Adventures in Imperfection

A Hacker’s Guide to Whine-Free Living

Do you ever feel like a five-year-old in a grown-up world?

Oh, maaaan….I have to work today? Again? 

I’m so tired. I wanna to stay in bed. Puleeeazzzzz??

No! I am not going, and you can’t make me! 

*Raises hand. Guilty! I’ve been whining a lot lately which means I’ve broken one of several Terry Household Rules.

Oopsies. Sorry about that, family. As I tackled the whiny brain this week, it popped into my head that maybe some of you were faced with the same obstacle. What have you whined about this week? Any of these sound familiar. Hmm?

  • I feel fat–why did I have to eat so much last week?
  • Why does it have to be so cold?
  • Will this rain ever stop?
  • I will never finish this Christmas shopping in time.
  • He needs lunch money again?
  • Why doesn’t anybody ever appreciate me?

If your inside voice sounds like a replay from the clip, it’s time to apply principles from the Hacker’s Guide to Whine-Free Living. Disclaimer: This is a completely-made-up list I’ve been concocting since Monday. I’m not a licensed counselor–I only play one on TV.

Clutter-free Living: 

  • Unsubscribe: From e-mail lists you never read–click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the FTD newsletter you signed up for five Mother’s Days ago. I unsubscribed from ten different newsletters, and it felt incredible!
  • Fix your Facebook News Feed: Tired of vague, passive-aggressive status updates? Political rants? Go to the upper right-hand corner of the whiny post, click the down-arrow, and select “hide posts” or “remove from news feed.” Easy-peasy. Better yet–go on a social media vacation. Whether the break is a few hours or as long as a several days (or weeks). It doesn’t cost a penny, and no sunscreen required. The cute kitten videos will still be there when you return.
  • Dishes: Do them.

Eliminate the Blahs:

  • Shake that a$$: Feeling sluggish, tired, depressed? Go for a run! If the only time you run is when you’re being chased, then consider a walk. Too cold to walk? At least stick your head outside. Anything to move you from point A to point B. Find what you love and just do it!
  • Take a nap: Amazing what a ten-minute nap does for the brain and mood. I have mastered the art of sitting upright at a desk with my eyes closed. Anybody walking into my office would never know I’m asleep unless they come all the way around to the front. Which nobody ever does. Unless it’s my dog and it’s lunch time.
  • Make plans: Give yourself something to anticipate. Plan a vacation, or schedule a road trip. No funds for a fancy vacation? Pick something that doesn’t cost a ton of money: living a healthier life, Bible study, volunteering at the Humane Society. Whatever it is you want to do, plan ahead, and circle it on the calendar. The big, red circle is enough to get you through another Monday. photo

Do the big things:

  • Consider a different job: Is your current one sucking the life out of you? Is it time for a change. Even if you only sneak a peek at current openings, the act itself will help you determine if the grass is truly greener, or simply a different shade.
  • Say good-bye: It’s difficult to eliminate people from your life, but sometimes, a relationship needs to go. I heard an amazing speaker, Laura Wynn, discuss applying certain principles to mindfully choosing personal and professional relationships. Check out her sound (and simple) advice here. Teaser: She talks about BACON!
  • Jump! What’s the “big thing” that’s been occupying your thoughts? Is it finally time to act on it? Maybe it’s a move across the country, commitment to a personal training regimen, or starting a business. Get your house in order, and do it.

Do the Simple Things:

  • Water: Drink it, swim in it, take a long bath. What do you weigh? Divide that number in half, and that’s how many ounces of water you should be drinking. Add this simple habit, and after 2-3 days notice that your skin looks better, headaches are fewer, and you feel better overall.
  • Make your bed: Every day. Even if you don’t get anything else accomplished on your list, this is the one thing you did.
  • Wash your face: I know! I know! You have probably already showered. I’m talking about in the middle of the day. After a tedious meeting, during your lunch hour, before you tackle an afternoon project. Wash off the negativity of the previous hours, and start fresh. Don’t roll your eyes at me. This really works.
  • Pick up the phone: Call your mama. Call your dad. Quit texting, e-mailing, and all of the things we do to avoid real human interaction (I am COMPLETELY guilty of this). This works for co-workers, too. Seems that in the age of electronics, I’ve forgotten how efficient a phone call can be. Bonus: one less e-mail thread in your inbox.

