As travel day arrived and we pulled onto the highway, about 10 minutes from our home, she was sick to her stomach. For her, sometimes being rushed in the morning does that, so a quick pull over, some water, a change of clothing and some cuddles later, we continued on our way. As I pulled from the service centre back on to the highway, it happened again. This wasn't morning rush, this was a bug. All planning and juggling was slowly crumbling around me... I felt tears welling up in my eyes, pulled over, tidied her up, and headed for home, which turned into a few more stops along the way.
Now what? What I wanted to do was cry, stomp my feet, and be disappointed, so I gave myself thirty minutes to do it in. When my alarm beeped, thirty minutes was up, and I needed to reframe the situation I was in. My reframe, "Hey, I came up with this super, awesome creative solution in the first place, looks like I have another challenge waiting...GO!"
So I sorted it out through email, conference call, Skype, FaceTime, and file sharing. I was able to get everything done that needed to be done, while taking care of my first priority, my daughter.
So, as it says, "If Plan A didn't work. The alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay cool." Rise to the challenge, reframe the situation, get creative, because you can always make it work.
Oh yes, and don't forget on those days when you are into plan B, C...S...Z, carve some time out that evening for you - a bath, a book, a seat in front of the fire, whatever it is give back to yourself and recharge.