"Let me do the smiling for both of us"

Do you remember the episode of The Simpsons where Lisa is too sad to play dodgeball, & Marge tells her, "Always be yourself...From now on, let me do the smiling for both of us." It's one of my favourite episodes - so sweet & sad.

Browsing some of my favourite blogs, it's easy to assume that other people's lives are an endless parade of sunshine & lollipops. I absolutely understand why people blog about nice things - lovely, inspiring, aspirational things - it's natural to want to put your best self forward, especially if your blog is a marketing vehicle for your business. I sure don't want my blog to be a littany of gripes either!

But I just want to put this out there... If you are dealing with illness, either your own or someone you care for, or have financial troubles, dysfunctional relationships, you're feeling discouraged, unmotivated, or you're lonely, or just happen to be going through some stuff at the moment...you are most definitely not alone!

If you're slumped on the sofa in your PJs at 3.00pm watching Love Boat, contemplating cornflakes for dinner, while it seems the rest of the world is ambitiously setting New Year's resolutions & projects...just remember that hardly anyone's life really does look like a spread from a glossy design magazine. I bet that underneath the gloss, there's a load of junk shoved in the cupboards & dust bunnies under the bed. Perhaps an old tube of athlete's foot cream in the bathroom cabinet or some unidentifiable mouldy lump stuck at the back of the fridge.

There are loads of corny, motivational quotes out there that I'm sure you don't want to hear, but I quite like the succinctness of this one from that dogged old curmudgeon Winston Churchill: "If you're going through hell, keep going."

Here's to everyone who's had a cruddy 2011 - may 2012 be less cruddy! Yay!