), feeling so accomplished – but then I wondered if we really had made a difference.

I mean, we were just 2 people, picking up trash for a few hours.

But it doesn’t matter. Each one of us has a responsibility to do something for the greater good. So do something. Now. Even if it’s not picking up trash on a beach –  you may not care about litter at all. But find something you do care about, and help fight for it. Fight for it while a difference can still be made.

I saw this great quote the other day on Pinterest (FYI I’m bordering on an obsession with pinning right now), and am thinking this fits today’s post perfectly.

Be somebody.

And do something.

Before it’s too late.

The most powerful thing about you is your story

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And we forget how powerful our stories are.

They are where we came from. What we rose up from. What we blossomed from.

It’s interesting how incredible we can see someone else’s story as being – when they forget it themselves.

Share your story. Tell your story. And use your story to make a difference.

You never know – it may remind someone of how powerful their own story is 🙂