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? 


  1. Masshole Mommy

    March 15, 2016 at 12:38 PM

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

    1. Fatima Lora

      March 15, 2016 at 11:08 PM

      Yes! Pups deserve some loving, too! 🙂

  2. Dollhouse Goddesses

    March 15, 2016 at 3:03 PM

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

    1. Fatima Lora

      March 17, 2016 at 4:22 PM

      Adventures are always fun! 🙂

  3. Cara W

    March 15, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    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. Fatima Lora

      March 17, 2016 at 4:22 PM

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

  4. Monica Maloney Heidler

    March 15, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    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. Elizabeth Yontz

    March 15, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    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. Heather Lawrence

    March 15, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    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. ana de jesus

    March 15, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    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. alexandria waning

    March 16, 2016 at 1:32 AM

    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. Housewife Eclectic

    March 16, 2016 at 2:32 AM

    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. Amanda Love

    March 16, 2016 at 3:15 AM

    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. Amber N

    March 16, 2016 at 3:22 AM

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

  12. Veronica Pototska

    March 16, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    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. Leah @ Everyday Love

    March 16, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    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. Rose Sahetapy

    March 16, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    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. Deb Clem-Buckert

    March 16, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    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. Author TP Keane

    March 16, 2016 at 1:27 PM

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

  17. Kelly

    March 16, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    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. Louise Bishop

    March 16, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    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. nicole

    March 17, 2016 at 12:26 AM

    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. Hannah Adkins

    March 17, 2016 at 2:53 AM

    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. CourtneyLynne

    March 21, 2016 at 12:32 AM

    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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