Growing Grateful November: Calming down this Optimist

Hello! SO this November, I’ve been writing a Growing Grateful November each Tuesday to share with you. Something that I’ve learned about myself, something I wish to do better and overall just trying to be better for myself – because hey it’s ok to be selfish for yourself. IT’S OK.

This week I want to focus on taking just one step at a time. Sometimes I get SO EXCITED about things and then I get SO disappointed in myself when my plans fail.

FOR EXAMPLE: This weekend we are traveling to North Carolina to go camping. We rented this sweet little “Camping Deck” overlooking the Blue-Ridge mountains. (Of course I will be posting my adventure when I get back!) SO ANYWAYS – I booked this deck about a month ago and I am dead-set on going to it. Here’s how this plays out:

Me “LOOK HUNNY BUN WE ARE GOING ON A THIS TRIP. RAINBOWS. BUTTERFLIES. EVERYTHING IS GREAT IN THE WORLD”

My husband “It’s going to be 20 degrees at night and snowing. Are you sure you want to go?”

Me “OH YEAH IT’S GOING TO BE FINE. WE’RE GOING TO BE FINE!!”

My husband “Ok so what about a car. Do we want to do a rental or risk the wear and tear on our car?”

Me “Oh we can take ours. NBD we got this!!”

My husband “Alright. What about food and cooking on the deck?”

ETC. ETC. ETC.

My husband is an Eagle Scout (if you don’t know what that is – he’s the top tier Boy Scout. He graduated with full honors and he is one of the top “hours camped” scouts in Florida). So he kinda (sometimes) knows what he’s talking about. But I’m a SICK OPTIMIST – everything is rainbows and sunshine ☀️. My husband is the realist. Sometimes I just get so excited about the thought of a fun trip, that I really don’t take the time to actually prepare myself.

This is where this whole rant is going: I really need to take the time to look more at the “reality” VS being a optimist ALL THE TIME. Sometimes, it’s ok to say “Hey maybe camping in the snow might not be a good idea.”

SO – taking this new initiative to calm down this optimistic heart, I decided to play out the facts. I ordered sleeping bag warmers to keep us warm at night, I researched places to eat in North Carolina so we don’t necessarily have to worry about food AND I’m doing a full check on my car to see if it can really handle the drive up north. It’s ok to be positive about life – but it’s NOT OK to not be prepared for it.

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2 Responses

  1. DEB

    this is why you and Andrew are such a perfect pair. You balance each other out. Andrew helps you see the reality in life and you help him enjoy the mishaps in life and enjoy and every moment!

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