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

Points = 5

Activities That Make Me Happy

Activities That Make Me Happy

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy Monday to you! I’m really excited about getting to share some of the post ideas I have this week because I’m currently participating in an awesome posting contest!

Starling is hosting what she has called HARPs (Happy And Random Posts Contest), which encourages the three teams of bloggers (I’m on Team Ladybug!) to write fun and uplifting posts. You can check out the first round of this contest here. For now, let’s see what I have to share with you today! I hope I can make my team proud, haha


Activites That Make Me Happy

This post is inspired by my love for relaxing activities! One of my favorite ways to de-stress, wind down after a long day, and even begin my day is by doing something fun and quiet. Among my favorite activities to do right now are …

Read. I have so many awesome second-hand books on my shelf at the moment that are demanding my attention! Finding a really good book and enjoying reading it makes me so joyful. Right now, I’m finishing reading one that discusses the Proverbs 31 woman (such a good read! I may review it sometime soon). Once I’ve finished that one, I’d love to start reading a heartwarming biography by Former First Lady Nancy Reagan. ❤

Color. I have absolutely adored coloring since I was a little kid! When adult coloring books became the trend, just in time for me to enjoy them (haha), I easily found a great many that made me pleased to look through. The ones I’ve gotten for myself all contain beautiful art and delightful intricate designs! I’ve been slowly been working on coloring all of my favorite pages, and that has been so peaceful and fun. My favorite book right now is my The Psalms in Color one, which incorporates Bible verses with coloring – two things that I absolutely love! I’m very glad I found this one while thrifting because I was actually considering buying this exact one online for more than double the price I paid. 😀

Listen to music. This one is no secret, and it’s also one that I’ve enjoyed doing my whole life! My taste in songs has obviously changed and transformed over the years, but I find that I’ll happily go back to bands and albums that I’ve loved listening to for years. Right now, I’m loving Jordan Feliz’s newest album, Future, as well as most songs by the artist Leeland, haha!

Related Post: My Favorite Songs From ‘Future’

Write a story. Yes, it is quite possible that I’m back to writing a story! 😉 I won’t share too much yet, but I will say that I’m already on the second chapter, research is going really well, and I am already beyond elated to be giving these awesome book characters their own story. Should I share some snippets from it soon?

Brainstorm blog posts. I don’t usually write blog posts or browse WordPress while having downtime, since blogging easily starts to feel like work lol, but I do have fun thinking of posts I’d like to write in the upcoming weeks! I’m especially thrilled when several ideas come to me at once, and that’s when I’m always quick to write them down – I very quickly forget blogging inspiration. Just this morning, I was reading a blog post by a new friend of mine (thanks, Zielle!), and her blog tips really helped me to come up with some new ideas! I’m so thankful! (The image above is of the cute cacti notepad I usually write down my ideas on.)


Thank you so much for reading! I loved sharing my favorite pastimes with you. ❤ Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOUR favorite relaxing activities?

I hope you have a beautiful week!

— Maggie

Points: 17

My Health And Fitness Journey: An Introduction + New Goals!

My Health And Fitness Journey: An Introduction + New Goals!

Hello there! Happy Thursday to you! ❤ I hope you’re doing well 🙂 The topic of this post revolves around something I don’t often bring up, yet it is a crucial part of my life! Today, I’m talking about my health and fitness journey. I hope you enjoy!

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This past December, I decided that I was ready to begin caring for my body better than I had been before. The fears of injury and restriction had been holding me back for a long time – and before I go on, I’d like to share why.

Since I was the age of thirteen, up until very recently, I’ve struggled with recurring hip pain and doing anything too physically-involved. Minor injuries kept me back from enjoying sports and anything physical activity-related.

I struggled for a long time to see how the Lord would use that pain for my good, because I was so tired of hurting. I wanted to be able to run, ride my bike, get involved in sports, etc. Having a recurring weakness made worse through strain affected me for years.

However, as I near my 18th birthday, I’ve noticed something huge – my hips have not bothered me for quite some time now. I couldn’t tell you the last time I found my hips hurting was, and that’s saying a LOT!

I still don’t know exactly why the Lord would have me do so little in the ways of exercise until now, but hey, not everything is for me to know. Maybe it was simply so that I wouldn’t take for granted the beautiful blessing it is to walk, run, dance, and be physically fit.

Taking fitness slowly and building endurance has always been a struggle for me. That’s because when I’m passionate about something, then I’m all in! – which isn’t a smart mindset to have when it comes to creating any exercise routine. You have to build endurance and allow your body to adapt to those lifestyle changes! Otherwise, you’ll injure yourself, wear your body out, or ruin the initial mentality you had toward exercising: “I can do this!”

The fear I had throughout my pre-teen and teenage years held me back from doing anything than beginner-level exercising and stretching. That means that I wasn’t getting anywhere because I wasn’t sticking with any program that would help me build strength and move forward! It was smart of me, in a way, but I was more afraid than I should have been, and the agitation I felt toward my body hurt me more times than I can count.

Now, when it comes to how I eat, I’ve noticed a few things I need to change: I need to stick to serving sizes, and I have to curb my growing sugar addiction.

For the past few years, I’ve enjoyed eating the meals and snacks we have around the house. The majority of what we have and what I choose to eat are pretty good options, but I almost always serve myself too much. I’m tired of feeling more full than I need to! Even when the serving size suggestion is less than I would give myself, my body appreciates it when I eat a balance of nutrients, not just what looks good.

My sugar addiction, which I’ve started to notice is getting worse, is brought on when we stop somewhere to grab a snack/treat while we’re out of the house, when I bake homemade desserts, and when I get a craving for something sweet after nearly every dinner. My dad and brothers really like treats, and so do I now myself, but I must say that I’d rather have something once or twice a week than daily, haha! This is why I’m having to learn the art of resisting temptation.

I love filling my plate with food, but I don’t like how it makes me feel. Eating sugary foods is a lot of fun, but the fatigue that plagues me afterward isn’t worth it. Doing a relaxing activity is more fun than power-walking a few miles, but how good I feel after exercising is well worth the sacrifice.

I have a lot of goals in mind I am slowly putting in place in my life. My desire to do this is driven by the drive I feel for my wellbeing, overall health, and how much I want to care for the body the Lord has given me! It’s up to me to do the best that I can to care for and love the way my body is.

Here are some of my goals! If we have any in common, let me know in the comments below 🙂

  • Drink soda once a week. Once I have this practice down, I’d love to change it to bi-weekly! I could easily have soda every day, which is so awful for me – I’d rather be drinking water.
  • Exercise/Stretch every day. Whether I’m power-walking in my bedroom, riding bikes with my brother, or doing an easy stretching routine, I can totally do this! I love how it feels to get fit, which is why this needs to be a daily practice in my life.
  • Eat out once a week. Sometimes, we’ll do more if things get hectic one week, but otherwise, I want to stick to eating the healthy foods here at home. It feels better to eat healthy.
  • Stick to serving sizes! I have to stop serving more on my plate than I want to eat! I have to remember that it feels better to eat the right amount for me.

Thank you so much for reading my post! I hope this could be an encouragement to you, because it sure encourages me when I see how others are moving along on their health and fitness journey. ❤ Speaking of encouragement, I’d like to give a quick shoutout to my beautiful friend Jordan’s most recent fitness post – it really encouraged me to keep going on my own journey!

I hope you have a beautiful day! Let me know in the comments below how YOU’RE coming along on your health and fitness journey!

Have a blessed day! ❤

— Maggie