bad day.

will be a good day
something will go right
everything won’t go wrong
I will wake up
to sunshine
rain will wait
until tomorrow

was a bad day
nothing went right
everything went wrong
I will close my eyes
under clouded moonlight
wishing for sunshine
but expecting rain

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Sandra is a writer, blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Hawaii where she could learn to surf. She loves music, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.

If you would like to know more (and you know you would), you can visit her blog What Sandra Thinks, find her on twitter @whatsandrathnks, or visit her shop what sandra makes.


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Needless to Say, it’s been a Bad Morning

I woke up wildly unhappy this morning. My back was aching, the sound of my alarm felt like it was stabbing through my brain, and the sky was as grey as my hair will be after yet another long-as-hell day at work today.

So, I decided to make myself my favourite curry for lunch. I made it, it was amazing, I was starting to feel some sense of happiness again, and then I let it “simmer” while chatting with my mom as I ate my oatmeal. 30 minutes later, I run back into the kitchen to find my curry burnt to a crisp. I proceeded to hold in tears and a burning desire to scream at the top of my lungs, and instead took a deep breath and left my house silently.

At work my pants were uncomfortable, my backache felt like some god is trying to test my ability not to scream in public, and my inbox was filled with questions I honestly didn’t even know the answers to.

SO… Needless to say I was feeling just dandy this morning.

Silver lining? Tomorrow is going to feel freaking fabulous compared to today. I am healthy, I am alive, and I am making money that I will eventually use to move out for grad school. I just need to suck it up until December and get through these days with a smile on my face instead of complaining about it. It’s just more difficult some days than others.

Hope your morning was better than mine.



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Michelle Doyle

Michelle is a recent psychology grad from Toronto, Canada who is planning to pursue Art Therapy. She’s been writing since she picked up her first journal in grade 4, and began her blog in her first year of university. She loves to write short film screenplays, poetry, and fiction, along with painting, vegan cooking, and thrift shopping.

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A Bad Morning Doesn’t Have to Become a Bad Day

Just because you have a bad morning, it doesn’t mean that the entire day is destined to be terrible.

Just because Monday was ordinary, it doesn’t have to ruin the whole week.

Just because you have an under-performing week, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t make the most of the rest of the month.

Just because your first quarter wasn’t up to your usual standard, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make an impact in the remaining three quarters.

Just because you stumble at the starting line, it doesn’t mean that you can’t catch up and finish strong.

We all have bad moments when we falter or life doesn’t quite go to plan.

When this happens (and it will), don’t get too catastrophic.

Don’t give up.

Don’t look for sympathy.

Don’t make excuses.

But dust yourself off.

Focus on the glorious end, not the ordinary beginning.

Get up and get into it again.

Because if you finish strong, no-one will remember how you started.

About the Author


Darren Poke is a husband and father of three from Melbourne, Australia who is passionate about helping you to maximise your potential. He is an accredited and experienced Life Coach who runs Advantage Resumes and Career Services with his wife, Karen.

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Bad Morning to You

She saw the sun cresting her curtains
Believing in a new day of wonder & uncertains
Hopeful in all ways, feeling warmth from the sun’s rays

Drawing them back, each panel they give slack
Shining; she opens her window to let in more light
Stillness in the air as most are slumbering in delight

Her favorite part of her day; everything new in each way
A past to be dredged; discontentment to be spread
The morning crushed abruptly instead

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Blogger and poet at Sweet Dreams & Rude Awakenings says, “I am numerologically a middle aged woman (don’t feel it but my body does). I have two beautiful children I share my time with & I am blessed with living in the great NW. Writing is a wonderful release for me, best therapy there is! (Next to walking on the beach)”

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The One with a Bad Morning

I rolled out of bed and plopped myself down on the toilet for my morning pee. And that’s when I learned I had started my period. That should have been a sign to me about how my morning was going to go, but I was determined to remain positive. Reaching down to the cabinet I pulled out the very last pad. See! I was off to a great start!

Sleep waddling into the living room, I made my way to the tea pot. I usually start the day off right—with coffee. My husband gets up a little before me with our daughter and starts the pot. But this morning I heard him groan in despair from the other room.

We were out of coffee.

It was okay though. His groan warned me. I was prepared. I also like tea and there is caffeine in it. So a good morning I shall still have!

While it started to boil I settled in my morning spot on the couch. I could sort of see— through my sleep heavy eyes—my husband eating his cereal. Our daughter was dancing around to music. The cogs in my brain stretched and began to spin. So, I started to ask the important questions, starting with, “What day is it?”

