Finding Inner Strength From Life’s Challenges


As I was running late to a meeting this morning, I was overcome with anxiety and the feeling of “I can’t do anything right.”  This was a fleeting thought, and at the moment I was hungry, tired and irritable.  Instead of letting that feeling fester, I reached out to a friend and told her what was going on.  

“Everyone falls in life- it’s about how we get back up,” she said.

Isn’t that the truth!

Lately I have been dealing with some very challenging situations and people.  I moved in with women with many personalities, lost a consulting job, and have been communicating with someone in my past who brings out many of my insecurities.  I think my recent struggles were a swift kick to get myself back into a healthy grove, as I have spent the past several months trying to push my problems aside and focus on the positives.  As I grow and become stronger on my own two feet, curveballs still come my way; but I’m developing the tools to deal with them.

I am so grateful for the supportive people in my life.  In the past, I was afraid of judgment and rejection.  I only opened up to a select few, while putting on a mask with the rest of the world.  I don’t have to live like that today.  

I often let little things bother me, making a mountain out of a molehill.  As a highly sensitive person, it can be a challenge not to take everything personally.  It’s not all about me.  

Over the past few weeks I have been trying my best to “keep it in the day” and practice focusing on my gratitudes and the positives, not the challenges.  In doing so, my heart is full and I have been learning to slow down.

It’s so refreshing to feel comfortable where I am at in the present moment and know that all my needs will be met, as long as I continue to focus on the day and remain grateful.  

Running late, but still mindful in style!

About Kristin Fehrman

Boston-based writer. Living beautifully at Mindful in Style.
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