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Appreciating The Bad Days When They’re Really Bad

Appreciating The Bad Days When They're Really Bad

Easter Sunday was a bad day. Like, a really bad day.

Delia was sick, I dropped my phone in the sand and didn’t realize it until I got home, and I got a friggin’ flat tire. I was SUPPOSED to be drinking sangria by the pool with friends in Burbank but all of these crappy things prevented that from happening.

So what did I do? Did I sulk and fall into a lonely depression? No. I laughed it off and had a great day anyway.

A year ago, I would’ve been pissed. I would have said every expletive in the book and let these circumstances take over my emotions. But not anymore. I’ve learned to see the light in times like these. I had so much to be thankful for in the moment and, by recognizing the gifts of a beautiful day and a happy puppy, there was no way I could get angry.

I am a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason.” There is a plan for my life and I have to accept that God doesn’t intend for me to do some of the things I want to do. I wasn’t supposed to get on the highway on Sunday and drive to LA. Why? I don’t know. Maybe God was saving me from a terrible accident? I trust that he knows best.

In these type of situations, I just have to listen. I heard a faint voice saying, “do what you were meant to do.” I was meant to write a book and help millennial women during the darkest of times. I had been putting off my writing and this was God’s way of saying, “you’re not going anywhere until you sit down and do the work.”

So that’s exactly what I did. I opened my sliding patio door, let the sun pour in, and started typing.

I have been called to make a difference in this world and sometimes that means sacrifice. It won’t be all fun and games. I’m going to have bad days but that just makes me appreciate the good ones.

Most of all, I realized that Easter Sunday was not about me and my problems. It’s about the Lord rising from the dead to take away our sins. And for that reason, I smile. With God, there is no #fomo.

Challenge Time!
Whenever you are having a shitty day, write down 3 things that you are grateful for. It will give you an instant boost of happiness and, in my experience, your bad luck will most likely come to a halt. When you expend good energy out into the world, you receive good energy in return.

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  • Alicia-Joy

    Thank you for these simple reminders. When things get down, it’s so easy to forget all the things we have to be grateful for. Like you said, we also don’t realize (in the moment) that things are often happening for a reason. We do realize this until after, sometimes many years after.

    This is our challenge. To accept and breathe and be grateful even when things feel shitty.

    Challenge accepted! 🙂

    • Caroline

      Such an amazing mindset Alicia-Joy! <3

  • Mattie

    I totally agree that the Lord can bring great things out of even the worst of days. What a blessing to be able to understand that as you are in the middle of a tough day! Can’t wait to read your book!

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