How to Not Let the Storm Win in Life

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This was the lesson I learned just this last week. Being a classic type A personality, I like it when things go as planned. I do not like it when things shift at a last-minute notice. I had my trip for the beach booked nearly nine months in advance of the time I would go. I had a photo shoot with my company lined up for my time there as well. I was ready. I had been thinking about that sun hitting my face and the sand between my toes for a solid two weeks as I bulldozed through work stress. It was the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. Then the inevitable happened. A hurricane. It is also good to note here that I don’t even pretend to keep up with the news. I had no idea it was even headed for the coast. I had already packed my two teenagers and myself to leave the next morning when my photographer reached out to me to inquire on my plans in light of the hurricane watch. Wait. What? I looked at her text and then checked the weather (I know, I know…I should have already done that). That is when I realized that there was indeed a hurricane watch and they were predicting it to hit straight onto the beach I was headed for the next day. 

It pays to stay weather aware.

What did I do? I cried. Literally. I was so upset because I felt like I needed this time away more than anything and I was so upset by the thought that I might have to cancel. I knew I could brave it and just go down there hoping it turned its course, but I had kids in tow. I knew the responsible thing to do was to cancel the trip. I called the hotel which granted me to cancel with no fee. I contacted the photographer who cancelled the photoshoot and refunded me the money I had paid. I sat there and pouted like my two-year-old toddler. I texted my mom to tell her the news and that is when she came back with “your dad said, don’t let the storm win…go to the mountains.” I stared at the text. Booked a condo in five seconds flat and the decision was made. Mountains would be where we went. I unpacked all of our swimsuits and beach towels for some hoodies and slacks. 

Sometimes we need to be reminded. Don’t let the storm win. It might just mean you need to change directions. It might be a warning trying to get you to alter from the way you were headed. It might mean that you needed to shift and change to get a better outcome. Whatever the reason…change can be good. It took my dad who personally loves the mountains over the beach to remind me that I only needed to shift perspectives. Shift directions. Shift the way I see it all. The whole when life hands you lemons, make lemonade cliché. I could have continued to sit on my couch and throw a pity party. I could have been a grump all week because I was at home with no sand in between my toes. Or…I could choose to not let the storm win. I could change perspectives. I could look for more creative solutions. I could choose change the way I saw it all. I could go a different direction. 

We went to the mountains. I had a marvelous time. I enjoyed the view and the fall leaves changing colors. I soaked in the mountain breeze. I reminded myself that it is all the way we perceive it. We can choose to not let the storm win. It is within our power to shift our perspective no matter what it is. Bad marriage – what lessons did we learn. Failed friendship – what new friends are we supposed to find. Lost job – what better one is out there for us to land. It is a lot about perspective. It is a lot about choosing to not let the storm win. It is a lot about looking for creative solutions to the problems. It is a lot about a mountain vacation instead of the beach because that is the way the wind blows sometimes.

Until next time…don’t let the storm win. 

Blair Hayse
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About Blair Hayse: Blair was born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi. After graduating high school in 1999 she lived in Birmingham and Florence, Alabama before moving back to Itawamba County, Mississippi in 2008. She is an avid yoga lover, free spirit, shopping addict and mom to three beautiful children Parker, Millie and Jackson. She is currently residing in Northeast Mississippi with her husband Jeremy and enjoys traveling in her spare time. Blair has a 19-year background in Corporate America where she worked with billion-dollar companies such has Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Starwood and others. She was called in to create a massive profit in a business so that the company could flip the business or make an investment. She specialized in working with business investments that had gone bad so that a quick profit could be achieved. Some of her projects included businesses that had been costing the company money for five years straight and she brought them to a massive profit level in just six months. This became her signature method of seven figures in six months that she used over and over. Blair created a legacy in the corporate world where she was sought out for her expertise. The corporate life while exciting and well-paying was exhausting to the single mom of two kids. Blair brought her skills to the online world where she began to help online businesses create a massive flow of profit in a short amount of time. This allowed her the freedom to enjoy her life, travel more and give time to her family. Blair recently took her interests to her own passion since childhood…writing. She owns Blair Hayse Publishing which offers all-inclusive services to authors to publish their works and create best-selling authors. She offers collaboration books to new authors to build them their own platform. Just this year alone she has helped 34 women become best-selling authors. She writes for Thrive Global and Elephant Journal regularly. You can purchase her books on Amazon under the She is Magic Series. Blair currently is a Massive Profit Growth Strategist Coach, three-time best-selling author and international speaker. She supports her authors in increasing their platforms and using their books as leverage in their business. She also offers free resources and paid programs to those interested in furthering their writing experience to become an author. She hosts a semi-annual conference which usually averages around 400 attendees and offers private coaching to her clients. Recently her company has founded a non-profit sector, RISE Movement, Inc. where they are supporting those who need it most to provide reading and writing opportunities. To connect with Blair: www.blairhayse.com Facebook: @blairhayse Instagram: @blairhayse

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