When Life Doesn't Go As Planned
Recently, I reached out to a good friend of mine, Joshua T., and requested his creative direction for a beautiful Sunday afternoon photoshoot. To prep myself for the day, I curled my hair, did my makeup, and selected the most suitable clothes in my closet (This was a struggle. No LOL). Heading to meet Josh, I looked good, smelled better, and felt great! Everything was going as planned. We had no clue that the sun was preparing to play a game of hide and seek with the clouds or that the forecast for 0% chance of rain really meant that scattered showers were imminent. By the time we arrived at our first location, it was raining, windy, and dreary. We spent the next couple of hours fighting the elements to find the right lighting and settings for our shoot. At this point, nothing was going as planned, but we refused to let it ruin our day. In the end, all I could remember was the laughs and fun we shared. As I reflected on that day, I realized that life never really goes as planned, so we have to adapt to whatever we may face. So how can you adapt when life doesn't go as planned?
1. Control what you can!: You can't control everything, about every moment, at all times. Accept that some things are out of your control and don't feel guilty about it.
2. Remember your goal.: Every destination has multiple paths you can take to get there. Figure out what needs to be changed about Plan A and use it in Plan B. If you're anything like me, make Plan Z because you'll need it.
3. Learn to dance in the rain.: Perspective changes everything! There is a lesson to be learned in everything that happens in life. Your worst days teach you the most about yourself and the environment you have created. Utilize these lessons to better yourself and choose to enjoy the paths that life leads you on. Sometimes, the unplanned is much more exhilarating than the planned.
4. Keep moving forward!: Life is a journey full of the unknown but it is worth living. Emphasis on living, not existing! Try something new and allow yourself to fail. Progress is inevitable, if you keep moving forward.
You'll be surprised about how much you love the details that the unexpected adds to your goal. For example, the picture above is one of my favorites from the entire shoot. It captures the essence of what it means to be me, Neauxlamade, a composed mess. If you would like to see more from the shoot, just take a look around the website for some of the gems.