How to Dodge Life's Curveballs

How to Dodge Life's Curveballs

You're cruising along, things are going great and then BAM you get smacked upside the head with one of life's unexpected curveballs. Ever had that happen? Me too, far too many times to even count. While we may not be able to control the curveballs that come our way, we can certainly learn how to dodge them - and even thrive in the face of adversity. 


  1. Stay Flexible: Life is unpredictable, and as much as I love to try and control my schedule, that control is my worst enemy when it comes to dodging curveballs. Stay flexible, open-minded, and adaptable to whatever comes your way. Remember, it's not about avoiding the curveballs altogether - it's about rolling with the punches and adjusting your course as needed. 
  2. Focus on What You Can Control: When faced with a curveball, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by what's out of your control. Instead of dwelling on things you cannot change, focus your energy on what you can control - your attitude, your actions, and your choices. Tackle each challenge head on, one step at a time. 
  3. Get Support: You don't have to navigate life's curveballs alone. Reach out to friends, family, or a trusted support network for guidance, encouragement, and perspective. Sometimes, a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on can make all the difference in helping you weather the storm.
  4. Give Yourself Grace: Be kind to yourself, especially when life throws you a curveball. Acknowledge your feelings, accept yourself as you are, and treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer a friend in need. Remember, you're doing the best you can with what you have - and that is enough!
  5. Be a Joy Seeker: Every curveball comes with its own set of challenges, but it also presents opportunities for growth, learning, and self-discovery. Look for the joy in every situation - even if it's hidden beneath the layers of uncertainty or adversity. 
  6. Stay Grounded in Gratitude: When life is in chaos, it's easy to lose sight of the things we're grateful for. Take a moment each day to be grateful - for the blessings, big and small, that surround you. Gratitude is one of those things that can completely shift your perspective and ground you in the present moment which then brings peace and understanding. 

Life's curveballs may knock you down momentarily, but they also present opportunities for growth, and with growth comes change. By allowing yourself the space to go through the processes above, you'll come out of the curveball a much stronger, more resilient person. 

Journal Prompt: Let's practice gratitude now, it will help when those curveballs come. Every day this week, write in your journal the following: Today I am grateful for...

Here's to dodging life's curveballs like a pro - with grace, grit, and a whole lot of heart! 


With Grace, Shonda


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