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In Inspiration on
August 25, 2017

Ten simple ways to turn your crappy day around

It’s only 2pm and you’re already on your fourth cup of joe. There’s a stack of papers a mile high you have to take care of before going home, there are plans tonight you don’t know if you can keep, and that nagging headache isn’t going away. Your coworker asks for help with a simple task and you snap. You throw your head down on your desk feeling defeated and wonder: “Will this day ever end??”

About 50% of our happiness is directly influenced by the things we deliberately do to make ourselves happy. That means good news for all of us: we have the power of turning a bad day around. Next time you have a hellish day at work or need a pick-me-up in the middle of a slow afternoon, try one of these proven tips to instantly lift your mood and make your day better. 

Get some Vitamin D.

If you can, take your lunch break outside.  Sit in a sunny spot and sip your drink with your eyes closed. Soak in the rays and absorb some Vitamin D, feel the warmth on your skin and meditate on what you are grateful for – it is healthy for your body, and proven to naturally lift your mood. 

Stop and smell the roses. 

We mean literally, stop and smell the roses. Fresh flowers are an easy way to brighten your day or week and put you in a good mood- especially on a cold, gloomy day when sun is not an option. Go to your local Farmer’s Market and pick up a bouquet of flowers for your home or work space, or grab a latte and stroll through your neighborhood nursery – studies show that plants help lower anxiety and calm your nervous system.  

Put your phone down.

Take a break from social media for at least one hour per day and focus on being fully present in whatever you are doing. Give your 100% full attention to your family or friends and engage in a real face-to-face, uninterrupted conversation. Social media can trigger anxiety and depression, and if your day is already going downhill, try to avoid any additional stress until you are fully recovered. 

Have sex.

You heard me. Get busy. It will bring you and your partner closer and will leave you feeling less stressed. Physical intimacy releases the “feel good” hormones in our brain and studies show that regardless of the activity, the process of deep connection with another human being increases happiness levels. You’re also not likely to be distracted by other issues, allowing yourself to be fully in the moment, another plus. 

Put it on paper.

Free your mind of the constant thoughts and ideas running through your mind. Journaling is said to be therapeutic and can even help decrease anxiety. If you like to draw, pick up a coloring book and pencils and get those creative juices flowing. This exercise helps to tune out the noise around you and centering yourself, which helps develop self awareness and self love. 

Unplug.

Free up some time in your busy schedule for YOU. Try and aim for at least 15 minutes of alone time everyday. Take the time sip your coffee out on your deck in the morning or to take a bath at the end of the night. Whatever it is, try to squeeze in time for you. You need to unwind, relax your muscles, and mentally decompress. 

Breathe in some fresh air.

My grandfather always told me to get out and breathe in the fresh air. But seriously, have you ever went outside and actually breathed inthe air deep into your lungs? It feels great and you can actually feel the oxygen rushing throughout your body. It can also help relieve any built up stress or tension from your day.

Break a sweat.

We make every excuse in the world to not get to the gym, but it is known to actually make us more productive and energetic. Try designating (at least) a half hour a day to working out – get that blood moving and heart pumping. Don’t have a gym membership? Get outside. Lace up those Nike’s and take yourself on a walk, a jog, or stretch out your yoga mat. The first step is the hardest, but just trust that you will feel much more energized and ready to conquer your day once you take the first step and get moving.

Listen to your favorite song on full blast.

Try unwinding from your busy day by listening to some of your favorite songs. Plug in those headphones during your lunch break and simply get lost in the melodies of the music. The music will help to keep your mind off things and give you a small break from reality. 

Get inspired.

Come up with one inspirational quote every Sunday that is meant to motivate you that week. You can keep it posted on a letter board like I do at home, or you can simply write it down on a sticky note and put it in your car or on the mirror at home. Wherever it is, just keep it where you will see it and let it serve as a daily reminder and source of encouragement.

 

This post was written by Jess but first found on Society Letters. 

