This Week: 1 Melisa: 1/2

This week has Kicked. My. Butt.

I’m not talking about your average, run-of-the-mill, short-term butt-kicking. I’m talking about nearly a week’s worth of stress-induced, anxiety-laden, sleep-deprived, frustrating, often tearful minutes that crawled by as if they were hours instead of sixty-second increments. To say out loud that it’s “been a tough week” seems ridiculous to me because it’s such a massive understatement.

The cause: too many moving parts in my life, many of which are currently out of my control.

At my lowest point earlier in the week, I sobbed heavily into Jim’s arms, stating rather dramatically that I just don’t know why I can’t be a “normal person who doesn’t enjoy juggling so many things at once.” The sad truth is, I don’t think I know how to live otherwise.

That truth always leads to my eventually digging myself out. This time happened to take days longer than it usually does, but I’m almost there. Throughout it all I count my blessings—my family, my friends, my life—and I repeat to myself that everything always works out just fine. When things aren’t resolved the way I’d like them to be, I happen to be pretty good at making lemons out of lemonade once I have a chance to shift gears.

So that’s what I’m reflecting on today, a Friday that I thought would never arrive but—just like the sun every morning—did. I’m focusing on what’s important, what I can control, and a couple of much-needed victories I had yesterday. Those things are what will carry me through, onward and upward, and right back to my normally optimistic self.

Always Half Full


  • Liz

    I’m so sorry thus week hasn’t been kind to you, but soooo glad that you’re seeing your way through it. I love you. Jim is awesome.

  • Tracey Becker

    MUUUUWAH. You are an amazing person, and sometimes it can be hard to keep being so amazing. Or so I am guessing. I wouldn’t really know, because I cannot juggle as you do.

  • Irving Witcoff

    Hi Melisa. I”m sorry to read and hear of your crappy week. I wish I were able to do something to make it better. Please know that we love you and I promise, things will get better honey. You’re a winner and winners ALWAYS recover from anything! You’re a good person and you’re loved a lot! 🙂 Keep your chin up. We’re always here for you!!

    Old Dad and gorgeous Mom

  • Kari

    I love that your dad comments.
    And your mom too.
    I just love your parents.
    I need to visit them the next time I am in Tennessee.

  • Kari

    I was completely sidetracked by your dad commenting!
    Big hugs, it is hard to be that much awesome.
    You need to take a hot chocolate break.

  • daniel

    There are plenty of days/weeks like that. It’s not just you. Being a SAHD to 5 is…. challenging. I don’t have the support most everybody else seems to have so I often feel overwhelmed. What gets me through those moments/days/weeks is remembering how there are so many other people who have it so much worse than I do. It is easy to forget. In general we are very fortunate to be where we are in life.