When Life Happens

Hey Beauties,

Wow! My 1st official post after celebrating my 1st year blogiversary. How exciting! The last 12 months of blogging have had many highs and many lows. Months full of great content and others slim to none… whomp whomp. I’ve learned a lot through trial and error in areas such as planning and scheduling, time management, writing and editing, and of course the technical side of it all. With each passing day I recognize more and more just how much I still have to learn and grow. Knowing that there is room for improvement inspires me to achieve all of the goals that I currently have, and those I have yet to set. This experience has taught me a lot about myself and where I want to go career-wise, and in life.

I think it’s important that we always strive to live out our dreams… whatever they may be. Or at the very least, make an effort to spend time doing some of the things that we love every now and then. In that attempt, we should always take notice of the things that keep us from living out these dreams, hobbies, etc. My biggest issue with keeping up with my blog is balancing and managing it with my “real life.” There have been a few months where I could barely think of a single topic to write about, had several cases of writers block, or worse, I’d have a topic in mind, but no time to sit to jot down even a brief draft.

As the title suggests… life happens! There’s always going to be something going on, there’s always going to be some kind of distraction whether good or bad. It’s really up to us to look past those distractions best we can, and just keep trucking-on. When life happens, try doing some of the following to help get you through it.

1) Evaluate the Situation: Whether good or bad, what is going on in your life right now? What is keeping you from doing or achieving something that you had set out on? Once you can pinpoint the turning point, you can try to determine the whats, whys, and whens of your new life status. From there you can either accept and welcome the new happenings, or you can do otherwise.

2) Take the Time: Take all the time you need to get through an obstacle in your life. If it interferes with others, give them a heads up that you will be preoccupied for a bit as your priorities have temporarily shifted. If it’s good news, like quitting your day job to pursue your life’s passion, then maybe you want to hold off on telling others while you are still in transition. If you have to keep your situation a secret for a little while and you’re trying not to spill the beans, don’t go MIA too often or for too long (that will only cause a fuss), or be sure to have creative cover stories to get you out of it! Hahah!

3) Keep High Spirits: Don’t let a sudden set back drain you, upset you, or demotivate you. Just remind yourself that struggle only builds strength. Sometimes we have to experience the lows to fully appreciate our high moments. If it’s a good change, you’ll most likely already be in high spirits, so let your happiness shine on!

4) Plan Things Out: I love the saying, “Want to make God laugh, tell him your plans,” because sometimes no matter how much we plan, things don’t always go as smoothly as we hope. God may very well have other plans… better plans in store for you. In the meantime we can TRY to successfully plan our lives, until God shows us a better way. With that said, when trying to plan things out, think about how you will move past, around, or with the situation. What steps are you taking to get through your experience more efficiently? Seriously try to think it through and plan it out. Again, if your life situation is more on the happier end, take the time you need to enjoy it, but don’t forget about the rest of your life. Don’t let life pass you by due to over planning!

xoxo Jamela

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

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