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  1. Katie @ A Beautiful Little

    March 4th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    oh no! I hope your bad news turns good…..and you're right bad things have a tendency to snowball…unfortunately.

  2. Molly {Dreams in HD}

    March 4th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    such a great message chelsea. i too am a planner and have major anxiety when everything isn't going exactly to plan {or even worse, when there isn't a plan!} and completely agree that it is so easy to get carried away by that anxiety and to loose sight of what really matters. thanks for the reminder to remember how truly blessed we are!

  3. Jane

    March 4th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Love this quote!

  4. Kate @ Another Clean Slate

    March 4th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I know it is easier said than done. Sending hugs and good thoughts your way!

  5. Christina Warren

    March 4th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Well, now that I'm pregnant, I deal with it by crying and then sleeping all day in recovery. j/k no kind of serious LOL Well, I have always had a really "NEXT" attitude where I'm onto the next idea, step, event where I can direct my energy to getting something I want. I have faith that everything works out really well with a pure heart/intentions.

  6. Rachel Cox

    March 4th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I can so related to need to plan. Curve balls throw me for the biggest loop and often send me down into a panic…It is always difficult for me to surrender in those moments! thanks for being so honest and open and sharing you heart! xoxo

  7. Delia Barnas Kearney

    March 4th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I am such a planner, too! Sometimes I catch myself getting really anxious or frustrated because things aren't going the way I'd planned, and it is definitely a reminder to step back and relax my mind from trying to be so controlling. I can totally relate to this post.

  8. Rachel

    March 4th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    It depends on the situation, but I find that there is usually something that can be done right away when you get some bad news – whether it's addressing the problem directly, or doing something positive for yourself to take your mind off of it. Knowing that at least something has been done always makes me feel better! Hope everything turns out okay!

  9. Nina B

    March 4th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    You are so right. Why is it so easy to forget the good?

  10. Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often

    March 4th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    It is so easy to forget the good. In those stressful times I try to repeat back to myself 5 things that I am really happy or grateful for, it helps to put things in perspective.

  11. Kim Wanders

    March 4th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I can sympathize because one of my best friends is exactly like this but I am the least planny person of all time! But I think whenever something unexpected and unwanted pops up the best thing we can do is focus on the positive! Seems like you're doing that!! šŸ™‚

  12. Anonymous

    March 4th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    I definitely understand how you're feeling. Praying for you!! Remember, God is our anchor. It's hard wait for God's perfect plans sometimes!

  13. Rach @ This Italian Family

    March 4th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I don't handle changes in plans well either. I hope things work out, girl! I do love this quote.

  14. Because of Jackie

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:09 am

    I need to do this, immediately. Today has been a cranky, no good kinda day and I need a reminder of what my blessings are. Thanks, friend;)

  15. a girl named katie

    March 5th, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Ah yes! I am very much a planner too. You just need to take things in stride and thank God for everything that comes your way. Even something that doesn't seem so awesome. There is probably a teaching moment or something you should be thankful for within it. Just pray. Pray for strength. Pray for guidance. Pray for support. Everything will be ok.

  16. Stylin' In St. Louis

    March 5th, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I usually tend to sweat the small stuff! I am trying to be more relaxed about that small things! I get so much anxiety from them!

  17. Tina Byland

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I'm a planner too, so when things don't go the way I have planned, I'm a wreck most of the time. And, yes, don't screw the plan, because there's a reason you have it and want it and put thought into it. But roadblocks do happen. šŸ™ I hope things look up!

  18. Kate Brown

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I am a fly by the seat of my pants girl, but I still love to be in control, and it's always hard to let go and have someone else take the wheel, but it's pretty humbling too. To put your trust in the unknown can be scary, but worth it sometimes. I hope everything works out for you. Until then, snuggling with Gatsby will definitely help calm the nerves. Puppy snuggles always help.

  19. The Modern Tulip

    March 5th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    This is so so great! Down to your writing style. I love it! I deal with anxiety when things don't go the way I anticipated, but when that happens it makes me rely on God that much more to trust in Him and His plan. Ps. totally jealous you are able to lay by the pool right now.

