Setbacks can make really great comebacks

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. The flu has been a difficult pest to shake. But It’s also made me think about the importance of speed and goals.

Maybe setbacks are purposeful things. Maybe we’re supposed to have them to help us appreciate where we were when we were so close to the top of that mountain. I’m not sure.
What I do know is this week has seemed extra hard to get it together and get something done. I’ve felt all out of sorts, and in more ways than one. But I won’t think about the bad. I want to focus on what went right.
And here’s my short list I’d thought I’d share:
I managed to get up early three out of the four days this week. I pushed through some of the brain fog and I came up with a few great scenes for my next chapter, which has something to do with a lighthouse, a few scary characters and two best friends discovering deep secrets about each other they should have never been hiding.
And potty training the two-year-old? Well, I saw progress in her actions. She now verbalizes when she needs to get there and is definitely dry most of the day.  There’s still a bargaining chip on the table, like getting her to do the unmentionable in the potty instead of where she seems comfortable going.  But with a trip to Chuck e Cheese as a giant reward at the end of the week, repeating that reward with her and what she needs to do to get it, slowly, I’m seeing progress there, too.   
I taught a really great PiYo class Thursday night, leaving the entire class shaking and trembling from exhaustion. If you want to visit a link to the exercises we did in class, here’s a great tidbit.  Challenging workouts are fun for me because I’m in love with fitness, and I have been ever since I started working out at 13 to battle my weight.  The gym is oddly a peaceful place and I hadn’t been back there since my Yoga class on Saturday—right before the flu settled deep into my bones.
And today? My energy is back. My brain is a little better and positive vibes are pulsing through my muscles once again. I have a goal for my weekend. I plan to get through one entire chapter, hopefully hitting the 60,000 word mark on my rewrites. Goal number two is of course,  to hit the gym at least once.
And now for the bad stuff. Na. Doesn’t really matter. Not when I can still see my dream in front of my face. Not while I’m already heading straight for it and I plan to get there—at a snail’s pace? You never know. But never give up. Eventually I know my push will pay off.  
Ever had a setback in your life teach you more because you fell backwards? I’d love to hear…

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on January 19, 2013, in cloud nine girl, cloudninegirl, don't stop, dreams and goals, Erika Beebe, motivation, speed doesn't matter. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I loved this post!!! (also, I thought I should start commenting here so you don't get overly sick of my emails! haha). But seriously, so inspiring! My setback was when I hurt myself in gymnastics and had to stop competing. But that's also around the time when I discovered that I really, really liked writing. And over ten years later, I find I sometimes still miss gymnastics, but more than anything I am so, so grateful I found writing. :-)- Becky

  2. I always forget you were a die hard gymnast. I used to want to be a dancer. I gave it up too early to know if I ever had a chance, but oh well. It was just one of those little stories in my life that's given me another way to see the world. Maybe that's why I liked aerobics so much. ;0)Thanks for sharing Becky, it means a lot!

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