When It Feels Like Life Is Giving You Lemons, Take A Step Back And Maybe You’ll Realize It’s Lemonade

When It Feels Like Life Is Giving You Lemons, Take A Step Back And Maybe You’ll Realize It’s Lemonade

Then take a sip and enjoy!


Take it from me… Lately, I've felt as though life is getting rough. I'm broke. My job isn't bringing in much income. My dog is getting older. And the weather is getting colder. Looking at life in that light is depressing. Some days I want to give up. How am I supposed to be happy?

Every once in a while I have to stop and remind myself to look at the bigger picture.

Why am I broke? I'm buying a house and planning a wedding. 5+ years ago a wedding felt impossible. I was single and content but I wasn't around the right people to meet someone. A house felt like a far-off dream considering I was still in college and just beginning to realize the burden of student loan debt. Now, in such a short amount of time, I'm able to afford my own place in the world with my future hubby that I never thought I'd meet so soon. I've come a long way from broke, single, and adhering to the landlord's rules.

Why isn't my job bringing in much income? Well, my "side hustle" is in the mere beginning stages of becoming a full-blown small business. I only have a few clients. But 2 years ago I had no small business. A year and a half ago, when I started my side hustle, my first client project was a bit rough. Since then I've learned tons about proposals, bids, profiles, portfolios, marketing, business licenses, liability, and all the different types of projects I can do as an editor and writer. Considering I made only $4 on my first gig, I'd say I've come a long way. And I still have room to grow!

Why is my dog getting older? Time. Duh. But on the bright side, now that I'm no longer renting, she can live with me for the last couple good years of her life. We can be attached at the hip like we used to be!

Why is the weather getting colder? That one's pretty obvious, too. Time. Seasons. Mother Nature. Duh. But winter is the perfect opportunity to hunker down in a warm house and make my side hustle a dream come true!

So when you think life is handing you lemons, do what I do and step back for a moment. Think about it. Where were you 2 weeks ago? 2 years ago? 5 years ago? How far have you come? You're on an incredible journey in life! Take it one step at a time! Enjoy the lemonade!

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How basic are you?


For every brand you own, give yourself a point.

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9. Nike Shorts (NORTS)

What was your score? Are you truly basic or not? If you are BASIC embrace that, who cares what anyone thinks! If you aren't basic, well then you are clearly embracing your style and thriving! Meanwhile, the rest of us are BASIC as can be and we love it!


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Minimalism Addresses Our Culture Of Consumption

Decluttering your life and consuming less allows you to live in the moment.


Most of us, at some point in our lives, have become trapped by our culture of consumption. It's a disgusting display of wealth and social status that social divides us. This social divide does a great job at inhibiting our potential at building objective, meaningful relationships. Material possessions become our identity and we begin to lose a true sense of who we really are. It's entirely possible for us to exist as content, beautiful human beings without participating in the culture of consumption we have been duped into believing in.

The problem with our culture of consumption is that it has become a key aspect of every activity. We give too much value to "things," focusing less on their contribution to our overall wellbeing, passions, or happiness. We may experience temporary contentment or pleasure, but it seldom lasts forever. Minimalism eliminates the "things" from our routine, allowing us to find contentment from the simple things in life.

Minimalism is not an expensive hobby one takes up on the quest for self-discovering and happiness. There is this huge misconception that being a minimalist requires a fat wallet and that your life is now restricted by rules and limitations. This simply is not true. This misconception comes from the elitist culture which has emerged through social media outlets. This distorted perception has blurred the individualistic nature of minimalism. A lifestyle often associated as a fad is actually a lifestyle that de-clutters your physical and mental state.

Minimalists are people who…

  • Make intentional decisions; that add value to their lives.
  • Focus on personal growth and the quality of their relationships.
  • Live in the moment.
  • Discover personal potential by eliminating obstacles standing in our way.
  • Consume less and intentionally.
  • Gift experiences rather than material possessions.

There isn't anything necessarily wrong with owning material possessions. If you find importance in an object that genuinely makes you happy then, great! Minimalism doesn't have to look like white walls behind aesthetically placed black furniture. This concept focuses on the internal value system we all forget we control. Start small; declutter your thoughts. We easily get stuck in our routines that we forget to look slow down and just breathe. Living in the moment is by far the most valuable aspect of minimalism because it allows us to feel and experience every minute of our existence.

If you're someone who enjoys nature, there's more value to be found in the adventures we seek out and create than those created for us. Discover birds you've never seen before, wander down trials in your neighborhood, or uncover beaches no one else knows about. You'll find more value in the creation of your own adventure because those experiences are completely your own.

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