When Things Don’t Go As Planned

It’s been one of those weeks. One of those years, actually. You know when you think you finally have some downtime? Some time to plan a long trip for yourself or even plan not to have plans? That was going to be our year. We knew we had a couple of weddings and maybe a family thing or two, but we were going to book a trip to Germany. Maybe take a couple extra trips to the beach and definitely spend more time at home.

But, boy, did life have other plans.

The wedding save the dates continued to show up in our mailbox, and events and family trips kept appearing on our calendar. Not that I’m complaining – I love weddings and trips and reasons to get dressed up to travel to see friends and family. I had everything staggered and budgeted for.

And then we were thrown a curve ball. One day, Mitch no longer had a job.

A main portion of our income was gone. Poof. Every purchase made a dent. To be honest, I thought I would be more worried but I tend to go into logical mode and as long as adjustments are made, plans are in place and everything is moving forward, I can stay positive.

Plus I think this was a blessing / kick in the seat to make some changes around here.

Anywho. Needless to say we’re not going to Germany this year. (We’re going to Ireland! For one of those weddings! But that’s a story for another day.)

Sometimes – most times – our plans don’t play out like we had set them. That’s life. And for me, it’s a challenge to keep me from getting too comfortable, to keep me on my toes and to give me a chance to pivot and grow.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the routine and being complacent, and even though I like to have a my hands in different baskets, it’s easy to get comfortable.

So what are you doing to get uncomfortable? Maybe you’re not doing it – maybe you’re surviving it. Either way, take a moment to appreciate the potential for where you could end up, the possible opportunities that are only available now that you’re in this predicament and use it to light a fire underneath you.

Heat and pressure are catalysts, right? We can’t become something great without them.

In order to create a fonderloving community, we have to share and give love and grace in real life, tough situations. To each other and to ourselves.

Real talk – would love to hear what’s going on with you!

Real, real talk – I had in mind a completely different topic for this post but just couldn’t get the words to come. Not what I had planned, but that’s our (my) MO for this year, right?