Plan B

April 13, 2010

Today I announced on Creative Perch that I will be taking a break from posting on that site for a while to allow my creativity to be refreshed, to keep my priorities in balance, and to really practice mindfulness as Chris and I both manage all of the changes coming our way. There are so many wonderful sites out there that post new creative resources every day, and I’ll be sharing my favorites here along the way.

It has been an interesting year, to say the least. We decided last fall to move to Nashville, and we were very cautious and strategic in our planning for the move. Two weeks after the move, everything seemed to be going really well, and we were really proud of ourselves for making wise choices and staying on top of things.

When we found out we were pregnant, we were thrilled. We checked to make sure our insurance transferred to Tennessee, and everything seemed good to go… until. One thing after another hit us, from insurance fiascos and unexpected medical bills to the loss of my job at the end of March.

But as my sister said, “At least it’s just money.”

There are moments (and sometimes days) when Chris and I still both feel blindsided and immobilized by all of the challenges we are trying to overcome, but at the same time, we feel strong. And I am so thankful for that.

Our baby is healthy and thriving, and every day I am reminded what an incredible blessing that is.

In three weeks (eek!), I will finally be graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management. It has been a long time coming, and I am so thrilled.

Unexpected opportunities are opening up for Chris here in Nashville, and though we feel like we never know what is around the corner, we live with a hopeful expectation of the good things to come.

There are days when I say to God, “Take all of me,” and I know I am holding things back. Things I want to control, things I don’t want to give up. But right now, I say, “Take all of me,” and I feel keenly how small my offering is.

Things have not turned out the way we thought. Our best laid plans are in tatters. But I know there is a Plan B, and there is a cautious sense of hope and excitement in my heart about discovering what new adventure lays around the bend.

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