When You Have To Force A Smile

Force A Smile

With sick children, a sick self and little sleep, most of this past week and a half, and even early yesterday, I forced myself to get out, go and get things done. I even forced some smiles.

Then came news of a loss. She was my boss, in title, but she (and the other ladies I worked with there) became my friends. It was a reminder to do more to put my thoughts about getting together into action.

Then Boston happened and I was just so grateful to still be here, to have time to do more.

Force A Smile

I have so much, so much that is good. And so much to share. A class at Mood, a party at Brooklyn General and energetic chats with so many smiling, beautiful (in body and spirit) people at both. I still have time to be with my family, and take walks, and create. It’s all so good.

Embrace all the things, guys.

I also have a pledge to take, courtesy of Ms. So Zo. One that lets me do one of my favorite things, be a #sewcialist with other #sewcialist peeps.


I, Wanett of Sown Brooklyn, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavor to wear handmade twice a week and at least two thrifted items a week for the duration of May 2013!!

Outfit Details
Jacket :: F21
Shirt :: Thrifted (Men’s) from BR
Jeans :: Old Navy
Shoes :: H&M
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13 thoughts on “When You Have To Force A Smile

  1. Thanks for this; it’s a great message, and I’m glad you put it ‘out there’. I hope you and your family feel better quickly.

  2. Great post, Nettie. I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend.
    It was so fun talking with you on Saturday. You had us cracking up talking about three-quarter length sleeves. Posts like this are a great reminder of how lucky we all are to have each other and be silly and sewcial together.
    So glad you’re doing Me-Made-May too. It’s going to be a fabulous month.
    Hope the family continues to get better.
    Take care
    Shelley

    • Thanks, Shelley!!

      I love telling that story about my grandmother! It always gets a laugh because it’s so totally outrageous. I have dozens more like that, with her as the star ;o)

  3. Thanks for this post. It can be so easy to go through the day/week/whatever without a sense of gratitude. It sounds cheesy, but life is so short and so sweet and each day truly is a gift. I’m so sorry for your loss, especially since it was smackdab in the middle of a rough time in your family. :(

    • It was a shock to get the news about her passing. But she had been really, really sick with a variety of illnesses, so it wasn’t totally unexpected. Just sooner than I ever thought it would be.

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