Think Happy Thoughts

Today, I'd like to get a bit more open and personal ...

I'd like to share some thoughts about dealing with challenges and experiencing difficult times.

The last few weeks have been especially hard for us, and although I'd like to keep the specifics of that personal, I will say that Nick and I have been leaning on each other, dealing with heartbreak and sadness, talking out our shared frustrations and really just remaining united while facing these challenges together as a team.

He's not home right now. In fact, he's been gone since the first week of January. I have to give a major shoutout to all the significant others of anyone who's gone most of the time for their profession. It's not an easy life and it takes a very specific kind of person to willingly take part in this chaotic and seemingly crazy lifestyle. Dealing with any and all hardships in life is challenging. It can be even more challenging for those who do not have a support system to lean on, or those who are apart from their support system.

Honestly, there have been many tears shed and few restful nights for us over the last few weeks that we've been facing these challenges. Dealing with everything while physically apart / over the phone has been our only source of any relief and comfort.

All of these negative, upsetting, frustrating, and saddening feelings and thoughts we have both been experiencing has really inspired me to share all of this with you all.

We don't want to be sad. We don't want to feel defeated, betrayed, let down, or heartbroken anymore. The last thing in the world that I would want for my darling husband is anything less than sheer happiness. I want us to heal from the hurt and find the sunshine again.

It took me a little while to abandon my anger and devastation; to come around to not letting anyone keep me from achieving my goals. And that's what this is about - getting knocked down and having the courage to get back up

Everyone goes through challenging experiences in life, and maybe you're like us and sometimes the universe shits on you BUT I want to remind you that you don't have to give up. Disappointment is not "a sign" that you necessarily have to ditch your dream. You're in control and YOU can make the choice to keep going or to change your course.

Nick and I are both healthy and we have each other. - never forget what's truly important.

We'll continue to work together to reach those goals for no one but ourselves.

Look around and rediscover your motivation to keep going when you feel like you just want to give up. I'm not saying you can't get upset, or cry, or scream, or mourn a loss, or even feel a moment of defeat. You're entitled to feel all the things that come to you.

Just don't let those things keep you down.

Don't forget to show love to your team, your rock, your support system. They help you up when you fall down. Nick and I encourage all of you to be that for someone else in your life. Just as Nick and I are that for each other, and even though we are far away from one another right now, still being united against life's obstacles is a tremendous gift and we are overflowing with gratitude to have that at all.

Though it may take tremendous effort in those low moments, keep thinking happy thoughts.

Take a deep breath and keep on going. You're not alone, weather that storm... and you will see the sun shine again.

Hopefully sharing theses raw feelings and honest life moments will help someone remember they're not alone and to keep their chin up.

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Here are some awesome words of encouragement you can keep around you to remind you to continue working hard and not give up. Find some downloadable versions HERE!

Much love from both of us,

Jenna + Nick