Still feeling grumpy and whiny despite all of your best efforts? Consider the answers to the following questions.

Can you pass the “Cranky Toddler Test”?

  • Do you need a snack?
    • When did you last eat? Are you hungry?
  • Are you tired?
    • Are you getting your eight hours? Do you need a nap?
  • Do you have to go potty?
    • Do you? Are you sure? We are leaving in five minutes.
  • Do you need a hug?
    • Hugs fix things that words can’t.

Now, it’s your turn. What are your suggestions for whine-free living? Please share in the comments. Unlike Matt Bellasai, I’m declaring today “Whine-Free Wednesday!” Have a good one, peeps!


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76 thoughts on “A Hacker’s Guide to Whine-Free Living

  1. I definitely complain about all the feeds I get on social media where I have no idea how they got on my page. If I hide their feeds, I would probably have nothing left ! Ha, ha! Great advice though really. A good way to start off the new year.

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    1. I know! Facebook is so random. It makes me want to not “like” things because I never know how that’s gonna play out.
      I am SO visiting you today. I’m having poetic withdrawals 🙂


      1. Thanks Mama Mick. So it’s the liking, huh? Strange that I never really figured that out. even though it now seems as clear as the nose on my face. There are so many strange people and things in my FB feed and I don’t even have that many friends!!

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      2. I haven’t completely figured it out, but that sames to have some bearing. I keep saying that I’m going to ditch it for good, and then I see a picture of my sweet nieces and nephews and I just can’t 🙂


  2. This hit home, just at the right time! My partner and I are purging the kitchen of crappy foods, getting together an exercise plan, playing the game of “fix it or donate it” with various piles around the house and just trying to be more productive and organized.

    The email thing is the worst though. I just have a junk email I use for signing up for things but some stuff trickles into my personal one. All over great advice though!

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  3. My best advice? Put it in perspective. Having a bad day? Someone is having a worse one. No time to Christmas shop? Someone has no money to shop. Feeling fat? Some child went to bed with no dinner. Feeling tired? Someone is working 3 jobs just to pay their mortgage. Have a cold? Someone has cancer. Kids driving you crazy? Someone has tried for years to conceive and can’t, someone lost their child to a drunk driver. Feeling overwhelmed by email? Someone lives lonely in a nursing home just hoping someone will come visit him or phone him.
    It’s a way we can feel grateful for what we do have, versus what we don’t.

    But when all else fails: Go ahead and whine. Sometimes you have to get it out; repression leads to resentment, and resentment is poison. Give yourself 1 hour/1 day to feel crappy and sulk and whine. Then move on.

    If you can change something, then change it. If you can’t, change your attitude, and just move on.

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    1. Yes YES to all you said. In fact, those thoughts were what prompted me to make a list in the first place.
      I am the worst when I whine on a run, then I remember Dion who wishes he could whine right along side me. And, he would have!
      The “call your mama” part is something you reminded of last Thanksgiving – something I’ve never forgotten. I agree with absolutely everything you shared. Thank you.
      Now, grab some Oreo thin mints and finish your word chopping duties 😉 xo

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  4. This is wonderful. I can’t think of anything to add, but I will definitely remind myself to do these things. I’ve been whining about Christmas prep I need to do but haven’t got time for. And then I realize how first-world problemish that is and slap myself upside the head. Thanks for giving us other ways to banish that whining!

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  5. Great list, Michelle. The gray gloomy days of winter can easily seep into our lives and make them gray and gloomy as well. We just got back from Disneyland and lots of restaurant eating (which the sunshine and calories were great while we were away), but now that I’m back in gray inversion and seeing the truth on the scale…it’s easy to whine and be lethargic about getting back into shape. But that exercise and water rules you have on your list do really help. I’m forcing myself back into that routine even though my lazy body says, “just take me back to sunny Cal and feed me yummy delights.” Thanks for the reminder not to whine, but to just jump back into healthy habits and force a smile until it’s real.

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      1. Funny. After I ate the free food, I did go home because our dog was out of food. Every time I bring in a new bag, she gets so excited! Even though it’s exactly the same! As what’s in her bowl! Right now!

