Lemonade Meme

April 15, 2008 Katja Presnal

Lemonade Meme

Photo & Lemonade recipe: Barilla

I believe sometimes the worst in life can become the best in life.
(read my previous post)

I know many have problems and sorrow in their life; sick child, trouble with a spouse, fear the upcoming recession might eat your business, fear of loosing a house or job, and trying to make ends meet.

I have problems too, and sometimes when you find out your dog has cancer and you miscarry a baby in the same month, it does feel like life is giving you too many bitter lemons.

What should you do when life gives you lemons? Lemonade! Inspired by this thought and all the response I got from my latest post, I wanted to start a “LEMONADE MEME” to inspire all of us to believe in the best in life.


* Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.

* Link back to person who tagged you.

* Write about an incident in your life you first thought was really bad, but ended up being a blessing.

* Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.

* Let each person you tagged know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

(* And if you want some extra good karma – link back to this original Lemonade Meme post too.)

We lived in Cleveland, Ohio in 2005, when my husband was offered a corporate job in Tennessee. The salary felt like winning a lottery. We put our house on the market, and moved.

We started building our dream house and for months I designed, shopped and thought of every little detail of our “dream house” of over 4000 sqft.

The closing date became closer, and our house in Ohio hadn’t sold yet.

Two hours before the final walk through, my husband heard a rumor his company might loose a contract and he might eventually loose his job.

We did not buy our dream house.

Thankfully we had a clause that we didn’t have to purchase the house, if our other house wasn’t sold yet, and we used it. It was one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever made.

The builder was mad, and didn’t pay our deposit back, nor paid for us for the flooring, tiles, light fixtures, appliances or anything else we had already paid for.

My husband never really liked the job, and we didn’t wait for the rumors to come true (they eventually did). He quit his job a few days later, without a new job (to job-hunt). We had also only a few days left in the lease we had signed.

We were unemployed, soon to be homeless, lost a lot of money to a house we never lived in and paid mortgage to another house in a different state.

My husband got a job in Colorado and we were on the road driving to Colorado two weeks later. Now instead of working long days in the corporate job he hated, he works only every other week saving people. Every other week he spends home with me and the kids. This also made it possible for me to start my own business. During winters we ski, during summers we enjoy the nature surrounding us. The altitude and weather have significantly improved our daughter’s asthma and we are all happy and love it here.

We finally found a place we want to stay for longer, even though it took more than just one or two bitter lemons on the way.

What’s your story?

I’m tagging:

Darla at Ultra Beauty Boutique
Amy aka Crunchy Domestic Goddess
Sarah aka Spunky Mommy
Heather at A Mama’s Blog
Laurie at This is my blog blog
Joe at Wildheart’s Work
Melanie aka Savvy Auntie
Steph at Adventures In Babywearing
Lynnae at Being Frugal
Donna aka Socal Mom
Sansku at A bit of this and a bit of that
Stina at Jotain Stärää?
Karen aka Karen Sugarpants
Lucretia aka Geek Mommy
Dawn at Coming to a Nursery Near You

Yes, I tagged a few extras so we’ll get this thing going – And you are more than welcome to join in. Please sing in the Mr Linky here to your Lemonade post so we can come and read it.

Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work. Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners. She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (10)

  1. mamasnest

    What a story! My goodness woman. It actually sounds like our kind of adventure!

  2. The Spunky Mommy

    This is a wonderful idea. I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of days now…I’ll post soon promise! Thanks.

  3. Deb

    Great post. Thank you for reminding me that there is usually a reason behind things.

  4. s a n s k u :)

    This is GREAT! What an inspiring meme. We all have trials and it’s usually not until AFTER that we appreciate them. I loved reading through your story. Things turned out great for you. It’s awesome that your husband can stay home so much. Family is the most important thing after all.

  5. Stina

    Ihan ensin, tuohon edelliseen postaukseesi liittyen, iso lammin hali. Voi itku. Teitapa nyt tosissaan koetellaan. Onneksi olet vahvan, jarkevan ja peruspositiivisen tuntuinen ihminen, jonka ymparilla on ihana perhe ja ystavien verkosto, silloin jaksaa surullistenkin elamanvaiheiden lapi vahan paremmin. Voimaa ja jaksamista ja paljon aurinkoa ja parantavia ajatuksia <3.

    Kiitos memesta, taytynee hetki miettia, mutta eikohan sita jotain loydy =).

  6. GeekMommy

    Okay, I’ll play – but you’ll have to wait until *after* I’ve finished up the taxes etc… :)

  7. Darla

    Lurves me some lemonade. I’ve been pondering this (there’s so many choices) and will try to do my very best lemonade picking possible.

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