This fall was gearing up to be a busy one. I had two press trips booked in October, one to Beaches T&C for #BeachesMoms event, and then, just days after I was to arrive home I was to jump a plane to Kenya for an exciting project.
A few weeks ago, just before I was to stuff my body full of vaccinations for Africa, the trip was put on hold due to concerns with the upcoming elections in Kenya. Part of me breathed a sigh of relief, the turn around time between the two trips would have been tight, and possibly overwhelming. Now I had the chance to just fully enjoy our trip to Turks, and get my feet back under me when I got home.
Of course, by now we are all aware of the damage that Hurricane Irma did to the east coast. So many of our favourite islands have been hit hard, decimated and wounded. While we know that these Caribbean spots have a resiliency like no other, repairs take time. Our #BeachesMoms event has been put on hold for October to allow time for the community and location to rebuild.
Big bummer, yes. But once you see how the Island has been hurt, the least of our worries should be a cancelled vacation and conference. Sure, there will be a cost to make changes, cancel flights and amend travel, but that cost is very small compared to our friends and the locals of these locations.
Plans can be easily changed, and support can be given, and deep down I just need to trust that for SOME crazy reason I am NOT supposed to travel in October, and that I am supposed to put my effort into helping this community rebuild.
Things don’t always go as planned, but that can be ok. I think it is more about refocussing our energy to support what IS happening, vs getting hung up on what was supposed to happen.