Feeling hopeless? You’re not alone. Take one tiny baby step [Stacy’s Book Note]

Small acts serve serve an important function: they put you back in the driver's seat...even if...for a few minutes. Setting yourself even the smallest goal and achieving it can help you start to move forward toward a hopeful future.

Liz Fosslien & Mollie West Duffy

When we’re in despair or feeling hopeless, everything seems heavy and impossible. Even though our situations are unique, many have experienced similar suffering. It’s what makes us human.

I love Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy‘s new book, Big Feelings: How to be Okay When Things are Not Okay. First, the act of selecting 7 difficult emotions in and of it suggests that these are common ones: uncertainty, comparison, anger, burnout, perfectionism and despair, and regret. And, therefore, we are not alone in feeling them.

Second, they bust myths and then provide suggestions and resources for tackling them.

Most of all, they include simple drawings that help us remember ideas. I’m sure you’ve seen Liz Fosslien’s illustrations shared on social media.

If you’re feeling hopeless, please reach out to someone whom you think will not judge you but understand you. Feel free to reach out to me.

Gardening notes

If you look in the upper right-hand corner of the photo, you’ll see that the bud is facing down. It looks like someone with their head hanging low. It makes me feel a little worried and sad. And, at the same time, I’m tired of feeling hopeless and will just continue to water this and my other Dahlia David Howard plants. Fingers crossed that it will bloom.

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