8 Ways to Stay Positive

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Good Monday morning friends!  I hope y’all had a fabulous weekend and are looking forward to this fresh, new week.

Everyday, I’m grateful to receive messages from you commenting on my positive attitude.  For today’s post, I wanted to dive into that because my true passion for this blog is to inspire you to ‘take care of YOU’.  If you’ve been with me for long, you know that mantra was passed down to me from my Grandma Nola and I want to pay it forward.

I’m a positive person by nature and I’m sure that shows through when you see me on Stories or visit me here.  That doesn’t mean I’m always happy, my kids don’t talk back, or that I’ve been spared the gut wrenching pain of loss.

I’m also no Pollyanna.  I know that being positive isn’t always as simple as looking on the bright side.  I think it can be more complicated than that because sometimes we are really in the pit and it’s freaking hard to be positive when you’ve been there for months or years and don’t see a way out.  You can’t just smile your way out of it.  You need to dig deeper.  You need to trust in your gut that everything’s gonna be okay. In general, and in whatever you’re going through right now.

I certainly don’t have everything figured out and I do have my down days and negative thoughts.  I’m not immune from worry, anxiety, jealousy, or stress.

In writing this post, I wanted to give you some concrete takeaways that would be useful to you if you’re struggling in your own life or just want to add more positivity to your days.  I thought about the top things that help me stay positive, especially when I’m having a hard time.

RELY ON YOUR FAITH TO SUPPORT YOU

Having a personal relationship with God allows me to know that, even when I’m scared, confused, hurt, and don’t have things figured out, He’s got me in the palm of His hand.  He has a hope and future for me that is beyond what I can see myself.

If I’m really struggling and take the time to get into His Word, turn on the worship music, get on my knees and pray, and/or just be still and wait to hear that voice of the Holy Spirit, I’m always better for it.  My attitude of worry and despair and depression and anxiety lifts and I know to Trust Him.  Trust myself.

I don’t think you have to be a regular church goer to have a strong relationship with God.  But, a good church home can be an extra blessing when there are people and programs to lift you up and love you through life’s disappointments.

I’ve gotten back into going to church again and I’m loving it.  I’m always so moved while I’m there and it’s such a good feeling of being in His loving arms.  A huge peace overcomes me and I’m so thankful for that.  I always cry during the worship time, but it’s not a bad thing.  Sometimes it’s just tears of being so grateful that I can feel so connected to God.

It’s a great start to the week to wake up, get dressed up for church and spend the morning praising God and hearing a message of hope.

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74 Comments

  1. June 17, 2019 / 4:49 am

    Amen sister! I LOVED this post, thank you! Such a great reminder that we get to choose our outlook on life, how we respond to people and situations, and how important is is to treat ourselves with the same kindness and compassion we give to others. Wishing you an amazing week!

  2. Connie
    June 17, 2019 / 6:25 am

    Just what I needed this morning! Thank you! ❤️

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:46 pm

      I’m so glad Connie, you’re making me glad I published it!

  3. Lutie
    June 17, 2019 / 7:00 am

    This message came at the perfect time. Struggling with some pain and health issues, and feeling very sorry for myself. I’ll turn this around. Thank you for your inspiring posts.

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:46 pm

      I pray you are healing and better everyday Lutie!

  4. Shannon
    June 17, 2019 / 7:04 am

    Great post. Love when bloggers share their faith in the one true God. Glad you are back in church. Don’t know what I would do without my church family. Have a blessed week.

  5. Nellie
    June 17, 2019 / 7:15 am

    Thanks for sharing this Megan. Such a great post! We are capable of being more positive people but it requires effort and consistency with good habits such as the ones you listed. If anyone is searching for another great parenting book, check out Peaceful parents, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:46 pm

      I’ll check out that book- I’m devouring parenting books lately! Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Martha Hooks
    June 17, 2019 / 7:18 am

    I loved loved loved this post. Thank you for reminding us how to stay positive and be thankful. This was such an inspirational post plus the fashion, great combo, I LOVED IT!!!! As far as I’m concerned you should write this type of post every Monday morning, great way to start our week. Thank you so much, please continue.

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:47 pm

      Wow, that’s a really good idea. I’m definitely inspired to write more like this since y’all had such a good reaction to it. Thanks for letting me know!

  7. Cara
    June 17, 2019 / 7:20 am

    Thank you for sharing, just what I needed to hear on a Monday morning. I appreciate your openness in sharing and always enjoy your posts

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:48 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that Cara, thank you for being here!

