There's a song by one of my favorite artists, Ben Folds, called "The Luckiest." It's a pretty popular song by now, and was even used in the movie About Time recently, which delighted me. I've loved it since the album came out, and it's always been one that has left me misty-eyed (so does pretty much anything this past year, it seems, but still....) If you want to here it, click here and be dazzled! (bring tissues). Anyhoo -- I bring this up because I got off track a little bit with blogging, and with keeping up with my healthier living. I've slacked on exercise, I've loosened by reins on controlling my eating, I've had a lighter attitude about the whole thing. This isn't necessarily resulting in bad things for me on the scale or in life (in fact, I'm down 2 pounds this week!), but I'm noticing myself feeling like I can, and should, do better.
Some people may think that is me shaming myself. And I disagree. I'm not holding myself to any crazy standards, and listening to the world tell me that I should be a certain way, and beating myself up to be there. I am merely thinking to myself that I know that I, Mandy Marcellis, can do better than what I've been doing. I'm challenging myself to get back there, to where I know that I can be, and I'm feeling like it's not at all as hard as it used to be. When I am on track, I'm feeling good about myself, and confident. I'm holding my head higher, making better decisions, and appreciating the things and people around me so much more than I would normally have. So that, my friends, is how I know that I'm on a track that I should be! So I'm cracking down on myself (in a nice way, don't worry!) and lighting a fire under my own rump. Which is hard to do when you have a big rump and are afraid of fire. Just sayin'. :P
ANYWAYS (geesh, Mandy, stay on track in the BLOG TOO!), the reason that I bring up this song, is that I, truly, am the luckiest person in the world. We all are, really, when you think about it. I have the most supportive and loving husband, amazing friends, the most fun and caring family, a wonderful home, a good car to drive, technology that drives me forward, an awesome job that I love full of caring people, clothes on my back, and food in my tummy (sometimes too much, but that just even further proves my point.)
I am so blessed. So blessed. And it is for all of these blessings that I choose to focus on myself, which sounds so odd, but you get the point. I've found that a happy Mandy is a more observant and thankful Mandy. And in order to be a happy Mandy, I've got to be a focused Mandy! (bam! Insert air kicks and punches here. Like multiple, embarrassing air kicks and punches.)
So what do you do in order to be a Happy _______ ? I'm curious, and am looking to be inspired by you. Because sometimes we need a boost or a helping hand from other people, like this guy, and that's totally fine. And also totally not against stealing your ideas.
If you're a chubby wiener dog, inspiration and happiness come with the rays of sun. And you look insanely cute while doing it, that's for damn sure. But also, if you ARE a chubby wiener dog, you're going to be famous as soon as the world realizes that you are a chubby wiener dog that can read blogs. Watch out -- hide your powers!
Take some time this week to bask in the sunshine (literally and figuratively!).... You deserve it. :)