Guest post by Kacey Mya Bradley
There’s a certain way we’d like life to go and then there’s the way life actually unfolds. Trying to reconcile unforeseen challenges we face with the dreams we have, can be difficult but it is possible.
Here are possible situations life may throw at you, which you may not want but you have the ability to face and bounce back:
You become aware that someone has misused your credit card, bank account or another piece of personal information to commit fraud.
You aren’t the only one. The American Consumer Sentinel Network recorded nearly 500,000 complaints of identity theft in 2015.
If you think you’re a victim of identity theft or fraud, do not waste any time in taking action to stop it. It is important to act immediately as it can have negative financial and credit implications.
The first step is to contact the Federal Trade Commission to report your situation. You can do this online, over the phone or by mail.
This is a great opportunity to take a good solid look at your finances and credit cards. It is a reality check for what you spend, how you save and where your money goes. Take these circumstances as motivation to clean up your budgets and spending behavior — to keep better track of your spending and your credit score.
It’s suggested that identity theft can be avoided if you reduce how many credit and debit cards you carry around with you in your wallet or purse.
Rely more on credit cards because if money gets stolen via your debit card it isn’t necessarily retrievable. Do not use debit cards for shopping online because credit cards are better protected in cases of fraud.
Unexpected End of a Relationship
Out of the blue, your romantic relationship ends. Whether it’s because of infidelity or a change of heart, you can feel like the wind was knocked out of you and your heart was ripped out and stomped on.
Let the new space created by the absence of your former flame create space for you.
Relationships can blind us to our own needs and push our personal goals to the backseat. Reacquaint yourself with your goals and dreams then recommit to them and yourself.
Book that trip to Iceland, enroll in that painting class or try out rock climbing — like you’ve always wanted to.
Also be sure to nurture yourself. Commit to getting the sleep your body needs, cook-up nutritious meals drink lots of water and stay active.
Death of a Loved One
It is one of life’s toughest realities — death. We all must face it and must endure when it takes one of our dear friends or beloved family members. This includes our beloved companion animals.
There are healthful and helpful ways to mourn and celebrate your lost loved one. Plant a tree in their honor, to celebrate that they lived. You can frame their portrait or a grouping of photos and place them prominently in your home.
Fired from a Job
You’ve been fired. You showed up to work and before the end of the day, you are handed your walking papers. Whether the company is downsizing or you aren’t the right fit for the organization, it can be a shock.
Feelings of panic can overcome you as you consider all of your expenses — the rent, the car payments and more. Don’t do anything rash. Trying playing the tape forward if you can, consider what the calm you, with a month’s worth of perspective would do, not the current terrified you.
It isn’t a positive mark on your career but there are positives. You need to seek them out. Life has just forced you to reevaluate and get clear on what you want to do for work. Use this as a chance for self-improvement not self-pity. Get honest with yourself about what career satisfaction means to you.
Brainstorm what careers and fields are of interest to you, what classes you’d like to pursue, if there is a better-suited job out there for you, or if would you like to start your own business.
This is truly an opportunity to shape your career. It’s a forced fresh start — make it count.
Life has many twists and turns. You can plan all you like but these unexpected shifts will find you. Don’t fear these surprise changes instead embrace them. If you do, you’ll find opportunity for personal growth and success within them.
Sure, give yourself time to have feelings about it all but them pick yourself up and you’ll also be surprised how you make it through.
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
The Drifter Collective: An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.
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