How To Pick Yourself Up After a Fall

Everybody falls at some point or another.  Some occasions mean a bit more than others, as evidenced below:

It really was no surprise to me at the time; I informed my fiance days before that at the reception I was either going to trip and fall or I was going to spill something on my dress; those were just the inevitable laws of physics in my life.  Perhaps it was a self-fulfilling prophecy, but at least I didn’t spill chocolate on my wedding gown.

But the real point of this story is my reaction.  If I had gone into my reception thinking that everything needed to be perfect, then I might have burst into tears and spent the rest of the night in the bathroom, hiding.  Instead I simply laughed, and allowed my new husband to help me up.

If only I could remember moments like these when I fall in life—not just the literal falls, but the metaphorical ones.  Sometimes I go into a situation expecting everything to go off without a hitch; maybe I don’t express it; maybe I don’t even know I’m thinking it, but then the moment something happens that is not according to plan, I’m off in the bathroom, hiding in a stall, refusing to come out.

Take this blog, for instance.  I was so excited to start this blog and I’ve been really proud of myself for posting regularly, but then I hit a road block.  In a sense, I fell.  I got caught up in posting to an audience that I forgot that I have to post for myself as well, and I failed miserably.  I sat down to write and…nothing.  So I had to make a decision: keep trying to write the same thing and end up crying in the bathroom, or laugh it off and pick myself back up.

I’ve chosen the latter.  Unfortunately, for you, this means no more Simplicity In Steps.  I may or may not pick it up again in the future, but for now, it’s not the right choice.  If that is the only reason why you came to this blog, I sincerely apologize and I’m going to offer some great links below that will help you on the journey you’ve started.

Links to finish Simplicity In Steps:

Step 3: Simplifying Sentimental Items:

To Start With…

Holding on to Sentimental Things

Decluttering (Peacefully) With Your Spouse

Step 4: Maintaining the Balance:

Why My Husband (Read: Mother-in-Law) is a Genius

The Flow of Your Home

Most of these are old posts of mine, but the last two under Step 3 are from my absolute favorite simplicity blog, Small Notebook.  If you have never been there, please go and look around.  If you like my blog, you will definitely feel at home there.

In answer to the title of this blog: How do you pick yourself up after a fall?  With a little bit of laughter and a lot of humility.


9 thoughts on “How To Pick Yourself Up After a Fall

  1. I love this picture! Sometimes in life, it’s okay to let someone else lift you up when you are down. Besides it’s especially difficult to get up when you’re all tangled up in 20 yards of tulle!!!


  2. Part of life is recognizing the lessons that God has out in your path. Some of the best lessons are the simplest. It is inevitable that we will fall, metaphorically and many times physically, eventually sometime (often sooner than we expect or plan for). When we fall it doesn’t define who we are, it’s what we do in those moments that follow. 1. Do we cry out, and yell “woe is me”, in hopes for pity/attention? 2. Do we quietly sit for a moment in shame and embarrassment? 3. Or do we laugh to enrich others lives? I know what you do, you enrich others lives.
    Thank you for being a great example and reminding us all, maybe chastening us a little 😉 to be better.
    I agree with your Mom. I love that photo. 🙂 Miss you and love you!

  3. This post reminded me of a shirt my 2yr old son wears that says “Why do I have to fall to grow up?”.

    Glad you have picked yourself up and are back to writing. Your readers missed you!

  4. I’m new here, but totally agree with the whole caught up in blogging thing. I discovered that about myself this summer when I realized that I was missing out on watching my children grow. What I did was to step back, delete my blog and start up another one on another platform with a new name and new “feel”. I love to write, yet I didn’t like all the extra “noise” that came with blogging. Now my new place is just the way I like it an dI feel at home there.

    That picture is pure grace under pressure, just beautiful.

    • Thank you for the compliment. It was definitely a refining moment for me. 🙂

      I know what you mean about finding a home in your blog. I set one up last year that was supposed to be a personal journal; it just didn’t last. I needed a while to find my voice and figure out what I wanted to write and who I wanted my audience to be.

  5. Good for you for choosing to blog what makes you happy. When you enjoy it, your authentic voice will be heard and people will respond to that. I’m visiting your blog for the first time today!

    • Welcome! Thanks for reading!

      It is definitely a balance between writing for myself and writing for others when I have a blog that’s designed for an audience; however, it is very true that people respond to the person behind the blog, not just the words. Thanks for the reminder!

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