  8. June 17, 2019 / 7:32 am

    Loved this post, and that you are confident in sharing your faith openly! Such a great message. Sending you love and blessings!

  9. Delores Hickey
    June 17, 2019 / 7:39 am

    I commented on IG but wanted to here as well. You stand out as a blogger in a good way. You present yourself well, which is an excellent example to your impressionable sweet children. Instead of using a wine glass or talking about drinking to get you thru the rough times you lean on dear friends and our Heavenly Father. That shows the confidence and maturity you have chosen and your mom has instilled in you!🙌🏻❤️ What a role model for James and Jordan. We all have times of weakness, but alcohol is not the answer, truthfully it tends to make matters worse. When you flaunt it publicly it makes you look weak. I have stopped following and reading so many bloggers because they are so disingenuous and come off as weak and for lack of better words trashy. But not you!! Bravo Megan! May the Lord bless you, your business, your children, your dear friends that honestly support you that you continue to be a positive influence on those that cross your path!!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:40 pm

      That’s such a nice compliment Delores. I enjoy a glass of wine every once in awhile too- my real trigger is ice cream! I hope you get back extra blessings!

    • MJ
      June 17, 2019 / 2:50 pm

      I agree! Very well stated, Delores!

    • Anonymous
      June 18, 2019 / 12:30 am

      I would like to say that some women can’t shop away the pain either.

  10. Jennifer
    June 17, 2019 / 7:48 am

    Love this post. So well said and such a great reminder to everyone of us. Thank you for sharing your words, inspiration and strength. Sending you blessings. 🙂

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you so much Jennifer, I really appreciate it! Have a great week!

  11. Jessica
    June 17, 2019 / 9:25 am

    I always look forward to reading your post. This one particularly has come at the right time. Thank you for sharing.

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:26 pm

      I’m so so happy to hear that Jessica! I love perfect timing!

  12. Katie
    June 17, 2019 / 9:59 am

    I really enjoyed this post. What a great way to start the week!

  13. Renee
    June 17, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Thank you for this post! And, I sure needed it this morning!! So, many helpful tips that I know, but tend to put aside or forget. BTW, not sappy at all!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:26 pm

      I’m so glad this post was well received! It feels really good to share my heart!

  14. Jan Horne
    June 17, 2019 / 10:48 am

    Favorite post yet!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks so very much Jan! 🙂

  15. andrea in mn
    June 17, 2019 / 11:34 am

    Wishing you, your kids, and mom a good Monday and a positive week!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:25 pm

      Backatcha Andrea!

  16. Alison
    June 17, 2019 / 11:48 am

    Love this post. As women we take on so much. I loved you said “be your own best friend.” Life is hard at time and sometimes we get the unexpected but staying positive surrounding yourself with loving positive people can help get you through things that are not fun.

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:24 pm

      Oh you know we can beat ourselves up better than anyone- especially when it comes to mistakes with your kids. God would never treat us that way, we’ve never treat our best friends that way. I hope we can all be kinder to ourselves!

  17. June 17, 2019 / 12:13 pm

    I really loved this post. Thank you for sharing your faith with us! It’s so encouraging. I agree that giving your anxiety and concerns to the Lord is the most important thing. I also instantly feel better after praying through a situation instead of thinking entirely way too much about it or going to others first. It’s best to go to Him first and try to stay in His Word as much as we can to keep our minds in the right place.
    Love this blog!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:23 pm

      Overthinking has gotten me in so much trouble and then also been a huge waste of time! It’s all a learning process, but God definitely helps me through and calms me way down. Thanks for taking time to comment. 🙂

  18. Jenny
    June 17, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    Great post, Megan! I love that you use this platform to share your faith and positive outlook with others.

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:22 pm

      I’m happy to! These are my favorite kind of posts! Thanks for being here Jenny.

  19. Brandi
    June 17, 2019 / 12:27 pm

    I’m a complete stranger to you, but having read and followed your for several years now, I feel like I know you— at least a part. I’m less fit but finding inspiration to get back in gear, have similar style (have bought too many things you’ve recommended lol) and I’m a ex-lawyer figuring out my next step and a mom. Oh and most importantly a Christian that tries to lean on and grow in my faith as well. I just wanted to say that I love your blog and I would like you and follow you even if sometimes they can’t be pretty and made up and smiling! I like your home posts, routines, sharing your faith. I just hope you know that you are loved for you and sometimes in real life it’s not always pretty and that’s ok! People who like you will still be here!! You mentioned that sometimes things are like a tornado and it made me think of Lysa Teurkeurts book It’s not supposed to be this way.

