Optimism: Makes Life Better

It was around September of 2004 when I really learned a life lesson.

This lesson has served me well since then and honestly, I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t realize then that having a positive attitude; an optimistic outlook on life really DOES make a difference.

If I hadn’t hoped and prayed for the best and tried to do everything in my power to work towards that end, I’m pretty sure I would have sunk into a very deep depression. That knowledge has helped me in every life situation since then.

For example:

(I’ve recycled part of this post from a previous posting.)

I’ve walked a path this past year full of changes……but the good kind of change. The kind that came about because of optimism. You know, as opposed to the pick-your-world-up, shake-it-around and then-drop-it-on-it’s-side kind of change. Oh, how I love this change where I haven’t had to pick up the pieces and figure out a way to move on. The kind that I walk away from smiling.

I think the thing I love most about the changes of 2008 is that they were all with my consent. I CHOSE the changes and was lucky enough to not have them “happen” to me, as has happened in the past. I’m sure you can all imagine that being able to chose makes the manager in me very, very happy.

I headed down my path in 2008 with a New Year’s Resolution. I resolved not to resolve….out loud… rather in my heart and mind. And I did. I was sick and tired of carrying around the baby weight I had been unhappily lugging with me since two weeks after the twins were born. That’s right. I weighed the same weight 2 years post child birth as I did 2 weeks. That slayed me. Really slayed me.

So, I started the year with a plan. I was optimistic. The plan was to lose that weight once and for all, and keep it off. And, I have.

The second major path I followed in 2008 led us 1000 miles south on a prayer. Jeff and I finally felt good about our decision to walk away from our house (that had been on the market for 6 months and that we’d spend the previous 2 years remodelling), pull our children out of a school they loved, take them away from their friends, change jobs, and leave family and friends, and move. So we did. And those prayers paid off because a day after we left Oregon we received an offer on our house, and although the girls had a bit of an adjustment at school, we weathered the flurry and are all settled in our home of perpetual sunshine. Literally and figuratively.

I expect 2009 to be just as “sunny” as 2008. I’m counting on optimism to help us sail through.

*For more information on optimism, visit Tiffany R, who is sponsoring a contest on optimism in conjunction with her role on the Fishful Thinking Campaign by Pepperidge Farms, or the Fishful Thinking Webpage. Cecily R is also a good resource as well.

*This just IN: please head over to The R Family Diaries and vote for my optimism story. Pretty please?

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  1. 1

    That’s exciting! I too have learned its far better to focus on the positives in life. And I have so many blessings! I just have to stop and remember that..and when I start thinking in negative or complainey ways..to get back on track right away. Give me energy, and reminds me of my great creator.

    • 2

      Gorgeous photos! even of the smsaehd iphone (sorry iphone)) and I see the Addison boot toes, I bought a pair myself today)) together with Tasha boots.. damn I’m addicted..I love your blog so much!!!!!!! <3xxTali

    • 3

      ha I smashed my ipnohe too. Luckily Apple replaced mine with a new one for free.I too am fighting a losing battle with my shoes. What are we going to do? Ugh. I think I’m due for another massive purge/sell job.Karen x

    • 4

      Woot, I will certainly put this to good use!

  2. 5

    Love this, Angie! I agree with you completely and I really needed this dose of optimism!! Thanks for the reminder!:)

  3. 6

    I completely agree with you. Having a positive outlook on life makes all the difference in the world! Great post!

    • 7

      Guess who had you this month it was ME!!! Had so much fun reading thuogrh your blog and choosing a recipe. Found out too that I stink at song lyrics. Check out which of your recipes I made, hope I did it justice.Lisa~~

  4. 8

    I agree with you, having a positive outlook makes all the difference. Nice post

    • 9

      I love the costume idea. I bet you leokod fabulous as Jackie O, and the assassinated JFK just sounds awesome. :D But yeahhh, you look stunning as per usual. The bow is such a great touch!

  5. 10

    I agree! I know that having a positive oulook {with much prayer} can make a very difficult situation better. It’s not easy, but easier to endure. Thank you for a beautiful post!

  6. 11

    Great post! Very inspiring :)

  7. 12

    What a great story! It’s amazing what a little optimism can add to your life! Happy Friday!

  8. 13

    Great post Ang! We should all live this way, it would make the world a entirely better place to live. going there now.

    Will have you that email sometime later this evening if thats ok. I have a few things in mind, today is just a busy day for us.

    Love and Prayers,


  9. 14

    I love your views on Optimism. Such a big word with so many meanings. I did this post also. I will vote for you later on today. The dogs wants out and I smell a yucky mess waiting for me.

  10. 15
    Kelly Deneen says:

    Inspiring post! Happy Friday. :)

  11. 16

    You are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo inspiring. And you have red hair. You know how I feel about inspiring red heads!

    • 17

      I got into this article which susripres me since this isn’t one of my interests. You did such a good job of presenting your facts that I couldn’t stop reading.

  12. 18
    Sarahlcc♥ says:

    There is always sunshine, somewhere!

  13. 19
    mommaof4wife2r says:

    my hubs is the king of optimism…i’m telling you, that is a gift from god!

    • 20

      You are so right on with this vlog! I was at a 5YO BD party yesterday. There was one kid in the bocnue house who was pushing, shoving and generally just terrorizing every other kid in there. His mom? Drinking beer on the patio about 50 feet away. The whole time. The terror kid made both my boys cry in the bocnue house On the flip side, your dog is so so so cute!

  14. 21

    I agree! Negativity doesn’t have any place in my life anymore.

