When I woke up this morning I was ready to start the day. It wasn’t my usual, hit the snooze button and pray that I’d hear it the next time it. No, I had gone to bed early. Alfredo had washed two loads of laundry last night. As I rested, I heard him folding and noted where he had put the jeans I intended to wear this morning. My fuzzy new pullover had arrived so there would be not great outfit debate. Heck, I even showered the night before so I could save time in the morning. I was adulting like a pro.
I got to work on time and had the kids heading to the car prepared to conquer the day. We had the bag of canned food in tow for the drive at J’s school and I even remembered to grab a book to read to G while we waited for his school to open. We were always 10-15 minutes early for school since his brother’s school started so much earlier. So far things were going great.
When I pulled off from in front of the little guy’s school I was going over my mental to-do list and planning out the best order for tackling my tasks. Then I heard the sound…
lud dud dud dud dud…
I knew the drill. Hazards on. Pull over. Quick lap around the car to find the offender.
Thank goodness Costco was only a short distance away.
After waiting around for an hour, I got the prognosis. I needed not one but FOUR NEW TIRES! They would cost nearly $800 dollars.
Instead of dwelling on how much it absolutely sucked, once again I said something else. Trust me guys, this strategy has saved me from spiraling into self pity more times than I can to admit.
$800 is a lot for me so I had to list several positives to off set the anxious feelings I was dealing with.
Here’s the list:
1. Thank God I’m in a position where I can pay the $800. 10 years ago I was young, dumb and not nearly as financially stable.
2. The holidays are coming, which means I’ll be getting a bonus. I could simply consider the tires an early Christmas gift to myself.
3. I was wearing my new fuzzy black pull over so I looked cute and I was warm. I’m a firm believer in the look good, feel good thing.
4. Since I was already at Costco I got to have a tasty (and cheap) turkey sandwich for lunch, YUM!!
5. I have an awesome support system. I vented to my momma, girlfriends group chat and Mr. AD while I waited. They were all comforting and changed the subject to help me focus on positive things that were happening in my life.
So yea, it sucked but that’s life. Right now people are losing their homes and lives in fire storms in California. There are people fleeing Venezuela with only the clothes on their backs. I just needed tires. Doesn’t sound so bad when you put it in perspective.
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what first world problems you’ve been dealing with in the comments below⬇️ If you have any good strategies for stress management, I’d love to hear those too.