“Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?”
– Wendy & Dennis Mannering
I recently stumbled across the above thought provoking quote. I had never heard it before, but it resonated with me immediately. For someone who loves anything motivation related, I had yet to find words that I could live my life by. Until now, as this is already exactly how I live my life! The quote is actually the title of a motivational book published way back in 1986; two years before this ray of sunshine entered the world (!!!) but its message is more relevant than ever. Everybody reading this should take one minute to reflect on their day and the vibes they projected to the world. Yes, right now! Think hard about the people that you interacted with; their mood, actions and body language. Did their attitude change at any point during the interaction? Or did your mood experience a sudden shift? In my experience, attitudes and emotions tend to have a domino effect; they really are contagious. Even a simple smile can improve someone’s day. I don’t know about you, but I love knowing that I can have such a positive impact on someone by doing something so effortless. And with that being said, it is time to continue reflecting on my own positivity with my Happy Days Challenge!
Day Seventy-Four. Monday, 7th April. Every week I decide that I will be super healthy and every week I usually fail on day one. I’m a pretty healthy eater anyway, but to me ‘super’ healthy means absolutely no refined sugar of any kind. That being said, I got through Monday and had an evening snack of chopped bananas, dried cranberries, dates and vanilla chai tea. Charlene ONE – Refined Sugar and all things Bad ZERO!!
Day Seventy-Five. Tuesday, 8th April. Without going too much into it, I am at a crossroads at my life. I have far too many options and opportunities at my fingertips that it is quite overwhelming. Some decisions I am going to make are going to shock a lot of people because it’s not what people expect of me, but a couple of friends helped me understand that I shouldn’t be living my life for other people. As Bon Jovi said, it’s my life, it’s now or never!
Day Seventy-Six. Wednesday, 9th April. You know those days where absolutely everything is hilarious, but when you try to recount a hysterically funny moment to a friend later, it just falls flat. There are tears of laughter streaming down your face as you try to explain what happened but no matter how hard you try, no matter how big your arm movements are or how much of an effort you make reenacting the scene, your friend just doesn’t get it. The phrase ‘you had to be there’ glides off your tongue in an abashed attempt to validate your own sense of humour! We’ve all been there, and it happened too many times on Wednesday to count. One such moment happened when I answered an internal call at work.
Me: Good evening, Charlene speaking.
Guest: Hi, Charlene. This is *Mr Best Guest Ever* in room *whatever*. We’re hungry. So hungry. Can you reserve a table in the restaurant for us in 20 minutes?
Me: Certainly, Mr Best Guest Ever. Let me just check the availability in the restaurant and I’ll give you a call right back.
I book them a table in the restaurant and call him back.
Guest: (picks up phone) *silence* (then starts singing) Who iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis?
Me: (without thinking, sings back) Charleeeeeeene… calling you back about your reseeeervaaaaatiooooons!
Mr Best Guest Ever bursts into uncontrollable laughter. I later ended up showing him to his table in the restaurant and his entire family started laughing when he starts to order drinks for the table in song. Americans have the best sense of humour 🙂
But you kinda had to be there!
Day Seventy-Seven. Thursday, 10th April. When I lived in The Netherlands, I loved how they served mint tea. None of this dried leaves in a bag lark. No. It was always fresh mint in hot water served in a clear mug. Not only does it look and taste much nicer, the whole preparation takes a lot less time with no fiddly teabag sachet to open. Wonderbaar!! Thursday I was missing my Dutch home a little bit, so I made myself a mug of fresh mint tea in a glass mug. Instant happiness!
Day Seventy-Eight. Friday, 11th April. I have a love-hate relationship with Aussie products. They smell absolutely amazing and are so nourishing for my hair, but I find that after a while, my hair seems to become immune to their goodness. Seriously. I used to solely use Aussie for years, but fell out of love when my hair started to get greasy a lot quicker than normal. Perhaps it was the result of product build up, but I switched products and haven’t looked back since. Until Friday that is when I saw an offer in Tesco, 3 Aussie products for €12 (there are only two pictured as I put the heat protectant spray in my handbag and subsequently forgot I bought it for a few days!). I used the 3 Minute Miracle on my hair that evening and I couldn’t believe the difference when I was blowdrying it! I think my love affair with Aussie may be rekindling.
Day Seventy-Nine. Saturday, 12th April. Saturday morning and afternoon was spent having brunch and coffee, and getting to know someone on a personal level that I haven’t spent a lot of time with before. I also had my first coffee in three days. And by first coffee in three days, I mean I made up for the last few caffeine free days by having four coffees. One. After. The. Other!
Day Eighty. Sunday, 13th April. There is so much I could say about Sunday. It deserves its own blog post! We held a surprise lunch/party in a hotel in Dublin for my Aunt’s 60th birthday. She was lured there under false pretences that she was attending my cousin’s First Holy Communion and as there was no room in the church for extended family and friends, everyone was meeting afterwards for lunch. And she didn’t suspect a thing – even though First Communions are generally held in May in Ireland!! Don’t worry, we told her the real date for the Communion when she had got over the initial shock that the special occasion was in fact hers 🙂 The private dining room was beautifully decorated, there were lilies down the middle of the table and a wall made out of lights. It was a perfect setting for a family gathering. From the youngest of cousins to the oldest of grandparents – the craic was ninety!! I love my crazy family and the things we get up to, like Oscars style selfies after the meal!! After only 4.5 hours sleep the night before, a 6.30am start and arriving home about 10pm, I fell asleep smiling last night and knowing how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family.
Until the next time,