My New Happy: Motivational Monday XLIII

Monday, March 14, 2016

Motivational Monday XLIII

I did it to myself. Again.

Worried, fretted, and let the anxiety take over.

It was the night before my orthodontic appointment.  The next day I was finally going to get my first Invisalign aligner, a day I had been looking forward to for years. 

My husband told me I should be excited.  The boys said it was finally my turn for straight teeth.

I, however, had managed to work myself into a state of panic.  Determined to learn all I could from others' experiences, I did the thing I knew I shouldn't do.

Got on the internet.

The horror stories!  Pain, discomfort, problems, inconvenience, complaints. With each new click I became more and more discouraged.  What had I gotten myself into?  A new smile wasn't worth it.

I arrived at the ortho's office expecting the worst.  When the hygienist popped the aligners into my mouth, I cringed, waited, and .... nothing.  No feeling of claustrophobia, no excruciating pain. I went to the mirror, planning to spend thirty minutes trying to remove them.  It wasn't easy, but soon I had them out, in, and out again.

Three days later, I was still waiting for all the awful stuff I'd read about to happen.  I was kind of tip toeing around, afraid that at any moment, all hell would break loose in my mouth. It never happened.

Sure, they're not the most comfortable things.  My teeth are sore, my tongue is a little raw in places, and it's definitely inconvenient to take them out every time I want to eat.  But yes, it's going to be worth it in the end.

As Harper Lee said, "Nothing is ever as bad as it seems".

Someday, one of these days, I'll remember those words before I do it to myself. Again.


It's time to link up with Shaunacey for Monday Moments of Gratitude.  If you need a smile this morning, head over to her blog.  This week I'm grateful for:
  • A little one on one time with this guy.  I had a ton of errands to run, and he offered to drive me around.  I'm pretty sure he was just in it for the lunch, but he's so busy these days, I'll take it.
  • Rain.  Yep, it's been non stop.  Yep, I'm tired of it.  But the flowers are blooming, and my world is green and fresh.  So there's that.


Be sure to head to The Blended Blog where we're hopping into spring with Katie.

And remember to join us on Wednesday for week three of Style Perspectives. This week we're styling a white pants look.  I always struggle with white pants this time of year, so I can't wait to get some ideas!

Happy Monday!


  1. Every time I turn to the internet to look things up like that I regret it! I'm glad your braces went on easily and your not in too much discomfort! Theres nothing better than car time with your teen! That's when they seem to tell you everything! Have a great week!

    Doused In Pink

  2. The discomfort is definitely worth it...don't let me start on all the stuff I had done to my teeth. Good thing there wasn't google back then!

  3. I congratulate you for going ahead with this!


  4. Google is the worst!!'ll all be worth it in the end!! YAY for Spring! Boo for rain!! And loved that you got to spend time with your son...driving AND lunch!!!!

  5. I'm glad your appointment went okay, we usually expect the worse and it's rarely that bad.I try not to look at Google, it's usually the worst experiences that is a small number ♡♡

  6. According to Web MD, Mayo Clinic and various other searches I am close to the walking dead. I just don't look any more. Just say no to Medical searches! Best of luck with your teeth!

  7. so guilty of working myself up like that! Glad it's not as bad as you imagined
    Those flowers are so pretty!
    Thanks for linking up today!

  8. The reason I try not to look stuff up...EVER! Yay for Invisalign, I am so happy we did it all those years ago! I found that the a few months doesn the line when they really start shifting your teeth it hurt a little more, but not much more and it was always gone by day 2. Good luck!

  9. I do the exact same thing! Even when I tell myself I'm not going to get worked up about it, I still do! I am so proud of you and I'll bet your happy moments made it all worthwhile. Now I want my sons to drive me around, lol.

  10. Haha, I can't imagine that would be so bad!
    But just so you know, a root canal is pure torture. Everything I read online said it wouldn't be so bad. Yeaaahhhh right!

  11. I found your sweet blog through Kelly's link up. I love that you got some one on one time with your son. And I'm completely jealous that you have flowers blooming already. :)

  12. Oh girl. I almost have a panic attack every time I go to the dentist and they know and are so so kind to me (like think approaching a frightened cornered gazelle). Good for you for being brave! I am so interested in how this works out for you. My parents (being British) didn't really believe in braces and our teeth are sort of okay, but I've looked at those before. Yay for going for your goal!

  13. I'm so glad it went well! Googling anything health related is dangerous business...but I keep doing it too. Glad the experience wasn't as bad as the fretting.

  14. Sometimes I can't help myself either. The horror stories on the Internet. As Cassidy always says, When people are perfectly happy, which is often, they don't feel the need to share stories on the Internet.
    I'm glad it went ok!

  15. I love it when Dale drives me around so I can totally appreciate that and hope you enjoyed it. Straight teeth are straight ahead for you...yay!!

  16. I would have been nervous too - but I'm so glad none of your fears materialized. The Harper Lee quote is a good one to keep in mind! I hope your week is off to a good start, Lana!

  17. How I can relate - both to the nervousness and the delight of spending time driving around with your son. Well, not YOUR son but son. With my two kids studying across the country it is always special when I get to have a little one on one with them. Love that your son volunteered to do the driving. I'll bet he enjoyed it as much as the lunch.

  18. Glad it went well...and you didn't end up being a statistic! And yay for special times with adult children! Even if you gotta bribe them with food!😉
    Making the Most of Every Day

  19. You'll get more and more used to them. I used to go to the bathroom every time when we were out in public to remove them and now I just take them out in the open! Haha! We were at the zoo today and I couldn't leave my kids alone at the table, so I just took them out at the table... and, I doubt anyone noticed (besides my kids!). My tongue really doesn't get sore anymore, but I really try not to rub it against them like I did at first!


  20. We need some rain so I'll take yours for a day or so! I love that quote!


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