Monday, February 25

braids are healing*

sweet jen, canon digital rebel xti

I woke up this morning feeling like the grumpy grumps were approaching fast.
So I parted my hair on the side and made my bangs into a braid that swooped down.
I started to feel happy again.
I love how sometimes its the simplest things that shift your heart.

Tell me one thing that does it for you...every time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am very pro braid.
but one thing that does it for me every time, hands down, is getting somewhere out in nature and listening my favorite tunes....

February 25, 2008 at 3:27:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Making cookies or brownies for scratch - whipping up something in the kitchen that I can delight other people with, too.

February 25, 2008 at 3:32:00 PM PST  
Blogger Maggie said...

Hugs! Hugging my hubby, my puppies, my sister, my best friend... a good, solid hug can pull me out of the grumpiest of grumpy moods!

February 25, 2008 at 3:36:00 PM PST  
Blogger christina said...

A beautiful scarf wrapped through my hair and a good book makes life so sweet:+)

February 25, 2008 at 3:45:00 PM PST  
Blogger Jo said...

doing something goofey - on purpose (a funny jig, or strange noise, try yoddeling) and if that doesn't work add chocolate!

February 25, 2008 at 3:59:00 PM PST  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Hmmm what a yummy photo love.
I put my hair in pigtails last night for this very reason:)

love you

February 25, 2008 at 4:03:00 PM PST  
Blogger Georgia said...

Ok... I am such an obsessed nerd... but seriously, without FAIL if I am feeling like that all I need to do is read one of my favorite chapters from the Twilight series and I am totally blissed out. Also, if my books are not nearby some chocolate and Dr. Pepper works wonders :)


February 25, 2008 at 4:12:00 PM PST  
Blogger kristen said...

lately, it's kate nash or radiohead. if that doesn't work, it's a dash outdoors to breathe in some fresh air and nature.

February 25, 2008 at 4:15:00 PM PST  
Blogger Natalie said...

I'm also VERY pro-braid...I'm also pro-Beagle. I swear one snuggle and I begin to heal...a walk outside with my super hound will cure almost any ailment...at least temporarily.

There's something about my sweet, sensitive canine that sooths my soul. I can't imagine my home without him.

February 25, 2008 at 4:31:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dogs- they're always so happy to be with me, how can I stay grumpy for long?

February 25, 2008 at 5:31:00 PM PST  
Blogger Stacy said...

one thing that does it for me everytime... putting my hair in ponytails. instant shift.

love you. xoxo

February 25, 2008 at 5:55:00 PM PST  
Blogger Karen Travels said...

Board Games. Nothing cheers me up more than a game of Pictionary or Monopoly with a group of old friends, or even a group of people I just met. Even just watching people play makes me happy.

February 25, 2008 at 6:24:00 PM PST  
Blogger Jacki said...

I'm all for hugging the dogs too! I love picking up my magpie and squishing her face!
If I'm not around Maggie May...I'm almost embaressed to admit this...lipstick does the trick.

February 25, 2008 at 6:39:00 PM PST  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am all about turning on a good song that makes me want to dance. I know it is totally cheesy but "staying alive" does it for me every time.

February 25, 2008 at 7:10:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw, the grumpy grumps....
boooo. Anyway, a few surefire mood lifters for me are:
1. a trip to my fav. local thrift store
2. coffee
3. a yummo orange
4. tunes and some rump shakin'
Voila, instant smiles!

February 25, 2008 at 7:45:00 PM PST  
Blogger Swirly said...

Putting on my tutu, which I actually haven't done in a long time. Way too long. Oh, and one more thing - thinking of you.

February 25, 2008 at 9:44:00 PM PST  
Blogger Lisa said...

Going for a long, long run.

February 26, 2008 at 3:29:00 AM PST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ooh, heaps of things - a hug from my man, coffee, a funny book (David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs are book good for this), red lipstick and a sassy skirt. Preferably ALL of those things! x

February 26, 2008 at 3:57:00 AM PST  
Blogger E. Michelle said...

how did i not know the powers of hairdo?

February 26, 2008 at 5:38:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

crying...big sobs or just silent, rolling tears...as long as it gets out, i'm good. and music...always music.


February 26, 2008 at 5:44:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Music. Hands down. Works every time. Going to a coffee shop to journal. Reading inspiring blogs.

February 26, 2008 at 6:13:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jimmy buffett. :)

and my family.

February 26, 2008 at 7:42:00 AM PST  
Blogger LeS said...

