Last week I tagged along with Doug as he had a conference on the Big Island of Hawaii! We had a really great time! The hardest thing about coming back from a trip like that (or a spiritual weekend retreat) is that you immediately are faced with REALITY. It is so easy to have all of these wonderful plans, thoughts and ideas of how you want things to be when you return and the BAM you are faced with sick kids, bills, work, etc.
Doug and I discussed this dilemma. During our vacation we read a couple of books that imPacTed our lives greatly. We knew that coming back would be hard because it is much easier to have your priorities in order when relaxing on vacation. Living a week without a time schedule and work makes life so siMple….but unfortunately that is not reality!
So what do I do? My best advice is to suRroUnd yourself with people who support your new way of thinking. If you can’t find support right away then jot down your ideas on paper to serve as reminders. Place those thoughts on a bulletin board or in areas of the house that you will stumble across during the day to help hold you aCcouNtable. Realistically, even those ideas will only last temporarily and the realness of your day-to-day routine will try to take over. This will be an ongoing process, but no reason to give up entirely. Continue to search for ways to keep you on track and, if all else fails, schedule another getaway (like a day without kids or distractions) in the next 6 months that will allow you to regroup your thoughts!
Do you ever feel like that? I have felt that way on our jOurNey to get out of debt. On Tuesday, I shared the story on how we got out of denial and started tackling our finances in my “Getting Out of Financial Denial” post. Does that mean the process has been easy and I haven’t wanted to quit? No way!
Today I wanted to shed some light on the “lows” of working toward a gOaL. There will be times when you feel like you are making no progress. When we first started tackling our debt I felt like we were moving mountains. But as time went on there were moments we felt defeated because of unexpected bills or kinks in the “plan”.
Life isn’t easy. There will be suRpriSes and setbacks. In tough times, Doug and I talk a lot about where we’ve come and the good things in store for our future. When we need inspiration we tune into Dave Ramsey’s radio show for the “Debt Free Fridays” to hear how other people turned their financial disaster into a sUcCeSs story. We surround ourselves with friends that have similar goals and give us support. We choose NOT to give up because we know there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.
If you are feeling defeated in some area of your life, take heart! You may not feel like you are making progress, but YOU ARE. Eventually you will see your hard work pay off. Believe it and persevere. The greatest rewards come to those who work hard and wait….
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As I CeLebRate my son’s 4th birthday this week and my daughter’s 2nd birthday next month, I also celebrate the amazing gift of mOtherHood. Always knowing that being a mom was the #1 goal of my life, I couldn’t understand why I was constantly crying after I brought my son home from the hospital. Baby blues quickly turned to full blown postpartum depression. Thoughts like, “What was I thinking when I wanted to have a baby,” “Am I ever going to have a conversation with my husband again,” and “I just want to be me again” raced through my head.
Feelings of shame, guilt, and fear felt like they were suffocating me. I even thought my son might be better off without me. I thank God for my wonderful friends, family, and doctors for Getting Me throuGh my darkest moments. With therapy and medication I slowly got better and became the mother I so longed to be.
Two years later I delivered my beAutiful baby girl and like a dark cloud drifting over me, my PPD was back. As I held my daughter in my hospital bed, I looked at my husband and said, “It’s back.” You would think it would be easier the second time but it was actually worse. I knew the scary thoughts…I had just lived them two years ago. “Why me” was all I could think this time.
Both bouts with PPD lasted about 2 months. I try not to dwell on those days as time lost with my babies, but as times that made me FiGht to be the mother I am today. I now know that there is No ShaMe in having PPD, it wasn’t my fault that I got it, and with help you can get through it. Whether you or someone you know is going through PPD or any obstacle, remember you CAN get through it and are stronger than you think!
~Guest Writer New Jersey Robyn
Have you ever been really pAtient and pOsitiVe about a situation and it still didn’t pan out the way you had hoped? In those moments it is easy to want to “throw in the towel” and let all upbeat thoughts dissipate. Then you start to wonder, why waste so much eNerGy trying to be optimistic all the time?
Being a positive person isn’t always easy. A negative attitude takes less effort and low expectations keep you from being easily disappointed. Although this is the outlook of many, I’m a bElieveR that being positive is hArder, But bEtteR. Although we have to constantly motivate ourselves to find the good out of a bad situation, I’d rather work hard at feeling good vs. work less and feel bad.
So next time things don’t go your way and you want to kick your positive attitude to the curb, remind yourself that good things happen for those who work HARD and WAiT OuT tHe StOrM. Negative efforts give quick relief but the positive ones give eTerNal haPpineSs.
(This picture was taken from our yard this past spring. We have been blessed to have many breathtaking rainbows from our front porch!)