10 Things I am Grateful for After a Bad Day (& How I Found Out I Had Mono) | + OOTD
So backstory, about a month ago I went on a new medication for my acne that is also a diuretic, meaning it gets rid of all of my extra water in my body. Because of that, you have to drink a ton of water to replenish your body. A few weeks into the meds I started getting horrible headaches and feeling really tired/lethargic. I told myself I must be dehydrated and started drinking a ton of water everyday which helped a little. Through all this I just still didn’t feel like myself, I felt sort of down and I chalked that up to school starting soon (since I always feel anxious this time of year). I continued to drink a lot of water and started my old anxiety medicine hoping that would help me feel like myself.
Fast forward to yesterday, I woke up with swollen tonsils with white dots. I have had swollen glands for about a week and a half, but last week I had a UTI so I thought that was why (as you can tell I am pretty much falling apart at this point haha)! When I showed my mom my throat she told me to get tested for strep so I headed to CVS assuming that is what I had. While I was there the doctor asked me if I had been tired and I told her yes, but explained my medication and how I just needed to drink more water. She asked if she could do a mono test anyway and I agreed – I am SO glad she did because now it all makes sense! It came back positive and the last few weeks of feeling tired and down were actually because I am sick!
I am usually so good at listening to my body and I go to the doctor anytime I am sick, but I really thought it was just my new acne medicine making me sick! Now that I know I am sick I am trying to take it easy, I have been pushing myself non-stop the last few weeks and now I want to focus on being better. If any of you have had mono then please comment below and tell me what helped you feel better!
So after I found out I had mono I went to my car and broke down, partly out of relief because I knew why I was feeling sick, but also because I was upset about being sick. I immediately told myself it was a bad day and got upset. I went home and took an hour to be alone and started to feel better, I reminded myself that I didn’t need to let one bad thing ruin my day and I changed my mindset back into being happy. I ended up going out to dinner with my family last night, and although my throat hurt and I was tired, it was a good night! So I wanted to talk about some of the things I am thankful for on my bad days!
10 Things I am Grateful for!
1. The People in my Life!
After I found out I had mono my little sister started cracking jokes about how I was going to ruin family dinner again (we were supposed to have family dinner last week and I had to reschedule to this week). My family always knows how to make me laugh and turn bad situations into light-hearted ones! Our dinner last night was definitely a highlight of my day! Plus they are all really supportive, my mom already does so much for me because she is my blog photographer, but she is definitely in full-out mom mode now asking me what I need! Also, my sweet boyfriend brought me flowers last night which made my whole day! I am really lucky for the people in my life.
2. This Summer!
This summer was one for the books! I had so much fun, I went on countless adventures and got to spend it with amazing people! Between concerts, nights out, the lake, new friends, old friends, and more – I don’t want it to end!
3. The Brand New Apartment I am about to Move Into!
I am really lucky and my parents support me and pay my rent since I am in college. Because of that I am about to move into a brand new apartment (technically in a duplex) and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s beautiful, and will probably be one of the nicest places I live in for a long time! It is something I have been really excited about and I am grateful that I get to live in such a cool place with my best friend!
4. Fall Candles (+ Anything Fall)!
I have been burning my fall candles non-stop and they have been making me so happy! They make my room so homey and cozy. I have also been shopping for cardigans, jeans, and all things fall! I can’t wait for the air to turn crisp outside and the leaves to change! I think I love fall because all the little things make me so happy!
5. Fuzzy Blankets!
Currently laying in bed writing this (gotta get that rest) and I am curled up in two fuzzy blankets! One of them I have had for four years and it is still soooo soft! Target for the win!
6. Peanut Butter & Sugar Sandwiches!
Haha is it weird to say I am grateful for this? I used to eat them all the time as a kid and I have been eating them non-stop this week! I don’t have much of an appetite, but I am craving one right now! They are so yummy!
7. My Blog Family!
You guys are always such a large source of happiness for me! I just spent the last hour answering Instagram comments and DMs, definitely a highlight of my day! I have no idea what I did to deserve you all!
8. Dry Shampoo!
9. My pups!
Dogs always just make me happy, but my pups are the best! Every once in awhile I am in my room and my little pup will just walk in and give me the biggest smile like, “hey mom just checking on you!” I feel bad because I haven’t felt up to taking them on walks, but I love giving them snuggles and treats!
10. My Health!
Getting mono just reminded me how lucky I am for my overall health. I usually never get sick and neither does anyone in my family, we are all really lucky to be so happy and healthy (most of the time haha)!
| Slouchy Free People Sweater (comes in six colors and I am wearing a size small) | Free People Bralette (Comes in 18 colors and I am wearing a size small) | Jean Skirt (I am wearing a size 4) | Brown Booties (true to size and comes in three colors) |
How cute is this outfit? It’s perfect for transitioning into those cooler fall days! I bought this sweater in light blue during the Nordstrom sale and ended up buying this white one after they restocked! I am obsessed with it, I think it looks so cute with a bralette and these Free People bralettes are my favorite! They come in so many colors.
I paired it with this super cute jean skirt that I have been wearing out a lot and these Sam Edelman booties! Both are so perfect for fall!
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Lauren Emily Lindmark
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