5 Simple Ways to Quickly Brighten Your Day

5 Simple Ways to Quickly Brighten Your Day

Hey there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ In today’s post, I will be sharing a few inspirational tips with you! I know how much it helps me to be reminded of easy ways to get out of an emotional rut, as I find myself in one all too often. That is the inspiration behind this post. ❤

Sometimes, a day just truly doesn’t go well for us, which we can’t do much about. However, there are other days when it’s not the day itself, but how we see it that brings us down! I have noticed, especially over the past few years, how true this fact is in my life. It’s also an eye-opener to how we respond to what’s happening, as well as seeing circumstances as they truly are and not through biased vision. It’s a learning experience, for sure – one that I’m still very much on myself!

Just as much as I hope these tips will inspire you, I hope to inspire myself in return. They are five easy ways to quickly uplift your mood – and hopefully mine, too! Life is one crazy journey, and learning to face the sudden turns and ups and downs is where we will conquer our emotional roller coasters. 🙂

If you have any requests for this inspirational series, please do let me know in the comments below! It is my goal to focus on having my blog be as encouraging as possible, both to reader and author alike. ❤ I hope that you enjoy!

Because this post goes along with the theme of the HARPs challenge I’m participating in, I’m counting it as one of my posts! Go check out this awesome competition here.

5 Simple Ways to
Quickly Brighten Your Day

1. Go do something productive. I know that on days when things really aren’t going the way I’d like, it blesses me to make sure there are at least a few good things that will make me happy about that day! One thing that really gets my positivity gears turning is by performing an easy task I was already needing to do – regardless of how necessary, important, or detailed the thing is. It could be anything from re-organizing the refrigerator, jotting down blog post ideas, or arranging the shirts in your closet by color – it’s totally up to you! If you find that you’re already feeling a bit better after having completed that thing, that’s the important part.

2. Turn on your favorite song. For me, there are few things that boost my mood more than hearing one of my favorite tunes! This could be an epic instrumental piece, a hit pop song, or a worship song that always makes you joyful – it depends on your music taste, and how much you’re willing to jam out! 😉

Related Post: My Favorite Songs From ‘Future’

3. Compliment someone else. I read a post yesterday morning that beautifully reminded me just how uplifting it feels to make someone else smile! (I’ll be sharing that post with you this Saturday, so definitely be looking out for that!) I wouldn’t recommend complimenting others if you’re angry or something, because that could come across as aggressive. lol This applies better for on days when you feel sluggish, maybe it’s even rainy outside – a typical “meh” day. Try it! Giving someone confidence they probably don’t usually get will have a huge impact on them. ❤

4. Go outside. Weather-permitting, that is! There are few things that can dampen (sometimes literally) your mood more than a drizzly morning, or a hot afternoon, or a snowy evening. (Yeah. I heard Michigan’s getting snow. In April. #ThatsTheNorth) You get the picture! If you can comfortably go for a bike ride, a walk with your dog, or just sit out on your front porch – DO IT. There’s something beautifully refreshing about being out in nature.

5. Turn on your favorite movie. Even if you just watched it last week! If it’s your favorite movie, it’s bound to have scenes that bring you great happiness. Personally, I prefer a movie with a great sense of humor, but hey, you do you. If horror films are your cup of tea (although there’s certainly nothing refreshing about fright!), go enjoy your favorite movie. You won’t regret it!


Thank you so much for reading my post today! If I don’t get around to responding to comments until tomorrow, that’s because I’m going to the eye doctor this afternoon, and having my eyes dilated may cause dizziness and light sensitivity. haha

Let me know in the comments below:

How do YOU brighten your day?

Have a beautiful day!

— Maggie

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My Thoughts On Life Recently

My Thoughts On Life Recently

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy Saturday to you!

To begin this post, I want to first share the fact that my silence absence these past few days was not planned. I had different ideas I was wanting to write and share the latter part of this week, but none of those posts got written. That usually happens when my days end up being more full than I had anticipated, which results in very little time to brainstorm ideas then sit down at the laptop and work on them.

I don’t mind when I don’t have posts to share (although posting daily would be fun!), but it does end up being more frustrating when I thought I was going to.

While thinking about possibly writing something to share today, I realized that some of the things that are going on in my life right now, as well as things that are soon to happen, have been consuming many of my thoughts and filling a good amount of my time. Being able to talk through them with you here would really help me, and your prayers over some of these issues would be much appreciated!

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage (I’ve chosen a caramel frappé for this occasion), and let’s sit down for a chat.


The seasons of stress in my life are finally coming to an end. It wasn’t until a discussion I had yesterday with my mom that I realized how anxiety-ridden these past few years have been for me. Since I was about fourteen years of age, I’ve gone through some really hard things, where the elapsed time between each one was often non-existent.

Severe injuries, difficult pregnancies (not my own, lol), toxic relationships, heartbreaking experiences with church – I can recall many things that stressed me out in my later teenage years.

Some of these situations I’ve mentioned made it hard for me to approach the Lord. There are days when all I want is to be in His loving arms, but I don’t have the ability to even form a prayer. Then there were other situations that made me go running to Him, where I was able to express everything I was feeling. Through it all, though, I’m thankful for both types of trials, because no matter what my response was to each one, I know now that He was always there with me.

