She Smiles At The Days To Come Printable

She smiles at the days to come... It's amazing how a simple podcast can smack you upside the head and help you to put things back into perspective.


She Smiles at the Days to Come | Free Printable Word Art



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I've mentioned before that I follow (very loosely lately!) the Trim Healthy Mama diet. I have tried a few different diets and eating plans, but my body has really responded to Trim Healthy Mama. (When I'm actually disciplined enough to NOT eat all the bad foods...)  I was kind of excited in a nerdy kind of way when I recently discovered the sisters that developed Trim Healthy Mama had started a podcast. I just finished listening to one of the latest podcasts, in which they discuss facing fears. I'm not sure which sister Serene or Pearl mentioned it, but it really struck me and made an impression. She referenced Proverbs 31, the verse that says, "she can laugh at the days to come..." 


Vintage Globes and Clipboard with Word Art


I try not to get too personal because no one wants to read about that can of worms! But here we go anyway... As someone that has struggled with anxiety my whole life, this simple visual of a woman smiling peacefully and gracefully at whatever the future might hold can seem almost impossible to achieve. I've been in the trenches of the "what if's" from the time I was 3 years old and my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I've faced the worst-case scenario come to pass, and I attended my mom's funeral when I was 17 years old. I've gone through the struggles of transitioning from teen to adult, from single to married, to motherhood without the advice and support of my mom. I've gone from worrying about my mom dying, to now struggling with the worry that something will happen to my husband or my daughters - even though there is nothing of substance to worry about except the general "what ifs" of life. I grew up with the constant worry and anxiety so that it just became a normal part of me, even though it's far from normal. I'm done. But sometimes very old habits are hard to just shrug off. (***Just want to add a side note here that if you are struggling, please reach out and seek help. That help might look like talking it out with a friend, or perhaps seeking medical help. But you are not alone). 

She smiles at the days to come...I might not be able to laugh at them yet, but I can smile. I'm excited for what the future holds! If I smile at the future, does that mean there won't be bad times? No. Of course not! But I choose to let go of the worry and anxiety and enjoy the moment I'm in. I will not let the worry of tomorrow steal the joy of today. The early motherhood days are long, but they are also going by so quickly. I don't want to waste a moment more of the precious time I have with my babies worrying about the "what ifs".


Vintage Clipboard and Vintage Globes with Word Art


I put together this reminder to print out and stick on my wall. Maybe I'll even tattoo it on me so I have a constant reminder to let go of the worry. (OK, probably not. Tattoos are awesome, but I'm pretty sure I'll never get one, because OUCH!) By the way, I've been asked a few times where I got my vintage wood clipboards. You can find very similar vintage style clipboards here. My vintage globes are from garage sales and thrift stores, but Amazon has some amazing vintage style globes.

She Smiles Free Printable Word Art by www.TheDottedNest.com
You can find the printable PDF version (for free!) here.  (Please note it is for personal use only, you may not alter the image in any way, it is not for resale or redistribution. Please link to this post if you would like to share. Thank you!)



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