Getting through a rough patch

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Work-life Balance | 10 comments

I’m going through a rough patch in my personal life right now, dealing with a family crisis. Life has it’s ups and downs and while I’m fortunate to have more ups than downs these days, I still have to get through the downs. With healthy habits, a sense of self-worth, and a good support network I know I’ll get through this rough patch, hopefully with some amount of kindness and grace.

During this time the rest of my life continues on as if nothing has happened. I have the same commitments, needs, and goals as I had before the crisis started, but as a result of dealing with the crisis I have fewer resources to deal with it. As usual, it’s time to get back to basics and practice self-care. Self-care, check.

As I procrastinated writing this week’s blog post I thought about the things I intend to do, and the things I want to do, versus doing what I really need to do- rest and renew my personal resources.

I intended to sit down and write but the words wouldn’t come. As I struggled to get started, I thought about skipping this week’s post. When I was just about ready to give up I decided to write about what I’m going through- to inspire and encourage myself and my experience, and to inspire and encourage you, for surely you’ve gone through a rough patch, too.

With that in mind, here are some inspiring and encouraging words I saved for a rainy day that just happens to be today.

Source: via Chrysta on Pinterest


Source: via Chrysta on Pinterest


Source: via Chrysta on Pinterest


Source: Uploaded by user via Chrysta on Pinterest


Source: via Chrysta on Pinterest


Source: via Chrysta on Pinterest


Thanks for joining me on this wonderful and beautiful, sometimes difficult and scary, journey called life! Will you dance with me in the rain?

I love your comments! What gets you through a rough patch? 


  1. I can totally relate to this post. I have a wonderful life, but I often have this feeling like things just aren’t right…like things could be better. I call it “the grass is greener syndrome” and it’s hard to shake! I know, with time and effort, I’ll come to a place of gratitude and more appreciation for life. You might like the book The Paradox of Choice. It helped me understand my “maximizer” habits.

    all my best

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Elle!

      Living my best life is absolutely a daily practice of health, happiness, and gratitude. It’s okay to have “downs” every once in a while, but hopefully I will avoid causing myself more suffering than necessary and only really have a down day over bigger life stuff. That’s my recipe for a good life. :)

      Have a grateful day!


  2. First off, hang in there Chrysta because you’re strong and you’ll get past whatever is going on in your life. Several years ago within the space of one month, my 20+ marriage fell apart, my dad died of a massive heartache and I was diagnosed with a rare optical disease that the doctor told me there was no cure for – sooner or later I’d lose my sight. Now THAT was a pretty deep hole to crawl out of. I knew I needed to create some emotional space so I could “see the forest for the trees” so I ended up volunteering at the local food bank so I could focus on other people. One thing led to another and I was put in charge of the county food drive, and the experience changed my life in more ways than I explain. At the same time I got through all the other stuff – including opting in for experimental eye surgery that worked like a champ. It was a 6 month roller coaster ride for sure, but what could have been the worst time in my life, turned out to be the best.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Marty!

      Wow, talk about a rough patch- that is a lot to deal with! I must say I’m encouraged and inspired by your determination and strength!

      I’ve heard it said that one of the best ways to get through a difficult time is to find ways to be of service to others and you’re a shining example of this principle in action.

      I love that you say what could have been the worst time in your life turned out to the best. Life always gives us the choice to make the best of difficult times and at any point we can decide to do our best in hard times. As you experienced, often the worst-case scenario turns out to the best in time.

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience! Have a grateful day!


  3. Well hello Chrysta, I hope that it all turns out well or at least the best it can be pretty soon.

    Your third image pretty much sums up the policy that has worked the best for me. When all seems hopeless there is little point in fighting rather just jump aboard and see where the chaos takes you.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Igor!

      I appreciate your kind words and your support. I often find on the other side of a rough patch is a beautiful life, and things usually work out just fine. Thanks for stopping by!

      Have a grateful day!


  4. Chrysta, Whether or not you realized so, what you wrote here is demonstrating in a beautiful way how you’re moving through the not-so-fun parts of the human experience. We can really believe in gratitude and try to adopt a constructive approach to seeing hard times in their proper perspective. Nonetheless, we won’t be human if we don’t also truly feel the discomfort and pain. Thank you for showing up as the authentic you here. I honor you, and am holding space for you during this time. Best, Alice

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Alice!

      Some people that know my not-so-happy history sometimes express wonder that I can be so happy now. I believe it is because I have known deep sadness that I can also know deep joy! As you said, it is all part of the human experience and the whole experience is beautiful if we choose to see it.

      I appreciate your kind words and support. Thanks for stopping by today!

      Have a grateful day!


  5. I hope whatever you’re going through passes and the sun comes out again. We’re all here for you!

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