When life gives you a giant coconut…

After two glorious days off in my hometown, today was my back to work “Monday.” It all started innocently enough with some pancakes and my favourite almond butter-syrup.


Then, my wonderful morning came to a crashing end. Literally. If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that a beautiful 2007 Mazda 3 was the victim of my “built Ford tough” Focus. There’s lots of blame to lay here. I didn’t properly scrape the ice off my back window, I didn’t look behind me enough before I swung out of my driveway. The Mazda was parked on a narrow no-park street, on the opposite end of my driveway. Blame will only get you so far. Bottom line is, my life became a lot more stressful in a split second.

Luckily, the Mazda owner was very nice about the whole thing. My insurance can cover it. It’s my first ever accident. And my daddy is an insurance litigator to boot ;) But man, I know we’re supposed to make lemonade when life gives us lemons, but what are we supposed to do when it starts throwing us limes? Grapefruits? Giant coconuts?

Sometimes it feels like just when I’ve maxed out on responsibilities and things to stress about, life piles on more. It reminds me of these impossible assignments my boss sometimes likes to give me. He’ll schedule me to cover two events happening at the same time. I’m expected to get interviews and stories from both, because apparently, I can split into two people and do that. However, each time I’ve managed to do the impossible and cover both. One time, even being to three places at once. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed at the thought of being poor, unemployed, getting out of my lease, finding a new place to live, etc, that I forget what I’m capable of. Dammit, I can be in three places at once! I can snap my life into order, right? Don’t ask me to clean my dishes and do my laundry though – cause that’s just asking too much :P

Sometimes I need to step back and remind myself life is like a to-do list. One by one I check all my stressors off. Soon all the above responsibilities will be taken care of, and new ones will emerge. I’ll continue to check them off, and try my best not to drown in the thought of doing them all at once.

And it is important to find little things to bring us joy in each and every day. These little things are going to be what gets me through these next several weeks at work. Hopefully some day my daily joys won’t be so little, but expand to become much larger things :)

On that note, I’m joining Holly and Angharad for their November yoga challenge. There’s a few of these going around blogland, but I love that they’ve chosen three days a week. Currently, I’m only going to yoga class at my gym one evening a week, but I would love to increase the amount that I practice. I think a little extra yoga could be JUST what I need at this time in my life. Whether it be through finding the time to make it to extra classes, or rolling out the mat in my living room. Feel free to join us as we stretch and flow our way through November! ;)

Today’s little joy:


My mother’s leftover taco dip on top a garden salad. Healthy food with no preparation necessary ;)

Oh, and I counted. The votes for tea and coffee were split down the middle. Each had equal representation in the comments :)


Question of the day: Name one thing that brought you some joy today.

Posted on November 5, 2009, in Challenges, Health, Lessons Learned and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Oatmeal brought me joy.

    My cute fiance brought me joy.

    A cup of hot chocolate brought me joy.

  2. I’m so sorry about the accident :( Tomorrow is a brand new day though!!

    My life is definitely like a To- Do list .. I make about 3 of them each day lol. It feels so good to cross things off! The little things in life are the best :) I think that’s what make the holidays so great– christmas music, family, putting up a tree are all such warm fuzzies! Gotta love them!

  3. I am so glad you are okay and that nobody was hurt. Still, the last thing you need right now. Gah…life has a way of just piling up, no matter how efficient/on top of things we might feel. I am making a bigger effort right now to focus on the things that make me happy- whether it is something tiny (like a perfectly ripe banana) or something bigger, it’s easy to lose sight of those things in the midst of chaos.

    The yoga challenge is an awesome idea!

  4. My dog brings me joy. As does my fiance that gets up and walks said dog in the middle of the night when he is demanding to go out. And herbal tea.

    Chin up! It’ll be okay!

  5. susannnn. taking a time out and had to come read your blog first :) SO SORRY about the accident :( things HAVE to start getting better soon.. right?? loved the costco loot! and the pooch and the meals at mom’s. and holy cow.. did you get a new camera? your photos are bangin lately. love them. and joy today? h&m!! and family time.. pedicures with my mom, sister and nieces :) LOVE YOU!

  6. I’m so glad you are okay. Accidents are awful to deal with, but all that really matters is everyone is okay.

    My dogs brought me joy today. I love how excited they are when I get home from work.

