faith over fear

This week was a doozie.  A large and heavy piece of glass fell on the top of my foot and sliced it badly.  After a day of trying to tough it out, I realized it was serious and finally went to the doctor.  I was sentenced to a boot with orders to keep my foot elevated and iced until next week.  When the doctor told me to do this, I was thinking, “uhhhhh, excuse me, do you not know my life – I can barely escape to the bathroom for 30 seconds.”  I never realized how important my feet were until I suddenly lost the use of one.  Normal walking isn’t an option without that big tendon working (flexor hallucis longus).  Now I’m hobbling around our house like Red Foxx.

We won’t know the extent of the tendon damage until I see the doctor again on Monday.  Right now I’m so thankful for my husband, who has been a prayer warrior and also taken over all my duties with no complaints (while juggling work).  The kids have been great – although my little ballerina has been  so sad and finally confessed yesterday that she was worried my toe would be amputated and I would never dance again.  I reassured her that’s not the case.  She’s so tender-hearted.  Thankful for close friends who have kept me smiling and laughing.  I shared the news yesterday on my instagram and received an outpour of prayers, love, and positive comments.  Thank you!!!  I’m convinced it all made a huge difference – not long after my post I was able to actually wiggle and slightly lift my big toe, which is amazing.  This was big improvement considering earlier it was massive, hurting, and unable to move.  The good news is I still have one foot that can go en pointe.

seleta en pointe

This situation has been painful, scary, and frustrating.  And it has triggered some strong emotions in me.

As a dancer, equestrian, and recovering worry wart, the thought of my foot not functioning properly is horrifying.  In fact, the more I realized that this was serious, the more my mind started racing through all of the “what ifs” on the damage of my foot.  It’s taken a lot of focus/discipline/prayer to redirect those fearful thoughts and stay positive.  Fear is a funny thing – it can move into the real estate of your head and totally take over.  Kind of like termites.  But you have to denounce it and stay focused on positive thoughts and faith.  When I really think about it, half the things I’ve worried about in the past never even happened – those fears were just monsters in my head that robbed me of joy.  Fear is a dangerous thing to the mind and can grow so big that it blows everything out of proportion and makes the situation seem worse than it really is.  Before you know it, you are robbed of your joy.

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Yep.  Fear is a liar.  It snares you into being afraid of something that may not be there or ever really happen.  I recently came across this great quote: “feed your faith and your fear with starve to death.”  Love that.

I’m going to stay off my feet and stay focused on the positive this weekend.  I’m going to claim that this foot will heal in the right time and in the right way.  I’m also going to refer back to a post I wrote earlier this year on how to turn negative thoughts into positive affirmations.  Funny, reading it might be like reading a note from my past self to my future self. 

faith over fear

Are you struggling with something that makes you fearful?  Remember to starve that fear and feed your faith.  Don’t be robbed of your joy.  Don’t worry about what could happen or what hasn’t happened yet.  Simply take it one positive statement/thought/prayer at a time.  I’m going to be focused on that this weekend.  Hope to be back by the end of next week!

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wednesday white stripes

Always love classic white with stripes.  Like this cute California ranch redo bathed in crisp whites with  a dash of stripes on the side.


And this fun striped hoodie for $19 is great for transitioning from summer to fall or winter to spring.


I’m trying to stick to a mostly protein/veggie diet to get back into shape and it’s killing me.  Nobody mention the word sugar and everything will be okay.

Happy Wednesday!

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simple + pretty

A beautifully designed home you must see and some encouraging words to get your week off to a great start.

simple and pretty rita chan

monday thought

Starting back with my college ballet class this morning, so excited to get back in shape after being a lounge lizard the past few weeks.  Today will be tough, but I’m going to power through it!

Yesterday while prepping our Sunday lunch, I taught one of my kids how to hem a hole in her knit shirt and another how to peel an egg by using a spoon…oddly, this happened at the same time.  These guys are really growing up, so I’m soaking up every moment I can.  It’s the little things in life that make me smile.

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7 ways to successfully manage stress

Earlier this week I wrote a part one post on managing stress and shared a daily checklist.  Today I’m sharing the ways I like to manage stress.  I’ve noticed that we all deal with stress differently – some quietly internalize while others pop like a firecracker then regroup quickly.  Some of us talk it out, while others need to go run 5 miles, jump on a bike, or take a kick boxing class.  Some of us drive straight to Krispy Kreme donuts and never look back (ahem).  We all process stress differently.  I even see this with my kids – each one of them has a different tolerance level for stress and different set of coping skills (which are still developing).  No matter your age, lifestyle, or responsibilities, dealing with stress is a part of  day to day life.  Below are 7 helpful tactics I’ve developed in managing stress – in no particular order.  I’m not counting the donuts.  Here we go!

7 Ways I Manage Stress

1.  Step outside and breathe in nature.  When I’m feeling anxious, worried, or stressed about something, one thing I love to do is step outside for an instant “reset” button.  I make sure to leave electronics behind and just take a few minutes to breathe and watch nature.  I inhale the outdoor air and exhale, while imagining that stress, control, anxiety, etc.  is escaping my body on every breath out.  Many times I’ll look for birds and watch them fluttering about – you can always find a busy bird anywhere outside.  I find that 20 minutes of breathing in nature does wonders.  A glassy moment on the bay a few weeks ago.

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