My best tips on turning your day around, when you wake up on the wrong side

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I’m blessed to be born with good health, and a very positive mind. Most mornings I wake up happy, and excited about the day. I know that is not the norm, and I am truly grateful for this. Of course there’s this morning. Can you relate?

I didn’t sleep very much last night, and at 4.30am I’ve already had my first two cups of coffee. If I can’t sleep I rather get up, than stay in bed. (Not a big fan of the snooze button.) That way I have the power to turn the day more into my liking.

After spending some time getting my attitude, and priorities straight, reading my intentions/goals (that I have conveniently in a document named REMEMBER, on my desktop, especially for mornings like this,) having another cup of coffee, reading some inspiring photography articles, I decided to make the most out of the available early morning time.

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I didn’t have anywhere to be until noon. My morning was wide open. By 6am my daughter had finished her breakfast, and was dressed. My dog begged for adventure. I happened to be in beautiful California, close to the Sacramento River. Is there any question of what to do? Sunrise photos of course!

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Our Outer world reflects our inner commitments. If we want to know what we’re really committed to, all we have to do is look at our lives. We are, whether we are aware of it or not, always creating exactly what we are most committed to.

The choices we make are ALWAYS in alignment with our deepest commitments.

By examining what we have and what we don’t have.. we are able to uncover and see what we are TRULY committed to. – Debbie Ford 

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I like to think of myself as dedicated to my family, a healthy lifestyle, and my photography. I love this quote by Debbie Ford, actually so much that I put it in my updated About Page.

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I love watching the sunrise, and sunset. Especially out in nature, with an unobstructed view. It gives my day a golden frame. I am never as happy as I am, when I’m out in nature. Lately I haven’t watched as many sunrises, and sunsets as I would like. That’s something I’ve decided to work on. I started today!

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The Sacramento River is an experience. It doesn’t really matter where you choose to admire its beauty. Combined with the rising sun, the magnificent river definitely pushed me out of what was left of the bad attitude, I unintentionally started this day with.


Today It’s only Friday, and my Gratitude Challenge is officially tomorrow, but today I am truly grateful for the gift of this beautiful morning. I am grateful for moments of pure joy with my daughter. Watching her splash in the cold water. Enjoying her laugh echo over the valley. Feeling her warm hugs, as she takes a few seconds to run over to me. Smiling together, as our dog happily runs back and forth in the water, chasing (sometimes imaginary) sticks. ..and of a photographer I am grateful to have 400+ new photos on may camera before 8am 🙂

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Tell me about how you turn your day around, if you happen to wake up on the wrong side! Please tell me that I’m not the only one that happen to wake up on the wrong side, from time to time!?

Have a blessed day! I’m ready for mine!


PS. The photography article I mentioned that read this morning, was about shooting the same scenery from different angles.

PS 2. All the photos in today’s post are taken with a hobby camera for less than $500, and a very basic lens.

PS 3. In my world, nature is the biggest artists of them all, and my greatest source of inspiration. I choose this post as my entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Life Imitates Art, at the Daily Post.

32 thoughts on “My best tips on turning your day around, when you wake up on the wrong side

  1. You made your day great and that’s the best way to fight with waking up from wrong side, you did it very well, Maria! I, as anybody else, also have such moments…and I also like going out for nature, it makes me feel calmer!

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  2. Lovely photos, Maria. I hope your tomorrow is much better! When I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, I make some tea and try to accomplish something so I can feel good about that. I also try to talk with my husband or a friend as well as realize that most of what bothers me or makes me feel bad isn’t that big of a deal compared to what many deal with daily. 🙂


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  3. Wonderful photographs – as always! Catching the sunrise (I happen to most days) and getting outside almost always lifts the spirits. The daily walking part of my journey to and from school accomplishes this.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. You are not the only one! Beautiful photos Maria. I think that is good advice, to go out and enjoy the beauty around. I’ll remember that next time I wake up in the wrong side of the bed.


  5. My feeler for realising I wokeup on the wrong side of the bed is when I start to snap at my kids.
    That always sets me straight.
    I just readjust my attitude and make sure I start to laugh at everything rather than nag them.
    By the time I’m done with 2 rounds of laughter I’m right back on track with my new attitude
    The other thing I usually do is whip out my Bible and start to read. It’s pretty difficult to sulk when I’m getting that done.

    Lovely, lovely post. Thanks for sharing.

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