how to turn the tide on a bad day

How to Turn the Tide on a Bad Day

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Have you ever had one of those days? Or weeks? You know the kind when everything you touch just seems to fall apart?

Today I was going to post about a snazzy project you were going to love. But somehow life decided that just wasn’t going to come to pass. It’s been one of those weeks, well months, really, but this week the suckiness hit a crescendo. I mean IT WAS BAD. After thinking all was going to be better after my oldest son’s (routine) surgery last week, I was sure we would soon be back to normal. But I was SO wrong. Two days later, vertigo reared its ugly head during the one thing I look forward to each week – yoga. Not only did a friend have to walk me out of the building, I couldn’t even drive myself home. Serious frowny face.

After regaining the ability to walk upright without potentially falling over, oldest offspring required a trip to the ER for an ugly and painful reaction to surgical glue. Turns out his skin and body really don’t like the stuff. In the meantime, hubby had pulled a muscle in his back and was down and gimping from that. Our youngest woke up feverish and crabby yesterday and I wound up visiting the very same ER as my oldest after sneezing and experiencing excruciating pain in my left chest that wouldn’t let up. Don’t worry, I’ll live. Turns out I have pleurisy, an inflammation of the lining of the lungs as a result of the month long hacking and coughing spree that rung in Spring at our house.

By the time the dog choked on his dinner last night and then proceeded to yack it all up on my freshly cleaned carpet, I was ready to curl up in a ball in a corner and just die. So I cried, decided that hurt too much given the condition of my ailing lung liner and just gave up and went to bed.

Blessed with a good night’s sleep and feeling a little better, I sent off both my spouse and a much improved younger son (hope that sticks) on their merry ways and sat down on my bed to contemplate what I could squeeze out of my day. Looking out the window, I suddenly realized that over the course of just the last two days, everything had greened up. And there are things blooming and it’s warm and pretty. In other words, all that I have been waiting for so long.

So, after briefly trying to salvage my failed project – it will be awesome once I work out what went wrong – I decided to write this post instead.

Has life got you down? Sometimes it just takes a little step to turn things around. If you have the right tools, you can hit the reset button anytime and turn the tide on a bad day.

It is so easy to get caught up in all that is not working out in our lives and getting sucked into wallowing in misery that we flat out turn blind to the fact that there is beauty right outside our door, even in the darkest of times. The key for me has always been to let the bad and ugly wash over me, bash me around, but to get back up and stare back at it in the end, knowing it didn’t keep me down.

With all of our lives so busy and demanding at times, it can be easy to get swallowed up into a bad current even if there are no major health hiccups or other actual disasters trying to butt in on our happy. We may feel so compelled to check our Facebook or Instagram feeds, fall down the Pinterest hole or Heaven forbid, get ensnared into political news discussions, that we cannot see Spring for all its flowers.

a handfull of cherry blossoms

And that would be such a terrible shame wouldn’t it? So today, I challenge you to put down that phone, go outside and look around. Take time to notice the small little details. Let the wind blow on your face and the sunshine brighten your mood. Step back and take a, make that a whole bunch of, deep breaths and smile. See, doesn’t that feel great?


So for today, I would like to send a big fat hug your way and let you know that if you are going through a rough patch, you are not alone and it will get better. That and some of the beauty that Spring has to offer…

Happy Day!

happy hedgehog


beech tree canopy




ladybug on a leaf




Dandelion seeds ready to fly!

See? There is so much beauty all around us! And even if you are stuck indoors or surrounded by concrete, I encourage you to make an effort to find something beautiful that makes you smile and happy every. single. day!

Wishing you smooth sailing and a happy, sunny weekend my friends!

Won’t you do me a favor? Take a pretty picture and post it on the TWGL Facebook group page! I would love to see who actually read this post and listened!

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8 thoughts on “How to Turn the Tide on a Bad Day”

  1. Phyllis Tisler

    I still think you deserve a good wallow…Love you Karin..You are something else. I took pics of the beauty in my yard too.

  2. Well Karin, you take the cake for the bad week! Glad there’s a bright ending! They say, when it rains it pours, and it usually does! Just thankful that the sun shines in the end.

    1. Paula, I gave up on waiting for the storm to pass and decided to try and dance in the rain instead:)

  3. Marlies Martin

    Wow. In our house it’s been decided mercury must be in retrograde. Even as I post smiling pictures of my husband and me and talk a out hospital visits in a what I hope is positive note it has been trying at best. Ombine that with me constantly getting hurt. And then also most important my daughter has barely gotten out of bed and is hurting all over. Her aid went bonkers and had to be fired. She expects me to take up the slack including baseball games and doctor visits for one of all of her three kids. I am looking ahead in the calendar and just next week rick has three appointments in Boston on three different days. Not one of the doctors can change their dates so we could cut down on driving the 100 miles each day. We are all stressed to the max and reading your post makes me feel so bad for you and then at the same time makes me realize I am it alone in the daily shit storm of life. The weather is interesting. It’s no longer freezing cold but wicked hot. It’s rainy except when we f in the hospital. So spring in New England kinda sucks. Hopefully I too can pull myself up by the bootstraps and find a new attitude and conquer at least my little corner of the world. Thanks Karin for your inspiration!!

  4. If there is one thing thing in my post that can help your day get better in any way, it was all worth it! Hugs and prayers for you all!

  5. Hugs to you! Thanks for sharing the all important “real” life! Glad it turned around, and thanks for the reminder to stop and smell the roses 🙂

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