Good morning all! How are we this morning? Hopefully feeling happy and refreshed after a restful weekend. No? Me neither! I’ve had a week off work and a fun filled half term but no way am I ready for going back to work just yet. It doesn’t help that Andrew and Phoebe are both still at home today as Phoebe doesn’t go back to school until Tuesday. Having time off always gives me an opportunity to think a bit more about where I am in my life and where I want to be. I’m not sure this is always a good thing, especially at the moment as I’m definitely not in the place I thought I would be. It got me wondering whether we actually need to have a plan or if it’s ok to just drift about a bit until we end up where we want to be?
I’ve always been told that if you fail to plan you plan to fail and have, for the most part, planned where I wanted to be in life. Things haven’t always happened quite how I expected but, with an end goal in mind, I’ve usually ended up where I wanted in the end. Since taking redundancy in 2016 I feel like I’ve definitely been drifting and waiting for my life to take that next turn. Blogging has definitely been a focus but not being able to do it full time is definitely something that stands in the way of really making it a career. I’ve had two jobs in the last two years both very different to each other but both linked in some way to my blog and the new digital career I appear to be carving for myself. It feels so strange to be working in a career so far removed from the one I originally trained to do.
I do think sometimes we just need to put the plan to one side, let go and see what happens. We can plan and goal set as much as we like but if the universe has a different plan for us then there’s perhaps not a lot we can do about it. I fear that sometimes, by sticking to a plan so rigidly we can miss other opportunities that come our way as we worry they will take us away from our optimum goal. However, by grabbing these opportunities we might just find ourselves in a better, happier and more wonderful place that we never knew existed, just because we had the courage to veer from the plan and try something different. I have no idea where I will be next week, next month or next year, but I know that my end goal is to be happy and I’ll jump on whatever opportunity comes my way to make that happen.
Have a great Monday and don’t forget to watch out for those new opportunities flying past – don’t just watch them go, grab on tight…you might just end up on the ride of your life!