It was so hot today that you probably could have fried an egg on the sidewalk — seriously. Air conditioners in the house made it tolerable but it was still pretty sticky out. And with the air conditioning out in the cars? Awful. But when I picked the kids up from camp, they were all smiles. Ring Pops, a day of play and seeing friends from school will do that. Heck, seeing my friends from my kids’ school made me smile big too.
On days when the weather is intolerable, or when something happens to bring you down, it’s easy to get caught up in annoyance of it all. But why bother? Life is short; why waste time on being down? Finding the happy, joy and enjoyment in life is so much better.
Thank goodness for good friends who remind me of this.
A few months ago, Cate sent me a simple email. In it, she had just one question: “Should I be worried?”
She was talking about the undercurrent in my blog posts — the subtext of grief, despair and worry that followed me in the weeks and months after December 14. That email came at just the right time and with just the right message. After reading it, and talking to her a little bit that day, I realized that I was at a proverbial crossroads. I could continue in the same direction, slowly working through everything and taking my time with it. Or, I could make a conscious effort to reclaim a sense of positivity, in hopes that my actions would soon be joined by my emotions.
I chose the latter.
There is great power in choosing to be positive and happy. In making that choice, you can alter the course of things in a better direction — and that’s what happened for me. The fact is that things can change in a single instant, and we are powerless to stop it. But what we do have power over is ourselves on a daily basis. So make the most of time. Enjoy every moment. Embrace the good in life. Life will be better because of it.
When Fruttare asked me to write this post, the topic danced in my head — I knew just what I would write about. But I’d never heard of Fruttare before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I tried the product. Turns out, it’s something right up my alley. Will and I fell in love with the Fruttare Fruit and Juice Bars, which are made with real fruit and refreshing juice. We had the strawberry ones and they disappeared fast. Meanwhile, my husband and daughter loved the Fruttare Fruit and Milk Bars, which are made with creamy milk and real fruit. The Peaches and Milk was a huge hit with them.
And on a hot day, frozen fruit bars like Fruttare bars are a total joy too.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.