From Clouds to Silver Linings: How to Find the Bright Side of Every Situation

Life is full of surprises. No matter how much we plan, or how well we think we know what’s going to happen, something always comes along to knock us off our feet. In the face of these challenges, it can be hard to stay positive and see the silver lining. But that’s exactly what we need to do if we want to get through tough times intact. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some techniques for finding the bright side of every situation. We’ll also explore why it’s so important to maintain a positive outlook in life.

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Remember that Challenges Make You Stronger

When faced with a difficult situation, it’s important to remember that while it may not seem like it, this challenge is actually making you stronger. Every time you face something hard and come out on top, your resilience grows, as does your strength of character. So take a moment and remind yourself that the challenges you’re facing now are only making you stronger for the future.

Look for Lessons in Every Situation

Life is full of lessons if we just look close enough. Whether it’s learning from mistakes or recognizing what we could have done better, there’s always something to be learned in every experience. Even when things don’t turn out quite how we wanted them to, there are valuable lessons to be taken away. Seek out the silver lining and find something meaningful that you can learn from this situation.

Focus on What You Can Control

When dealing with difficult situations, it’s easy to worry about things that are outside of our control. But focusing on those things will only lead to frustration. Instead, focus your energy on what you can control—your attitude, your preparation, and how you choose to respond. That will give you a sense of purpose and control in even the most challenging circumstances. For example, if you’re stuck in traffic, you can’t control the cars around you. But you can control how you respond to the situation—you can choose to stay calm and listen to music, or you can get angry and honk your horn.

Take Time for Reflection

In times of crisis and stress, it’s important to take time for reflection and self-care. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and caught up in the moment, but it’s important to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Reflect on what is within your control, what you can do differently next time, and how you can best use this experience to help yourself grow. For example, if you make a mistake, take time to reflect on what went wrong and how you can prevent it from happening again.

Look for the Good in Others

In difficult times, it can be easy to forget about the good we are surrounded by. It’s important to look for the good in those around us—from friends and family to coworkers and strangers. When we focus on the positives in others, it helps brighten our own outlook and reminds us that there is still good in this world even when things seem dark. For example, if a colleague is going through a rough time, take the time to recognize their efforts and offer words of encouragement.

Believe in Yourself

Above all, it’s important to stay positive and believe in yourself. This might mean taking risks, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, and trusting that you can handle whatever comes your way. It’s easy to get discouraged when times are tough but if you have faith in yourself and your abilities, you’ll be much better equipped to tackle life’s challenges. For example, if you’re feeling down about a job rejection, try to remind yourself of all the skills and qualities that make you an amazing candidate.

Turn a Negative Into a Positive

Sometimes it can be difficult to see the bright side of a situation. But by shifting your perspective, you can often find opportunities to turn a negative into a positive. Maybe you didn’t get the job you wanted, but now you have the chance to explore different career paths. Or maybe there’s something good that has come out of a tough experience – for example, if your car was involved in an accident and your insurance didn’t pay-out, you can Google “where can I sell my wrecked car” to make some money back. Ultimately, it’s about looking for the silver lining and finding something positive in every situation.

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No matter what life throws at us, we always have the power to choose our response. When faced with difficulty or hardship, try using these techniques for finding silver linings and maintaining a positive mindset. With practice and patience, you will learn how to stay optimistic and make the best of any situation.

Are You Keeping A Handle On Your Anxiety?

Anxiety is one of those common experiences that affect most of us at some point or another. Of course, even in acute phases it is the kind of thing that can have a tremendously damaging effect. And if you have it chronically, then it is certainly something that you are going to want to keep to a minimum. In this post, we are going to help with that as best as we can.

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Specifically, we will discuss some of the best ways that you can hope to get a better handle on your anxiety. As long as you have thought about some of these, you should find that this is a lot easier and simpler to achieve. So let’s take a look right now.

Avoid Anxiety Producers

Before we get into some of the pro-active things you can do to improve anxiety levels, it’s worth thinking about what some of the main anxiety producers are that you might want to avoid. These are substances and products which generally tend to cause anxiety, and which you will therefore want to avoid as much as possible.

For instance, if you tend to drink a lot of coffee, that is certainly going to make you feel a lot more anxious in your daily life, so you will want to try and avoid that if possible. You might also want to steer clear of alcohol, or at least keep your consumption of it down to a minimum.

It’s not just about what you consume, however. There are also a range of anxiety producers which are behavioral in nature. For instance, if you tend to fluctuate your bedtime and waking time, that is known to have a big effect here. So is having irregular meal times, and being inactive.

Make sure to avoid all those as best as you can.

