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Sunglasses – Karen Walker Super Duper; Sneakers – Converse; Shirtdress – Caslon (similar darling ones linked below!); Bag – Vince Camuto;  Watch – Skagen; Lip – MAC

Hey Strangers!

It has been a crazy, tough couple of weeks that is for sure!  (Hail to all you other bloggers out there! When life gets so crazy how do you manage to keep up the blog? You are seriously amazing and I need your tips!)  Well I guess when it rains it pours right friends?  Before I dig into all of it let me tell you about this look for a sec!  I love a good shirt dress because they are so flattering and versatile.  I wore this look on a bit of a warmer day but wore it with over the knee boots and a blanket sweater when temps dropped.  What is your favorite way to style a shirtdress??

Back to it… It has certainly been a crazy time here at the Norling house!  I will mention just a few of the funtivities that have been going on… Eric got  the worst never-ending flu, I got the nastiest cold sore I have ever gotten in my life (my face was swollen and hideous for at least 5 days), I got the worst never-ending flu, I have been living, breathing and sleeping work, and we had a bit of a scare with baby this week that has been a bit stressful… Seriously, that isn’t even all of it..

Honestly, between all of it I have felt sad and down and overwhelmed (pregnancy hormones sure don’t help)!  I know these problems are small but they were enough to knock me off my feet for a bit.  When I am feeling super mature and wise (small fleeting moments that I happen to be experiencing right now) I am grateful for challenges like these because I think that it is during these times when we learn the most about life and how to deal with the tough stuff. This is what I learned this time:

How to Bounce Back

  • Having a hard time doesn’t mean you get to stop being kind.  When you are tired, snotty, swollen, infected, overworked, and mad, being unkind won’t make anything better.  In fact, if you can force yourself to be kind in as many interactions as humanly possible, your aches and pains may even fade a bit.
  • Keep on keeping on.  Ideally, I would have taken time off work when I looked like an ogre and felt even worse but this time of year, this was not possible.  I decided THIS time (didn’t the last, and probably won’t the next) to not feel sorry myself and get up every day and just do it.  (Thinking about it all as little as humanly possible.)
  • Tell someone how you feel and what you need.  I am the WORST at asking for help because I am pretty prideful and think I can handle most anything.  Well this time, I didn’t have the wherewithal or stamina to do handle it all by myself.  So, I told this super kind woman at work about our baby scare (who I really don’t know very well but just has the kindest smile).  I didn’t expect anything but felt so grateful somebody at work knew and was thinking about me and patting me on the back whenever she saw me.  I also told my mom (not that I needed to, she was the bomb on top of calling me almost every day even though she was overseas) that I really needed her this week and was so grateful for her extra texts, emojis, and loving voicemails.  People around you love you and want to support you but sometimes you have to tell them when you need them the most.
  • Count your blessings.  At the end of every day, I have listed all of the billion things I am so blessed to have to remind myself not to get too bogged down by dumb current woes.  Here is a list from one of the nights (it’s ok if you laugh).  I am grateful for: Harry Potter for making going to bed magical, my 8-foot pregnancy pillow that molds to my ever-changing 8-month pregnant needs, Diet Dr. Pepper for adding a little pep to my afternoons, my fluffball who thinks I am the best even when I am the worst, and Eric for decorating for Christmas even without me.

This time I got a little down, these things helped me bounce back.  What is on your list?

Much love dearest friends,

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