I had a lot of things planned for today. Marcus was going to be in after school club, and I was going to get lots done with my extra hour! There was a blog post I wanted to write that was going to involve some research, I was going to plan out my webinar for the weekend, I was going to do a livestream, and more. It was due to be a really excellent, productive day!

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

As my second favourite Beatle rightly told us, life sometimes mocks the careful planner, and throws banana skins underfoot to derail us. A text from school not long before Marcus came home yesterday put paid to my plans, when I learned for definite that school was to be closed in anticipation of a snow storm.

To say my day hasn’t gone to plan would be an understatement, but it hasn’t been a total disaster – we both have tidied our bedrooms, I made the most delicious vegetable soup, we have read some of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, had a 10 minute walk in the biting cold (it was going to be longer but it was just too cold!) and enjoyed Thor Ragnarock, (which inspired this post a couple of weeks ago!)

I am very disappointed that I wasn’t able to write the post I had planned for today, which was to be about identity and labelling and the use of the word ‘alcoholic’.I *could* write it now, but I do need to do some research, and it is almost bedtime. Rather than make life difficult for myself by trying to write a deep post tonight, I am instead going to write this post, and save the identity post for tomorrow when Marcus is with his father. I am still honouring my commitment to write day 29 of my 30 Day Business Blogging Challenge (I should have ended yesterday, but there were a few gaps through my 30 days). I am doing this as an act of self care, mixing my commitment to myself (tapas, discipline) with kindness (ahimsa – non harming) and being honest about what I am capable of at this time of night (Satya – truthfulness)

The ability to bend with the curves of life is resilience. Now, a snow day thwarting my work plans is not the most traumatic situation to be in, but I could have found it all very stressful. Instead of putting lots of pressure on myself to keep working, I was able to accept that matters had been taken out of my hands, and was able to make the choice to relax and spend time with Marcus. The small amount of work I did in my business today will take me a little closer to my goals, and the time I spent with Marcus was great fun, so it has been a really good day.

And if that wasn’t good enough, I found out that my Valentine’s blog post, which I wrote as part of a light hearted competition, got me a prize! I nearly didn’t write that post, again, because my plans changed at the last minute, but I went ahead and wrote it, and got rewarded. So doing what you can when you can’t do what you planned is always worth it!

How do you manage when life does what it does and gets in the way of your plans? Share in the comments below and let’s have a resilience party!

And if you are interested in learning about the webinar I am running at the weekend, in which I am going to share

10 tools to manage stress and emotions in recovery and beyond through Yoga

you can find out more, and register to join me, here

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Esther Nagle
Teacher, writer, speaker at Balance and Breathe
Esther is a former alcoholic, smoker and all round stressed out mess. She found the path to health, happiness, freedom and joy through Yoga. She is a passionate advocate for the power of Yoga, and time in Nature, in bringing balance to life, and giving you control over your health, happiness and wellbeing.

Esther is a powerful public speaker, writer and author. Her first book, Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, has gained many 5 star reviews and has helped many people along their recovery journey.

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