“It’s not as bad as it seems.”

That is how I managed to suck it up last night. Me whining about how I think I’m coming down with a cold (which I am) but it’s hardly the end of the world. My camera lens is on the fritz is nothing to freak out over. I still have a prime lens I can shoot with. It’s just not my favorite. My kids have colds. That does suck but if a cold is the worst that they have then who am I to whine about it?

Things can always get worse. The worse mood you are in makes everything worse is what I have found. So I sucked it up last night and decided to stop. Stop whining about my little bothers and worries. I do still have a heavy heart for a few things going on around me right now. That’s how life should be though. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF.

For example. I have been having a terrible time trying to catch the perfect picture of my 5 angels for a Christmas card. See exhibit A:


Appealing right? But really is that big of a deal? My two-year-old was throwing a two-year-old fit. I should have done these pictures when she was in a better mood. So I don’t have a perfect picture. But that isn’t the point. I was totally stressing about that. Really Debbie? I just decided to work with what I have. I did manage to find a couple of pictures. They aren’t perfect. But they are perfect images of my life. I was sweating the small stuff.

I blogged about when Connor does what his picture done in this post. Again…sweating the small stuff.

Sage also wanted her picture done while I was trying to set up for a shoot for a friend the other day. See?


Did I sweat it?

A little.

Today…I didn’t sweat the small stuff. I decided not to. Period. Doesn’t mean I will never worry about little things ever again. That’s just me. So what was there to worry about today?

The girls had dance clinic. I could’ve stressed over the fact that no one had time to brush their teeth before we left (I did but that’s because I took 5 minutes talking to myself this morning). I could’ve stressed over how loud Connor was during the performances. I didn’t though. I just told him to be as quiet as he could. And then something happened. My calmness seemed to have a positive effect on him. Suh-weet.

So there’s my self-help tip of the day. Stop sweating the small stuff. Not that I’m an expert or anything. But it worked for me for today.


  1. Personally, I think the Christmas picture has character! Perhaps in 10-15 years you will think it is funny! Quit worrying....it gives you wrinkles!!! love ya!

  2. Couldn't have been a more perfect post at a more perfect time. I was completely stressed today. Part of it was trying to get the perfect shot of my 2 kids for Christmas, so I can't imagine orchestrating 5. Granted, it's a 5 and 2 year old, so your most difficult ones. I'm sure I will go back through what I took tomorrow and find some ones I really like. I will start the day tomorrow with not sweating the small stuff. Thanks, Debbie.