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      2. Ha! Ha! Aren’t dogs just too funny? Mine is the same way. You want to hear whining…the moment she senses that there’s less than a meal’s worth left in the container. I hope hope you had a great day, Ross. I really want to get back over to see what you’ve been writing. Talk to you soon 🙂


      1. Of course! 🙂 I love your words and they were a good reminder for me. I’ve been whine-y as eff the last few days… probably because I need a nap. 😉 Thanks for reminding me haha! I hope you enjoyed your own snooze!


  6. I somehow multiplied my weight by two to see how much water I should be drinking. Probably because I’m feeling fat from last week. Unsubscribing from emails is hugely therapeutic. Same with the Facebook feed trick. Coming home and fixing dinner early so I put my feet up earlier works well for this procrastinator. Definitely helps not to over schedule and say no to things. Great post and reminders at a time when we can all use it.

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  7. I saw a meme that said “It’s not the holidays. You were fat in August.” Hahahaha.

    I love this!!! I can be a big whiner and yesterday I realized that I sounded more childish than my kids. Luckily, I have a house to declutter by Jan. 1 so that we can get this puppy on the market. There’s nothing like giving 19 years worth of crap to Goodwill to help me see how fortunate I am. 😉 ❤

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  8. I’ve always been a man-child, but I feel much better since I decided to abandon my quest to be published. I’ll blog every day for as long as I feel like it, I’ll continue to tweet and we’ll see where things go from there.
    Great post, by the way.

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  9. It occurs to me that a major advantage of being single and living alone is that one can whine and complain to ones heart’s content without annoying anybody – as long as it is not done on FB, Twitter, or some such. I haven’t thought of anything to add to your list – Oh, Ok here’s one, listen to some really funky blues, or watch a vid of King Lear, that will put your complaints in perspective.

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  10. You are so onto something, Michelle. Before you can feel good about yourself, you have to want to feel good about yourself. Your plans above are a terrific blueprint.

    I don’t really whine per se (although my dear wife Karen may not agree with this statement) but I will admit to unleashing too many startling old man sounds when I stir after sitting in my recliner for too long of a stretch. Ohhhhhhh. Owwwwwwwwww. Oyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. A walk around the block with Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle whips the Creaky Old Guy outta me. Usually.

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    1. I can’t ever imagine you whining, Mark. And, you shout out to Ellie B, er, Dogamous Pyle is another great fix for a case of the whines. I always love seeing you here. Thank you for popping in today, Mark!


  11. Wow I am so proud of myself! I do so many things on your list already!!!!! Except… I don’t exercise and I don’t make my bed every day. But I drink water, I wash my face, I have already eliminated negative people from my life. I am anal about SPAM and I open every one and block the server so I can no longer get emails from them. I don’t have to worry about News Feed on FB because I don’t FB! I hate dirty dishes in my sink, so they are always done!
    I am currently working on my degree so I have that going and… let’s see, OH YEAH! I always call my daddy because he don’t text OR email! LOL! How did I do???
    My cranky toddler test is a total failure though!! ha ha ha!! I need a snack, I haven’t eaten today so I am hungry. I don’t ever sleep 8 hours because my body/head won’t let me so I am ALWAYS tired! I soooo need a nap! I actually DO need to potty but I am sitting here writing a comment on a blog instead… hmmm! I’ll go in a minute. he he! And I so need a hug! 😦
    Whew… now I am really tired! But I still feel like I do not do enough! *sigh* I know! I know! I know! Read Brene’ again! Right?
    I’m meeting myself coming and going…… maybe there is a nap in the middle??? 😉

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    1. Oh Courtney,
      You always make me smile. WOW! I didn’t mean you had to do EVERYTHING!
      And, I was just getting ready to throw a Breneism–just as you mentioned it yourself.
      I hope that in the time that’s passed since your kind comment, you’ve gotten a snack, used the restroom, sneaked in a snooze AND found a warm hugger. Eight hours? In our dreams, right?
      I always always love seeing you here, my friend! Have a wonderful rest of the week! xo

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      1. Yeah yeah… Even when I do everything it’s never enough. I got my hair did today and was telling one of the girls some of my stuff I have going on. Not all of it mind you…just some. Then one of the other girls said I made her tired just listening to my last…lol.
        I have eaten, been to the potty and I am currently lying in bed with my iPad answering your comment. I am going to sleep soon (maybe 6 or 7 hours if I’m lucky) and try to get rid of this stupid migraine I have had all day. Nighty night! 🙂

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  12. Ohmigosh I just ADORE YOU!