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:21 pm

      Well, we’re considered friends here Brandi. 😉 I’m so glad you finally commented so I can say hi back! It was a huge transition not practicing law after almost 10 years, but now I’m so thankful God closed that door and opened this one. I’ve heard of Lisa T, need to check out that book! I love everything by Beth Moore too if you want to check her out.

  20. Ronna Snipes
    June 17, 2019 / 12:37 pm

    So refreshing to see a “Christ Follower”, with a large platform, share your faith boldly. I too get weepy when worshiping. However, I’m grateful for recognizing what an Awesome God we serve and His love for us, which leads to overwhelming feelings of gratitude. Many Blessings to You!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:19 pm

      Oh girl, I always cry! Even when I’m happy! Last week they shared about a father/football coach who was helping a student that he found out was homeless. Bawled my eyes out.

  21. Shannon
    June 17, 2019 / 1:14 pm

    A perfect post, Megan! It is exactly what this stressed out, exhausted & emotional lady needed this morning, so THANK YOU. “Sleep” and “you are in control of how you feel and react” are my favorites. Wishing you a smooth, peaceful week ahead!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 17, 2019 / 1:18 pm

      I’m so glad this is perfect timing for you Shannon! Hope your week is awesome too!

  22. Theresa
    June 17, 2019 / 2:07 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post <3

    So inspiring!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! it was a great read & reminder for the start of the week!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 2:23 pm

      I’m so glad Theresa, thank you so much!

  23. Jane Flynn
    June 17, 2019 / 2:08 pm

    Such a good message Megan – it really is not what happens to us but how we react to it. Having friends and God in our court doesn’t hurt either!
    Stay strong my friend!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 2:24 pm

      Totally agree Jane, I’m so very thankful for both!

  24. Laura
    June 17, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    Thanks Megan!! What an inspiration you are! It didn’t ,and never does, come across chirpy when you do posts like this. I’m so proud of how you aren’t afraid to express your faith. God bless you sweet lady!

  25. June 17, 2019 / 2:33 pm

    I am trying to wean myself from some of the blogs I read each day and live more life. Your blog however, is one that I love. There is the part that your you life experiences you share with us and the the smile you leave us with inspiration. You do an excellent job putting thought into your blog. Keep up the great job and have a blessed week.

    • Megan
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 2:25 pm

      I know there are so many good blogs out there, so it’s an honor that you choose to spend part of your day here with mine! Have a great day Roxanne!

  26. Liz Smith
    June 17, 2019 / 3:16 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this post. I’m a new stay at home mom to three and feel like I lost myself and identity and spunk. Reading this blog was amazing! I’m going to save it as a little refresher to pull out and read again when needed. Thank you for being you!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 2:27 pm

      Liz, that means so much to me. I remember when I first stayed home with James after leaving my full-time job and it was a huge adjustment. I was starting to really let myself go- I wrote a post about it way back then and still remember it to this day. I started feeling much better when I took some time to get myself ready each day. I’m sending you extra energy though the computer- I’m sure it’s the biggest challenge & reward being home with three kiddos!

  27. Debbie Wilson
    June 17, 2019 / 3:27 pm

    Thank you for these awesome words!!! It’s everything I try to live by, especially at this time in my life. I was awaken after my cancer journey earlier this year! It strengthened my faith, cause me to take a closer look at myself, and opened my eyes that I had not fully apprciated all God’s many blessing. I’m thankful for the lesson learned, so I can give God my worries and live each day out loud!!! Please girls get your colonoscopy!!!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 2:29 pm

      Oh wow Debbie, I’m so glad you are doing well and using your experience to help us all.

  28. Lori
    June 17, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    This was just what I needed today–thank you! You’re an inspiration!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 2:29 pm

      Thank you so much Lori!

  29. Jenny
    June 17, 2019 / 6:26 pm

    What a great post! Loved all of your tips and your heartfelt sharing about your faith!

  30. Jill
    June 17, 2019 / 9:19 pm

    I think I have commented before, mentioning that you were one of the first blogs I started reading back in 2010!! And I have witnessed you go through loss and you have mentioned you childhood and I have often wondered what your “secret” was for always remaining so positive in 9 years of following. Never giving energy to the negative, and exuding such confidence and grace. It has been inspiring, especially because you have the validity of knowing all too well some of the trials life brings. Thanks for sharing this, definitely helpful and timely for me!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 2:30 pm

      Oh no way! That’s when I first started blogging! My Grandma was a huge influence in my life and I’m so grateful for her wisdom. I hope I adequately expressed to her over the years how much she meant to me. I think I did, but she’ll still probably never truly know. She would, however, be so happy to see her message living on through me. I hope you have a great week Jill.

