When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

Everyone already heard this quote, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” and we all experienced it at some point or another in our lives. Sometimes, we are feeling overwhelmed by life’s events that hit us right in the face. It’s like I always say, there two ways we can react to a bad break: Either you fold and do nothing, or you face it head on and fight back.

What happened these past few weeks

During the past few weeks, there were many changes in my life. First, my daughter decided to travel around the world with her boyfriend until summer 2017. They are going to work on plantations or in farms while visiting various places. I saw her last Friday, and I will only see her when we’ll join them in San Francisco this October. Thank God for Facebook!

Then, one of my best friends, who incidentally worked with me, and her family decided to leave her job and move back to France. It wasn’t how they envisioned it here in Canada and even though they were very sad to leave us, they really wanted to go back to their country. It was a big shock to my husband and me. Especially my husband who took it pretty hard. At least, we got to bring them to the airport.

How it changed my life

And because of that, I ended up working alone until they find another technician. I wasn’t planning on working full time, but for the time being, I am. It’s hard, but I can do it. However, something had to give, and that something is blogging. Don’t worry, I’m not saying that I won’t blog or be on social media anymore, I’m just saying that I have to slow down for a little while.

Some nights, I am so tired that I don’t even have the strength to go on social media, let alone find the inspiration to write. And on top of that, I have to get up early, so I have to go to bed earlier than when I don’t work the next day, which leaves me fewer hours to be on my laptop.

I’ve been fighting health problems all my life, and this made me ask more from myself because I didn’t want to be seen as weak or as a handicap. But I am not 20 years old anymore, and I’m not as resistant as before.

I get exhausted much more quickly, and it really affects my concentration. And when it happens, I have to rest because, otherwise, I can’t recuperate. I get more and more exhausted which causes me to become less and less able to concentrate. I also hurt more and more everywhere. That’s what Fibromyalgia is!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

But I’m not the type that gives up easily; some may even say that I’m pretty stubborn. Heck, I’m an Aries, so what do you expect! Lol! And when I decide that I can do it, I usually can! And that’s what I did. I decided that I could work full time. At least for a while!

At first, I was very discouraged, but then I said to myself that one way or another, I didn’t have any choice. There’s nobody to replace my co-worker for now, and I love my job, so I don’t want to quit. I know it’s only for a little while and that it will get better. By then, I will be able to resume blogging like before.

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

After all, that’s precisely what this proverbial phrase means. According to Wikipedia, it is “used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. Lemons suggest sourness or difficulty in life, while lemonade is a sweet drink.”

Final thoughts

When things are bad and don’t go as we had planned, we have to keep remembering that things aren’t always like this and will get better. We have to keep on fighting and pushing through. I know that it’s not always easy and that sometimes we want to give it all up, but it gets easier with time.

Maybe it doesn’t seem like it now, but it truly is! And when things are difficult, I also remind myself that there are people that are in much worse situations than mine. I still can work, and I still can write, I have an incredible family, and I am very much loved. Usually, thinking about this is enough to make the situation bearable. And most importantly, it makes me realize that I’m very lucky!

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4 thoughts on “When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

  1. We’ve all been there, Nataly. Sometimes you need to put priorities in order and cut back or take a hiatus from blogging. You know we’ll be here for you no matter how often or little you post. Just be sure to take care of YOU and don’t overexert yourself. Don’t forget to take some time for the hubs and baby girl too!

    Enjoy your “slow down”!

    Bren

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    1. Hey Bren,

      Thanks so much for being so understanding and for your kind words! I really appreciate it, hun! I really need this “slow down”. I still be here and on social media, just less often than usual!

      Talk to you soon! Luv ya gf!

      ~Nataly

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  2. Hi, Nataly
    Sorry to hear all the events occurring in your life now.
    Your health is the main concern. Take rest to nurture it back.
    Blogging is not an easy venture. I can relate to you about blogging.
    Even now I am some what full time, I’m still not able to complete all the things I want to do daily.
    Hope see you more in near future.
    Stella Chiu

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    1. Hi Stella,

      Thank you so much for your kind words!! You’re so right, blogging is really overwhelming because there are a lot of things to do that we don’t expect at first. But I love it, so that’s why I prefer to take a “slow down’ like Bren said than stopping it altogether.

      Things will settle down in my personal life pretty soon, and I’ll be able to resume my blogging tasks like before.

      Thanks for your comment and have a great weekend! 🙂

      ~Nataly

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