5 Strategies to Stay Up When Life Kicks You Down

My week in pics: Exploring all of the beauty and splendor that is Croatia, while on board Sail Croatia’s lovely Magellan, and making a whole lot of special new friends for life… I think this country may have stolen my heart!

It’s Always Sunny in Croatia!
5 Strategies to Stay Up When Life Kicks You Down

Happy Friday!

And greetings from beautiful Hvar, Croatia. A country I honestly didn’t previously know a whole lot about, and have since fallen in love with.

Honestly. And if the pictures do it even a little bit of justice, no doubt you can understand why!

It’s true I am extremely fortunate to be travelling the world right now. That being said, travelling is not always sunshine and rainbows.

Sometimes travelling can be tough. And sometimes bad things can happen.

Last week, I had my backpack taken while on the the train from Budapest, Hungary to Split, Croatia. In the moment I went from complete panic to denial, anger, frustration, guilt… and I’ve played the ‘what if’ game way too many times. However I’m now in a very different place ~ dare I say I am actually at peace with it all. (But really, did you have to take my journal?!?)

In this week’s video, I share the story of having my backpack taken, as well as the 5 strategies I’ve used to be able to come to a place of peace.


Again, here are the 5 strategies:

  1. Shift Your Mindset
  2. Seek Comfort in Community
  3. Take Action
  4. Look For The Lessons
  5. Find Gratitude

Next time something not so great happen in your life, which of these five strategies are going to implement? Or do you have other ideas? I want to hear from you!

Have a FAB week!

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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  1. Heather says

    Oh no!!! Carol — I am so sorry to hear that your bag was stolen. That really stinks!!! I am so glad that you were able to make it into such a positive! Also, I am grateful that you were able to share that with all of us. I am sure, that this message helped many people, including myself. It has been a really rough week for me and I needed these tips to keep me positive. Preparing for a move, while working full time is hard, but when you are also caring for two disabled relatives at the same time it can be down right grueling! And right now, with all of these stressors, I can focus on the negative. Remembering these tips can help me change my focus on a dime! It will save time and help me to move forward!!! Thank you for sharing, it is very helpful!!! Smiles,

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