The Single Woman’s Dash of Sass: The Upside of Tough Times

Quote of the Day:

“When it rains it pours. Maybe the art of life is to convert tough times to great experiences: we can choose to hate the rain or dance in it.” ~Joan Marques

The Single Woman Says:

In the spirit of transparency, I will be completely honest: I have been going through some tough times lately. Due to the overall busyness of my schedule and the intensity of the daily grind, I haven’t been taking the greatest care of myself, and over the past few weeks, it has started to catch up with me in numerous ways. Anxiety, a cough that has dragged on for a month, a trip to the emergency room, missed deadlines, totally spaced on a great friend’s birthday party, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on and on. So where’s the silver lining in all this, you ask? IS there a silver lining to tough times?


Tough times tend to teach you what’s REALLY important. Tough times help you re-prioritize your life; giving the right things more room and giving the wrong things the boot. Tough times teach you who your REAL friends are. Tough times show you how much you really didn’t know your own strength. Tough times remind you of how lucky you are to have the umbrella of faith to top you when the trials of life try and stop you. Tough times help you see the importance of self-love and self-care. Tough times stop you in your tracks, detouring you or rerouting you a different way, all together. Tough times shake you, but then they make you. Just like the butterfly beats himself silly in the process of emerging from his cocoon, and the oyster endures great pain to produce its tiny but shiny pearl – it takes big trials to produce bigger treasures. So if you’re facing tough times today, realize that a miracle is on its way. Remember: No pressure, no diamonds.

Hang in there, beautiful diamond.

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