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I spent the majority of today thinking about bad days.

(And having one.)

Here's some context: I've been back at college for 2 weeks since winter break. That first week back was wonderful. Seriously, it was pure bliss.   I had my life somewhat together, I didn't have very much homework/ studying, and I was doing fun things with my friends every night. We went to see La La Land on a Wednesday night, and took an impromptu trip to Chicago on Sunday. The whole week, even when I had a rough ballet day or I was feeling tired, I kept thinking about what a great week it was. Even now, I've sort of forgotten about the less awesome or stressful things that happened that first week, and I just remember the good stuff. I had decided early on that it was the best week ever, and somehow, magically, it continued to be.

This past week? Not so much.

this drawing isn't mine-- it's by marc johns (who is amazing) 


This past week I was forgetting things and making mistakes and feeling sluggish, and it all felt like a terrible trick the universe was playing on me because of how great the first week was. It got better and then worse, and then a lot better, and then a lot worse. As the week unraveled I kept thinking about how, as I moved through each day, I was labeling them all as either good or bad.

That brings me to today: another gloomy day, another semi-pessimistic Julia wishing everything was better than it was. And then, while mindlessly surfing Pinterest, I read this:

Was it really a bad day? Or was it a bad five minutes that you milked all day? 

I literally laughed a bit to myself as I trudged through my "bad day" because I realized that Pinterest was right and I was wrong. (Per usual). It was just a bad five (or ten, or twenty-five) minutes.

Adversely, my magically great week also had it's own cases of a 'bad five minutes'. When I really think about it, I can remember: one of my dance professors made us do a bunch of improvisation which scared the heck out of me, I was yelled at in jazz class, I stayed up way, way too late watching Sherlock (both good and bad), and ate a pretty serious amount of Qdoba followed by a pretty serious amount of Cheez-its. But it was still "the best week ever" because I decided it would be.

If you have a really bad five (or ten, or fourty-seven) minutes, I'm sorry. I did too today, and I will tomorrow, and I will the day after that. But instead of declaring it to be "the worst day ever" at 11:30 in the morning, give it another chance. It doesn't need to be "the best day ever" or anything crazy (do those actually exist?), but it could be a day filled with fifteen good minutes to counteract the five really bad ones. You can choose which ones to milk.

We can find optimism in any amount of minutes or seconds or moments if we just remember to actually look.

♡ Julia
*this has been a "thought of the day" post, in which I dump my thoughts in the most eloquent way possible.

22 comments

  1. I love this! I think it's so important to look on the brighter side, especially when there are so many people who have it so much worse when you put everything into perspective. I really love your optimism and how you took a step back and realized the "bad day" part didn't last too long. People need to think more like you!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  2. Being positive can be work- for real! We all need to stop + check ourselves now and again, and also allow ourselves a bad day here and there. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Very true, Ashley! Thanks for reading :)

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  3. This is just what I needed! The past few days have been rough (way more than 10 minutes, it seems), and I've been struggling to get back on my feet. Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope the rest of your week is great :)
    - katrina // Yours Truly, Katrina

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    1. We all have days like that.. sending you love, Katrina!

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  4. Yes, yes, I need to practice this! I've had some frustrating moments lately... obviously if you know what I mean, haha, but the truth is, my life is still pretty damn good. I'm thinking of doing a social media unplug and just appreciating little things in life. Also, yum, Qdoba and Cheez Its!

    waltzandwillow.com

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    1. Yeah I know what you mean, girl. So true! Sending good vibes :)

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  5. This is what I'm always trying to tell to everyone! Having a bad event, bad 5 minutes doesn't ruin your whole day. You always need to look at a bright side. I love your thoughts and this new found attitude. Keep it up :) x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Thanks, Leta :) Thanks so much for reading!

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  6. Ah I really enjoyed this post. It's so very true, sometimes the silliest things can put me in such a bad mood but then I do often have to say to myself 'come on now, is it really that bad'...I think it's so important to remind ourselves of this occasionally and I love your finishing point of this post about how we can find optimism in any amount of minutes etc, if we just remember to actually look. That's the best way to think! =D

    Samio
    http://www.samio.co.uk/

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    1. So true, Samio! Thanks for your nice comment :)

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  7. I definitely needed to read this. The "bad five minutes" idea is something I've got to remember. You're right, we just need to look for the good moments, instead of focusing on the bad ones. Thanks for this!

    Amber - amberelb.com

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  8. I had one of those days yesterday, when little things, 5 minutes here and there, seem to build up until they feel connected, even though the time in between may be perfectly fine. It is all down to your perception and attitude!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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    1. We all have those days sometimes- and you're so right!

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  9. Gorgeously written! And you (and Pinterest) are so right. I definitely milk out bad moments a lot!

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  10. I loved reading through this post and I completely agree. I definitely had one of those moments this week where something really small made me very irritated and made me think that my entire day was ruined. However, that wasn't the case at all because I ended up having a pretty great day. I think it's good to remind yourself that you have some level of control over how you deal with difficult or frustrating situations.

    -Helen
    Sweet Helen Grace

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    1. True, Helen! Thanks so much for your comment, and for stopping by my blog :)

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