It took some time but the answer came. Monday! Its Monday!

I am always so proud when I can remember without checking my phone. My to do list came down the assembly line in my brain. Food. We need food. And more pads. Grocery shopping—definitely happening. Paint more of the fence—since we bought our house there is always something to paint. Pick up house. Fun? Something fun? Go to the park?

Wait! Its Monday! That means tomorrow is Tuesday! My eyes shot open.

“Are we going camping TOMORROW!” I asked my husband.

“Yeah, I suppose.”

Camping! Tomorrow! I had done nothing, NOTHING, to prepare. And it was supposed to be our first trip as, you know, the parents on the family camping trip. Not the kids. And I was sure there is all sorts of stuff parents know about camping that I don’t because I was always the kid. Pancakes just magically appeared in the morning. I didn’t question how! But now…now I question. How! How did they do that?! Can you cook pancakes over a fire?

Somewhere in my panic I poured myself a cup of hot water and put a tea bag in it. Then I raced over to grab my cell phone. Surely Pinterest would know the things parents know about camping trips. Unfortunately however, even though I had put my phone to charge all night, when I got to it the screen was lifeless and black. Noooooo! This meant my charger was officially broken.

I mean, I guess I should have seen that coming. It was barely holding together by a few small wires. I switched to charge on my husbands charger. His was also dying, but had a few more connecting wires than mine. Fingers crossed.

I whipped out my laptop and plopped down on my bed. No worries. I could make a list here and send it to myself on Messenger. Then I could take it to the store with me.

Okay. Pinterest. Man I love that site. I found exactly what I was looking for in minutes. Even with my husband getting dressed next to me and my daughter jumping on the bed. I had a two page long list broken down into categories (mostly) and ready to send to my phone. I even watched a video about how to make coffee over the fire. It was going to be awesome.

“I’ve got to go. See you tonight.” My husband kissed us both goodbye and went to work.

I looked brightly at my daughter, “We are going to the store!”

“Yay!” She squealed.

Just as brightly, “Go put your shoes on.”

She didn’t move. But I didn’t notice because I checked my phone and it was still completely dead. What was I going to do! I had this great list but no way to get it to the store. There was no way I was going to remember everything on my own.

Suddenly a memory from my childhood flashed in my mind. It was my mom’s shopping list. She took it every time we went shopping. It was written down on paper. Wow. Just, wow. It had come to this. Actually, physically writing the list down. The word “archaic” came to mind for some reason. Did we even have any paper? Luckily, I found some and a pen on my husbands desk—because he’s old fashioned—then I came back to my shoe-less daughter in the bedroom.

With a less bright tone but still holding on to it, “Preciosa, Go get your shoes on.”

She ran excitedly out of the room.

I began to transcribe my list. And wouldn’t you know it, my computer gave me a low battery warning. I reached for where I keep my charger and it wasn’t there.

Nooooo! I wrote as fast as I could but there wasn’t enough time. I only made it half way before another dead battery stood between me and my list. Paper and pen was starting to look pretty smart right about then.

My daughter skipped back into the room, holding her boots above her head like a trophy and grinning from ear to ear, “I find them!”

“Good job! Now put them on.”

She looked a little confused. She did just turn two. And we usually put her shoes on for her, but she could put those boots on by herself. She does it all the time. So, I began my frantic search throughout the house for the elusive laptop charger.

I eventually found it. Not where I left it, though. Why? Why is it never where I left it? Anyways, my computer took a while to start. But it wasn’t a dull wait. I got to watch as my little proud and confident two year old melted into an overwhelmed puddle of tears.

She had managed to get her boots on. But they were on the wrong feet.

“Not working!” she yelled at me.

Getting a little more weary now, but since she had made progress, still gently, “That’s cause they are on the wrong feet. You have to take them off and put them on again.”

Her little eyes worked through my words and found the solution to her problem. She struggled to kick her boots off while standing up without falling over.

She looked up at me on the verge of tears, “I can’t!”

“Yes, you can,” I nudged her on, “Just sit down and pull them off with your hands.”

There was more two year old brain thinking about big mama words, and then she sat down to take her boots off.

The computer was on now so I finished transcribing my list.

“I can’t!”

She had all but given into her tears now. She had managed to get her boots off, but getting them back on again was suddenly impossible. I wrestled my closet and laundry basket for some sort of clothing to put on my body that wasn’t pajamas, “Yes. You can.”

“I can’t.” she screamed back.

With a firm and irritated voice I answered with what I also hoped was confidence, “Yes. You. Can.”

