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I am back!! Hey where has she been? Lessons From Hurricane Michael

It has been so long since I have posted on here so first let me say that I apologize for that!! The last 6 months have been unbelievable insane!!

Let me give you a little piece advice, always listen to your instincts no matter how crazy they seem!! Life is to short and life is to complicated to listen to everyone else instead of what is in your heart!!

If you are not following me on Facebook please do so, so much has been going on and changing and I usually stay up to date on there!  http://www.facebook.com/coachdebbieforand 

So where have I been!!

Well in August I decided to change companies that I was with. I had been with my previous company for three years and it was not going the way I wanted it to. Sure I loved everyone with Team Beachbody, I love their workouts and the Shakeology but something was missing! I joined an MLM to work from home, to earn enough income to pay off debts, and it wasn’t happening with that company!

So after a lot , and I mean a lot of research I stumbled upon and Eco friendly, Green company that I just fell in love with. I fell in love with their products, the people, and yes the business compensation plan!

So with anything new and any change you make in your life it takes focus and that is exactly what I was doing until October 9th!

On October 9th my family and I packed up, boarded up, and took shelter in a safer location because we thought we were going to get a small hurricane. On October 10th our lives changed! The small Hurricane turned out to be one of the largest to hit the county!

Yes Hurricane Michael!!

Our home, our town and even us were in the direct path of it!! The eye went right over where we were sheltered. The eye wall tore through our home! We were devastated!!
We lost a lot and it was life changing!! I learned a lot over these past few months and the biggest thing that I learned was to always listen to my instincts.

It was my instinct that led me to insisting that we ( 5 disabled, three were elderly and my son who is disabled) evacuate our home! It was my instinct that led us to boarding our windows at the last moment! It was my instinct that kept us a live! And… It was my instinct that led me to this amazing new company and opportunity for my family!!

I have so much to share on this new path I have been placed on, please be sure that you are subscribed to my blog and / or following me on social media!
I also have so much to share about what we went through and are still going through because everything is a lesson learned! Every heartache we have endured these pass few months showed us something new about us and about our lives!

Your know what they say is true, things happen for a reason! Hurricane Michael happened for a reason! We can’t explain it or justify it we just have to accept it and move forward!!

I believe this new opportunity has happened for a reason! I can not question it, I just need to trust the universe and always listen to my instincts!

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Choice, Chance, Change

Change, transformation, alteration what ever you what to call it , it is hard! It doesn’t matter what, or how, or even why; change is hard.

 
So many people resist change for many reasons!
 
Fear
Unknown
Lack of knowledge
 
The the thought of the word can make some of us literally physically ill.
 
Ugg Listen, I am not knew to change. I have been through many changes in my life.
 
I was a young mom and military spouse moving every few years,
Divorcee, single mom, a mom to a child with Down syndrome, Full time career woman, to a work at home mom.
Those are just to name a few! I have seen my share of change and I can promise you that none of them came easy!!
 
Change is inevitable, we all go through it but we are creatures of habit ! But, we are also creatures of change and adaptation.
 
Our habits are created in our brains, and our brains are constantly changing in response to our changing environment. Our adaptability is the secret to our success as a species.
So what is it that makes change a little easier for some than others. Some are able to harness adaptability and use towards something positive, to make those choices, those decisions, of how we want things to be; and who we want to be in this thing we called life.
 
You have a lot more power to become the person you want to be more than you might think. You are not predetermined by external environments, nor by the genes that created you . The secret is to learn to retrain your brain, yup, retrain those habits!!
 
I am not expert, therapist, or psychologist ,  and I have always found it difficult to deal with change. I am speaking the heart here because change is weighing heavy on my heart tonight. 
 
As much as I wanted to think of myself as a flexible go with the flow kind of person, It never went with out internal struggles. Aside from my OCD, I like to be in control of my situations!
I like to know where I am, what I’m doing, where I’m going. I like to have things layed out in black and white on my many lists of to-dos, and ideas.  Basically having a plan and being prepared I minimize the level of uncertainty in my life. Less uncertainty, less stress right?
 
My discomfort around uncertainty means I am usually very in-decisive.   In some ways this has been beneficial;  for example, it’s allowed me to take my time making the right decision on hard choices of change!!  In other ways, it’s been a disadvantage, especially when it does take a long time for me to make those changes, those decisions. I see others in places where I would have been had I not made the decisions sooner.
 
In the past when life threw me curve balls of change, It left me feeling uncertain!  I had to do whatever I needed to do to regain my sense of control.  Keeping my options open or “going with the flow” provoked feelings of restlessness, insecurities, and eventually a whole lot of stress!

My relationship with change, took a indisputable turn three years ago when  I embarked on the adventures of a home based business.
Some people think   Direct Sellers or Multi Level Markets as scam artists, or crooks. Some think of them as annoying, and bothersome.  Well I am a direct seller, a so called Multi Level Marketer and though my name may not be in spotlights just yet I feel like I have already succeeded beyond my dreams.

Change happens, and learning how to cope with that change I learned by being in this business. It has taught me how to be a better me. To live a life without fear! To live for change!  It has taught me that everyday we wake up to a new adventure with no way of knowing where it will take us!!  To adapt easier and accept things  good or bad! To enjoy the ride, to live to the fullest!!

Change is hard, but with out it what do you really have?