Celebrate the Small Things 7: Build Your Mental Strength #FridayFeeling

Fridays are all about celebrating the Small Things thanks to a weekly blog hop created by author Lexa Cain. Joint co-hosts this week are authors L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog The mission coincides with what I’m hoping to do with my own writing, inspire and focus on the light when those slippery shadows creep around our shoes. Want to sign up? Click Lexa Cain’s link to find out more.


Mental Strength takes an entirely different set of conditioning. Fears erupt. Calm has to be found. Emotion must be dealt with. Honestly, I’d rather hit the gym and tackle a new health regiment and up my weights than define a strategy to surf tsunami mental waters. We don’t always have a choice though, and in celebrating the small things this week, I have a few victory points to note as well as a few tips to make it through those rocky waters when you’d rather turn back and head to your own sandy warm beach.

What went well?

  • This week, I uncluttered my house to prepare for a move. Oh, I’m still packing as it never seems to end, but at least I’ve combed through the clothes, the baby toys, small bikes and old furniture. Good Will was my choice location to give away these unnecessary items. The best distraction from mental stress for me is to keep my hands busy.
  • I celebrated another birthday with my son. We went fishing with friends, then finished the evening in a game of kickball. Played a game of it lately with your own friends? It’s really freeing. Kick that ball as hard as you can and run and run and run …who cares if you get out. It’s great stress relief.
  • The end of the school year means the end of a stressful sprint for me in public relations. Since I work for a school district, I make events like high school graduation sparkle. Details are so important and you go over it, and over it again and pray you haven’t missed a thing.
  • I finished my synopsis for my new manuscript idea. Yay! Next is the detailed outline. Hopefully it will get done next week and I can finally begin the real writing work.
  • Lastly, I said “no” a couple of times instead of over committing myself. That is a huge step for me. I usually juggle a million things at once and what’s one more, right? Yikes!
  • And my biggest mental war? I still have yet to face it, but I’m planning my strategy with a few tips I found on Forbes.com and have included them below.



  1.    Revisit your values and core beliefs. Down deep, what matters most to you, then make a point to remember those things. Forbes suggests to be wary of “never” or “always” thinking statements in your head.
  2. Think about what you can control and what aspect is actual worry. Divert your mind. Set goals and priorities. Make an effort to switch your mental thoughts to helpful actions and topics. What’s happening that’s good in your life? What small steps have you made to accomplish your dreams? Have you done one today? If not, why not try? And may I suggest a quick game of kickball? 🙂
  3. Replace negative thinking with positive action. Do something that makes you feel great. Write great quotes to inspire your mind and place them where you need them the most.
  4. “Practice tolerating discomfort,” a phrase I couldn’t reword. Who do you want to be? Why not try?
  5. Always end or begin your day with the good things, the reason I love this weekly post so much.


We made it. It’s Friday. And don’t forget …


About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on June 2, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. You have great suggestions and good things to celebrate, Erica. Moving is so stressful. My sister and brother-in-law are in the same process as you are. Wishing you the best and have a great week.

  2. spunkonastick

    Getting rid of stuff always feels good.

    What matters most to you – a burning desire. Most people go after what they need or just want. In order to make it happen though, it has to be a burning desire.

  3. Getting rid of stuff before a move is the best feeling. And learning to say no to things is important.

  4. Great tips!!! My in-laws have moved something like four times in the past three or four years. They seem to start looking for a new house as soon as they’ve unpacked all the boxes. But what amazes me is that they just move junk from one house to the next without throwing anything away. She even packs up her refrigerator contents, moves it all to the new house, then throws away whatever has expired. (Except spices–she’s convinced it’s okay to keep spices forever…her nutmeg had an expiration date of 2007 and she didn’t get that there’s anything wrong with that!)

    • Oh wow!!! I think I would be permanently exhausted! And I definitely throw out stuff. I do not like clutter. I like open calm space. Thank you so much for stopping in today and sharing your story Stephanie… lol

  5. OMG – you’re the energizer bunny! It would take me a month to do all that you’ve done in a week. I’m still working on organizing my writing room’s closets and boxes and throwing out old stuff. Been doing it for 3 wks now… Good luck with the outline of the new novel and the upcoming move!

  6. Happy belated birthday to your son! You’ve been so busy this last week. Yay to get things cleaned out and writing that synopsis. So productive!

  7. tyreanmartinson

    Wow! Way to go on all that you’ve done and the ability to say “no.”
    Love your thought on burning brighter than the fire that faces us.

  8. I haven’t played kick ball in so long. What a great reminder of its stress relief values.

  9. Getting rid of stuff and, sometimes, organizing makes me feel better.

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