September 28, 2017

Life Happens

If you are a regular reader (which I know there are very few of you), you may have noticed a hiatus from Café con Leite. I hope you have missed us.

My excuse for leaving my readers deprived of new content: life.

Unfortunately and fortunately, life happens. Whether we like it or not. It sweeps us away and can distract us from the things we enjoy.

As could be guessed by the first post Work-Life Balance, my most recent distraction has been related to the juggling of family, social life, and work. Fortunately, this has been separated by peaks of travel, adventures, and friend time. However, posting new Café con Leite content suffered as a trade-off.

Unless you have some superhuman power (and if so, please tell me how you got it), you are bound to fall into the rut of life at some point. This post is meant to say that “Life Happens” and the best way to deal with this is to accept it and to get back on track at the earliest possibility. Often, we force ourselves to adhere to or look up to impossible standards and stress when we do not reach these goals right away. The anxiety and stress compounds when “life happens” and takes you further away from your path.

But life goes on. So should you. In addition to taking the time out of your day to focus on your task list and life priorities, it is important to take a step back when life gets crazy.

Reevaluate your goals and reestablish focus on them when you have drifted. Here are some things to think about to get you back on track:

  1. What has happened in your life to prevent or delay you in making progress?
  2. Have you created measurable goals? Have you made time to work on these goals?
  3. Do you know how you spend your 24 hours a day?
  4. What is your plan when “life happens”? Do you take time to reflect? How do you get back on track?

One of the biggest lessons I have learned is that sometimes, although I hate to admit it, need to change my goals or my schedule in order to meet my goals. For example, I know that I may have to sacrifice sleep to meet pressing deadlines. I may even plan to lose sleep. But what I could not and cannot account for is the unexpected – a leaky roof and flat tire (these have both happened recently) along with the other miscellaneous things that life throws at me.

Remember that discouragement is one of the biggest inhibitors to progress. This is where determination comes into play, even in adversity. Remember that small steps lead to progress. Hard stops (due to discouragement) lead to failure.

Wise words to our readers:

Keep going!

My steps towards progress come in the form of a promise to you, our beloved readers and critics:

A minimum of four posts a month!

This is not to say they will be regular, weekly posts – we have to keep you all on your toes somehow. Nonetheless, please keep an eye out for new content and feel free to provide any feedback or topic requests.

This week, I would like to ask you all how you keep on track when “life happens”. Do you keep a journal? A calendar? A tracking list? More importantly, what do you do when you get off track? How do you revise your goals or your schedule to get into the game?
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Join the conversation! 6 Comments

  1. This looks like an awesome blog! I found you through the #WATWB fest (couldn’t find the fest post, not that it matters to me, but you might be taken off the linky list), and I’m so, so glad I did.

    I’m the world’s greatest procrastinator… Last year, when my publisher decided he wanted to turn my A-to-Z Challenge series into a book, we planned for a four-month editing and formatting period so the book could be released before the end of the year. I finished those edits just a couple of months ago, and the book release is scheduled for December this year. No deaths in the family, no serious upheavals of any kind. Time just… kinda swept by, man. And blogging? OMG. I’ve made so many “commitments” to blog more regularly, more often, that I can hear my readers snicker every time I say, “No, but this time it’s different.” 🙂

    Life does happen. Nothing we can do about it but go with the flow, I suppose. But, as you said, determination truly is the key to achieving anything.

    Loved this post. Loved the blog. BIG fan of coffee. Will be back 🙂
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    • Hello there! Thank you very much for your comment. As you can see, my procrastination also applied to the WATWB, which will be up today (so I do not get kicked of the group for non-compliance).

      Sending you a huge congratulations on your book! For big assignments like that, it is better late than never! The funny thing about time is that it slips away so quickly and “tomorrow” always turns into months from now. Blogging has become part of that for me as well unfortunately but I am actively holding myself to post regularly and be engaged in the blogging community.

      I look very forward to checking our your blog and thank you for visiting Café con Leite! Hope to see you soon 🙂

      – Leighann


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About leighanneileithyia

Public Health & International Development Professional. Writer/Blogger Lover of travel Fitness Youtuber Coffee Addict


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