Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ups and Downs Of Life

Life is like a roller coaster. Especially right now. Things have been up, then down, then add a few loops.. Suddenly there is a slight calm, where you feel just utterly exhausted.. and all of the sudden. Whiplash. Back again folks. Ups, downs, loops, water splashed in your face... 
hopefully it wasn't someone else's gum, or spit. But, that's life.
 A big bunch of ups and downs. And spit from other people.

Have you noticed.. when you get off the roller coaster you are happy. You enjoyed it. Maybe moment by moment it's rough. But overall it was a pretty fun ride and you are ready to hop back on. 

And that's pretty similar to life.. 
Other than the consciously getting off and hopping back on part. 
(That I'm aware of anyways..) 

So, how can we enjoy the ups and downs? The ups are lots of fun.. but what can we do about the downs? 
Part of me wants to hide under the couch like how Wicket hides from Fireworks. 
Part of me wants to mildly freak out... cry.. take a nap.. You know? 

What can we do to enjoy the ups AND downs? 
I guess here are some of my personal tips for facing the rough times..

1. Smile. Smile. Smile. 
Smiling can not hurt you or anyone else.
Smile for 20 seconds. It releases endorphines that actually MAKE you happy.
Plus, you smiling at nothing, might actually make you laugh at yourself.. that's good too! 

2. Count your blessings.
Don't focus on what you don't have. 
Don't look around the house thinking of things you wish you had.
Focus on the things you do have.
And better yet, remember.. the best things in life aren't things.

3. Think positive about the situation you are in.
I promise there is always something positive in the situation you are in.
If it's lack of money, think of it as a game. 
Whatever bad happens, think of it as a plot twist in your story.
Be playful. Be strategic. 

4. Remember, life is a journey, not a destination.
You are on your path, learning. 
Everything happens for a reason. 

5. Remember the balance in life.
There is balance in everything. Without the downs, there would be no ups.
Without the bad, there would be no good.
I promise, this will pass. 
Good things come in waves, and therefore... so do bad things. 
Just wait. 

This list could go on and on, but I think these 5 sum things up nicely. Have fun. There is still fun to be had during rough times. Play, laugh, joke and smile.
Nothing lasts, so why would the bad? 

And also remember, there are always people who love you..
who are willing to help. 

Sometimes it's hard to ask for help..
I am the most prideful person I know.
It's very hard for me to ask for help, but when I do, 
I'm astounded by the love and support I receive. 

"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
Sarah Williams

And of course.. Remember that misery brings more misery.
Joy brings more joy.

And with that, I'd like to share that I added a few more hats to the shop! 

 Some of my favorite hats are back, and I'm all smiles over these ones. To help with my bit of "downs" I decided to run a sale in my hat shop
This is a hat shop only sale. I'm offering 25% off in the hat shop for about one week. Enter the code 25SALE at checkout and get yourself a cute hat!

It's never too late to be a bear. Or a monkey. Or a pixie. Or a monster. And if you aren't into that, I've got some slouchy beanies, and 20's style cloche hats. 
Much love everyone. 
Enjoy the ride we call life.
Downs can be fun too. 


  1. I love this list. I feel like life has been a roller coaster for just about everyone I know this year and it's so easy to get swept up in emotional overflow and negativity. But it's important to smile, balance yourself, and just be.

  2. thanks for this. im having a particularly rough afternoon and i just ended a little mini melt down- complete w tears!!! we had a house fire in april, lost everything we owned, and just got pushed back at least 3 weeks with an error on the insurance company. its so devastating, frustrating, stressful. and i deal w depression which makes it ALL worse.

  3. This is so true! These are my top tips for dealing with feeling down too. And also the custom monster hats look so cool! Too bad I'm on a spending ban right now.


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