  20. Emily

    March 5th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Wine usually helps! Just saying šŸ˜‰

  21. Devon

    March 5th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I love that quote and your outlook. Sending positive vibes your way ~+~+~>

  22. Krystal

    March 5th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Honestly I typically deal with unexpected bad news in a really disorganized, stressful, I'm freaking out way šŸ™‚ So I don't have great advice… although I agree with Emily, wine definitely helps šŸ™‚ Recently I've been trying to pray more when things don't go as planned. It helps ease the anxiety so much and I know I'm not alone!

  23. Krysten Gautreaux

    March 6th, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Like you, I'm a big planner, so unexpected news, good or bad, freaks me out. Like Emily said, wine usually helps šŸ˜‰

  24. Jenny Fish

    March 6th, 2014 at 1:56 am

    I know exactly how you feel when "the plan" gets messed up. I get anxious even when daily plans go awry. But God has taught me to be more flexible – and to trust that His plan is better than my own!

  25. Ember Grey.

    March 6th, 2014 at 4:16 am

    I am a giant planner, too, and am learning and relearning every day what it means to just let go and try and really LIVE in the present. (Easier said than done for said planner!) I read the following post from Happy Is A Choice last month and saved it in a "Reminders" folder in my inbox… I visit it frequently šŸ˜‰

  26. The Happy Type

    March 6th, 2014 at 5:43 am

    My husband is a big planner and is always amazed/annoyed at how I just sail around through life with what I like to think of as a devil may care attitude, but I'm sure he sees as pure chaos. I could deal with more planning in my own life and have been trying to incorporate more thought into my days, so I can see how too much planning or a lack of planning can make people go crazy. I hope that you make it through the weekend even with the hiccup in your master plan.

  27. Claire

    March 6th, 2014 at 8:04 am

    HI! I'm sorry you're plans have been scuppered, I'm not a great believer in worrying when unexpected news hits, as I don't believe worrying makes it better or changes anything. We are in charge of our own lives and it's up to us to make stuff happen, even if we are a little diverted along the way xx

  28. TheTinyHeart

    March 6th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I am a creature of habit and I also love to have everything planned out. It would give me anxiety too to be thrown a curveball. I love that you're focusing on the good though which helps lessen the stress.

    The Tiny Heart

  29. jackie jade

    March 6th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I've been stressing over bad news lately too. it hasn't ruined my plans but it's making me hard to actually figure out my plans. if that makes any sense (since i'm being super vague ha). it's hard for me to just roll with it too but i'm trying to get better and just have faith that things will work out!

  30. Hallie Oceanside

    March 6th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I am a huge planner, and run on a specific schedule. I think this post is SO true, just because something isn't right, doesn't mean it isn't "right"

    you go girl!

  31. Anonymous

    March 6th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I just wrote about something similar this week. Good for you for realizing that a situation may be bad, but life is good.

  32. awhite

    March 6th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I'm a total planner, too- it's the staunch Capricorn in me. šŸ™‚
    But it's good to remember the things that ARE going well during rougher times. And a puppy always helps! šŸ˜‰


  33. Lauren Mills

    March 6th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    So sorry about your bad news, Chelsea. It is super trying when things don't go our way, or how we had envisioned them. Our life has been a lot like that… I think I do best with the unexpected when I turn my grumbling into gratitude, just like you've talked about here. Keep turning to Him and seeking joy in the midst of it!

  34. Shoshanah

    March 7th, 2014 at 1:05 am

    I feel the need for a plan and knowing exactly what's going to happen. And honestly when it doesn't I just want to crawl into bed and hope the rest of the world magically goes away. But unfortunately, life isn't like that and I eventually have to face the real world… I'm wishing you the best though and hope you're able to regain a little more control sooner rather than later!

  35. Amanda Jaynes

    March 7th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I can definitely relate. I have a hard time not thinking of all the bad things that COULD possibly happen… even when things are good! This is a great reminder. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Rachel

    March 9th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Getting news that throws all the plans you thought you had out of whack is hard to take. But seriously, it sounds like you gradually coming to accept the changes with grace and choose gratitude over bitterness, which is excellent!

  37. Caitlyn Phipps

    March 11th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I totally know how rough it is when things don't work out. I also know how tough it is when your trying to figure out what's next and it just doesn't seem to happen. I am sure that all will get better, you will figure it out and your planning will get back on track. Stay positive because you are too amazing not to!

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