hard luck

sometimes i just feel like i am served up a solid bout of hard luck. and although i have so, so much to be grateful for (even or especially the hard stuff) and truly strive to see the good in everything (because it’s there!), there are periods of times where the tough really piles up and it just feels crappy.

january was not my best month. in the midst of emotional dullness and sharpness, my brand new iphone screen shattered, i developed an ulcer on my eyeball (yes, that’s a thing, and the antibiotics are very expensive!), work became incredibly overwhelming, i learned that i will need to buy a new car (very complicated dmv situation), and some exciting plans to look forward to fell through. {this feels really complainy, and i know – first world problems}

i’m just glad a new month has come. in february, i am going to push myself to chose happiness and relish challenges. i am going to decide to be empowered rather than saddened by aloneness. i am going to practice living in the present rather than worrying about the past or the future.

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yesterday, after recognizing the blossoming splendor of a glorious and clear day at temple hill, i spent four and a half hours in the temple. completely shut off from the world, i got to peer into peace and perspective, and i felt tranquil and alive interacting with beautiful people striving to be good. i think that first day of a new month started things off well to kiss the hard luck goodbye.


  1. I think one of the hardest things as humans is to be content in where we are in life, what we have, and even content in our challanges and trials. I try so so so hard to think of how many blessing i have and to not dwell on the hard lot i may have been given at times.
    I love ur blog charity and i am sure that all of this "groundwork" is being put down by the Lord to carefully lay the path for some great plans he has in ur future.
    I love ur passion for life and for ur wonderful attitude. I think it is good to write things out when they are hard so we can look back and see how we survived those times and even came through them with flying colors in the end!

  2. “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”

  3. Haha! I'm on Michael's computer! But this is Brittany! I'm the one that loves you! :)

  4. Such a beautiful post. You brightened my day with your words. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Love you and know you'll come out better for all this!

    There is no education like adversity. ~Disraeli

  6. Perspective:I was on the second story of a building the other day. I usually am on the first floor. I didn't realize when I looked out the second story window just how close some of the other building appeared. But when I am on the first floor they seemed so far away in my mind. It's amazing how God has a different perspective than we do. That is probably one of the reasons that makes him God. I guess it's up to us to try and be willing to see things his way at a higher perspective. Which can be oh so hard to do at times. And easier at others.! Love your blog and all you share the good and the crummy.

  7. I have been following your blog for quite sometime now. It is a constant source of motivation,
    strength, wisdom, and hope. You're stories and experiences are a constant reminder of Heavenly Father and all the blessing that he bestows on each and everyone of us. Today, I was reading this blog post, and felt as though it was written for me. I have been going through some trough trials recently, and your beautiful post reminded me of what's important....not the trials themselves, but how we deal with them, that matters.