April the 8th is a notoriously bad day around here.
Over the years, I can list many things that have happened on April the 8th that range from pretty bad to just plain horrible. Among these things are first boyfriend breakups, friend’s deaths, and an f5 tornado that almost wiped out my mom’s hometown. Each year I watch the calendar in anticipation of the day and breathe a sigh of relief if all my friends and loved ones make it through it unscathed. Most years we do ok, but this year? Not so much. This year will get added to the roster of Really Bad Aprils.
There’s too much to list, but to give you an idea–my husband took an ambulance ride from his office, and then my dad went into the hospital with a very unexpected surgery. I’ll spare you all the gory details, but 8 days later I’m still in the middle of the fallout from this year’s events.
Tensions are running high and much drama ensues. You get the picture. I’m thinking of writing a country song titled “Don’t Spinoff Tornados From the Eye of a Hurricane.” I’ve made the mistake of spinning off some unnecessary stress-tornadoes lately, which is a very stupid move on my part. I need to focus on the big issue at hand and just let the rest lie for a while. Easier said than done.
I know that my family is not the only one being attacked right now. Are you experiencing a case of the Aprils, too? It seems that almost everyone I know is facing a battle of some sort. Depression and anxiety are running rampant. Health scares are everywhere. Money is tight. Jobs are stressful. Facebook trending news feed is downright scary and hackers are spamming me with pornography everywhere I turn. This year’s presidential nominees are more Jerry Springer than George Washington. America is a hot mess and the rest of the world is suffering way worse than we are.
Even my Pinterest feed is filled with scary pictures of scary skin rashes and dirty toilet “before” photos. Seriously, what happened to my little pin-happy place? I’m thinking about hitting the campaign trail with the slogan “Make Pinterest Great Again.” I’ll start by building a wall (with a step-by-step DIY tutorial and amazing landscaping, of course) then I will ban all photos of all the things that make me shiver and cringe. Who’s with me?
Seriously though, adulting is HARD, y’all.
It’s not for the faint of heart. How can we turn this tide? I wish I had the answers. In the meantime here are a few bright spots where I’m finding some peace, inspiration an AHA moments right now.
Pretty little Sticky Notes for the Soul Free Printables by Ann Voskamp:
The Peace Filled Home Series by my friend Vanessa from At The Picket Fence:
Three Ways to Age Terra Cotta Pots by Craftberry Bush:
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bare Root? A guide to planting bare-root roses by The Redneck Rosarian:
The Evolution of Anxiety: I have often wondered how people back in the days of living hand to mouth ever functioned from the stress and anxiety of just staying alive. But this article explains it so well.
F.B. Purity – There’s no pretty graphic to share for this link, but MAN has it saved my sanity these past few months. Here’s what it does: It allows you to clean up and customize how you see facebook from your computer (unfortunately there is no smart phone app yet). But you can block the trending (horrific) news feed, hide all the random posts that your friends like or comment on, even block yourself from seeing any posts that have key words in them that you don’t want to see *coughtrumphilarycough*. My life has been forever changed now that I don’t get bogged down the daily facebook nonsense that sent me into a time-wasting tailspin every time I logged in.
Maybe some of these can help you with your case of the Aprils, too.
Either way, I’m sending up prayers that all of our April showers turn into May flowers very soon.