I am normally pretty organized, despite my scatterbrained ways.  I schedule EVERYTHING so that I know I have time for the things I need and want to do, and I try to stick to my schedules no matter what.  So, if something comes up unexpectedly?  I freak out a bit!  Today is one of those days!

I sat down to finish up the blog article I had planned for today and I cannot find it anywhere on my computer!  After a few minutes of frustration and despair, I decided to try something a little different…my blog doesn’t always need to be about nutrition advice, right?

You may not know much about me but I am currently working through 3 different online coaching programs to help me build up my business.  To be frank, I don’t think it’s working but still I plug away because I am determined to reach as many people as possible and help them fix many of their health complaints.  But, this process is very slow-going…anyway, in these coaching programs, the experts advise that we should be more relatable and personable, which is something I want to do but am, truthfully, afraid.  I had a horrible high school experience: from grades 8 through to grade 12, I was, for reasons I still don’t understand, the girl everyone made fun of for anything that I did, wore, said, or wrote.  High school was awful – I spent most of my breaks between classes pouring through university admissions books, dreaming of the day I could leave that hell.

Now, 20 years later, I am still that timid, scared girl who thinks that putting herself out there, speaking up and showing confidence will attract all that judgement and ridicule.  Yep, I totally understand that phrase “scarred for life”.

However, here I am.  I lost my blog post for today but am determined to reach you anyway.  What do you do when you have an unexpected upset in your day or week?  Are you a perfectionist like me or do you naturally roll with the punches?

Yesterday, I read an article about how the chronic stress we civilized humans experience is actually not all bad; the author tried to persuade people to change their attitudes about stress and think about most daily situations as a ‘challenge’ rather than an ‘upset’.  Sitting back and reflecting on the article, I have to agree that how we think about stressful or challenging situations will definitely affect how our bodies and minds react.  Sure, I freaked out about losing today’s blog post (don’t worry – I’ll find it and give you more great words of wisdom!) but I realized this situation didn’t have to be entirely negative.  It’s so easy to let our minds wander to the dark side of a bad, upsetting or unexpected situation, but it takes courage, strength and a sense of inner peace to be able to adjust our ways of thinking and find something positive, or challenging in the event.

Next time you find yourself grinding your teeth, cursing under your breath, or totally freaking out, take a deep breath, step back, and see if there is anything positive about the challenge you’re facing.  Speak in terms of challenges and wisdom.  You might be surprised at how much better you feel!

Sitting here at my desk, watching the birds and people move past my window on this fabulously sunny day, I suddenly feel back in control.  I have something to post on my regularly scheduled day and I overcame a fear to put myself out there.

I hope you have a lovely day, where ever you are in the world, and that you always take the time to let yourself relax and reflect on life’s little surprises!

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