I pulled on a long sleeve shirt and jeans. The forecast called for temperatures in the mid 80’s. But it was clean. I rushed into the living room to find my purse. What else did I need? My cell phone? No. It was dead. At least I had coffee this morning, right?

Just then I saw my cup of forgotten tea sitting on the kitchen counter. My heart sank.

Not coffee. Just tea. And I didn’t even drink it. It was probably cold now. I poured some creamer in it and with my last shred of hope, I took a sip. It was not worth drinking. Nowhere near the relaxing and uplifting cup it was intended to be.

Pounding toddler feet stomped into the kitchen behind me carrying screams and a full on bawling little girl overwhelmed by boots. “I can’t! I can’t! I can’t!”

“Okay!” I relented, even though I knew she could, “Bring me your boots and I will help you.”

She scampered off to get them and then sat down right in my lap and held up her foot. I held the boot up, but didn’t push it onto her foot. She hesitated and then slipped her foot in. We did the same with the other. Compromise?

We managed to get out the front door without too much more delay. Our street was closed for construction so we had to walk a ways to our car but we made it.

As we drove I wondered what had happened. I so wanted to have a good morning. And here I was, irritated and unreasonably overwhelmed.

We pulled into a pretty good parking spot because the lot was delightfully empty. A good sign for the lines inside. I realized we had made the whole trip without hitting a single stop light. Which is saying something, because the rout I took had quiet a few.

“See, this morning can still turn around!” I thought to myself. And I set to work convincing the buttons on my daughters car seat that yes, I did in fact want to take her out now and they should let me do so. We made it to the sidewalk without running into traffic and were walking towards the front of the store when it hit me.

I didn’t have any money.

I had gotten one of those wallet cell phone cases last summer, so all of my cards were with my dead cell phone. At home.

“Nooooo!” I yelled out loud to the empty parking lot.

I couldn’t believe it. I was going to have to go through it all again. I looked at my watch. 9:30am. All this and it was only 9:30.

My daughter kicked and screamed as I loaded her back into her car seat. She loves shopping. She didn’t want to have to drive home and get my wallet either. But we did.

Then, with my wallet now correctly stowed in the cup holder next to me I came to the turn that would lead me back to the big, overwhelming grocery shopping trip. But then I just drove past it. Heading in the opposite direction.

What am I doing? I looked ahead and I saw a clear route to my favorite Latte Stand. By now my stomach was growling. Yes, it was time for coffee. I was planning to just drink it while we shopped. But once it was in my hand I remembered that the last time I did that, despite my best efforts, it had ended up all over the checkout floor.

My daughter’s favorite park was right in front of me. The sun was shinning warm through the green leaves. No children were there yet and it looked so peaceful. It should have been an obvious choice, but I hesitated and swerved into the parking lot at the last minute.

Under the glow of those lovely green leaves I drank my coffee. At last. A cool summer’s breeze washed over me and made my little girl’s curls bounce. She stretched her arms, legs and toddler brain on wood beams laid out by wise mothers before me who were  great-grandmothers now.  All her frustration, and mine, washed away. We reset the day.

After that, the shopping trip went quiet smoothly. Not only did I find everything we needed for our camping trip, I got a bag of coffee for the next morning and not just one, but two new cell phone chargers.  When we got home I put my little girl down for a nap and told my husband the whole story.

“Did you cry!” He asked when I got to the part about forgetting my wallet, “I would have cried.”

I laughed. Yeah, It was all pretty funny now.

“The moral of the story,” I explained with a chuckle, “Is that coffee is life.”

His next words changed my entire outlook on the whole morning.

“I think God was talking to you, saying: Rest. Enjoy.”

His words hit my soul like delicious hot chocolate.

Or that. Yeah. That could be the moral too.



About the Author


Kia Gutierrez

“I’m a full time missionary turned full time mama. It’s a hard transition to go from saving the world to being the world to one little person. I’m in the process of letting God retrain my brain to see how being a mother is hands down the most powerful work I will do in my life. I call the process #LearningtoMommy

Just about any day, if there is a peaceful moment, you can find me with a cup of coffee in my hand talkin’ about Jesus with a friend. Otherwise it’s keepin’ up on dishes, moving into our new house,  and going on adventures with my hubby and our two year old daughter.”