I LOVE that you do this, too! I make messy double buns and wear red lipstick when I need a boost. I call it Happy Hair. It is 98% guaranteed :) I, like Swirly, break out the tuutuu when it's looking particularly gloomy around here.

Hope your heart stays ungrumpy for ages.

February 26, 2008 at 8:04:00 AM PST  
Blogger boho girl said...

LeSophie ~ so funny that you mentioned that do. today i did a braid AND messy buns for uber happiness! ; ) i think the red lipstick would look far better on you though!

i heart tutu's.

these are all so fun to hear! keep em comin'.

i suppose my non-vain uppers are:
walking on the beach with iPod
snuggling into my hubs chest
girlfriend hug fests
hiking in the redwoods


February 26, 2008 at 8:14:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

putting on stripy, funky socks with a skirt- it is hard for me to be serious with those on.... if that doesn't quite do it i add a mug of tea and some music... like regina spektor or tori amos and then all is well.

February 26, 2008 at 8:41:00 AM PST  
Blogger lizzie said...

Recently I've found that nearly any song by Prince will give me a lift, particularly "Kiss," "Little Red Corvette" and "Baby, I'm a Star." :)


February 26, 2008 at 10:03:00 AM PST  
Blogger sonia said...

Head out to the resale shop, walk around whole foods sampling food or apply sample face creams and body lotions I can't afford. When I'm having a really weepy crazy confused day, I reach for the bible. I CRY out for help and God faithfully & gracefully fills me with His most amazing peace.

February 26, 2008 at 10:30:00 AM PST  
Blogger AbraMichelle said...

Semi Sweet Chocolate baking chips - just let them melt and feel the endorphins rush
Pigtails - how can you feel bad when you look like a cute little kid
Anything by Jane Austen or Lucy Maud Montgomery
Spooning with my husband
Kissing Liam's (my 4 year old) neck and making him giggle..hearing that laugh does wonders

February 26, 2008 at 12:05:00 PM PST  
Blogger Marianne said...

putting on my Swirly mix tape and dancing on the roof like a crazy woman.

walking out the front door without a fricken security guard and carrying on right out along the waterfront.

monday night yoga class (sure fire beat the monday blues)

looking up at my photowall and seeing the cutest monkey in the world pouting back at me.

baby-sitting thomas and watching him show off to impress me, his girlfriend.

climbing mt victoria every morning as the sun rises and looking out over the harbour.

February 26, 2008 at 1:38:00 PM PST  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Hula hooping!
My husband picking me up, like a giant bear picking up a doll.
Gerbera daisies.
A good game of Quiddler.
Costumes, any kind any time.
Your lovely blog!

February 26, 2008 at 6:26:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a chai tea; hair in 2 braids with sparkley barrettes or 2 pony tails; wearing my fave yoga pants (wearsense.com) - pricey but delicious; jump roping & hula hooping or a long held bliss inducing yoga pose (reclining bound angle) coupled with inspiring music; my cat sitting on my chest purring loudly, a warm herb filled heating pad wrapped around me; some down time in a coffee shop with the ny times sunday style section or maybe the wedding section; perusing my favorite websites and blogs and bright fresh flowers - especially yellow ones lately!

February 26, 2008 at 8:14:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I feel grumpy I look outside through the window and watch the chipmunk !! I feel better in a moment !!

February 27, 2008 at 9:02:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Making a Good Things list. Even if I'm the crankiest crank when I start, and even if it's like pulling teeth to even think of what's good in my world, I can't help but smile by the time I'm through.

February 27, 2008 at 10:13:00 AM PST  
Blogger The Hope Experiment said...

Hmmm... nothing seems to work every single time for me. But I've really been trying to count my blessings. Find things to be happy about and thankful for. Sometimes I don't feel like doing that at all! Seems like too much work! I want to feel better by "magic"!!! :-) But when I have tried to look at all the good things in my life it has seemed to be good for me. It maybe hasn't completely "cured" my funk but for sure makes it better! :-)

February 27, 2008 at 1:36:00 PM PST  
Blogger lexiloo said...

exercsing, yoga, or great music can instantly improve my moood. must try happy hair!

p.s. luv your blog!

February 29, 2008 at 9:41:00 AM PST  
Blogger Louise said...

The things that does it for me is making a hot cup of coffee and snuggling up and reading something good.
Thanks for always sharing from your heart..you are such a beautiful person!!

March 4, 2008 at 6:21:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only person who hides out in the bathtub??? The water... It works everytime. Or long, long drives is instant healing for me. Apparently I need to get a tutu though!!!

March 15, 2008 at 10:37:00 PM PDT  

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