Kill 'em With Kindness

Sunday, September 17, 2017

We all have someone in our life that straight up annoys us.
It may be a coworker, a family member, a friend in the group, whoever.
You know who it is. They get under your skin and may even downright infuriate you.
You might think, how can the be that way?! You may not be able to change them but you can change your reaction towards them.

I have recently run into an individual that drives me a little bit crazy. I realized I have some options in how to react to this. I can be snarky right back, I can completely ignore the individual, or I can kill them with kindness (cue Selena Gomez's song playing in my head). Now this is not a person I can just ignore because I do have to interact with them to an extent. I would become just as rude if I completely ignored this person. I try my best to never fight fire with fire and be rude back, so I have chosen to continue being my happy self and lay on the kindness. Now I know this may seem a bit passive aggressive, but at the same time I am not going to let this person put me in a bad mood anymore. Being kind to people tends to put me in a good mood, so that is exactly what I intend to do. No matter how this person chooses to act, I will not let it change my positive mood. They don't deserve the privilege of stealing my happiness. Next time someone acts all grumpy towards you, take a moment and choose how you're going to react.

Why Not?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Yesterday, I went to the park with a friend who is helping me become a better photographer.
Photography is something that I have come to have a passion for. While I have many books on the subject available to me, along with time to read and practice, I typically don't take the time to learn. Recently, I have started asking myself, why? It is easy to use the I'm tired excuse... but, let's be real... if I were to do something fun and exciting during my personal time, I would probably get excited and energized. This sounds lovely compared to my lazy self laying around on the couch. The only thing stopping me is myself. The same applies with another idea I have been throwing around in my head. I want to write a book. You read that right, a book. A week or so ago, I went on a date and nothing came of it except when I told him I was thinking about writing a book he said, why haven't you? I haven't been able to get that out of my head! Why haven't I written that book? The answer is me. I am the only thing stopping myself. So here is my thought for the day. Why not? Why not do that thing you've been thinking about doing? Yes there will be challenges associated with it but it's okay to take baby steps. Live your dream. Make it happen.

Look What You Made Me Do

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Taylor Swift has done it again. That is, managed to write a song that I personally have had on repeat for the last 48 hours. It appears this time around, she didn't shake it off and that got me thinking. This song is dark and clearly a bit revengeful. Don't get me wrong, I love it, oh how I love it. BUT, it also made me reflect on what grudges I'm holding. I hate to admit it, but there is definitely a few. Then I thought, why? The past is in the past. What has happened to me, good or bad, is what got me here and right now my life is pretty good. So why hold on to a single grudge? If you're anything like me, thinking about how someone has wronged me in the past infuriates me. It's silly to let them have that power over me. I don't even communicate with these people anymore. To be short and sweet and get to the point, don't let the frustrating memories overtake you and steal your joy. There's NO point. It was a part of your journey. Focus on the here and now. When you say, look what you made me do, hopefully you're talking about how that person motivated you to do even better. Show them the incredible life you have worked hard for despite their wrong doing. Always remember, you can't fight fire with fire. Let go of those grudges because the only thing they're doing is clouding your happiness. Hopefully you're able to forgive and forget. This is your journey, take control and don't let that grudge bother you a second more.

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