How many times do you answer an email, end a phone call or send a text and finish it with, “Have a great day!”? I do it all the time. And though I love the idea of having a great day, I started to realize that telling someone to have a great day implies that you are hoping they encounter a great day by chance. It’s merely a suggestion; a wish for yourself or that person. It takes all the pressure off the person and puts it on what the day brings itself. So what happens if the day brings a slew of bad things? Where does that leave anybody? Like all good over-thinkers I had a problem with that.
I grew up in a Tupperware household. My mom sold Tupperware and built an unbelievable business while raising her kids. She was the definition of go after what you want and is still to this day one of the hardest workers I know. Her job was to motivate women to make their lives better, to start their own businesses and to create their own success. Something that always stuck with me was that her voicemail message always ended with “Make it a great day!”. I can still hear it exactly in my head. I never thought about it much as a kid, but now I realize how much those 5 little words meant. Why didn’t she say “Have a great day!” or “Enjoy your day!”? Well, probably because she was smarter than the average bear and knew that if you wanted something to be great you had to work for it, manifest it, create it, and make it happen. You can’t just sit around waiting for it to be great, because you could be waiting for the rest of your life.
I don’t believe we were put on this earth to get tossed around with the tides and see what happens to us. We were put here with the ability to learn, dream, achieve, inspire, make a difference. The list goes on and on. So why shouldn’t we take responsibility for our days? For our lives? We can choose to make it a great day any day we want to. Raining outside? Grab an umbrella, jump up on a light post and do your best Gene Kelly impersonation. Failed a test or had a really tough day parenting? Take that failure and find the good in it. If you didn’t win, learn. Use it to catapult you into the next challenge with more knowledge and power.
CS and I started talking about this after I posted about it one day on Instagram and we decided it had to be a design in the near future. It’s far too easy to blame someone else when bad things come our way. We are guilty of this often. But unless you are comfortable shaming others and not taking your happiness into your own hands, you have to adopt this mindset. Blame is for the birds. Some days are better than others, but bad days become better when we have this “Make it a great day” mentality. We hope that this shirt and tank inspire you to take whatever day you have been blessed with and MAKE it great. Be kind. Do good. Get better. Do more good. Make it a great day 🙂