Embracing the “valleys” in life

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Life has peaks and valleys, or more popularly known as—good days and bad days. There are many valleys that come into our lives, some many of us can relate to: rejection from a college, rejection from jobs, or other unexpected changes that might interfere with previous plans (moving, changing jobs, beginning a relationship, etc.)

Some people see valleys as “bumps in the road.” While this is true, I think it negatively illustrates the value of valleys. I used to think a valley was the universe laughing at me struggling. Now, I view them more positively.

Yes, you may have gotten fired from your job; but you can use it as an opportunity to find a better job. Maybe one that pays more, or with more flexible hours, or where you can work from home. It’s still an opportunity.

You’ve plateaued after working so had for months on end to get to achieve your health and fitness goals. So what? Give yourself a week to relax and rest your body so it can work even harder. It’ll give you more motivation so you can get stronger. It’s an opportunity.

One example from this summer I experienced was potentially working with local hospital. Originally, I was excited to work for them. Over a month past my “start date,” nothing progressed as far as paperwork, medical clearance, etc. Working for them was my only plan for summer, and then I realized it wasn’t going to work out. I reached a valley I had no intention of being in.

Then I went through endless applications. I thought to myself, “I could go back to my old job.” But, I didn’t enjoy my last job anymore after four years. I decided to use this as a opportunity to find a job I loved. And I found it, and it paid far more than I intended. During the interview, they wanted to promote me to a higher paying position. It was a golden opportunity, and I said yes.

Even when we have reached a valley in life, it’s not necessarily a “bad” thing. Sure, you might feel disappointed or confused on what your next step should be, but it’s easy to make a valley into a peak. All it takes is a little patience and time.

Have you experienced a “valley” in your life recently? How can you turn it into a peak? Make sure to share your stories and thoughts below!

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  • That is such a positive, positive way to view life! I definitely experienced a valley this summer. I found out I was pregnant in April, and while this is typically good news….the morning sickness ended up totally knocking me down. I was very unprepared for how difficult it would be, and how long it would last. I was out of commission for about 3 months, to the point that I could barely function from day to day. And being a blogger, this was really, really difficult for me. I couldn’t even get up the energy and focus to work on posts from my bed, I was that “out of it” with the morning sickness.

    The positive of all that is….I’m finally past the morning sickness, our little girl has started moving and kicking (which is such a miracle to feel!) and in a few more months we’re going to be able to hold our first child in our arms. 🙂

    So while the valley was really, really rough for me when I was going through it, I had to keep reminding myself that it would all be worth it in the end. And I would eventually get back to my normal life. 🙂

    Thank you for your encouraging post!!

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      First, congratulations! Although morning sickness (and other changes that come with pregnancy) can be incredibly difficult, it is part of the process. Yes, I’m sure you were thankful from the beginning, but sometimes it’s hard to appreciate these moments when it takes a toll on our lives.

      I’m happy to hear you’re past the morning sickness, and now you can fully appreciate the joy of being a mom-to-be! I hope all goes well with the rest of your pregnancy and you enjoy every moment!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to share your story. I appreciate your comment 🙂 Enjoy and good luck!

  • This was so good! I’ve been facing a couple of valleys lately and you’re absolutely right, just because you’re in a valley doesn’t mean you can’t make the best of it!
    xoxo
    http://www.mayliving.com

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      Thanks so much for your positive feedback! I’m so glad you agree because it’s true–we should appreciate the valleys in life because it could lead to something bigger and better. With a positive outlook, only good things can happen!

      Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

  • I am currently in a valley in my career. I was standing on my faith for a door to open that never came. I know it is because God has something better in store for me, and I trust Him, but I still feel disappointed about opportunities that passed me by. It helps to be reminded that everyone has valleys in their lives, and it is important that we are all her to encourage each other and remind each other that God is in control. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      Thanks so much for sharing your comment! It is okay to be disappointed, but don’t let the valley get your down. Just remember to see a valley as an opportunity to move forward to something bigger and better! Have a wonderful day!

  • Joy

    Great perspective! God has a plan for you, and sometimes that includes those valleys because they lead to bigger and better things. Or sometimes things that AREN’T bigger and better by our OWN standards, but we realize it was for the best later on. I often hit a valley where I feel undervalued for hard work.. but when I come out of that valley, I simply strive to work harder.

    • kiaracatanzaro@gmail.com

      YES! I love your comments and perspectives on this. Sometimes, it’s not always about being a bigger opportunity, but it could be about being the best opportunity for you at the time. Thanks so much for your comment.