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Thursday, June 12, 2014

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June gloom, friends. It’s a real thing. I, personally, like to think of it as a metaphor. (Because, honestly, changes in weather don’t bother me.) It is those days when the shining sun is elusive, the bright side of things masked by grey. Missed alarm clocks, misplaced keys, the domino effect of one thing after another going wrong. This is the gloom I’m speaking of. Nothing life changing, but a downer nonetheless. One way I give myself a break from these types of days is to practice self-care in whatever way I can. More often than not, this means taking the initiative to look and feel my best so that the energy from that will propel me into a better atmosphere. I firmly believe that embracing beauty begets beauty. It’s contagious, after all.

Live & Conquer is one of those brands I hold in my back pocket for such occasions. Cheyenne Raduha is a gifted artist who turns out beautiful photography and jewelry based on the world around her. Her line of jewelry, Live & Conquer, is evocative and humble. The pieces are minimal and designed to accompany you on your life’s journey like a talisman. I am so incredibly drawn to this Double Druzy Ring and the Arc Bangle is perfection. Live & Conquer is a great reminder  that beauty is right at your fingertips (or wrist, as the case may be.)

Live & Conquer is giving away one Taos Southwestern Metal Bangle to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, June 19th.
Please visit Live & Conquer and tell us: How do you, dear readers, infuse sunshine into your gloomy days. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.)
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, June 24th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Tiffany says:

    A great piece of chocolate, or two. Okay, several.

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’m not going to lie to you, I don’t have to.  I have a giggling 5 year old, who brings sunshine with her wherever she goes.  So, I guess I could say my answer is:  have children!  And really, they are little beings of light – like we all are.

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    Kim Henrichs says:

    I do it by surrounding myself of ocean pics from vacations in Bali and Tulum, as well as the right music, which depends on the day…

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    Faye Wood says:

    Living in England there are lots of gloomy days! But I remember that sometimes you have to choose to be happy. Thinking about everything I teasure in life is enough to brighten up even the gloomiest day!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    upbeat music always lifts my spirits and makes me feel light and bright.

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    Holli says:

    I wear a bright color! Today, it’s chartreuse.

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    sam says:

    Music, music and more music – so that wherever I am in the house I can hear it : ) 

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    jessica eapen says:

    i start the day off with a big glass of orange juice!

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    Carolyn says:

    I don’t! I love rainy days for what they are: a time for comfy clothes and thick books.

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    katevpa says:

    A little dance party with my two and four year olds 🙂 nothing brings a smile to my face like watching those two finding their own rhythm.

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    Rachel says:

    Playing with my kittens.  I just got two little black kittens that are incredibly cuddly and always purring.  Cuddling with them and watching them discover things for the first time always brightens my day.

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    Monica Borge says:

    I drink copious amounts of tea and watch my favorite guilty pleasure movie-Pride and Prejudice. There’s something about that darn movie that makes me so happy and you know what I love it.

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    Sparrow says:

    I find that on the days that I feel gloomy/cranky I just need to get out of the house and into nature. There, in the wind and green and unfurling intricacies, I can focus on something other than myself and explore the beauties around me. This is true for my kids too. When they start acting up, it’s time to go outside!

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    iamalighthouse says:

    I don’t. 🙂 I adore rainy, gloomy days! They’re so peaceful and serene. 🙂

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    Ali says:

    I like to kick the gloominess out of bad days by running (for the metaphorical gloomy days, of course, because I run outdoors). It has become meditative for me in a way. I have difficulty clearing my head when I’m sitting still, but if I’m running, I just push myself until all I think about is taking the next step and going a little farther. It clears the negative energy from my mind and restores a blank slate. I just run until whatever was bothering me feels like it’s been left behind.

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    Susanna B. says:

    On rainy gloomy days I’ll play my fiddle to brighten the day.  It brightens it even more if I can convince my husband to stop what he’s doing and play with me 🙂

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    Jenn says:

    Remembering everything I’m grateful for. 