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Bad Mood Rising

Had I been wearing a 1970’s mood ring earlier this week, I know what color it would have been. I won’t get into the specifics, sufficed to say I didn’t have to clean the cat’s litter box one particular morning—because she opted not to use it. The ensuing treasure hunt to locate the offending nugget, the cleaning, disinfecting and subsequent banishing of the culprit (Gizmo) to the basement for the duration of the day, made my morning unpleasant, to say the least.

Not a good start.

And yet on the drive in to work, with a scowl on my face, I confronted my bad mood, arguing my day need not be ruined because the cat in the hat, shat (for the second day in a row). The passionate debate raged on, fueled by anger, countered by logic, and by the time I arrived at work, my scowl had dissipated—somewhat.

Despite the science behind thermochromism (the change of color due to temperature), the multi-colored spectrum found in a mood ring’s instruction manual, is misleading.

Mood falls into two categories.

Good or bad.

There are no shades of grey, no greens, pinks, or purples, no middle ground. You’re either in a positive mood, or a negative one.

The more I pondered the concept, the more I realized moods are configurable, a conscious choice. Good moods are simple, when you find yourself in one, stay there, ride it out, spread the love.

Conversely, when the ring darkens, pause and take inventory.

Count your blessings.

Simple also, but not quite as easy.

Bad moods dissolve in time, they always do, but when allowed to fester, they devour the present, drain joy from the moment, and spread like an airborne virus.

The trick is to recognize the ensuing darkness, pause, regroup, and change colors. Don’t let the voice of rage and ruin convince you otherwise.

Two weeks back I was editing some fiction when I inadvertently overwrote my file with an earlier version, thereby deleting two hours of work. Attempts at retrieving the lost data proved futile, Microsoft Word had no magic elixir to counteract stupidity. The changes were lost.

My metaphorical mood ring turned as black as a raven in a mortician’s hat.

But that was two weeks ago.

This week, Gizmo—the cat who shat—prompted some introspection.

She taught me to recognize that every moment counts. Being miserable, waiting for the fog to clear, is counterproductive.

So I encourage you, the next time you sense a Bad Mood Rising, don’t hunker down waiting for sunshine, embrace the earthquakes and lightning, and change your color, tout de suite.


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Mike Senczyszak is a writer, blogger, procrastinator, not in that order. He’s from Southern Ontario, occasionally Cape Breton Island, and more recently, a regular at Disney World. He’s a dabbler in screenwriting, children’s books, fiction (horror). Currently, editing his first novel.


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My Terrible Morning

Today I woke up at 6:45, which may not seem like anything worth mentioning as it’s a pretty common wake up time, and has been, for the past few months, the time my alarm has gone off every single day. But this morning when I got up at that time, I was upset with myself.

This week, at least until today, I’d woken up at 5:45, an hour earlier, to get a jump on my day and get in some writing and coffee before I had to get ready for work, and for those two days I was happy in my situation. I’m the non-driven type of person who believes in the old adage of working to live rather than living to work, and doing something I enjoy before spending nine hours at my job makes me feel like I do other things besides work during the week—an important distinction for me so I don’t grow to hate and resent my job. But today, I woke up late, which was just the start of my terrible morning.

I turned on the shower and walked down the hall to get a towel out of the closet, only to find that there weren’t any in there. Another part of being someone who lacks drive to do things that don’t interest me, leads to using all of the towels before washing them—a terrible flaw that came back to bite me today. The towels were all in the washing machine, soaking wet, so I was faced with the dilemma of using a hand towel to dry off, or a t-shirt. I chose the hand towel, which absorbed all the water from my hair immediately before I had the chance to dry off any other part of me.

It was just one of those days.

Today in my clothing rotation, the white shirt with blue stripes was up, a shirt that I don’t really like all that much because it feels tighter than my others, but again my procrastination when it comes to laundry left me with little choice but to wear that one. I put it on and went into the bathroom to brush my hair, which decided to be especially uncooperative. One of my coworkers commented that it looked like I just got out of bed and came to work. It really was a pretty bad morning.

I arrived a couple minutes late to work, ready for the day to be over. Luckily my day turned around when I found my first counterfeit bill since I started working at the bank.

You gotta enjoy the little things in life.

When I got home my new water bottle had arrived, one that will keep beverages cooler for extended periods of time and hold more liquid than the tumbler I currently drink out of. All in all it turned out to be a pretty good day, despite my terrible morning. Maybe tomorrow will start off better.



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Kendall is a fan of sports, good food, the city he lives in, and lots of things in between. He likes to think that he is funny and would appreciate a fake laugh every now and again to boost his self esteem. Thanks for taking the time to read mostly meaningless things that Kendall decides to write about each day. He really appreciates it.

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