Thursday, February 6, 2014

Operation Make Someone Smile

Years ago, life knocked me down a few too many times. Prior to these events, I was a positive, happy person. Each time I'd pick myself up, dust it off and go forward with faith that God had a plan. That there were lessons to be learned and I could handle it. For a long time, I carried these burdens alone and eventually it took its toll and it became too heavy to carry. For a period of time, I had severe panic and anxiety attacks as a result. The once positive and happy me became very bitter and angry. At everyone -- and everything.

I'm not proud of that time, but it's the truth. I finally chose to let others in and the weight lifted somewhat. But, I've noticed a lot lately that the bitter and angry side of me is coming out more and more. I don't like that person. I don't want to be her. I'm not her.

This journey I'm on is not just about losing weight. It's also a journey to become a healthier me on the inside. Emotionally and mentally. I don't believe you can achieve long-term success in weight loss if you don't address all areas of your life. Not only for myself, but to be the best possible mother. Children learn by example. They become what they see from their parents. I don't want Wyatt to grow up with a poor attitude.

I fully believe we are 100% in control of our own emotions. Sometimes it's easier said than done, but if you want to be happy -- be happy. No one else can do that for you.

I'm saying goodbye to Negative Sally and Hello, Positive Patty!

Instead of focusing on my mistakes and my failures and coming here to whine about them, I'm going to start looking for the things I'm doing right. For the things I'm proud of. My successes. Life is so much more enjoyable with the right attitude.

My goal is to find one small, random act of kindness every day. Whether it's holding the door for someone. Letting a mother with her hands full go ahead in the grocery line. Shovel a neighbor's side walk. Anything at all to brighten someone else's day.

So, Operation Make Someone Smile is in affect! Who's with me?! Make someone's day brighter, and in turn, yours will be made even greater.


  1. I'm going to say something perhaps a tad controversial. Have you noticed that when you are eating well, your outlook is better? When you spent the past few months slipping a bit, the negativity returned? Months into going primal/mostly grain and sugar-free, I suddenly realized my emotions were much more even-keeled, panic attacks hadn't occurred in months, I wasn't as angry ....etc. The only change was a decided lack of sugar and grains. The more I researched this, the more I learned it wasn't just me. Everyone going paleo or primal was having the same results. I'm telling you, what sugar and grains do to our brains and therefore our amazing. As is what a lack of those products in our blood do to us!

  2. Attitude is SO important. I am not the most self-less person, but even little things can totally brighten someone else's day. Another blogger I follow does a weekly post
    I've been consciously trying to "pay it forward" with just small good deeds or acts of kindness and it has made a difference ...


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