Bubble Gum And Lollipops


Lisa Alioto

03 October 2020 26 comments

Let’s face it, life has thrown some whoppers at us this year.   It hasn’t been easy, it hasn’t been carefree, and it’s all been so new and challenging.  At times, a bit scary.   In times like these, I think that finding some levity in life is essential.  And that brings us to bubble gum and lollipops!

For me, bubble gum and lollipops is more than just what it sounds like.  To me, it represents anything that bring levity and joy to my life.  A smile to my face.  A forgetfulness of life’s challenges.  It brings pure fun!

Sometimes It’s the Simplest of Things

It often doesn’t take much to separate ourselves from the things that are bringing us down (i.e. this pandemic!).  Sometimes it’s a beautiful sunset, a blooming flower, a child running carefree down the street, or even just the smell of a scented candle.

These are my bubble gum and lollipops of life on most days.   They remind me of all the great things that there is still out there in life, waiting to be enjoyed by us.  They make me laugh, they bring on a smile, and most of all they make me forget for a moment that we are in the midst of a pandemic and all that comes with it.

Sometimes It Takes More

The reality of the world we are living in sometimes means that our first go-to flavor of bubble gum and lollipops isn’t always enough.  Sometimes we need more.  And during times like this we need to be prepared to go beyond the simple things in life that bring us joy and have our toolbox of tricks that bring us out of any type of funk.

For some of us it’s planning a weekend with a friend.   Friends are a great diversion – we can easily give them our full attention which means we are no longer thinking of whatever it is that has brought us into a funk.

For others, it’s delving into a good book, bingeing a new series on Netflix, or diving into a favorite hobby.  Whatever it is, it often takes something that demands our full attention to get past the bump in the road we hit.  It’s… the next level of Bubble Gum and Lollipops!

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What is your flavor of bubble gum and lollipops?  How do you bring yourself out of a funk?  What puts a smile on your face even in the most challenging of times?  Is it sweets and treats?  Friends and fun?  Books and hobbies?

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26 thoughts on “Bubble Gum And Lollipops

  1. I love that you are looking for the positives, I try and do this but some days are harder than others!


    1. Lisa Alioto

      That is true – that is why go-to bubble gum and lollipops are so important to have 🙂

  2. I love how positive this post is. Getting out in the great outdoors is mine.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I love the outdoors too – so peaceful!

  3. I love the idea of calling your positives and pick me ups ‘bubble-gum and lollipops’ such a fun way to think of it and to help you look to the positives.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I’m glad you like it Hannah! i thought it was kind of fun too!

  4. Love your positive attitude in this post and looking at the small things that can still bring us joy, those bubblegums and lollipops

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Yes, those bubblegums and lollipops… 🙂

  5. My bubblegum and lollipops usually come with a little fur – My dogs and cats never fail to bring a smile to my face and help me to forget about anything stressful, challenging or negative in my life. Whether it’s cuddling with our flat-coated retriever Indiana in the hammock or playing fetch with our fuzzball cat Pippen, they always know exactly what I need!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Pets really are the best for bringing a smile to our face, aren’t they!

  6. I really like this! So many don’t realize how important it is, especially in times like these, to have a toolkit of happiness that’s easily accessible! Mine is a good cup of coffee and a new book ??

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I love your phrase “toolkit of happiness”!

  7. I lvoe this post! Very nice twist too. When I saw the title or said “ooooo I must read”. Life csn really knock us off our feet but having bubble gum and lollipop can help to lift our spirits. For me, some days are harder than other, but I do try to look at the positives.

    Thanks for sharing

  8. Lisa Alioto

    You’re welcome Rebekah – I”m glad you enjoyed it!

  9. I like to watch a movie to unwind. These are good suggestions.

  10. Lisa Alioto

    Thank you RetireStyle – I do too!

  11. My bubble gum and lollipops are spending time with family (outside and distanced), as well as reading, blogging and making my home cozy. Such a great post and I love the emphasis on keeping positive.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Those sound like great things Jodie! Hopefully we can resume normal visits soon too!

  12. This is such a lovely way to look at things! I love a good book to get me out of a low mood!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      A good book is an excellent way to change the mood, taking you away to another place for a while!

  13. My daughter puts a smile on my face when I down 🙂

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That is beautiful Natasha! 🙂

  14. For me, bubble gum and lollipops tend to take the form of playing board games with my husband, cuddling my toddler, stroking my guinea pigs or losing myself in a book! Definitely feels like there’s been more need for these things this year. Thanks for sharing, will be looking at things differently from now on. 🙂

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Excited to hear that Hayley – and those are such wonderful things that you named!

  15. Jennifer Van Haitsma says:

    I love this! My bubble gum and lollipops is the goofy stuff my kids come up with. They’re at such a funny age!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That is awesome Jennifer! What a joy!

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