Dear Atlanta, stop raining! It’s been pouring for days here, which certainly matches my current mood. I’ve been searching for ways to add positivity the last couple of days because we got some news we weren’t expecting. We have to move out of our beloved apartment ASAP.
I’ve never loved a home like I love this one. We aren’t in a position to buy it. We’re in the middle of planning a wedding. And we’ll actually be getting married in another country on the day we are supposed to move out. It sucks royally.
So this may sound silly but I’m actively taking moments of the day to put these five ways to add positivity into practice. Here’s what I’m doing…
A FABULOUS OUTFIT
Nothing makes me feel more in control than a fabulous outfit, complete with accessories, shoes, hair and makeup. Get up. Get dressed. You’ve got this, so look the part.
KEEP CALM & SMILE
Yeah, yeah. I’m not feeling like Susie Sunshine over here but forcing yourself to smile actually has physiological mood-lifting effects on you. Try it for five seconds at a time and you’ll feel calmer. And don’t forget to breathe. 10 deep breaths will bring you down a notch when panic sets in.
LIST THE GOOD
A couple times this week I’ve stopped to remind myself of the good things we have going on. It’s not intended to be boastful or egotistical. Instead, just to bring you back to reality that this is a roadblock but not the end of the world.
The follow-up to listing the good is trusting yourself that you can handle the bad. And you can. You have in the past and you will continue to do so in the future. Again, you’ve got this.
TAKE CONTROL OF WHAT YOU CAN
The thing I hate most about surprises is how little control you have over the situation. The decision is final, and you didn’t make it. Figure out what you can control and list out the small steps you need to take now. The outcome is ultimately in your hands. In this case, we activated our network right away to find new housing scenarios. It’s still unresolved as of today, but we know what our options are. That’s something.
Dress: Tobi Sweetly Scalloped Dress (c/o) // Shoes: Sam Edelman D’Orsay Pumps (no more lips out there but leopard here and neutral here) // Bag: Cesca for Target Women’s Ring Crossbody (similar here) // Jewelry: Baublebar Gabriella Fringe Earrings and Double-Layered Necklace (free gift w purchase!) // Umbrella: Conch Bubble