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Learn How To Unwind

A lot of us struggle to unwind properly, and this is one of the main reasons why you might find yourself in a situation where you are not able to avoid anxiety in your daily life. In simple terms, if you are never giving yourself the chance to unwind, you can’t really hope to keep anxiety at bay. So it’s a good idea to learn how to unwind and to make it a normal part of your life as best as you can.

One way to do that is to set up a daily routine that you follow, which incorporates and includes a period of real relaxation. You can do whatever you think is necessary during that time in order to unwind. You might buy Delta 9 products which you can use here, or you might want to simply sit in the bath with a book. It’s all about doing whatever makes you truly relaxed and comfortable.

Over time, you’ll find that having a daily unwinding session really does work towards keeping your mind calm, so this is something that you should certainly make sure you are doing.

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Treat Your Body Right

When people are trying to deal with their anxiety, they often first go to the mind and try to figure out what that wants in order to be happier and calmer. That might seem to make sense, and there is of course some logic to it, but generally you are going to find that it’s really important you are looking after the body first and foremost. As it happens, taking good care of the body turns out to be the most important thing of all here, and it will mean that you have a much better handle on your anxiety in no time.

That of course includes getting plenty of exercise and fresh air, as well as sleeping regularly and deeply, and eating nutritious food that is really good for you. If you are doing all that, you’re going to have much less anxiety in no time at all.

Develop Awareness

Finally, there is a lot to be said for having more awareness of what is going on in your body and mind. For that, you will need to practice some mindfulness, because that is the main way in which you are going to develop this skill. If you have a daily mindfulness practice, you will soon find that you have a better sense of what is going on in your mind, which helps you with managing anxiety a lot more effectively.

If you can do all that, you will find that your anxiety is a lot easier to handle.

St. Louis Dad 2022 Wrap Up

For the last few years I have been creating end of the year “wrap up” posts with some lists of my favorite things from the year. This year will be no different as I definitely had an interesting year. It was a year filled with a lot of emotion and struggle, but also a lot of positive! Looking back it is amazing to see the struggle, but also see the Keep on reading to see some of the highlights from my year and what’s still to come!

One new thing I started this year was to document as much of the media I consumed over the course of the year. So I created a media log. The list is pretty extensive and shows that I watch A LOT of movies. So feel free to take a look at 2022’s Media Log.

New Music by Me!

This year I put some work into my online artist portfolio site 2022 is MMP’s 20th anniversary and to celebrate I released two new experimental instrumental hip-hop albums. The first was Dr. Williams – JELLY-Fi released back on June 18th (my mom’s bday) and the second was released on November 11th (11/11) entitled Richie Williams – The Long Way to Mars EP.

I also put in a lot of work illustrating new projects for almost 70 new clients. This next year I hope to highlight all of the stories I have illustrated and also put out a few more of my own!

Jason Beware 3

Another major project that I spearheaded this year was the final installment of Jason Beware. We couldn’t leave with a cliffhanger, so I spent the first part of the year writing and then this summer we filmed the final film in the Jason Beware series. It was a lot of fun working with the kids again. I think we made ourselves a fun little series and I cannot wait to see what we come up with next.

We Bought a House!

It was emotional, it was painful, but we made it happen. We are also finally free from an emotional abusive landlord that we never want to hear or see ever again. Good riddance!

We Got a New Puppy!

This little horse (photo right) is a rescue from downtown St. Louis. Little guy was chained up in the backyard of an abandoned house. So we rescued him and now him and our other goofball are best buddies!

Tales from a 6th Grader

That’s right, we now have a 6th grader this year. It has been a little bit of a challenge learning new routines and practices but we’re getting by fairly well. She’s excited about Art Club, Images, and all of the fun things middle school offers!

My little 6th grader is really getting into music. She got her first record player for Christmas and watching her flip through vinyl is a new favorite past time. Here are her top 5 songs of 2022!

I Joined TikTok!

Around Halloween 2021 I joined TikTok as DadSTL. I made a couple videos, but over 2022 I posted even more. So if you’re there, give me a follow! I am a big fan of the stand-up comedy crowd work videos, so feel free to give me a follow and send me some funny stuff!

I was a little against TikTok at first, but I have warmed up to it and discovered that it can be a fun and unique way to create content. Just don’t get addicted to the scroll!

Spotify 2022 Wrapped

I don’t always listen to Spotify but I have been a bit more lately. I usually am listening to my own collection or Pandora. This year I have been diving more into some indie country and holy cow there is a lot of good stuff out there that I had not heard. Compared to last year my wrapped list is completely different. I do love how Spotify will share some of your stats in fun ways. Here are some of my highlights!