Following the birth of Isabella, my youngest sister, I have seen a definite difference in how I feel about everyday life. It’s almost as if I’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel – a point I didn’t even realize I was running toward. While I don’t think it took me four years to get here, I do think this marks the end of my deep-rooted concern for my mom when she was pregnant. The complications that came from her pregnancies with Elizabeth and Isabella truly did stress me out, as I wanted my mom and my little siblings to be in good health. Now that we’re all here and she’s done having babies, I honestly feel like I can breathe again. I had not noticed just how tense I was about it all until now!

I have various doctor appointments coming up. One is to go to a dermatologist (I have so many eczema-related skin conditions), another to the eye doctor, and a well check-up two weeks from now. The biggest one is for a consultation this upcoming Tuesday so that I can hopefully get my wisdom teeth out this month. I’m praying that it all goes well! I don’t have any concerns about the surgery or recovery itself, but I’ve actually never had an IV before, so that’s the main thing I’ve been praying about. May I be able to go through with it, and may the person who does it do it right! Your prayers would be much appreciated. ❤

I’ve been spending more time with Joshua. He’s my fourteen-year-old brother, and he and I have been able to go places together once I finally got more comfortable with driving! So far, we’ve picked up dinner a few times for the family, went to one of our favorite thrift stores once, and earlier this week, we took our bikes and went riding on some trails. We definitely had a great day, and I’m looking forward to other outings like this! We don’t get to do enough together otherwise, so I’m thankful that we have this. ❤

I’m considering doing a blogging challenge in May. The one I did last year with a few blogging friends was a huge success! It taught me a lot more about how I want to blog, and having a post to share every day really got me connected with the blogging community. I’ll share an official invitation post closer to the end of the month if I do decide to do it, but I’d love to know right now: Would you be interested in doing one with me? 🙂 I’d enjoy reading what you guys would write about for the prompts, and I’d be sure to link to your blogs when I do my posts, as well!


That’s what I have today for an update post – I hope that you enjoyed reading. ❤ I really enjoyed talking about these different things! Let me know in the comments below how you’ve been doing lately.

Have a blessed weekend!

— Maggie

Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 4

Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 4

Hey there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ Thank you so much to all of you for wishing me a happy birthday yesterday! I had an absolutely amazing day – everything that I got to do with my family could not have gone better. 🙂 I’m so thankful!

On this lovely morning, I wanted to finally write a post sharing a compilation of my current favorite quotes. ❤ I’ve been meaning to these past few weeks, but other posts took its place! I adore writing these from time to time because I’m always being inspired by what I see on Pinterest’s motivational side (you can go follow me here!), which is evident by the other three posts I’ve written in this series.

Related Post: Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 1

You’ll have to let me know in the comments below which quote spoke to you the most! I’m loving each and every one of the seven I found to share with you this morning. ❤ I hope you enjoy!

My Top 7 Favorite Quotes

“Life becomes more beautiful when we stop anticipating the worst.” – Matt Hattersley

cannot tell you how good it is for me to be reminded of truths like this! I am always quick to worry that circumstances and situations will go as poorly as possible, which is awful because then I’m living in fear in even the most exciting of times. Taking a moment to remember how things have gone well in the past is a practice I don’t often keep up with, even though I would so appreciate it!

Related Post: Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 2

Most of the people who died yesterday had plans for today.
Don’t take life for granted.

This one is a bit deep, but goodness, it has me absolutely floored. It’s one of those quotes that easily gets me thinking deeply, along with quotes like one of my favorites: “If the words you said were tattooed on your skin, would you still say them?” We are living this life with purpose … may we never fall into the mentality that we are left to wander this earth alone. Please, keep it intently on your mind just how precious life is!

Remember what it feels like to be excluded so that you can help build a community where everyone is included.

It is well known that we can only truly empathize with others when we have first gone through what they’re facing. With this in mind, I am encouraged to remember the times when groups of people were unwilling to accept me – just how lonely and forgotten it feels to be in the presence of others who don’t wish to give you the time of day. The next time I’m around someone who has no one else to turn to or talk to, I want to be there for them – may I be the reason they can smile that day. ❤

Related Post: Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 3

Very little is needed
to make a happy life.

I have seen the beauty and truth of this through two things. First, through observing how having more than enough makes me feel, and two, being open to how my minimalist-minded mother views life. Surrounding myself with things that make me happy, without the number of possessions being overwhelming, is truly an art. I see complete value in experiencing life over owning things, in appreciating things I can afford without feeling a total attachment to them for extended amounts of time. I’m still experimenting with how I wish to live and spend my money, and I’m enjoying the process.

Your mistakes do not define you.

While other quotes have got me thinking more than this one, it is quite possibly the one I need to read the most. When I misstep and lose my way, I am well known for judging myself on my way back to the right way to live. I cannot improve and live the way I desire to with self-condemnation. This is why the Lord is helping me immensely to leave this trait behind.

Be the change you want to see.

I can easily begin judging others for doing wrong instead of focusing on improving my own behavior! It’s not good to live a life that condemns other people – even when it’s easy, it doesn’t feel right to look down on others in that way when we have our own issues. Where you can step in and do right, regardless of what others are choosing to do, is where we can thrive.

Do all things
with purpose.

It is so easy to fall into the habit of going through the motions. However, what if we were to live with the intention of doing all things with great love – with purpose? I know that our view of life would become so much more beautiful! Knowing we’re making a difference in the lives of our family and friends is absolutely wonderful. ❤

Thank you so much for reading! I had fun getting to share these quotes with you. I hope you have a blessed Wednesday!

Let me know in the comments below:

Which quote was YOUR favorite?

— Maggie