To Stop Complaining

Seriously, that’s all I ever do.  Or I feel like I always do.  I’m making it a personal goal to stop complaining so much and to look at situations differently; say how they possibly could have gone, or at least one good aspect about them instead.  That and I think it makes for better conversation instead!

Sooo…in that case, work was not so bad yesterday!  I’ll go through what I might have said, but what I will say:


  1. Got so wet on the boat, being thrashed around in white capped waters, I thought i was going to fly off.
  2. Got sunburned after 15 minutes and was too lazy to put my sunscreen on.
  3. I got bit by fire ants and it really itches.
  4. I didn’t have enough food.
  5. I was super tired.
  6. Our schedule might/got messed up/around and my weekend plans might hit the can.

Turn around the complaining:

  1. It was great to finally be outside today, on the boat, on the water.  Sitting behind a desk the past few work days made me realize even more my real love for the outdoors.
  2. I got to work on my bikini tan and am going to be rocking my color when summer comes around
  3. Live and let learn lady; the bugs are going to be everywhere!
  4. Enjoy the food that you did get today and remember to be more prepared for next time.  Field work is never easy on the belly because you’re constantly doing something; you just have to remember.
  5. Again, lesson learned.  Go to bed earlier and make sure that I get the right kinds of food in to give me energy to keep going!  Pick out the power foods that you love the most and have them!
  6. This just means that my exciting weekend plans can be saved for another date/day and that instead I can plan something else that might be just as fun, or even more fun!  Who knows!

What do you think?  Any other suggestions?  How would you try to counteract the act of complaining in your day?

Ok, onto food!

Stomach was feeling better (thanks for all the well wishes!) and wanted to make sure it stayed that way, so I had something pretty plain, but delish!  Everyone talks so much about these cereal messes, which I have really yet to try, so I took a sort of attempt at it?  I know it’s only one kind of cereal, but I never eat it w/ just some pb mixed in there.  Does that count as part of a cereal mess?  I had some chobani plain, strawberries, cheerios and natural honey pb.  I couldn’t get the pb to mix in well because it was in the fridge and hard…next time I’ll leave it out for a bit!

We worked on a trap all morning then plowed down on lunch before heading out to the lakes: pb and cinnamon on Arnold’s thin w/ an apple.

I was pretty hungry by mid afternoon so I snacked on a banana and around 2 servings of my Nature’s Path Cinnamon Sticks.  These things are seriously so good!  I need to stock up on more!

Here is what we were up to today…well, Kyle was.  I was picture taking…and video taping. Or trying. :_D

And our new fashion statement:

Yes, that is duct tape.  Duct tape could seriously solve all our problems.

We were out super late (like, got home around 9?) but I was hungry driving back after our errands, so I had an emergency stash clif bar.  The FAV.  But it didn’t satisfy me obvi since it was sufficing for DINNER.  So by the time I got home, I snacked on some h2h and mini pb cups.

Then BAM! BED!  Which is why I’m posting this morning!

Off to trap!  Happy Wednesday (HUMP) Day!!!!

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24 Responses to To Stop Complaining

  1. VeggieGirl says:

    To counteract complaining, just think about alllll the positives at once – and breathe :-)

    Hang in there, girl!!!

  2. Balance, Joy and Delicias! says:

    Great counteract complaining, I need to learn this! Everything can be thought as a lesson, nothing is in vane. We just need positive attitude to face every obstacle/challenge in life! :)

  3. dailydulcie says:

    Glad your stomach is feeling better!

    I love how you turned around your complaints.. they totally made me laugh and smile. Love the positive attitude!

    YUM I seriously want to try those Nature’s Path Cinnamon Sticks!

  4. emilydh211 says:

    I love this post, you really did a great job turning all those bad things into good. Im def. going to try this.

    Hope your having a good today and staying positive!

  5. Brandi says:

    great job turning all those complaints around :) it’s so hard to do that, and so easy to complain sometimes!

    i hope you have a good day today!

  6. Danielle says:

    What a great idea to turn your complaints into positive notes!
    My dad would totally agree with you that duct tape can fix anything!

  7. Jaime says:

    glad you stummy is feelin better! i totally agree– complaining is not worth it. i dont think i complain too much– i’d rather just look at life as a positive thing, even though there are trip ups along the way– i think of these little obstacles as “tests”– if i react to them and complain i only make it worse. the best part about life is that we have control over our reactions– best to make the most out of everything! :) yay for clif bars- i’m a clifgirl myself! xoxo

  8. Mara @ What's For Dinner? says:

    LOVE the duct tape on the shoe… I had a couple pairs like that at one point.

    As for complaining… I give myself like, 15 min. a day to complain, then Im done with it. Sometimes i need the whole 15 min, sometimes not.

  9. runsarah says:

    I need to look at the positive more often too. Yay for bikini tans and sunshine.

  10. BOBBI McCORMICK says:

    love the way your looking at life;)

  11. ksgoodeats says:

    HOT fashion statement! Duct tape can certainly fix anything!! I love those graham sticks!

    What a crazy day! Hope you got lots of sleep!!

  12. Denise says:

    I just found your blog and read your story listed in your profile. That first paragraph was scary…it was like I wrote it. You’re doing so well, keep up the good work.

  13. aussirish says:

    glad your feeling better hun :)
    i think its great how you totally turned around all your complaints :)

  14. Sarah (lovINmytummy) says:

    I LOVE that you counteracted your complaints. I feel like everyday my blog post is counteracting the bummer parts of my day, because I’m sharing all the joyful parts with all of you!!!

    Hope today is great for you.

  15. shelby says:


    I think I will try this one out myself =)

  16. dailygoods says:

    wow you turned everything around! :) i think you just inspired everyone to look at the good instead of the bad more! thanks chica!

  17. Ryan (Chase Daylight) says:

    It’s totally normal to be overwhelmed by negativity! Good for you for turning it all around though :) There’s definitely a plus side to everything.

  18. Erin of Care to Eat says:

    This is such a good question! I’m one of those people that is annoyingly positive most of the time, and it’s just so easy after awhile! I am constantly aware of the fact that I have it pretty good, the small stuff is bullshit, I’m v. important and like to feel happy, and I’m going to do what I damn well please in order to feel that way. You are welcome to ask me more specifics about it. I think you did a great job. :)
    It helps that I was raised by total optimist freaks!

  19. wholefoodswholeme says:

    ah!! despite my usually cheerful tone on the blog, i am SUCH a pessimist!! we should take some kind of negativity-kicking workshop together haha. i love that duct tape!!

    p.s. it is more than ok to rant on your blog though, it’s human :)

  20. HangryPants says:

    I think you did a great job being positive. Seriously, sometimes I just make a ridiculous positive out of something silly and it helps.

    Is that a new Clif bar?

  21. flower says:

    I like your positive thinking, I need to take note!

  22. Aimee says:

    I really need to be more positive and complain less, so i give you credit for placing a spin on your complaints!

  23. Danielle says:

    Way to be positive :)

  24. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says:

    I think you did an amazing job of putting a positive spin on things. Sounds like another tough day, and even though you say you always feel like you’re complaining, I truly see the love you have for your job in your posts. So, no worries. We all have our bad days…you should hear my bitch sessions after a long day at work…poor Chris – he often gets an earful at night. :)

    I like it when the PB doesn’t get all mixed up with the cereal as I love getting a bite of one big chunk of it at the end. It’s like my dessert. Gotta save the best for last!

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