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At the change of every season, we are always reminded that like the seasons there is a time for everything. 

Moving into spring means warm sun, bright flowers and birds singing which for me is a nice change from the dreary winter. 

The last few weeks I have had a series of bad days. Just one thing after another going wrong.

BUT The good thing about life is that it always moves forward. Forward is forward. Forward means moving away from the bad times. Life goes on and in time those bad experiences just become a memory. It may not be the direction we want right now but this is forward, this is progress and this will lead us somewhere beautiful. 

Another lesson I have been reminded of through this journey … is that there is beauty through pain. All types of pain makes us grow and learn so much about other people and ourselves. 

These things and times make us more aware of others and in turn more loving. These horrible things make us who we are. 

Like the bright flowers and animals hibernating in winter, it is now time to come out of our caves and bloom along with the rest of them. 

So I challenge you to think – what unpleasant experience has made you so much better? comment and share it or message me I would love to hear ❤️

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  • Holly

    I love this post, especially the idea of blooming along with everything else at springtime! “Forward is forward” is something I’m going to hold close and remember through the tough times, thank you. Chronic illness has definitely brought a lot of beauty through the pain and changed my perspective for the better.
    Take care, I hope Spring brings you some kidder days.
    Love Holly xx

    • sadminray

      Thank you so much Holly!! It means the world to me that you support and understand how I feel too. Thank you for reading! I’m so glad you got something out of this post <3 Lots of love xx

    • Emma (Not Just Tired)

      Beautiful words, Susie. Very thought provoking. So sorry to hear about the bad days. They are tough, to say the least. I hope Spring brings some brighter days ahead for you. I will keep my fingers crossed. I love how you express so well that even if this is not the direction we want to go in right now, that it is still progress. So important to remember. Thanks for this reminder. Take good care. I’ve really enjoyed this series of blogs 😊 Lots of love, Emma (Not Just Tired) xxx

      • sadminray

        Thank you so much Emma!! Yes I think spring has already livened my spirits!! Thanks so much xx

  • This is so thoughtful and well written. I needed this today xx

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    • sadminray

      Aw thank you! Thanks for stopping by to read 🙂

  • Priya

    Truly a heart touching one

    • sadminray

      Thank you <3 hope you are well

  • mercy

    Such an inspiration! Probably my work has given me a lot of perseverance and resilience trying to find the right fit for me. I guess trials make you strong as long as you don’t give up and keep on praying and pushing. Wishing you a fun week ahead!

    • sadminray

      Thanks so much Mercy! You are too kind. I am glad you have built and become strong <3 Hope you have had a nice weekend!

  • Deepti

    this is such an incredible post! Love it. Such an inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing it 🙂

    Deepti xx|

    • sadminray

      Aw thank you Deepti! Thanks for stopping by to read it!

  • Rena

    Oh, this saying is so true and most of the unpleasant things in my life made me at least more experienced 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • sadminray

      Yes unpleasant things build so much character! Thanks Rena!

  • Nancy

    I agree that bad times don’t last forever. We need to do our best to move forward however we can. There are times when life can be tough but I found having to power through it helps a little. Sending you lots of love.

    Nancy ♥

    • sadminray

      Yes they do keep moving on! Sending love to you too Nancy x

  • Amy Aed

    This is such an important post, and definitely one I see myself coming back to. Knowing that everything has an end is somewhat reassuring.

    Have a great week 🙂
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

    • sadminray

      Thanks so much Amy! Your comment has made me smile 🙂 I am glad it could help you. Hope you are having a good week x

  • Diana

    I love this thoughtful post and needed to read this today! Everything dark always has an end and it’s so important to grow through pain, as tough as it can be xx

    • sadminray

      I am so glad it came to you on a day you needed to see it <3 lots of love!

  • Emily

    “This is forward, this is progress and this will lead us somewhere beautoful”. Such a wonderful post Susie! I really hope things ease up for you now! I know that feeling when you keep coming up for air and trying to move on but you just keep getting hit with one thing after another. You feel like you’re drowning. Hoping and praying for better times for you. Spring is looking so good, how nice is it feel the sun again. ☀

    Xx Em


    • sadminray

      Emily!! You are so kind! Yes it can really just feel like a snowball of bad things sometimes :/ but it does get better eventually xx I hope you are doing well today xoxo

  • Patricia & Miguel

    We like to say that we are exactly where we need to be, right here, in this present moment and that is all that matters 🙂
    Such beautiful words, keep strong girl !

    • sadminray

      Yes it is such a nice feeling to accept where we are and feel that this is all for a reason. Being present is so helpful and important <3 lots of love x

  • Allie Mackin

    Ah yes things to do go wrong, but if you have your heath, no one died and your not being thrown out on to the street then it is not that bad and yes it will change.

    Allie of

    • sadminray

      Yes ahah unfortunately things were pretty bad :/ but yes hopefully it will all improve in time. Thanks Allie xx

  • Mica

    What a beautiful pic at the end! it’s important to remember that nothing lasts forever and things will change, especially when we are facing hard times!

    Hope that you are having a great week 🙂 I’ve got a scarf giveaway on my blog right now 🙂

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    • sadminray

      Thanks so much Mica!! Yes! Sometimes we just have to keep reminding ourselves this in the tough times xx hope you are well!

  • Radi

    This is lovely… for sure all the bad experiences in my life made me grow a lot. If it wasn’t for them, life wouldn’t be the same.

    • sadminray

      Yes these tough times can really make us grow! They make us who we are <3

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  • Kara

    I always love your positive outlook on life! You’re right that going forward means progress and although the hard times are tough, they really do help make us into the people we were meant to be. I hope you have the best spring Susie!

    x Kara |

    • sadminray

      Thank you Kara!! Hope you are well xx

  • Monica

    I am really happy to read your post. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    • sadminray

      Thank you Monica 🙂

  • Monalisa Matache

    Awesome photos you shared here. Love these.

  • Kales & Kales

    Surviving a crisis or a prolonged bad time can be a very arduous task; nevertheless there are some things which you should never do if you intend to achieve the eventual goal of survival.

  • braddie granes

    You are right. Bad time doesn’t last long, life out us in some critical phase to make us grow stronger and rise higher. Always stay patient and have hope.

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