Aug 7 2014

three ways to restore your attitude

For the past couple of days I have been grumpy.

I have felt like crying at the drop of a hat.
For absolutely no reason.

It’s just dumb.

Isn’t it weird that even when things are going well, even when every prayer we have has been answered, our attitudes can still stink?  I have actually caught myself looking for something to be upset about.  I want to talk about my troubles with others, to hear their validation that, yes indeed, things really do stink for Ashley.  Poor me.

Blah, blah, blah.

Pretty pathetic.

What I have learned is that I am literally the only one that is in control of my attitude.  That is literally the only thing that I am in control of.

Side note: I can’t hear the word literally without thinking of Chris Trager.  Hehe.


Changing my attitude has to be a daily conscious choice. I have been saved by the power of Jesus Christ and he has blessed me with more than I could ever deserve!  Yes!  What do I have to complain about?

Some of the best ways I have found to pull myself out of my pitiful little funks:


Fill your mind with laughter.  Seek it out.  Be playful.  Surround yourself with people who see the humor and fun in life.  Put on your favorite comedy that you’ve seen a thousand times and laugh out loud.  It is impossible to be grumpy after a good dose of a laughing fit.

Who doesn’t love a little Napoleon Dynamite!


What better way to lift your spirits than to blast some awesome music and sing as loud as you can or dance your heart out.  Music is such a powerful tool for setting a mood.  Think about any sports event you’ve ever been to.  Or how about the last time you had a massage at a spa.  Just like with laughter, the right music can make it very difficult to be a grumpy grumpers.

This is one of my favorites. I love the lyrics!


Ann Voskamp writes about eucharisteo – to be grateful, to give thanks – at A Holy Experience and in her book One Thousand Gifts.  She has such a beautiful way with words.  I have learned so much from her about having a thankful heart.  If you haven’t read One Thousand Gifts, you should.

A few things I’m thankful for today:

My amazing, sexy husband who loves me unconditionally.

Blessings: 4th of July

My crazy unique Conner who teaches me so much about patience and perseverance.

Blessings:  Conner

My goofy Carson whose silliness fills my life with laughter.

Blessings:  Silly Carson

My house that is becoming more of a peaceful home for my family every single day.
My job that allows me structure and flexibility.

When I really start to think about it, I could go on and on with everything that God has blessed me with.  So really, what do I have to pout about.  :)

What are some ways that you pull yourself out of a funk?