  31. Lindsay E.
    June 17, 2019 / 10:49 pm

    I loved this post! I knew that it was coming straight from the heart – nothing chirpy about it. Thank you for the reminder to slow down, take a breath, appreciate what we have, and remember to keep faith in God’s plan for us. Everything always has a way of working itself out! Have a blessed and beautiful week! 🙂

    • Megan
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 2:31 pm

      Oh good, you’re the first person to acknowledge that, so I really appreciate it. I never know how these posts will be received when I’m writing them, but I’m so very honored and pleased that this one seems to have resonated.

  32. June 18, 2019 / 3:28 am

    i’M AGREE WITH ALL TIPS AND ALSO OUTFIT ARE GREAT

  33. Jeanine P.
    June 18, 2019 / 6:24 am

    This is what I needed today! I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed with school coming to and end, and work being hectic, that I e felt like I’ve been spinning blindly. Reading this post actually calmed me. I felt my jaw unclench and at the end, I’m ready to face my day with a smile! Thank you for being you!! Xoxo

    • Megan
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 2:33 pm

      Omg, I love that so much! We don’t have to have it all figured out right now. That always calms me down. I hope you continue to take a breath, ace your exams and get some really good sleep!

  34. Lisa
    June 18, 2019 / 7:49 am

    Beautiful message Meagan. Thank you for sharing the words we often think to ourselves. It’s truly inspirational to see a follower in Christ share a message steeped in biblical principles. Work has been tough lately and I plan to refer back to this post when I need a reminder that I’m not alone with life’s ups and downs. There are many blessings that come our way (even if they’ve come in the form of tough life lessons or difficult challenges). I appreciate you.

    • Megan
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 2:34 pm

      Your message truly blesses me Lisa. I hope those work challenges resolve for you. I appreciate you back!

  35. Dawn Clair
    June 18, 2019 / 3:10 pm

    This might be the best post to date! Truly exceptional and very much appreciated. I can’t imagine opening your heart and letting us have a glimpse of who you are, what makes you tick, etc. and then sharing how you deal with everything, in an attempt to help anyone who may need this message or be reminded along the way. As women (which I make the assumption that most readers are), we should be encouraging one another like your post did, rather than breaking each other down. I could write so much more but won’t take the space, just want you to know how much this means and I know God is saying, “Well done Megan, my good and faithful servant” 🙂

    • Megan
      Author
      June 18, 2019 / 7:51 pm

      Your message really touches my heart Dawn. It’s a testament to Y’ALL that this post has been so well received. YOU are awesome and truly my people! I’m so thankful for each and every one of you! Have a fantastic week!

  36. Jill
    June 19, 2019 / 9:26 am

    Megan,
    I have followed your blog for a few years and enjoy it very much. Thank you for your encouraging post! I appreciate the way that you share your faith. Blessings to you and your sweet family.

    • Megan
      Author
      June 19, 2019 / 9:28 am

      Thank you so so much Jill. I appreciate you being here for so long!

  37. Amy Lerma
    June 20, 2019 / 10:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing Megan!!! I’ve recently started leaning on my faith and it’s made a world a difference, I’ve been feeling so grounded🙌🏼 Thanks for being so open about it, love your positivity and blog!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 21, 2019 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you so much Amy, I really appreciate that. Happy Friday!!

  38. Natalie
    June 23, 2019 / 11:23 am

    Love this article! I just turned 40 and certainly the areas you mentioned are forefront in this chapter of life. Great job sharing!

    • Megan
      Author
      June 24, 2019 / 6:18 am

      Happy belated birthday Natalie! Welcome to my decade! The 40s are FUN!

  39. Kammi
    August 16, 2019 / 5:22 am

    Gosh I needed to read this today. Life is full and I feel like I am struggling to juggle everything expected of me. Would you be open to sharing how you and your hubby share kid related day to day tasks? I work out of home, and do all the things. Some advise would be so so appreciated

    • Megan
      Author
      August 16, 2019 / 7:17 am

      It’s so so hard to juggle everything! I would just suggest talking to your hubby about how overwhelmed you are feeling so he understands the stress you’re under. Then y’all can discuss how to divide and conquer so that you’re not doing everything. I feel you!!

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