Today is our 3 year blog anniversary — I hope you’ve loved getting a little happiness every week for 156 Sundays in a row, without fail (whew!). I appreciate ALL of you! Welcome to the new people, and thank you for reading!
This week, it’s time to celebrate. My birthday’s on Thursday and I love getting wiser! May is always a good month for me and I’m so glad it’s nearly here.
Because here’s the truth: April has been hard. Can you relate?
For me, a major project has finished up — my book is out in the world — and I need to figure out what’s next. I’m not sure where I’m headed with my new writing project. I’m not sleeping that well. I’m working a lot more now, too (one day a week in the city, some work from home, plus other freelance projects). And winter is coming…
I’ve found myself in a tailspin, overthinking everything, feeling stuck. Worrying.
So here’s what I learned this month thanks to my American friend, Kristen — and I thought it might help you, too.
When times are tough, Kristen told me, here’s the best question to ask ourselves:
When life hands you lemons, what is the gift?
When your kid is in pain, what is the gift?
When you’ve been disappointed, what is the gift?
When you’re worried about something, what is the gift?
I should tattoo this on my wrist. It’s such a great question. It’s helped me so much this month as I get myself back on track.
If you’re feeling a little down, if something has happened, if you have a deep worry that you haven’t shared with anyone, I hope it helps you, too. What is the gift inside your problem?
Enjoy your weekend, everyone. Have some fun — and be fun to live with!
Love Catherine x
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