When things don’t go as planned

by Lindsay on December 15, 2013

in Attitude, Personal Growth

Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 2.51.58 PMLast year at this time, I was 36+ weeks pregnant, about to go on my year-long maternity leave to take care of my soon-to-be-born daughter. I had visions of how we would spend our days: lots of cuddles, reading, swimming lessons, music. During Evelyn’s naps, I planned to do as much work for The Daily Awe as possible: readings, writing poignant articles and expanding the business side of things.

I had high hopes and dreams for The Daily Awe without the weight of an office job dragging me down. I wanted it to take off to places it’s never been, I wanted new eyes to see it, and I wanted to be able to make a steady income doing readings and Reiki for folks. And I wanted to do all of this while raising a brand new baby girl.

Um…insert sound of screeching tires here. 

Why didn’t anyone give me a reality check? I guess sometimes, we just have to learn things for ourselves. These days, I feel like I’ve accomplished great feats just by hitting “publish” on a blog article once a month.

Long-time readers will notice that articles just don’t get published with the frequency here with which they used to. It started off as daily posts (hence the name), weekly, then bi-weekly and now? Well, you know…

Here’s what I learned: things don’t always go as planned. In fact, things usually don’t go as planned. But just because they don’t go the way we originally intended doesn’t mean that things are wrong/bad/awfully awry and astray. There’s the human plan, and then there’s the Divine plan. We just have to roll with the punches, go with what happens and know: the Universe always, always, always has your back. 

If you find yourself in the thick of disappointment in yourself or something else because things aren’t going “according to plan”, remember this: It is common for successful people to describe their journeys a long series of minor and major obstacles, sprinkled with a few glorious moments of meeting goals. Our ability to withstand disappointment, reassess our routes, and continue on is so very important.

Goals, passion, and drive are what keep us moving forward and developing as people, but there’s no shame in changing direction in your life. As we grow, our values change, as does our perception of success. Our situations change – babies are born, jobs change, hobbies come and go, as do friends and family.  It makes sense that our dreams and goals need to be adjusted from time to time, too.

Need more reminding that it’s okay when things don’t go as planned? 

Look back at yourself 10 years ago. Now, stop criticizing that haircut and that thing you insisted on wearing. You’re not the same person you were back then. Things didn’t go your way, all the time. And that’s more than okay. YOU wouldn’t be YOU if things always went the way you intended. It is amazing to take a look back and see how far you’ve landed from where you had originally planned, and yet find it is exactly where you need to be.

The Daily Awe: Now

As for The Daily Awe, it’s exactly where it needs to be right now. I’m doing several readings a week, which is wonderful extra income. My maternity leave has been the most incredible time of my life, as I spend my days with my baby girl. I will never regret spending more time napping with her instead of working on my business plan. These days are so very precious, and I am exactly where I need to be.

What have you done when things don’t go “your way”? Do you see how the Universe always has your back and steers you in the right direction, even when you’ve veered “off course”? 

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