3 lessons to learn when life throws you “the unexpected”

I spent the last 4 days in the hospital with my 16 month old. She had a severe bladder and kidney infection. It was a really difficult time for all of us. It started with a low fever about a week before. The chain of events that followed, were enough to throw even the strongest person off balance. We have dealt with misdiagnosis, medical centers failing to send out testing, waiting, human errors, disappointments, new antibiotics, very high fevers, very low body temperatures, more waiting, frustrations, and more antibiotics. Thankfully, we are home now and my little girl is getting back to herself. It was a hard and trying time for me. But, as we know, there are always lessons to be learned from any situation.

Here are a few takeaways that I wanted to share with you from my personal ordeal.

  1. Build good habits now. It is really easy to meditate each day when you are in your own comfortable home. It is much easier to eat healthy when you have  the ability to prepare your own food. It is quite another to maintain these health habits when you need them most. When life has thrown you a curveball, it is imperative that you call on your spiritual/healthy tools to bail you out. If you build these habits now, you will find the time to meditate and you will already have that green powder in your purse, just in case. You will be more prepared mentally, physically, and emotionally for what lies ahead. Without the understanding of the importance of prayer, for instance, you may find yourself at a loss for true comfort when disaster strikes. Practice healthy habits now, even if you don’t think you “need” them.
  2. Every dark situation has it’s own flickers of light. Focus on those moments of light. We had brief moments, the last few days, that my daughter was in a wonderful mood, eating and playing. I savored those moments, stayed present through them, let them recharge me, and then had renewed energy for another long night. Another benefit of focusing on the light instead of the darkness is that we attract more light to us. It is universal law: like attracts like. The more positive feelings you allow in, the more positivity your external circumstance will mirror back to you. Try it, you’ll see I’m right.
  3. Yes, there is ALWAYS a lesson to be learned. There is a lesson to be learned in every situation that comes into our lives. The question is, will you learn what is presented to you or will you continue to focus on the negatives and feel sorry for yourself?  I learned a lot. I learned about bacteria, antibiotics, bladders, kidneys, facial and meridian diagnosis for the kidneys, kidney detoxes, and essential oils. I learned that I am stronger than I think and that I CAN function on less that 4 hours of sleep. I learned that it’s OK to have ice-cream and watch 27 Dresses instead of working when my brain needs to rest. Lastly, I learned, that I am ALWAYS learning. That’s what makes life fun, there’s always something new to learn and add to your arsenal of tools. Don’t dismiss the lessons that life throws your way, they are meant to teach you very important things that will prepare you for the future.

I hope you found this helpful and that next time you are faced with a challenging situation, you remember these tips.


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  • I am so sorry you had to go through this. I can’t imagine how frustrated and overwhelmed you must have felt. I think it says so much about you as a person by your ability to find the good in this. I am happy she is better and hopefully everyone that had a hand in caring for her also learned valuable lessons. You are a great mother and coach and this just proves that more. Thank you for sharing. Hugs to your family!