When Plans Change, Change Plans

First off, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the significance (to me, at least) of today. If you don’t feel like reading any mushy gushy lovey stuff, feel free to scroll down to the asterisks Winking smile 

Today is Shane and my anniversary!

Three years ago, I married this man on the beaches of Casey Key in Florida.

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We celebrated our first anniversary hiking the trails along Starved Rock

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our second anniversary at a Cubs game

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and then officially in the Caribbean.

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This anniversary, we celebrated sailing down the Chicago River on an architectural boat tour:

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Happy anniversary, Shane! I love you more and more every day!! Red heart

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Change of Plans

Unfortunately, today didn’t start off fairy-tale like. It’s a long work day for both of us, and we slept in past the alarm! Doh! Hence, I got to the gym 20 minutes late and my 5 miler turned into a 3 miler.

Really, it was no big deal. Once I saw that I’d slept in, instead of letting this fluster me, I mentally changed my plans of running a 5 mile run to a 3 mile run. I knew I couldn’t run this afternoon because of training, so a shorter run was just fine.

Now, usually what stresses me out and gets me frustrated is when I don’t feel in control of my life. That sounds crazy, right? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret:

A lot of the time, I trick myself into thinking I’m in control.

This helps me from turning into Anxiety Girl.

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For instance, this morning I could have said, “oh I overslept my workout! Now I won’t get a run in today!” Instead, I acted like three miles was on my plan the whole time.

Now obviously this really is no big deal in the scheme of things. However, it can be applied to almost every situation in daily life: the rain foil your plans to walk the dog? Throw the ball around inside instead! Are the treadmills all filled at the gym? Make a new plan to get in a kick-butt elliptical or plyo workout.

Bottom line is this: We can’t control everything in life. When plans get foiled, make new plans! Be in control of your life even when life gets in the waySmile

Well. That was a little wordier than I anticipated. Sometimes the words just flow!

Breakfast

When I finished my 3 miler, I hopped off the treadmill and stopped by a coffee shop really quick to pick up Shane and me some anniversary coffeeSmile (Another unfortunate thing that happened this morning was the coffee pot leaking. Doh!)

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Coffee makes the world a better place. Am I right or am I right?

I sipped the coffee as I got ready, and then got set to making breakfast. It’s cold and dreary out in Illinois, so I wanted a hot, comforting breakfast.

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Oats! This was a mish mash of ingredients – oats, almond milk, banana, cottage cheese, currants, and strawberries.

Time to finish getting ready and get working. Happy Tuesday, lovesOpen-mouthed smile

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Comments

  1. Happy Anniversary! And you’re right, you have to be flexible or you can just drive yourself bonkers.

  2. Happy Anniversary!

    I totally do the “change of plans” thing, too. I think it’s because I’m such a control freak. I have to feel in charge.

  3. Happy Anniversary! I love September anniversaries :)
    That is a great attitude to have and I need to remember it the next time things don’t go as planned for me, so thank you!

  4. Happy Anniversary! You looked beautiful in that wedding picture.

  5. happy anniversary!! :)

  6. Happy Anniversary! I got married the same day/year as you! Congrats on the 3 years.

  7. Happy Anniversary, Paige!

    And did you love the architecture tour? It’s one of my favorite things to take people to do!

  8. Happy Anniversary!

    PS You look SOO beautiful on your wedding day! Love the hair : )

  9. Happy Anniversary! Today is actually my 2 year anniversary with my boyfriend, not marriage, but hey, still counts right! :) Enjoy!

  10. Happy anniversary!!! You were a BEAUTIFUL bride!

  11. YAY! Happy anniversary!! Have an awesome day – despite the “change in plans” part and all ;-)

  12. Happy Anniversary!!! Y’all are toooo cute!

  13. happy anniversary! you have a such a wonderful perspective on life Paige. Its breathes life into us as well. So thank you!

  14. Happy Anniversary!! Such beautiful wedding pictures! You made a beautiful bride!

    I should totally try your mind trick. I hate not being in control, but it’s getting easier as I get older. Anxiety feels awful. I heard once that “worry is paying a debt on a loan you don’t owe.” So true!

  15. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! Coincidentally, today is my honey’s birthday!
    Whenever I feel “out of control”, I just remind myself that I was never “in control” in the first place, but that God is. It turns the chaotic into comforting.

  16. Happy anniversary! You look absolutely gorgeous in your wedding photo. I love that you celebrate each year with a special experience rather than lots of material gifts. That is so special.

  17. Happy Anniversary. I love the flashback photos :)

  18. Happy anniversary!!!! And yep – have to learn to roll with the punches. I have certainly learned that. Otherwise things just get TOO stressful.

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