When Things Go Awry

When Things Go Awry

By Cassandra Dumas


I remember the words…

“Keep pressing forward.”

We all have difficult situations that we deal with in life. fullsizerender-2

I have noticed that I have fallen off track due to how I reacted to life happening around me.

My mom was in the hospital during Thanksgiving, grieving the one year anniversary of Emanual Yarbrough’s death on December 21st, followed up with one of my aunts passing away on December 23rd. Let’s not forget the holidays ……cookies, cake, potlucks, and parties galore. All things making it more challenging for me to stay on track. The truth is I have made good choices for myself in difficult times before but lately I have felt overwhelmed. What I do know as I sit here is that I truly don’t like how I feel; low energy, bloated, tired and somewhat defeated.


Looking at the words I just typed, I also realize I am the only one that can turn it around for myself. It starts with my mind, my positive thinking, and my willingness to make a change.

What I need to do is get back on track, taking one day at a time! I need to make positive choices for myself, enjoy life, feel good physically and mentally. For me it is a process of setting goals and making steps toward those goals. Keeping promises to myself is key. Surrounding myself with like-minded people who will encourage me to stay focused is also important.

I like this quote I saw …


I don’t have to wait until next month or next week. I just have to start now… I have to meal prep which I know is essential because I have always been told it is 80% of what you eat and 20% of exercise. For me eating several meals throughout the day is essential.

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What I have learned is life happens every day, the planned and the unexpected. In the midst of each day I just need to remember, “Keep pressing forward toward the goals I have set for myself.” Here’s to making dreams become a reality. ✅