Hang in there!

I know by now I should not be surprised when something so simple comes into my life at the perfect moment. Today on my hike I came across a simple rock with the words “Hang in there!” written on it. It was as if it was there just for me. A part of me wanted to take the rock home with me, but I decided a picture was enough and I would leave the words of encouragement for the next person who needed to be reminded that they can get through whatever it is they are dealing with.

Over all I am doing so much better than I could have hoped, but sometimes things still feel like they are too much for me to handle. This weekend was difficult because I had to go through some boxes of wedding decorations. I spent months collecting and making things so everything would be perfect. Sadly many of my favorite things made their way to the garbage, after all, personalized cake toppers and tie clips have little value. I wanted so badly to be able to handle it all without tears, but sometimes no matter how hard you try to hold them back the tears come.

Some days I need to remember that it is alright to simply “Hang in there!”. Better days are coming and I need to do my best to remember that.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

When June turns into July.

At the beginning of June I predicted a busy month, and I was not mistaken. It was every bit as crazy as expected with a few bonus items. Thankfully everything got done that needed to get done. The publication I was most worried about went to press on time and had very few issues. I survived another lifeguard class and came out wiser for the next one.

There were some shining moments scattered in the month. I ran my first 10k, something I never thought I would do. I taught my last swim lesson of the school year, which is still a little bitter-sweet. What I have been most excited about is hiking, in the month of June I did almost 20 miles in State Parks. Hiking has become a wonderful escape from reality, I can’t wait to continue taking advantage of my Empire Pass through the summer.

July is still up in the air. I know I have a few goals I hope to complete and a few habits I would like to perfect. The month will not start as I anticipated, but sometimes we have to take a deep breath and do what needs to be done. I have hight hopes for an amazing month full of adventures and happy thoughts.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

An extremely happy thing.

Some mornings I wake up and my mind is going a mile a minute, but my body has not caught up yet. These days are trouble from the start. Once I finally drag myself out of bed, my mind has already traveled far away on an imaginary adventure and does not want to come back to reality.

This morning when I was dreading the rest of the day, an extremely happy thing happened! I got a message from one of my instagram friend, Rebecca who runs the business Grace and Salt ink. She told me that I won the photo contest she was running, I honestly did a happy dance right where I stood.

The contest was to take a picture of your pocket prayer journal as it travels with you. I have found great comfort in my journal, so I was happy to participate. In fact I posted a few pictures for the competition. My winning image was a short video clip I took while I was on my hike at a local state park. There is a waterfall in the background with the peaceful sounds of running water. It was a wonderful day, and I am glad I can add another layer of happiness to it.

Throughout the past few months I have been amazed by the connections I have made, and those that have faded away. I have been so blessed by my growing friendship with Rebecca. It is nice to have someone you can message with a prayer request and is always quick with an encouraging word. Seeing her pictures pop up in my feed always makes me smile, especially when they include her adorable daughter.

Today goes to show you that some days start off a little rough, but can end with joy. I think it is important to remember that because if you are never searching for the silver lining, you may never find it.

My winning entry:

 

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


Want to get a Pocket Prayer Journal of your own? 
Find them at Grace and Salt Ink. These wonderful little journals are perfect to help you remember prayer requests or to put prayers on paper that are too hard to say. The concept behind them is inspired by 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 [ESV] “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances”