i think almost everything i post says something about being happy. well, i guess that's me! why would you waste time being grumpy? days are too precious to do that, and life is just too awesome to NOT be happy. i have so much to be thankful for! and so do each of you, i know it. when i feel myself being engulfed by unhappiness, or overwhelmed, i remember this recipe for happiness:
  • walking home on this beautiful day! it's warm, but not too warm, and the breeze carries the promise of fall. the leaves on the mountains are stunning: brilliant oranges, yellows, and reds. but there's also snow on timpanogos! this could make me upset, because i'm not ready for winter, but instead i enjoy the sheer beauty of this place that i am lucky enough to live in.
  • good music. i know, i'm weird, and i'm not super into the modern rap crap. here's what i love... 80's music. it's so good! and it can turn my whole day around. another few songs that i recently bought that i'm borderline obsessed with right now: ultimate by lindsay lohan (remember this great song? it comes right at the end of the movie freaky friday. it just makes me want to rock out. and i'm sitting in the middle of the library haha). the tarzan soundtrack is also working its way up to my favorites right about now. there are actually some really good, deep lyrics to these songs. my favorite quote from the soundtrack? "raise your head up! lift high the load! take strength from those that need you." if that doesn't scream BE POSITIVE! then i don't know what does :)
  • putting a smile on. today, right when i opened my eyes, i smiled. it actually made a huge difference in my day. i think another thing that helped was that i made a conscious decision to make today a good one. it's all up to me to make it good, and so if i decide it, it'll be a fantastic day!
  • working out. exercise always boosts my mood. it makes me feel good to be doing something that's hard and good for me.
  • remembering words from our loving prophet, thomas s. monson: "rather than dwelling on the past, we should make the most of today, of the here and now, doing all we can to provide pleasant memories for the future."
here's to a lovely day! hope your day is just as great! :)


Paige Andy said...

What a wonderful, uplifting post! I needed that, thank you. Music, smiling, working out, and the gospel -- man, nothing better, right? :)

Rachel said...

Shaylee, you are marvelous. I have been smiling all over since the first sentence. You say such beautiful things in such a simple, carefree, wonderful way - I just love it all. I will be a frequent reader from now on - which I think will do me a lot of good in the long run. You are such an amazing person, I'm so glad college is going well for you, and I'm so happy that I got to see you recently - there's truly nothing like being with a friend.
Amazing work! Carry on! -Rachel