I pride myself on being a planner, list maker, and organizer extraordinaire. My roommates have often shared a laugh over Anna’s weekly routine, whether it be my Sunday evening meal-prep and laundry ritual or the minute by minute agenda I follow on a daily basis. Some may say I am a bit over the top when it comes to my schedules, but to me they are my sanity.
I think in a lot of ways these plans I create are my defense against failure. I have always thought to myself, if I just have a plan, I will have control over the outcome. For any planners out there, you are probably laughing reading this, because you too have realized we never truly have control in life. My famous last words tend to be, “I’m on solid ground right now, and everything is going according to my plan.”
So when my plans get derailed, at first I am left feeling frustrated and questioning why things didn’t work out the way I intended them to. Then, I often realize, rather than things turning out how I wanted them to, they turned out the way they were supposed to. I promise, there is a big difference.
I am fortunate to have a support system full of some of the most incredible people you will ever meet. From my lovely parents and beautiful sister who are my encouragers and biggest fans, to my village of friends spread across the country, these are my people whom I lean on in these moments. Find those people who you trust to willingly listen and actively give honest advice (though disclaimer it may sometimes be hard to hear) over a cup of coffee or a much needed phone call.
Some of my favorite seasons of growth stemmed from conversations had on the opposite side of my biggest disappointments. There is often beauty in embracing the unknown and allowing yourself release from the confines of schedules and structures. In the end, life will take you exactly where you are supposed to be, with trust in the truly greater plan God has paved for each of us.