Life Is Like A Roller Coaster. Throw Your Hands Up And Enjoy The Ride

Life Is Like A Roller Coaster. Throw Your Hands Up And Enjoy The Ride
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Do you ever have weeks that feel like a roller coaster? Up and down, up and down – and sometimes loop de loop!

It’s a good thing I love roller coasters because these past couple of weeks have been one crazy ride.

My fab biz partner Suzie left Project Me. And I was down.

Then all of the positive words of support came flooding in via email, phone calls and comments under the blog. (Thank you!) I was back up again!

Then I faced big challenges in creating the sales page and all of the other working parts that go into the upcoming Power Pal Pack. I feel like I’ve been working on this for ever and I’d desperately wanted to launch it now. Down again.

So I decided to do something I knew would cheer me up. I headed to the theme park with my 11 year old and rode roller coasters all day! (That’s us in the photo – soaring high in the sky in the outskirts of Madrid. Weeee!)

For Christmas I’d given my kids homemade vouchers they could redeem for experiences, rather than ‘things’. At their age they have all the things they need! The experience vouchers were a huge hit.







And the standout favourite was… a Date With Mum!

My younger son decided to cash his in last week – and away we headed to the Parque de Attracciones.

Having one on one time with your child is priceless. (tweet that!)

Lately he’s been withdrawing from handholding (at age 11 it’s becoming too embarrassing), but he grasped my hand firmly as we excitedly entered the theme park. We had a total blast. 

And during that time I didn’t think about work. I didn’t check my emails or Facebook. I didn’t worry about my unfinished sales page. It was just he and I together, holding hands and laughing.

Before bed I had a peek on the Project Me site and saw an unusually high amount of traffic – and that there were loads of new subscribers to the Monday Motivator newsletter! (Is THIS the reward I get for taking a day off?!)

I realised that a guest blog I’d submitted to Tiny Buddha a few months ago was published! It’s about how I like to think of my mind as a garden that needs tending. I wrote about what I do to keep a worry-free, healthy mindset.

I woke up the next day to even more sign ups (yay!) and decided to email one of my business BFF’s, Helen from Clutter Rescue. I wanted her advice on the launch my Power Pair Pack the following week. As much as I didn’t want to delay it any longer, I’m going away for four days with DJ Daddy at the end of the week to celebrate our 16 year wedding anniversary (kiddie-free!), and I was concerned I’d end up working during this break.

Bizarrely, just as I was typing the first line to Helen, a message came in from her asking me for advice!

I live in Spain and she’s in Australia, so the whole thing was pretty spooky – but we hopped on Skype and I quickly had my answer. Helen knows from experience that launching any product needs a lot of attention and you can’t just skip off on holiday three days later – unless you’ve got customer service coverage, which I don’t. 

I felt a sense of disappointment that it’ll put the long anticipated launch back by two whole weeks, but that was quickly replaced by sweet relief.

My ‘date’ with my son helped me remember how great it is to be fully present and connected. I want the same for this anniversary trip with my hubby. He’s been on a roller coaster himself with work. It’ll be great for us both to switch off and enjoy this precious time together.

Having one on one time with your man is priceless too.

In the comments below, tell us what you do when life is like a roller coaster? Do you scream and hang on for dear life, or throw your hands in the air and enjoy the ride? 

Kelly Pietrangeli

Kelly Pietrangeli

Mama Motivator at Project Me
Kelly Pietrangeli is the creator of Project Me for Busy Mothers, helping women find a happier balance between the kids - and everything else.

Mixing practicality with self-awareness, Kelly helps mothers get on top of their endless to-do’s, set goals and improve their lives one small step at a time.

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16 Responses to Life Is Like A Roller Coaster. Throw Your Hands Up And Enjoy The Ride

  1. Clare Greig says:

    Ooh I love this Kelly. I love going on dates with my little man. I forget how easy it is just hanging out with one of your kids, especially as he is 5 now so there are no prams, nappies etc. I love the bit about running in holding hands. Bootifiul 🙂

    • Thanks Clare! I was amazed at how excited each of my boys were to receive their “Date with Mum” voucher and it’s made me realise how much that kind of one-on-one time means to them. And yes, I hear you on how much easier it is to take off on an outing when they get a little older! x

  2. Saiisha says:

    You’ve got your priorities right – Congratulations!
    (and I’m one of those newbies who found you through TinyBuddha :))

  3. nancy says:

    so impressed with how you have handled Project Me, particularly in the face of challenges. i think it’s really helpful for everyone to see that it’s not always easy. love your honesty. i’ve faced similar challenges, and am currently on “hiatus” ….trying to figure out what’s next. love your site. thanks!!

    • Thanks for your lovely comment Nancy. As for figuring out what to do next, I always benefit from a journal writing session where I dump all of my thoughts onto paper and see what comes of it. If I don’t get any clear answers, I just use the Law of Least Effort which says that when we relax and trust that everything will work out beautifully – it does.

      Please check in again with a progress report. Wishing you well!

  4. L M says:

    Even that photo made me feel happy. 2 weeks is nothing Kelly. Go and enjoy yourself!

  5. Helen Butler says:

    Kelly, you write so beautifully! I’m so glad we connected last week and could help each other when we needed it. It goes to show that no matter how far away friends can always help and be in tune with each other’s energy.

    I try to avoid roller coasters for dear life! Whether they’re real like the one you went on, or crazy situations in my biz and personal life, I avoid them like the plague! The way I do this is through meditation, quiet time, reading, relaxation. Essentially a whole heap of activities on a daily basis that keep me grounded, in the hope that when a roller coast appears I don’t have a heart attack!!

    • Helen that was just SO amazing that we were writing to each other simultaneously for advice 🙂

      I love your list of things to keep you grounded. As much as love an occasional day at the amusement park, I am on the same page as you about wanting to keep my life stable. Too many ups and downs are crazy-making!

  6. I love roller coasters! And life! 🙂
    Although I don’t think you can really avoid them in life, especially as a parent, I agree that you can work on being present in the moment and grounded even when things seem out of control. And, yes, even throw your hands in the air and enjoy the ride.

    Love to you and thanks!

  7. Kelly. I love the voucher idea, the 1:1 time + being present reminder. I take all the reminding I can get.
    I always try to remind myself that they are my first priority, I don’t want to forget what having fun with them feels like because I am always in my mind trying to figure out how to make all the pieces fit.

    Like throwing your hands in the air, you have to throw the puzzle pieces in the air, knowing that the picture is already clear in your mind and your happiness entails putting your family first and the rest of the puzzle pieces find their place too.

    Thank you for another great post.

  8. Thanks for your lovely comment Nicholette – yes, life is indeed a puzzle with a lot of pieces to fit in and I love how you’ve pointed out that if we put our family first, the rest of the puzzle slots together around that. Love it!! xx

  9. Connecting with our kiddo’s always “grounds” me to reality and does an easy adjustment to my priorities. Thank you for sharing your example!

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