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“Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.”
While the author of this quote is unknown (I seem to be on a running streak on those!), I truly believe in this one. In fact, believing in it makes the not-so-great  weeks a bit better, don’t you think?

A Rocky Week, A Difficult Road 

Kiara Recovering From A Paw Injury

Kiara Recovering From A Paw Injury

In fact, this past week was a little rocky for me. You know – one of those weeks where every single day something seems to go wrong and you are struggling to search for the positivity or visualize the beautiful destination at the end?
For example, to start the week off my precious pup (well, Okay 7 year old “pup”) hurt all four of her paws on I “rocky” hike I took her on (pun totally intended). Actually, she ripped the pads right off of most of her toes and was almost ill from heat exhaustion. I felt awful – it was completely my fault for not researching the route more!
Animals are absolutely amazing though. If we can’t always visualize the beautiful destination during a tough week, all it takes it one look at how well they handle just about anything.
If humans handled pain without complaining, smiled when they had to stumble instead of walk, and never held a grudge, the world would be a more beautiful place.
While I won’t bore you with the details, let’s say that this week there were also bumps in the PhD, this blog (I can’t wait to one day be a full time blogger!), and especially fitness training. Though, I must say I’ve finally found a trainer with whom I’m making progress on “fixing” my “almost stopped” metabolism despite eating healthy and exercising my whole life. If you’d like to, you can read more about that here).

Visualizing The Beautiful Destination

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Well, if you’re an avid reader of The Teaching Cove, you know that I’m into visualization. You can check out my post on how to visualize here.
Remember to picture the future and let the feeling of reaching your goal envelop you. While it’s true that we shouldn’t let our future dreams destroy our present happiness, I believe it’s crucial to feel the future.  In fact, that’s the feeling that propels me forwards every time I have to do something that must be done, which I don’t want to do.  (Check out my post on discipline, here).

 

3 Tips for Bad Weeks

1. Breathe

 

Here I go again, cringing when I give this advice, because this first point is difficult for me to follow myself!

 

Don’t worry, I have to remind myself of this, too!

2. Get A Massage 

 

 

I used to hate massages. Yes, you read that correctly. In fact, I missed out on free monthly as work benefits for 4 years when I worked for corporations in Canada. I had so much trouble relaxing that I found it stressful to stay still for so long!
If you happen to be like me, my advice is to try out different types of massages. I need the “decontracturante” as they call it here in Spain, or “sports massage” because my back is a giant knot. Even within the same category, though,  each masseuse is different.
(If you happen to be in Barcelona, I can definitely recommend Best Massage and Kiromasaje).

3. Gratitude List 

 

 
As part of the beginning of a new week on a Sunday morning after a bad week, I like to make a list of a few parts of life I’m grateful for – for example: my friends, my health and my passion, English teaching.
Remember to be specific and start your sentence with “I am so happy and grateful for…” as they recommend in the popular video, The Secret.

You’ll be surprised how much better you feel after the first few sentences!!  I sincerely hope these tips help at least one of you through a tough week.
Have a lovely and productive Monday!
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P.S. Photography lovers, the photo for today’s post (and poster!) is one I took in Edinburgh, Scotland in the summer of 2013.


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