Day 2763 – How To Turn A Terrible Day Into A Great Day

The past week has been one of the better weeks I’ve had in a really long time. Lots of things are clicking, new habits are forming, I’m super positive and motivated, I haven’t struggled with depression/sadness/downness too much. I’ve been meeting my goals. It’s been fantastic.

Until this morning.

Friends, I have a deep down angry side. It doesn’t come out often. But when it does, watch out. This morning, Bret asked me to print something for him. It didn’t work. I started throwing things (mainly because they were on top of the backup printer), I said lots of bad words (and I’m not talking “shut the front door”), and after Bret left (without the needed print), I was still seething. Just plain angry.

I’m big into trying to figure out the why of things – why did I snap? Why am I down? What was my trigger? Etc. I’m pretty sure this morning was just about the printers giving me trouble. But I knew I had to snap out of it. I do have jobs to do after all. One of the things I’m trying to do is have quick responses to my consistent negative thoughts. For example, when I stress about money and think no one will ever pay me for anything ever again, I have the total that I made in wedding photography over the years. The other day, I created a playlist on Spotify with some of my favorite and most uplifting songs. I also have a ton of quotes surrounding my workspace.

So while I was stewing in this anger, I thought, I HAVE to get this under control. I did some stretching/yoga, took a shower, and had a cup of coffee and put together a digital puzzle, while listening to my playlist. As I listened, I started to sing along. I found myself thinking of ways to handle work tasks and projects I have on my plate. I added notes to my to do list. I felt joy rising. I felt encouraged. I am so thankful to past Jen for putting these things in place. I am also so thankful for Rend Collective and Thrice for songs that feed my soul and set my heart ablaze for life and Christ. Bring it on day!……not really, leave me alone day! 🙂



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Day 2269 – A New Way To Look At Motivation/Rewards/Punishments And Getting Things Done

I recently re-stumbled onto a great YouTube channel – FightMediocrity shares summaries of books he’s read in about 5-10 minutes. He did a great one of the 4 Hour Work Week. I can’t remember which video it was…I tend to watch 3-4 at a time and I’ve watched a number of them over the last week or two…anyways. The idea of giving rewards or punishments to help motivation. The example he gave was if you don’t hit your goal, then you have to donate to a charity you don’t like or something like that. I can’t remember if he mentioned positive rewards or not, but it got me thinking…what actually motivates me? It’s super easy to not follow through with a negative result. I just don’t do it. But what if I did positive rewards? It’s no secret I love the Lego video games. A new one just came out today that’s a HUGE Lego game….but with a HUGE price tag. The starter pack for Lego Dimensions is $100.

I started thinking through the goals I have….getting a first draft of my book completed, finishing projects for my clients, working out regularly. From big goals to small goals, I came up with a rough idea of what I would “give myself” if I finished them. I originally thought there’s NO way I’m spending $100 on a game. But through a few conversations with Bret, he encouraged me to read some reviews on it. I just finished some reading and can I just say it sounds like an AMAZING game? So here’s when a funny thing happened. I started thinking about how much I want that game. I started thinking about what I have to do with the first draft of my book. There is actually a part of me that wants to work on it right now and finish it this week.

There are all kinds of positive rewards you can give yourself. Whether it’s an hour in front of the TV, an hour to read a fiction book or a coffee from Dunkin Donuts, it doesn’t matter. It’s about what will make you do the work that you need to do.

What works best for you? Positive or negative outcomes?


Day 1735 – Ten Ways To Finding Motivation When All You Want To Do Is Eat Ice Cream

Ok, I’m going to be 100% honest with y’all here. There are some days, most days, all days(?) that I have no motivation. I don’t want to get out of bed. I don’t want to put myself out there again and again…..and again….to be turned down….again and again…..and again. There are days I just want to curl up in a little ball, eat ice cream and cry. There are aspects of my job that are hard, that require a ton of work, and to have an incredibly thick skin. But, ahhhh, the wonderful word “but,” I do love this job. I love all aspects of it from the accounting to the web development to the marketing to the shooting to the clients.

So, what do I do when there is a disconnect? How do I remind myself?

Here are 10 of my favorites:

1. Reread my testimonies. Knowing that I made a big enough difference in someone’s life that they can thank me is a HUGE motivator.

2. Go outside to read. This has been a little difficult until recently, but woo hoo spring!

3. Grab a pillow, put it to my face, and scream as loud as I can. Not only does it get the “ya ya’s” out, but it also makes me laugh at myself.

4. Turn up my “Jennilyn’s Epic Mix” on Spotify and dance and sing along. Dancing is a HUGE help.

5. Pull up a TED talk playlist and put together a puzzle while I listen. I’m obsessed with puzzles and the concept behind them….the idea that you can take a big pile of nothing and create something and everything has a spot is so encouraging.

6. Ask for it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put it out there that I’m not doing so good and I’m met with such love and encouragement, I can’t help but be motivated.

7. I look at the finances. Sometimes a realistic look at how we’re doing helps me to kick it into overdrive. lol, sometimes!

8. Watch this Kid President video. If you haven’t heard of and/or started following Kid President yet, please, do yourself a favor and start now. Also look into the story of how he got started. Very inspiring!

9. Drop everything, go for a drive with the windows down and grab a cup of coffee.

10. Post inspiring quotes everywhere! Check out one I got from Wegmans last night. I’ve seen this little stand with Quotable stuff…but I can’t bring myself to spend the money on a mug or purse….but they had these stickers, 3 to a pack, for $2.50. To me, that’s a good ROI for inspiration. I have one in my car, one on my computer and one that I haven’t decided placement yet…suggestions?


What about you? How do you find motivation?


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