Spotify is a great way to discovery new music. I don’t think I would have ever found Morgan Wade without it. Also, Zach Bryan just released his Live from Red Rock album as a Christmas present to the world, and of course he titled it, All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster (Live from Red Rock). Perfect!

Zach Bryan also provided me one of the greatest Twitter moments I have ever had in my life. He quote tweeted one of my tweets and I had been on that Ninth Cloud ever since.

My Top 9 on Instagram

Instagram, I love you but I also hate you sometimes. I don’t understand your algorithm but I do like your layout and filters, so I still use you, but not as often as I probably should. Here are the top nine photos of 2022! Give me a follow and see what’s in store for 2023!

My 2022 Favorites

Here are some more of my favorite things from 2022, some of these were not released in 2022 but possibly my first viewing experience! There’s so much more I could have included, just because they weren’t does not mean that I didn’t enjoy whatever it was.

2023 and Beyond

2022 was a year of getting back to my old self. I was finally able to cut ties to a lot of emotional baggage and I feel more free than ever and 2023 will be even better! One goal I have for 2023 is to redesign I really like the format I have going here but I think things could be reorganized a little better. This was also a goal last year, but I kind of got wrapped up in some other things. A redesign may still be at the bottom of my list, but I will attempt to get it done. I promise! I also am planning on producing more episodes of Dad v Son – The Chess Son as well as more content for TikTok and my other channels. I even have an amazing idea that I will be unleashing around this time in 2023. It will be very special and possibly one of the coolest things I will work on through-out the year. I would tell you more but than I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

Along with my secret project, I am also hoping to start writing my next short film. I have an idea and a general outline, but I need to write the screenplay and start planning the production. It will be my most ambitious project to date, so hopefully things fall right into place this coming year!

Another goal I have for the 2023 year is to hit my fitness goals. This coming year I hope to do at least (if not more) 100 miles of hiking, 300 miles of riding my bike, and 1000 miles of traveling. I may not hit these goals but it’s worth a shot to at least make them my goals. I only did around 20 miles of hiking total this past year, I got to pump those numbers up!

This next year is going to be something great. It’s my last year of my 30’s, and I am excited to this next chapter in my life. Each year seems to be going by faster and faster, so I am needing to savor this life I got going and help put some positivity into this world the best ways that I can.

See ya 2022, I’m ready for the year of Air Jordan, 23. Let’s do this!

Supporting Your Child in Team Sports

If your children are athletic then the most important thing that you can offer them aside from an orange after a game is support. Children of all ages need to feel that their parents support them and love them and athletics can get pretty rowdy even for Children’s Games. For anything, children need the most support from their parents but when it comes to sports they need to know that no matter whether they win, lose or draw you are going to still be there and still be proud of them for their efforts. 

We have all seen the detriment that can happen if a child has a pushy parent in the stands on game day, and nobody wants to be that kind of a parent who bases their child’s emotional happiness on whether or not they win or game. Don’t be that parent if you can avoid it. You can prepare yourself with dugout cards and oranges and towels and all of their equipment, but the best thing you can do to prepare yourself as a parent is to make sure that you are ready for any outcome and make sure your children see that you are happy for them no matter what. So here are some of the things that you can do to support your children during sports.

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  • Provide emotional support. You have to remember that your child is going to be watching you very carefully. If you don’t look happy at the end of their sports game, they’re going to believe that you no longer have the same amount of love for them because they weren’t good enough. Children need to know that no matter what the outcome to anything that they do they will always be good enough for you. Kids just want their parents to be proud of them and to love them, and it’s up to you to make sure that you are displaying that to your child.
  • Emphasize effort over outcome. While you are watching your children play sports you should make sure that you are paying attention to the effort that they put in. When you do this, your pride comes away from whether they win or lose the game and stays at their performance in general. If you’re watching your child try really hard to win, then it doesn’t matter what the outcome is at all. You have to do everything that you can to show them that you are proud of them regardless. Children base a lot of their emotional well being on whether or not their parents are proud of them, and even when you don’t intend to be common you can come off as disappointed. You are seeing your child go for the very best effort, So make sure they know you are proud of them.
  • Foster independence. When it comes to putting together dugout cards then you should absolutely be involved in your child support, but where you can push for independence. If they want to go off and be with their friends, let them. When you drop them off to practice, go and sit in the car so you are not watching the practice. Unless they ask you to. Children should be encouraged, but not hovered over and independence is something you should definitely be ensuring your children feel when you leave them at their games.
  • Check in on their happiness. Some kids only engage in sports because I think that’s what their parents want. Make sure that your children are happy to be involved in the sports that they are in because this way you can ensure that you Foster an open relationship with your children. They deserve to feel heard and seen, and if they’re unhappy they should be able to tell you.