  15. 22

    I needed to read this today–every word of it. Thanks Angie.
    That picture is awesome too!

  16. 23
    Cecily R says:

    It really CAN change your life…what a great message. Angie, you’re awesome!

  17. 24
    T Rex Mom says:

    I love the concept of resolving to not resolve. I always have a huge list of resolutions and inevitable there are some not accomplished by the end of the year – then I tend to focus on the ones I didn’t accomplish not the the ones I actually did accomplish. Thanks for sharing.

  18. 25
    Tiaras and Tantrums says:

    lovely post angie

    • 26

      EEEEEEP!!! How cute are you?? Awww, loved this vlog keep em coming, sitsah!Good things to keep in mind for when I have kiddies of my own. Shaking my head over parents who send out invites a week and a half before the party (and then expect RSVPs?)! <That? I would never do!

  19. 27
    Michelle says:

    I’m votin’ for ya!

    • 28

      Tracy Not only were my kids’ birthday paitres limited to family/our friends ONLY until they were in elementary school, but I combined them.For real.Their special days are only three weeks apart. Come ON! I couldn’t get myself geared up for TWO events that close together and wouldn’t make my family/friends suffer twice in one month.So I’d order one cake split down the middle (Barbie + Spiderman; or Incredible Hulk + Little Mermaid).I decorated with half the balloons in one color, half in the other.(I made everyone pick his/her favorite child and bring a gift just for him/her okay. not really. THAT would be mean.)Still. We can get a group rate on the therapy someday, you and I. Can’t we?

  20. 29
    parentingBYdummies says:

    Inspiring. I’m gonna give the optimism thing a try with regards to my current endeavor to get slim. Figure if I pair that with not stuffing my face and getting in some movement I can’t go wrong. Really, I think that was my problem in the past, I just didn’t believe. So, thanks for the inspiration:)

    • 30

      Good evening dear Nettie, how are you? :)Thanks again for shianrg the photos. You look so lovely. I like the baroque style mirror you have, could you tell me where did you get it? :)I have just finished recoloring my rings which became a little bit rusted.Wish you a lovely evening.HugsEna :*

  21. 31

    Fabulous. Man, I love your posts, I always feel like we are chatting.

    Thanks so much for participating.

    I clicked the fish!


  22. 32
    Kathy B! says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Your perspective on life changes everything and makes all the difference.

    I’m heading on over now to vote for you :)

  23. 33
    Casey's trio says:

    Birds of a feather flock together sister! One of the reasons why you are my oldest bloggy friend:)

  24. 34
    ♥ spoiled mommy ♥ says:

    After the post I wrote today-I NEEDED to read this, thank you.

  25. 35
    Kacey R. says:

    Thanks for this fab post! It is oh.so.true.

    And BTW your little disclaimer about recycling part of the post is too cute. LOL

  26. 36
    Jonny's Mommy says:

    I sure needed to be reminded of this…as I am one of the most pessimistic people I know!

    • 37

      You are so right about the weather, It’s like that here too! I love liltte details too, and the lace in you hair really is lovely! Oh and just started following with blogloving :)xx

  27. 38

    I love that everything has worked out so well for you guys!!

  28. 39

    A positive attitude and outlook can really work magic, eh? :o)

    • 40

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  29. 41
    blueviolet says:

    Oooo, I remember this. It was around the time I met you. Great look at optimism! I’ll vote for ya now. :)

  30. 42
    Elaine A. says:

    That is one of the main reasons I love your blog Angie, it’s FULL of optimism!! And I’m sure if I met you someday I would see it shining right through you as well! : )

  31. 43
    Diva Scrapper says:

    WOW! What an amazing post. I chose..I think I will use this as my Mantra starting right now. I choose…I need to drop that baby weight that has been weighing me down too…I have many new paths that I would like to take on and I choose is a great way to start. Thank you.

  32. 44

    You have a lovely way of looking at things. I so want to be you when I grow up! =)

  33. 45
    brunger bunch says:

    Love, love, love this post. What a fabulaous reminder for me on my own attitude:) It does make a big difference to all things. My class is sociology. My last class for my bachelors. I made sure to complete all of my nursing classes with the clinical hours before I had Ava. This class is cake…I just need to get it done:)

  34. 46
    Tony@ That One Paticular Harbor says:

    What a fabulous reminder for me. I have been trying to keep humor in my life as well ( thus ATWT ). Thanks for the awesome post. I needed this today.

  35. 47
    Scary Mommy says:

    This post is totally everything I love about you! :)

  36. 48

    I think you and eye would see eye to eye on many things.

    I thought your words were beautiful, and I could not agree more with your title: Optimism makes life better.

    Well done.

    • 49

      Sounds good. I mean write em up as posts and mark them survival in the caogetry section on the right side bar. Then they will come up together in single link.

  37. 50

    This was a beautifully written post. You are so refreshing! :)

  38. 51
    Stu Pidasso says:

    That picture is awesome. Ilove shots like that. You and all the younguns in tow just walking hand in hand. No drama, no pouters, no “stop touching me”! Heaven.

  39. 52
    Life with Kaishon says:

    Optimism makes life SO much better! I couldn’t go on without it : ). Thank you for this wonderful reminder!

  40. 53

    It’s refreshing to hear stories about big changes..like your move. I’m glad it’s all working out. Your family photos are so cute!

    • 54

      Two more days til vacation!! Tons to do tgouhh. Visit with family and my brother. Hope and pray he’s feeling better. Can I ask everyone for a small prayer for him? I’d appreciate it.

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