    I whine (at the moment because I’m ill) but also I take lots of naps, don’t drink enough water or get enough sleep, and I SO sleep sitting up. And I’m making a HUGE jump…

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  13. There are so many things I love about this post. I mean, you got some solid, righteous advice going on here. The water thing, I gotta tell you. I’m with you on this one. I love water. I drink copious amounts. I love my baths. And to swim? In the ocean? That is my happiest happy place of all. And oh yeah, I want to be buried at sea as well. Viking funeral. That is some cool ass shit. It may not be environmentally friendly, but what the hell do I care? I’ll be dead.


    1. Aw, thanks Cayman. You do know I made all of this up as I went, right? Glad to know that some of it is sound.
      You swim in the ocean?!? That’s awesome. As a Pisces, I should live in the water. Truth be told, I’m terrified. Especially of open water swimming. I’ve tried it, I’ve survived and I do like to snorkel..but, honestly, I’d rather lay on the beach with an umbrella drink. Just water, of course 😉
      I think a Viking burial sounds fantastic. Not evironmentally friendly? Hey, it’s only carbon carbon dioxide and oxygen–that big body of water would be lucky to have you. xo

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      1. Oh mama, don’t we ALL make it up as we go along? And yes, I LOVE swimming in the ocean. From the time I was a wee lad, I would hit the water and just swim and swim. I loved it when I would finally look in and see the shoreline off in the distance, and all was quiet. Beautiful thing.
        And the Viking funeral became a thing for me after watching Eulogy. If you haven’t seen it, you must.


      1. Well, it’s even more than that incredibly valid point of efficiency, it’s hygienic too. I read an article a few years ago that showed making beds traps bacteria and encourages massive growth. So, you know, my reasons are all about science.

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  14. Wait… you mean to say… I’m not suppose to complain about everything to everybody? Well, that just seems entirely counter-productive. I mean, how will anyone know what’s wrong with me.(insert screeching record scratch here) Ok, now that that is out of the way… loved the videos, and your advice on how to simplify things is wonderful. Good read.

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  15. Excellent, fun, insightful list, Mama.

    I’m guilty of many of these. Damn. Sometimes it’s all too much.

    …but one thing I do know how to do is ((R E L A X)))

    And binge watch stuff like Orange Is the New Black, Downton Abbey, and Last Tangle in Halifax in a single weekend!

    Is that bad?!!

    xx kiss from MN.


    1. NOT bad! Like that Dos Equuis commercial “I rarely watch TV, but when I do…it’s binge-watching.”
      I love your R-E-L-A-X addition to the list. And, I love your bright smiling face even more. Thank you, Kim.
      Love from KS (though, I’m in Texas today!)


  16. Lately I’ve been whining about how busy I am with work and work-related travel. Too busy to blog, too busy to read other blogs. Angry that I have more blog fodder than I can shake a stick at, and no time to write. And then I slap myself for whining about my very first-world-problems.

    Love your tips & tricks on stopping the whine. xoxo


    1. Hello Nancy!!
      Believe me, I whine about the same things…exactly!
      In fact, I have a post of yours (from last week?) still sitting in my inbox waiting to be open like a Christmas gift.
      Thank you for taking the time to stop and comment. xo

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      1. I know, right!? But, think if we did have more than 24 hours…we’d be even more exhausted. But, HA! I have 30 minutes and your gravatar on my screen. I’m heading over to visit you right now. I’ll bring snacks 🙂

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  17. I never thought of it as whining before. I like your ideas of exercise to help improve one’s mood. I try to take a walk daily, it really helps to boost my mood. I just found a new technique that helps also, try thinking of happy memories. It is an easy way to make you smile, takes little effort and it is free!


    1. Hi Carolyn,
      I absolutely love your idea of a daily walk and happy memories. Do you suppose that’s why we say”Walking down memory lane?”
      Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read and comment. I truly appreciate it.

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