  7. Oh wow, I’m so sorry about the car thing. It looks like you’ve got a good attitude, though! Finally getting a good night’s sleep brought me joy today, along with getting my advising appointment out of the way :)

  8. AH! So sorry to hear about your wreck. Glad you are okay, though! It’s always so stressful when unexpected events like that happen, but keep your chin up.

    I’m also doing the yoga challenge, but I currently practice three days a week as it is. Maybe I’ll try to make my practices longer or something.

    Lastly, leisurely looking around the grocery store and not buying any junk brought me a lot of joy today. :)

  9. Susan, Sorry to hear about your car! At least you didn’t get injured and that is the most important thing.

    Finishing up work for the weekend brought me a lot of joy today!

  10. so sorry to hear about the accident – aaaah. my dog licked my face this morning. that was a joy.

  11. That stinks about the accident! Did your car suffer any damage? Filling out paperwork and going through insurance for all that is such a pain.

  12. being with my trainer friends and trying not to lose my sanity during a 3 hour block of work.

    and lifting 100 lbs for a deadlift 1 rm.

  13. Oh my goodness I’m so sorry about your accident! I had my first one last year.. I was driving my dad’s car to pick him up since he had taken my car to get an oil change! I wasn’t paying that close attention and switched lanes only to find the car in front of me breaking and I didn’t have enough time to break and I rear ended him. It messed up my dad’s car quite a bit… nobody was hurt but I’ll never forget that feeling! I was shaking from being so scared! I’m so happy everyones ok though.. hang in there!

    I also forgot to mention the Body Pump classes I take are the Les Mills too! We’re on track 71 :)

  14. yayyyy for joining the yoga challenge! i think three days a week is perfect too – too big of a commitment and you can count me out right away :)

    soooo sorry about your accident – i got into my own minor scuffle last weekend and they are just NOT fun. crossing my fingers you get everything figured out and your car back soon dear.

    hang in there – things are definitely going to turn around for ya ;)

  15. Oh no! I hope everything works out ok, and soon! You have such a lovely attitude though…you’re so right about the to-do list thing.

    My somewhat experimental dinner (tacos, haha) was a success. That brought me joy. And I’m listening to the Colbert Report right now, and that’s bringing me joy as well.

  16. I’m so sorry to hear of the accident. At least your dad is able to give some assistance. I was thinking of joining the yoga challenge as well…

  17. How did I miss that on twitter?! I’m so sorry! Your new baby! At least you were OK! Everything else is fixable.

  18. Those pancakes look delicious! But I’m sorry about your accident. That’s a horrible feeling:(

    One good thing about my day yesterday was I got to talk to one of my bff’s for a while!

  19. Ugh! Hate that! So sorry about the coconuts my dear, but at least there were some limes in there too–perhaps you can make a lovely daiquiri of some sort? Your positivity is outstanding, however. Joy for the day (thursday)? Ironically enough, given your new challenge, my joy was yoga. There is a class that I love with an amazing instructor on Thursday evenings, and when I get to go, it makes my whole day! xoxo

  20. Well…let’s put a positive spin on things and say at least you got your first (and hopefully only) accident out of the way. Good thing it was minor :)

    As for life being a to-do list, I prefer to occasionally make “to-don’t” lists (and should do a post about this soon…gotta put that on my to-do list). These lists include things like not freaking out if I don’t have everything on my to-do list done, not calling someone I know I shouldn’t call just because I’m bored and feeling needy (ha), don’t limit myself to only a certain type of food for the day, etc.

    It’s kind of freeing, as sometimes I only know what I don’t want to do (in a healthy way, of course) and it leads me to be more productive in the long run :)

  21. Aw man! Sorry to hear about the accident – I’m glad that things are looking alright though in terms of insurance/repairs. Sorry I couldn’t weigh in on the whole coffee/tea debate but it’s hands down coffee – black gold!

  22. So sorry to hear you were in an accident! Glad you are okay!

    I actually backed out of my driveway this morning with my back windshield all frosted up! Your post reminds me I should start the car earlier!

    Something that has brought me joy today….the Bert and Ernie Google logo. I love Sesame Street.

  23. ahh, I love when mom’s make food and leave leftovers…that looks pretty good too. Like the title of your blog!

  24. Yay for joining yoga month!! I currently AIM for three a week but I’ve definitely been falling short. This will hopefully encourage me to be a bit more accountable…and flexible!

    So sorry about the accident love. Nothing like it to ruin your day. Chin up!

  25. Oh no – I’m glad you’re okay!
    Me and yoga…not so much. I’m willing to keep trying it, though; maybe one day, it’ll stick.

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