the bright side

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Last week was a doozy. We were unpleasantly surprised by a few unexpected expenses, our landlords put the shop’s building up for sale, our delivery van is in all kinds of disrepair, and the shop is slower than we’d like because, ugh, summer. There’s more, but, you catch the drift.

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Chad and I keep reminding ourselves to look on the bright side: The van conveniently wheezed it’s final breath in the parking lot of the shop, instead of leaving one of us stranded mid-delivery; and we have a great and fair mechanic that will get us back on the road in no time without having to sell a kidney. In the meantime, a busted van means family carpools to and from work and all of us getting home at a decent hour. Which leads to afternoon walks for Doak, catching up on the laundry and DVR, and home cooked meals before 9:00pm.

A lot of things are happening that are beyond our control, but we can control the way we deal with them. I’m dealing with cocktails, hot baths, and lots of prayer that everything will work out exactly the way it’s supposed to. Open hands.

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wearing:

Target top | Duro Olowu for jcpenney skirt | TKEES Foundations flip flops | Nine West hat

41 Comments

  1. Aww. I hope things look up for you and get busy at the shop. You look lovely as usual. Seeing Doak with his short hair makes me grin (and Sophie bark).

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  2. Sorry to hear, but you have a great attitude (as well sense of style :-)
    All will work out for the best.

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  3. A cute outfit and a cute pup! Love!

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  4. Thank you for sharing! I clicked the link to the your post on open hands. As a self proclaimed control-freak, it was just the reminder I needed. Grateful for a God who knows so much better than me.

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  5. stilettosinthemud

    Small businesses hit a rough patch now and then, keep postitive and good will come! Cute pup!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie!

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  6. suezanne

    keira sending prays and strength. Also remember this to shall pass. Take one day at a time that is all you can do. With your wit and positive attitude soon all will be better and stronger then before.

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    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne! I really appreciate this :)

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  7. Nice n summery!

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  8. love the yellow color.. :) nice dress up

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  9. Aaaawww, i love your attitude. Things will surely work out. I love the outfit too (and the dog) :)

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  10. Sorry to hear about you rough patch. It can only get better from here. You look adorable. Loving the bright and vibrant skirt!

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    1. Thank you! This week is making a good turnaround :)

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  11. One of my best friends manages a nursery and she is looking at getting put at part time status until things pick up there … and I am still waiting for a contract to arrive for me to work this coming school year (I’m a speech therapist). Like you said, open hands, open heart. Embracing possible change and hoping for the best!!! Things will work out – and good for you for seeing the positive, particularly about the van breaking down at the shop rather than while out on a delivery run! And … you look mahhhhvelous as usual!

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    1. I hope things turn around for your friend’s nursery, and you, too! Summer is always a killer. Sending some good vibes your way that you’ll sign a great contract soon, Meg!

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      1. Thanks Keira! Things have worked out for the best all around, so proof positive that there is power in putting out good energy into the world and hoping it will cycle back :)

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  12. Everything happens for a reason! You look adorable while all this is going on (there IS a bright side :)

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    1. You’re so right, Ashley! Thank you for the encouragement!

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  13. canberly

    This is an awesome summer look.

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  14. What a great fun and summery look and pairing it with a hat and flip flop makes you wanna just chill and enjoy the weather.

    https://styleandcreations.wordpress.com/

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  15. Awww sorry to hear that sweety …Everything will be great :) Loved the outfit …be positive :)

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement!

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  16. Sorry to hear you’re having a bit of a rough time, but Doak does look very happy to be on a walk with you! Good luck.

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    1. Thank you, Valerie! Things are definitely looking up.

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  17. Gosh, when it rains it pours..but at least you look cute!

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    1. Ha! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bemoaned the old “rains it pours” this week. I think a rainbow is due soon, though :-)

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  18. i love your skirt!

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  19. Nice hue of the entire summer like!
    I want to imitate❤

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  20. Girl on the Go

    Cute outfit and pup! Hope things turn around soon. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you, Lydia!

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  21. lovely, I am your new follower <3

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  22. Love your skirt! It is amazing!

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  23. I like this skirt and the dog who walk like a star !

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  24. Icky, I’m so sorry to hear things are rough right now. You have the best attitude, though – I’m always one to try to look on the bright side and stay optimistic if I can. Keep it up :) PS. Your dog couldn’t be more handsome. I love seeing pictures of him on your blog!!

    brynnash.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Brynn!

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  25. Tara

    I hope things get better soon!! I’m a new reader of your blog and you’ve been such an inspiration for me. I love your outfits and the way you put things together. And your dog is adorable :-)

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    1. Thank you, Tara! That’s so sweet :)

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  26. It’s awesome hiw u have such a great perspective our happiness is determined by the our reactions to the challenges we face.

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