Gratitude 2.0 | Pretty Powerful Days

To be thankful when there's so much to be grateful for has to be the most natural thing in the world. It's so natural you have no choice but to burst in joy for everything is just working the way it should.

What is hard, as I know, is to be thankful --- to get up even --- when a lot of things are not working your way. I know this much because I was just in that path. No matter how much I re-read my feel-good stuff, inspirational whatchamacallit that I have churned out to myself over the years, I just couldn't get up.

I just couldn't. For what seemed like an entire day, I just lain in my bed, having a blueberry cheesecake cupcake and Taro Milk Tea for lunch {oh the perks of living near a Moonleaf Tea branch!}. The tears weren't there, for eight hours.

And at the stroke of the ninth hour, it was like a dam of water --- I cried like I haven't cried before. I cried until my eyes were swollen, I didn't think I could recognize myself. I cried until my friend came over with wine and food and finally had stupid reasons to laugh. I cried when my hangover wouldn't go away. The cloud that hung over my head were as dark as the Chilean red that stained my white glasses.

On a Monday morning, I finally, finally did. Get up, is what.

Looking back, it was a torturous place to be in --- that bottomless pit of self pity, crushed with apathy for the rest of the day. It was as if the only logical thing to do was go to sleep and yet, you couldn't. You decide you could be a functional being and clean your home instead --- but you couldn't move. You know that drinking on an empty stomach, even if it was a good bottle of wine, and yet you brace yourself for the worst hangover of your life because that's what you want. To waste one perfectly fine day because you're in the throes of despair and sadness.

And then you get up, do what makes you happy regardless of how superfluous people might think it to be and move on.

Because that's what you do, you move on and be sensible. You realize that being sensible and fair and unaffected spells the difference between you and your former selves. You get up and do what you're expected to do and deliver what you have promised.


That is what's pretty powerful.

And because standing up means trying to cheer yourself up, too, here's an FOTD using Bobbi Brown's Pretty Powerful To Go palette:

A career woman's palette, this is.

Rose Gold and Champagne Quartz just might be my favorite eyeshadows for a long time.

Speaking of Bobbi Brown, the brand's got an ongoing contest about inspiring stories about passion, confidence and beauty. I tried the app through the Facebook page and it was oh so easy to join. If you're lucky, you just might win that trip to New York City. Good luck!

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