Back on the map and managing expectations

I’ve resurfaced (yet again) and let me tell you, it’s been a whirlwind!

I’ve been living in Western Massachusetts (Northampton, to be exact) for a little over 2 weeks now and I am in LOVE with this area. It’s the perfect mix of a funky, quirky, heady downtown and farm country. Perfect for me.

Unfortunately, we had a little snafu when Matt tore his Achilles playing basketball the 3rd day we were here. He just had surgery yesterday, poor guy…here’s a pic of him relaxing with our daughter, Gola.

Needless to say, my summer hasn’t gone the way I’d planned. I had visions of us hiking mountains, biking miles each day, finding hidden swimming holes, walking hand-in-hand into town. And that’s not gonna happen—at least for the next couple of months. I’ll be honest, when he first hurt himself (July 12th, the day after his 34th birthday), I totally had a meltdown. I selfishly thought of all the ways that it would affect ME, how it would change my summer plans, that I would have to do all the errands and all the driving. I threw myself a pity party for 2 straight days.

But after speaking to some very wise mentors and friends, I began to see this situation as a sort of blessing. I’m a true believer that everything happens for a reason, and the Universe always delivers exactly what we need. For example, before I moved I was saying how I was looking forward to being more independent. Well, I certainly got that wish. I spoke about making new friends and finding people to be active with. So now I joined a gym and am meeting cool people left and right. I can make my own schedule, and I don’t have to wait for Matt to leave the house. I’ve gotten really comfortable with driving everywhere again. The list goes on and on….

Yes, life has been topsy-turvy right lately. But I’ve found a way to flip it upside down, and to be really cliche (but hey, it involves fruit!), turn lemons into lemonade. I now feel like I’m better able to take care of Matt in his time of discomfort, AND fill my cookie jar at the same time. In the words of good ol’ Charlie Sheen, DUH, WINNING!

Is there a situation you’ve flipped upside down recently?

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2 Responses to Back on the map and managing expectations

  1. Lauren Slayton July 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    We stop in northampton on our way home from vermont in the winter. There’s a great cafe (woodstar cafe?).

    • Amanda August 9, 2011 at 10:06 am #

      Lauren, it’s right around the corner!

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