In Inspiration on
August 20, 2015

Nicaragua [Part 2]: MISSION COMPLETE

It has been five days since we have been back home and I am still feeling extremely grateful. My experience in Nicaragua was one I will never forget. If you have ever been to a third world country, you will understand, first hand, what it is like. It is a whole different world. I never really realized how much I have here in America until this trip.

We spent a week working in the village of Santa Juana, Nicaragua drilling for clean water. The weather was around 100 degrees and humid. It was so hot, I will never truly understand how the villagers went without it all these years.

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During the drilling process, we hit a very tough rock called bluestone. We would just sit around the drill and wait, as it drilled only an inch an hour. We prayed and prayed that God would break through the rock, so that clean water could be gifted to this town in need.

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Throughout the week our team met with the mothers and children of the village to teach them proper hygiene, such as how to brush their teeth and how and when to wash their hands. Knowing that they would soon have a clean water source, we needed to make sure that they understood how to prevent the spread of germs and cross-contamination. We also taught some fun bible lessons and played games with the children. We wanted to show them God’s love by interacting with them in a fun-loving  and caring way.

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As a team, we decided to give up our “free day” to continue drilling. We did not want to leave the village without giving it our all. On our last day, Friday, we hooked up the air compressor to find that we DID hit water! What an incredible feeling.

The town gathered around on our final day, dressed in their “Sunday’s best”, to celebrate! This village had been waiting a lifetime, and on that day it all changed. The wait was finally over. The joy glowed on their faces, they were so thankful.

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I met a lot of great people during the week and built some great friendships that will last a lifetime with people from Liquid Church. Thank you for all your prayers during this time… they worked! We are so happy to able to celebrate CLEAN WATER!

 

 

In Inspiration on
July 29, 2015

Nicaragua [Part 1]

As many of you already know, I will be taking a trip to Nicaragua in ONE week! As I prepare for my trip a mix of emotions come to mind. I am excited and nervous at the same time, but overall feeling completely honored and blessed to be given this incredible opportunity. I know that I was called by God to be a part of this trip, for a reason only He knows. When I went to sign up for this trip, there was only one spot left… and I knew it was for me.

Back in August of 2010, I ran my very first 5k run for Liquid Church’s “Dirty Water Walk & Run”. I knew how passionate I felt about this clean water cause and needed to get involved. The picture below shows me the morning of the race. I like this picture because it shows me with a bottle of clean water. Something we take for granted. Something so simple, that so many people in the world lack access too.

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When I got to the race and was doing some stretches before the race began, a local reporter from the Daily Record approached me. She asked me why I chose to participate in this race and what it meant to me. I could only find an online clip of the article now, somewhere up in my attack is the actual hard copy from the paper. Looking back now, it was almost as if it was meant to be that way, a foreshadow of 5 years down the line when I would be going on a trip for this exact cause. 

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As I prepare for my trip, gather all the needed supplies, get my travel vaccinations and start my malaria pills, I can’t help but think back and smile. Here is a picture of my husband and I at the Clean water 5k last year, still not knowing that a month later I would be signed up to actually go the following August. It gets me emotional just thinking how awesome it is to actually get this chance now.

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I will be traveling with a team of 7 members from Liquid Church partnering with the organization, Living Water International. We will be leaving Saturday, August 8 and will return a week later on August 15th. I know that our team is going to make a big impact during that week and I look forward to coming back to tell you all about it!

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We will be taking turns between going to the drill site and teaching proper hygiene techniques to the villagers. The goal we are praying for is to be able to build a new water well to provide CLEAN DRINKING WATER to a village an hour outside of Managua, Nicaragua. If we are successful, the well will be dedicated to the people of the community demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ.

Please pray for our team, that we will be able to accomplish our goal of successfully breaking through the tough rock to obtain clean drinking water [not all teams are successful the first time around]. Prayer that we will glorify His name in the process and spread His love by teaching, laughing, playing and doing crafts with the children. You can also follow our team by following “Liquidwater.com” on Facebook. They will be posting throughout the week so you can keep track of our progress! Thank you all for your amazing support, prayers and donations to my trip. I am so grateful for your kindness.

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“A cup of water in Jesus’s name”

John 4: 10-14

 

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