For A Rough Day

June 30, 2011 · 44 comments

This post was inspired by a few ladies who were having off days… kinda like the day I’m having today. I woke up with an obscenely sore throat, which typically means I’ll be seeing a nice sinus infection or head cold soon.

Obviously, training for a marathon and feeling sick don’t go well together, which puts me in a stellar mood. šŸ˜‰ I’m a real prize today.

So, when I have a bad day, my love Anastasia (don’t forget to say her name right) always tells me the same thing:

“Stop thinking. Remember all that you have to be happy about. Smile the biggest, goofiest smile you possibly can. Now take a picture of it and send it to me.”

I think she’s just collecting all these pictures of me for blackmail.

Anyway, when Carrie was having a rough day a few weeks ago, I said the same thing to her. The photo I got brightened my day a little, and I know it had to have given her a little giggle as well.

there’s that pretty girl. and didn’t you feel better already?

So, I sent out a “Project: Happy” request to all who were interested in participating. Feel free to bookmark this page for when you need a little smile, because these girls were happy to lend one.


FUN FACT: she illustrates stories, much like my beloved Hyperbole and a Half. That’s talent!


FUN FACT: We rep VA Beach together and take our beachfront gym by storm.


FUN FACT: She has a goal to run 1,000 miles in a year!


FUN FACT: She won my bLyss Designs giveaway and bakes FANTASTIC looking treats.


FUN FACT: She’s a Brit. And she cracks
me up with her many shameless “love for peanut butter posts”


FUN FACT: Her hubby is a PRO-triathlete!


FUN FACT: She has the best name ever (duh), fantastic style (I want your closet),Ā  and she went to the same high school in Maryland Anastasia did!


FUN FACT: My day is incomplete without a text from her.
We’re so alike, and her blog is full of gluten-free love, too!


FUN FACT: This girl is hysterical. And she’s
currently repping my hometown. Go Phillies!


FUN FACT: Colleen is getting married August 6th.
And I painted wine glasses for her bridal party. šŸ™‚

Aaaand there ya go. Me at my finest.

Now, doesn’t all that make you want to smile? When the little things in life get ya down, just remember all the things you have to be thankful for. And smile. šŸ˜€

And if those didn’t do it, maybe a cross-eyed picture of my dog will.

P.S. Stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway… šŸ˜‰

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries June 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I love this! šŸ™‚


2 Amanda @ .running with spoons. June 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Ahh I loved this. It definitely put a smile on my face, so thank you šŸ˜€


3 Meg June 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

My day is complete.

I love you ALL!


4 theAlmostRunner June 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Well, poop. I forgot to take a picture for this. I really want to do that thing you tagged me in… sorry that I don’t remember the name of it. I just… you know, get busy. ha.


5 lindsay June 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

these are awesome smiles! I love that you posted it alyssa. My favorite is of course the puppers!


6 Angela @ MyPinkyToes June 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I love this post! I loved seeing all those smiling faces! What a great way to put yourself into a great mood!


7 Cassie June 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm

May be the best post I have ever seen!!! Definitely going to do this when my friends or I have a rough day–spreading the goofy smile love! šŸ™‚


8 Kat June 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm

What an awesome post!! Love all the smiling girlies šŸ™‚


9 Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry June 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Awww, this post is awesome. I am smiling like craycray! I was wondering if you were going to end up using those photos or if they were just for your enjoyment šŸ˜‰ hehe
Thanks for the shout out, and for such an inspiring and happy post!


10 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons June 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm

awwwwwwwwwwww I forgot to send you a photo! These are awesome! some of blog worlds finest cheezin it up! <3 =) instant smiles over here!


11 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I love these posts!


12 Jess @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy June 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Ahhhdorable šŸ™‚


13 Pureglow*16 June 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I love this post! Thanks for helping me smile =)


14 Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) June 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm

YES LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! its an honor to be featured šŸ˜€


15 Er June 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm

What a cute post! I love the pic of your dog- my dog always makes me smile even if I’m having an awful day.


16 Jamie June 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm

AH. i just used this and will bookmark for pissy days..better than eating a tub of ice cream šŸ˜‰


17 Ellie@fitforthesoul June 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm

aww this was so cute Alyssa! And your eyes are so mesmerizingly blue! Love ’em.


18 Tiffany @ Simply Shaka June 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Chloe always makes me smile šŸ™‚


19 Savannah(Sweet and Savvy) June 30, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I LOVE Anastasia! Hope you feel better<3


20 Nikki July 1, 2011 at 12:32 am

I totally needed this today. Thanks! šŸ™‚


21 Hollie @lolzthatswim(andrun) July 1, 2011 at 1:24 am

Awe that is adorable! I am already 10x happier!


22 Danielle July 1, 2011 at 2:47 am

After spending $1,000 on my car today, this def. made me smile! Fabulous post, girl! : )


23 Brittany @ LessBritt MoreLife July 1, 2011 at 2:51 am

This is awesome šŸ™‚ Love the cheese. The one of Colleen might be my fave šŸ™‚


24 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) July 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Cute post!! Made me smile šŸ˜€


25 Lisa Fine July 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Such a fun post, and I liked seeing so many familiar bloggers.

Hope you’re feeling better!


26 Cait's a Runnerchick July 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm

this was awesome!! great idea and it put a smile on my face. šŸ™‚ thanks!

i hope ur throat is feeling better…i am really prone to sinus infections too…not fun stuff but hopefully u aren’t headed for one and will be feeling better soon! šŸ™‚


27 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) July 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Aaah this post made me smile SO MUCH!! šŸ˜€ Eeeee best post EVER and I love all these smiles!! Especially that very last girl šŸ˜‰

FEEL BETTER girl!!! <3


28 Gina July 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm

This was such a great post!! Such a happy post!
& Happiness is contagious šŸ˜‰


29 kristi (sweet cheeks) July 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm

this is so cool! You all are beautiful, inside and out!


30 Niki (Life's a Payne) July 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

What a great way to find your blog. This may be my all time favourtie post ever! Hope you don’t mind if feature it next Friday as one of my favourite posts of the week?

Thanks for the great post! Keep smiling!


31 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Wah! For some reason NONE of your posts have been coming up in my Reader, I just saw all of these and boooo why did I not send in a picha?! When I am with you you can TOTALLY take a picture of me and post it ahah I give you full embarassment rights


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