Hot mess express

Have you ever had days that turned into weeks where you wondered if someone was playing a joke on you? You know what I’m talking about. It starts out with a minor emergency or small concern and out of the clear blue sky snowballs into you looking up and asking, “Really?”

My favorite during the days and weeks that my world is being turned upside down and inside out are the phrases people throw out to make you feel better. You know you have heard them and I know you are saying them in your head before I even write them. Just in case you have no idea what I am talking about and are curious, here you go…

  • God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.
  • You plan and God laughs. He has a plan even if you don’t know what it is yet.
  • Bad things happen in 3’s so you should be good now.
  • What did you do in a past life? My word!
  • It can’t last forever.

Now let me assure you that if you have said any of the above to me we are still good. If I have ever said any of the above to you, please do not hold it against me. After all, I am sure we were just trying to help one another out in the moment.

I don’t know about you but I handle this time on the “hot mess express” much better if I give myself a moment to FEEL what I need to and NOT FEEL bad about having a moment. I ground myself in the reality that everyone is dealing with something and that many have it worse. I practice gratitude multiple times every day and am always counting my blessings (yes, even when the “hot mess express” is speeding out of control). But let’s face it…sometimes I reach my limit and need to release it all so that I can hop off the “hot mess express” and get on the “I got this bus.” That transition is not always pretty or easy, but it is necessary.

Taralee A. O’Malley-Hurff is an educator, a philanthropist and a published author. Her book, 100 Things To Do Before You Are 10, is the go to resource for family bonding and adventure. Taralee has passionately contributed to the fields of special education and early childhood education since 1998, meeting her students as needed in the home or in school. She excels at recognizing each child’s unique gift and successfully ignites their love of learning through exploration, discovery and play. It is through this work that Inspired Education was born. As a philanthropist, Taralee currently serves as the President of the Board of Trustees for the Southern Regional New Jersey Early Intervention Collaborative. This is her 6th year as a Board Member. Taralee enjoys family life in Southern New Jersey with her husband and three children.

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