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    Donna F. says:

    By taking my focus away from myself.  Instead of worrying about things that are bringing me down, I shift focus to someone else…a friend or family member.  I call that person asking how his/her day is going and find out something I can do for them.  Making a small gesture and helping someone else out, even if just in a small way, is the perfect remedy for getting out of my own head, turning around a day that I’m feeling sorry for myself into one with a little sunshine and happiness!  🙂

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    Susie says:

    I take several deep breaths, a few moments of quiet, and then return to the world with the intention of finding good and beauty. It’s there, it’s always there, sometimes we just have to readjust or shift our focus to see them. It could be a smile from a stranger, a cool breeze, time already in the meter, witnessing a hug between friends. It amazes me how much sunshine I can find when I open my senses and my heart to it.

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    Nikki says:

    I go light candles in the bathroom, soak in the tub with a little soothing concoction (baking soda, epsom salt, & lavender oil) and a good book, and shut the door on the world for a while.  By the time I’ve gone through a big, icy, glass of water, and my tub has gone cold, I feel better, and having distracted myself with some fantastic fictional story and a little daydreaming, the “mean reds” and the gloomy day are gone.

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    Ginger G. says:

    I hope this doesn’t sound cheesy, but hearing my baby laugh and say ‘mama’ always makes my day brighter 🙂 (and when she poops her diaper just after ‘dada’ gets home, it’s even better) haha!

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    Trisha says:

    I stop and get myself some cut flowers on the way home. never fails to brighten up the day!

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    Heather says:

    For me, gloomy days are my favorite days because that’s when I have the chance to paint indoors and at my own pace. I’m not fighting the sun like I would be when painting outdoors on a sunny day. On those days I’m always in rush trying to get my brushstrokes down before the sun and shadows have moved. Whereas on gloomy days I have no need to rush. When they sky is clouded over it provides the most beautiful soft, neutral white light that is perfect for painting! And as a bonus the lighting stays pretty consistent the entire day when it’s gloomy outside. Because of that I can take my time and feel entirely relaxed and get completely lost in a painting. There’s no better way to spend a day!

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    Kim g says:

    I grew up in Los Angeles…moved to Portland Oregon… thank goodness for a lightbox… and great friends who on the gloomiest of days always made me smile….I am back in LA lightbox free!!!! 🙂

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    Since the sun shines here 355 days a year, I appreciate a gloomy day once in a while….
    I just keep smilin’

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    Jennifer says:

    Random acts of kindness and a smile!

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    Marie says:

    I listen Backstreet Boys on full volume and sing my heart out 

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    Sandra says:

    I bring sunshine into my day by baking!

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    Amie A says:

    I crank up vintage French pop music and dance with my (very tolerant) cat.

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    I bring sunshine to my life by getting off my butt and getting out of an environment I HAVE to be in (like the office) and do something fun, beautiful, and active in an environment I CHOOSE to be in (a hike up a local mountain, or a run by the river).

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    Maiasatara says:

    On one of those days I play my “go-to” song, The Way of the World by Earth, Wind & Fire. The music is great but the lyrics remind me that anything external is temporary (mostly) and if I stay true to myself I will have what I need. (A good snuggle with a pet is always pretty good, too!)
    “You will find peace of mind
    If you look way down in your heart and soul
    Don’t hesitate ’cause the world seems cold
    Stay young at heart ’cause you’re never (never, never, ..) old at heart.”

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    Rinny says:

    Gloomy days call for impromptu dance parties – no matter where you are, who you’re with, or what you are doing. If I’m at the office, I’ll have my own private dance party at my desk while no one’s looking. On the drive home is tricky, but still can be safe and fun at the same time.

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    Maria says:

    I work with my hands: paint, make prints and bind books. Nothing like creating something beautiful to infuse the house with energy and sunshine! 

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    Samantha S says:

    A bright green cardigan, hazelnut coffee, and an umbrella with “Paris Street, Rainy Day” printed on it. I try to delight in the gloom.

    Although to be honest, I live in California, so I don’t often have this problem. 🙂

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    Charlotte D. says:

    It is gloomy here in Seattle a lot.  My kids coming home from school always brings a smile to my face.  And now that it is summer to get to spend fun times with them everyday!

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    cindy says:

    I take a nap and then start the day all over again and see if I have better luck the second time 🙂