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Sometimes at night when I’m just about to drift off to sleep, I start thinking… What happens to us after we die? Is our universe part of something greater or just endless black space? What is the purpose of our lives? If something happened to me – just how messy would my house be?

That sort of thing. I can make you a relaxing meditation tape of these questions if you’d like.

Of course, this isn’t all I mull over. Sometimes, I spent time deciding which coach I’d pick on The Voice between Adam, Pharrel, Christina and Blake. I would definitely pick Adam or Christina… Adam (because he’s adorable, funny and I’ve never spent time with someone with so many arm tattoos) or Christina (because her voice is amazing and well, girl power).

Obviously, I really need to decide between the two of them as soon as possible in case I suddenly wake up with an amazing voice and buckets of free time to dedicate to auditioning and the knock out rounds.

I’m also a little concerned about whether I’ll ever get the closed captioning on my TV to turn off. It’s already been three days and an hour call to Xfinity and still nothing. I’m trying to embrace reading the TV dialogue before I hear it. It really spiced up the Justin Bieber Comedy Central roast. Nothing makes a lame joke funnier than reading it first!

While I’m thinking about this, nearly 5 year old Harlowe is fiercely worried about the next time she will have to get shots. She already got her shots for Kindergarten next year which means the next time she will need to get immunized is when she is… twelve.

She got herself in such a panic over these future shots that I finally told her, “You know what, you don’t have to get them when you’re 12. We will work something else out.”

I mean, is she seriously going to hold me to this in 7 years?  If she does, I’ll tell her I was on the edge of a nervous breakdown listening to her crying and decided to save myself.

I don’t know why people worry since we have control over pretty much nothing and most of what we worry about, never happens. I’m prone to it myself. I’ve cornered the market in worrying about little things while my husband specializes in big picture worrying. It’s the yin and yang of a beautiful marriage in harmony.

I wish I could be one of those people who lets things go and gives it all up to God’s will or a higher power. My mother (who is also prone to worrying so maybe it’s genetic) used to have a saying… “Put it in the God box.” She would write down her concern or worry on a piece of paper and literally put it in a special God box. It’s a way of letting go.

But this idea of giving it all up to God’s will is a bit too esoteric for me. Maybe if it was Adam Levine’s will – that would be something I could support. Maybe I’ll just take my worries and put them in the Adam Levine God box. I’ll leave it up to him to do my worrying.


7 Responses to how to worry less with help from a rock star

  • DeNae says:

    Come on now. I’m all about the girl power, but this is Adam we’re talking about. You’d have to pick him, right?
    And I love your mom’s God box idea. I might share this with a little worrier of a child that I know and love.

  • Jordana says:

    You were the first person from whom I ever heard the expression, “Let It Go” or was it Elsa? As you know, I’m a first-class worrier too. I realized that all worries in bed never materialize – so now I when I catch myself in bed worrying I remind myself of that and my “no worrying in bed” rule has helped a lot!

  • Alex says:

    I challenge Jordana to the title of world class worrier. I’m the worst!!! These days if I’m really obsessing about something I sit down and make a list of all the reasons why that thing won’t happen. And reasoning thru the probability of something not happening really helps. I also pray to my Adam Levine altar because, let’s face it, Adam makes dreams come true.

  • daphne says:

    Just a note of caution – my kids went from age 5-10 dr appts being told “don’t worry, no shots until you’re 11.” When they turned 10.5 it got really ugly. They never forget, and 5 years of building up suspense didn’t help matters at all. Never mind that flu shots are every year. And they move the ages around periodically.

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