Start With Family

Start With Family

We all have a hard time dealing with, well… Hard times. And after spending the last couple of days dragging my feet, I finally realized what was wrong.
I’ve been letting a certain situation in my life impact my everyday. 
Seeing The Light 
There are so many reasons to smile, starting with family. 
And little by little, I’ve been seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. 

To help me get out of the funk, I began to focus on happier things. Below I share three ways I regained my happiness: 
1. Got out of the house. 
I made it a point this weekend to not only go out with the boys, but to get out of the house. 
Sometimes being a SAHM can drive you insane if all you ever really go out to do is errands. 
2. Made my boys smile. 
Lately, I’ve been making it a point to do things they would each enjoy, including the pup. 
3. Made myself smile. 
I knew what was bothering me, so I started reaching out to different people, learning the things that worked for them and molded their strategy into my own. 
I had to have a pep talk with myself on what’s more important — my family, and their happiness. 
How do you get yourself out of the funk? 

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

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  1. Making my kids happy (and our dog, too), definitely helps me stay positive and happy. Their smiles are golden.

  2. When I'm in a funk I get out of the house and go on as many adventures as possible! Thanks for sharing xo!

  3. I actually wrote about this last November ( because I was in a funk after finding out work changes when our company got bought out. Interestingly, writing got myself out of it. Reading blogs from my network of bloggers helped me keep my mind off the negative. So I am thankful for this community! 🙂

    1. That's true. Blogger networks definitely help with connecting to other likeminded folks.

  4. It is so much better to be happy than sad…I love that you are keeping positive by doing things with family. That is the best, isn't it?

  5. Getting out of the house almost ALWAYS gets me out of my funk. Going for a run or just being outside usually does it for me too 🙂

  6. When I am in a funk I turn on the praise and worship music and tune everything else out.
    Doesn't take long until I am feeling more like myself and am able to continue on.

  7. It is true staying at home drives me crazy so it is good to get some fresh air! Well done for being so positive x

  8. I 100% agree about getting out the house! I am a SAHM and we didnt even have a second vehicle for the first 3 years of my daughter's life. Besides little walks to the park, I was stuck. Once I could get out every day, I swear I totally changed! Not only is it good for you as a mom, it is great for your kids!

  9. I agree with getting out of the house! If all I get out of the house for is to run errands, I got crazy!

  10. I'm glad to hear that things are looking up for you. I find that whenever I feel down, getting up and getting out always seem to help me, so getting out the house was a great step!

  11. I also look to my family for smiles. Sometimes life can get us down, but they never let me down.

  12. Dear Fatima,

    I don't know the exact reason, but your blog is very close to me. I don't have kids yet, and sometimes I wish the time could stop for another 5 years so that I could do all those things I have planned without having kids. But when I read your blog I feel that having kids is the most sensual thing in the world. Thank you

  13. I can relate to this so much. I work at home with kids here all the time and there are days where it's just exhausting. It's so important to get out of the house. Good for you for figuring out what was going on and doing something about it!

  14. Go out and take fresh air is always the best way to compensate the hectic of the house. Nothing can be more ease but looking at the smile of the children.

  15. I agree. I've been home with a chronically ill child and sometimes I feel like all I do is go to doctor's appointments and run errands. You have to get out of the house and do things for you.

  16. Smiling is infectious they say, so the feelings behind it must also be too. great post.

  17. It can be so difficult as a sahm because you are often stuck at home. I joke that the girl at the market is my best friend, because I see her more than I see any other adult. I like your tips for getting out of the funk!

  18. I personally quit 2 out of my 3 jobs because I realized I was down and out all the time because I was always working and had no time to actually enjoy life outside of work.

  19. I'm not a stay at home mom. But, I sometimes get so caught up in my home projects I forget to go for walks or just hang with the kids (young adults) and I have to remind myself to do this more often. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I get out of a funk by getting out and socializing with friends. Having a good time and laughing always usually brings me out of whatever funk I'm in.

  21. Totally agree with getting out of the house!!!! I go crazy more often than I would like to admit and getting out and doing something, even if it's at trip to a store by myself usually works!

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