3 Things That Made Me Smile Today

Today was kind of a mixed bag.

A pipe burst under our kitchen sink and threw off my plans for dinner/the rest of the day, and I’ve been struggling for hours with writer’s block on the blog post I had planned to publish today. Not the worst day I’ve had recently, but not really a great day either. Thankfully, the pipe was an easy fix (yay for Josh’s homeowner’s instincts!), we were able to each rustle up something easy for dinner, and the fact that you’re reading this blog post is evidence that I figured out how to fulfill my daily blogging obligations.

When things don’t go as planned, it can be easy to get frustrated. I confess that I let myself pout there for a minute. But I’ve recovered, and I thought I’d share three things that made me smile today:

1. Lulu is doing so good.
I’ve been walking her every evening and working on obedience with her for about a week and a half. She’s been much more obedient and affectionate towards me in the last couple of days than she’s ever been before. It’s really sweet.

2. This “Thank You Mom” ad.
This actually made me CRY, not smile, but it was the good kind of cry. I hate getting suckered into caring about an advertisement, and I have mixed feelings about The Olympics, but, come on. This is such a great video. Go hug your mom if you can.

3. I can tell I’m getting stronger.
I’m sorry if y’all are getting tired of me talking about yoga, but this is the first time in years – a DECADE, really – that I’ve found an exercise that doesn’t make me feel like complete crap afterward. I’d kinda given up hope that I would ever find something I like. I’ve also been doing some minimal body weight arm exercises since Josh bought an exercise apparatus a few weeks ago. This week I can really tell a difference. Doing yoga is strengthening my previously-injured shoulders, which, in turn, helps me do my arm exercises more effectively.


lol @ me & my tiny muscles

Today was my fifth day in a row doing simple, gentle yoga sequences, and not only are the poses & my assisted pull-ups getting easier every day, but I can tell I’m stronger in other ways, too. Pushing the trash bin up our steep driveway, opening a stubborn jar without any help, not getting winded walking up and down the stairs on laundry day.. They’re subtle things, but they mean the world to me after being stuck in bed for over a month. I expected I’d be able to tell a difference in flexibility and strength once I gave yoga a chance, but I honestly thought it would take me a few weeks to notice any remarkable difference. I’m so grateful for my recent uptick in energy and the momentum I’ve gained by being able to do this!

Whew, that feels better. There’s a lot to be said about focusing on positive things when you’re tempted to feel sorry for yourself. I want to acknowledge that it doesn’t always work.. sometimes we feel heavier & sadder than normal (and that’s okay).. but it’s worth a try! If you’re having a rough day, I pray that things will turn around for you tomorrow. In the meantime, think about three things that made you smile today, and leave a comment telling me about them (if you’d like! I know I’d like that).

See y’all tomorrow.

P.S. Immediately after publishing this post, I hopped over to Kirby’s to see if she’d posted while I was writing, and she had – it turns out we’re riding the same wavelength today! If you’re struggling like I was today, she’s got three suggestions for making it a good day. How cool that we were writing about similar experiences at the same time.

12 thoughts on “3 Things That Made Me Smile Today

  1. Three things that made me smile today:
    1. I loved how my hair looked today:)
    2. Getting off work early gave me extra time to get things done
    3. Having friends that can make me laugh and smile when I think I want to cry instead


  2. Are you still doing Yoga with Adriene? I’ve tried to start yoga a million times but can’t find any at-home program I like… Wondering if you’d suggest it? Or if you have any other suggestions on taking up yoga? 🙂


    • Yeah I am! I’d recommend her videos, for sure. I don’t feel any pressure to be perfect and she’s got such a calming vibe. I’ve only done two of them so far though (I’ve been repeating the complete beginner video every day until this morning when I switched it up with the gentle morning sequence vid) so take that with a grain of salt.


  3. Oh, and 3 things that made me smile today:
    1. Covering my plain black desk in a cheap, colorful tablecloth – my room is instantly happier
    2. Being given a free donut hole for my dog by the manager at Dunkin Donuts and hearing about her pups
    3. Lighting a pineapple mojito scented candle – makes my house smell like Florida

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  4. Hmm… my 3 things…
    1- I had an excellent day at work, complete with an unexpected visit from my boyfriend ❤
    2- I got to go to dance class today and we learned a new move that I absolutely love! 😀
    3- my little sister decided to take me out for coffee after dance, her treat! And we had a great time chatting the night away. 🙂


  5. Things that made me smile:
    1. Watching a fun show with my parents
    2. Eating a delicious pork chop dinner
    3. Seeing my dog all clean and happy to see me when I got home 🙂

    I loved reading your list!


  6. That is SO wonderful about Lulu!!!! What a big improvement! That is not fun to deal with needing pipes worked on and such. I am glad you got it fixed! We couldn’t use our bathroom sink for a few weeks because water would flood my landlord’s ceiling downstairs (he had it since repaired. . .and a new ceiling).

    Going to watch this video now. . . I can see how it would make you cry. Man I have been anticipating the Olympics throughout the year (I have been an “Olympic junkie” all my life and even watch much of the ones before my time to learn the history). . .so this video was neat. What a sweet mom tribute too.

    Great job with finding a way to work out that doesn’t make you feel so worn out and ucky afterwards. That’s great! You’re doing a splendid job. Keep it up!!


  7. Three things that made me smile today:

    1. My small dog, Malley, woke me up in the sweetest, most polite way possible this morning by tapping my shoulder twice, very gently, with her paw. She’s usually more of the “HEY MOM WAKE UP!” variety type dog, by tap dancing and wiggling up and down my side of the bed until I wake up, or by roughly pawing at me. So it was funny to see her be so polite and low key about it. Plus she just generally makes me smile.

    2. About an hour and a half ago, my husband came into my office (we work together) to tell me something, and then we both simultaneously remembered a hilarious bit from a show we’ve been watching together lately. We just cracked up and had the most serious belly laugh session together. It was pretty great.

    3. I’m working on a small display project for our office and had to cut three boards, then sand the ends smooth. It’s been years since I got to do any carpentry like that. It was a super simple thing, but it felt so good.

    Sorry about your pipes! But I’m so glad that Lulu is doing better, that your yoga is helping you out, and that you were able to turn the day around.


  8. I have recently been working on thankfulness, and I can honestly say that, when I step back and look at things, I can’t narrow it down to three. I love this post, makes a huge difference to look at rough days with this kind of hopefulness and joy. 🙂

    For now, 3 (of the many) good things:

    1. I got out of class early today and didn’t have work, so I got to go to the organic co-op in town.
    2. I made a new face mask with clay, tea tree, and vitamin e, and now my skin feels way better before. Smells good, too. 🙂
    3. I am in my final math class for my degree, and it is actually enjoyable. Being an English Major, I don’t tend to care much for math, but this math class talks about things like budgeting, retirement funds, and home-buying. I have grown to really enjoy it!

    Thanks for the post!

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