How to Get Out of a Rut, From a Mother to a Daughter

Claudia Graziano is the fashion and lifestyle blogger behind Human Hanger. Based in Los Angeles, she’s always on the lookout for the next wellness treatments and habits to try, and her style is the epitome of California cool. Her biggest love in life is a good pair of shoes. “[We] thought you were going to take [us] to the toy section, but we ended up in shoes,” her parents remind her. “You picked up a pair and said, ‘Aren’t these darling?’ You were 6.” We can definitely relate. Scroll through to hear more about how she stays healthy while leading the busy life of a fashion blogger.

My last few weeks have been a series of unfortunate events. Between trying to find a new apartment, struggling with the emotional weight of a never-ending long-distance relationship, and having my car, phone, and laptop all die at once, I’ve had my hands full. Oh, and did I mention my blog got hacked?! Yeah… that too. Each of these obstacles would be frustrating individually, but when they all happen at once, it’s hard not to get discouraged. (I’m seriously one Genius Bar visit away from becoming this lady.)

After concluding my pity party, I did the inevitable when things go wrong, and I called my mum. Once we hung up, I started reflecting on all the great advice she’s given me over the years. Maybe it’s because she’s a psychologist or maybe it’s because she’s the coolest mum ever (she’s going to roll her eyes here), but she has always had the ability to really put herself in other people’s shoes. The older I get, the more I appreciate and respect my parents’ wisdom. (Seriously… they have been right way more times than I have given them credit for.) Without further adieu, I give you Mama Tomarelli’s advice for staying positive even when things aren’t going your way.

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