Encouragement, Strong Women, tough times, Wisdom

When the Going Gets Tough…

Some weeks are more difficult to get through than others are. Such was this past week:
It began with a ‘non-constructive’ slam of a critique on my last manuscript, spending hours online looking for an apartment in Paris, and feeling the stress of leaving my kids (and new boyfriend) for all of September. 

I know, not earthshaking catastrophes, but these events shook my emotions.

So when I came across this quote:

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Dr. Shuller

My first thought was “yeah, that’s right,” until my heart spoke:

“When the going gets tough, the tough rest.” Mona AlvaradoFrazier 

It’s okay to rest, to power down, be still and feel. It’s okay to dedicate a little time for mourning. (Thank you to a friend who gave me this thoughtful advice after reading the slam critique). It’s okay not to be “strong.”

It’s not about having a tough skin. Even a rhino gets pissed off when stupid birds peck on its back for the hundredth time.
Tough skin needs a break sometimes too.

I’m taking a siesta for a couple of days, unplugging, to dedicate time to rest, heal my spirit, so I can tackle what needs to be done.

In fact, I started this morning. Here’s a few things I came across that made me feel encouraged, inspired, or laugh.


For writers:

Look at life from every angle:

One option:
To remember, next week:

To remember, always:

I hope you have a great weekend. Be tough, be strong and rest. 

Au revoir mon ami.

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