Disclaimer: this post may resemble a few other posts in which I try to explain ways that I brave through adulthood, so if you are tired of reading that type of thing and thinking to yourself, "geez Molly, get over it already!" or "Oh Molly, you haven't even BEGUN to understand the stresses of adulthood!" You may want to skip this.
Have you ever had that post vacation feeling, like, what is my life now?! Which is perhaps a tad dramatic, but vacationing is just so fun and then you are home and, did that vacation even happen? And you have to get up at 4:20am again in your real life. And there's lots of bills for you in the mailbox. In my soul, I am a homebody. I take after my mother, except for the fact that my hermit ways are spending a lot more time watching TV than she does. I keep feeling frustrated at the busyness of adulthood and though I am super excited to have kiddos, I also get anxiety thinking about the extra busyness they will bring along with them one day. At the same time, if I am home too much, I get antsy. I know, I know, I'm an oxymoron. If I don't get at least one day of at home time during my days off it makes me feel anxious. If I stay at home all of those days I start to feel cut off from the world and like I'm not living my life to the fullest. Anyways, none of that really has a lot to do with this. What I'm getting at is, that I have been attempting to remedy my post vacation depression with this: always have something to look forward to in the near future.
Although I heard it time and again as a teenager longing to be on my own that adulthood wasn't all it was chalked up to be, I still am continuously taken aback by the stresses that come with it. I mean, you think you'll get used to it, and then something else comes along. Do you ever feel like your life is that beginning part in "Up" when they keep putting change in their vacation jar and every time that they get some money built up the car needs new tires or the roof needs repairs and they have to break the jar to pay for responsibilities? I have felt like that A LOT. So when this is me and I keep having to spend my European Cruise savings on a plumber, I plan something else to look forward to.
Did that make you cry a little? Sorry about that.
Josh and I have started to celebrate every little holiday that we can, like National Chocolate Cake Day and National Pancake Day. It feels special to come home from a crappy day and have your husband say, "did you know it was pancake day? We're having pancakes for supper!" yup, having something to look forward to can remedy a bad day pretty quickly! This past week on my days off, a few friends and I took a road trip to Pawhuska to the Pioneer Woman Mercantile. We had the best time fan-girling out over Ree Drummond. In the near future I am so excited to do all of the Eastery things with my family (and here's a subtle hint to my birthday coming up April 2nd). Perhaps that's why holidays were created, to give us little things to celebrate in our mundane lives?
My point is, long term and short term, if life is getting you down, make sure you have something you're looking forward to. If you can't think of anything, perhaps you need to learn to have joy in the little things and not worry about your diet so much and celebrate Chocolate Cake Day. Maybe plan a little road trip in the coming weeks. Maybe go see "Beauty and The Beast" this week. For the second time. Maybe you try something new, a restaurant, a store, a recipe, that you can be excited about. And don't let others that don't understand your excitement in the little things get you down. It's okay to be excited about the every day and be a fan-girl, or guy about silly things. Don't let others steal your joy, man!
So, what'll it be? What are you looking forward to this week?
In His hug,
P.S. Because I'm turning 25 this year and I've decided I'm not going to tip toe around about my birthday hoping that someone will celebrate for me, here is a short list of things I will gladly accept as presents, follow this link for the pinterest page :D Also always accepting hugs, smiles, compliments on my curly hair, and texts throughout the day containing funny memes.
P.S.S. I follow this lady's instagram page to see what it is that I can celebrate each day, it's loads of fun!