What is ‘Smiling Through The Chaos’?

I want to share a little story about what lead to the phrase “Smiling Through The Chaos” and my newly launched apparel. I do not claim to be an expert in much- being an expert holds some weight- I’m an expert in math, I’m an expert in writing, I’m an expert in cooking, etc. I am no expert in any of those. What I am an expert in is optimism and cheering for others. I see the “bright side” before I see the dark and I will always cheer for someone else in their endeavors. It’s just how I’m made. 

I have a mantra and say it often and many of you who have listened to other episodes of my podcast hear it on every episode. My mantra of “Enjoy the Day” which I have had since 2003 when I did my first Ironman. My brother said it when I was heading into the water because he knew I was nervous, “Just get out there and Enjoy the Day, Jenn!” It stuck because it is just who I am. It’s inherent inside of me that each day we can make the choice to ENJOY THE DAY! Every single one of us is capable of Enjoying the Day! I believe that there is always something, even the tiniest thing, that we can see or find so we enjoy the day- even for 2 minutes. 

With that said, sometimes it is REALLY hard to feel enjoyment and maybe we are feeling like we’re kind of faking it. Truthfully, some days aren’t awesome. Some days totally suck! Many of the days in the past 12 months have totally sucked. Even as optimistic and positive and cheery as I am, I have days where I am just pissed at the world and frustrated with everything. I am literally crying on the inside, BUT I smile on the outside- for myself, for my kids, for my friends, for you, for anyone that needs a smile. 

We, as Moms, are the glue that holds everything together most times. We are who our kids look to for guidance and knowing that it will all be ok- whether we are truly feeling it or not. They need us and they need to know that we will do everything in our power to make sure they are safe, loved, and taken care of. 

So… here’s where my second mantra for the past 12 months comes in- ‘SMILING THROUGH THE CHAOS’. I feel this so dang much. With everything in my soul, I smile through the chaos so that my kids and others see a smile and so that I feel that there is light even when it feels so darn dark. Most people are angry at the world and take it out on everyone else. Road rage, anger towards neighbors, other family members; whatever it might be. I smile for myself because it’s good for the soul, it’s good for the brain, it’s good for the psyche, it’s good for every single dang thing. As Buddy the Elf says, “Smiling is my Favorite”. Even smiling through the chaos. 

We cannot do this alone, Mamas. As Moms we need a support system and with the way of the world, it is really hard to find that support. It’s hard to find the positivity and optimism to keep going forward. To not self “medicate” ourselves somehow… it is HARD! BUT, I and you can at least be ‘Smiling through the Chaos’ each and every day. 

So, as you can see in the photo, I am wearing my first creation as an entrepreneur. A sweatshirt that I designed with this 2021 and beyond mantra, “Smiling Through The Chaos”!! What do you think? I now have sweatshirts and t-shirts available in the shop tab and I am SO EXCITED to get these out to you and anyone who loves the phrase as much as I do!! If this resonates with you and you want to be part of our movement of THRIVING through Motherhood and you love this saying as much as I do, head to my shop HERE. This is just the beginning. I have so much more to share and to give. There is also a FREE phone wallpaper download on the shop page as a gift to you! I ‘m so excited to have you come along on this journey with me.

I went into more details of this story in the latest Living Joyful and Well podcast episode, listen to Episode 30 HERE.

We can do this. We can do hard things. We can smile, which helps keep us healthy, and allows other people for a moment to see and feel some JOY. We all need a little more JOY in our lives. We all need a lot more smiling in our lives so why not be ‘SMILING THROUGH THE CHAOS’!

 

 

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