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When life throws a curveball, here’s how to knock it out of the park.

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“Who loves a curveball? My life is full of them.” That is a line from my #TEDx talk and let me tell you, life threw me another curveball recently that I never saw coming. Major issues in my basement disrupted my schedule, wreaked havoc on my bank account, and had my mindset doing somersaults. It was one of those moments where you question, “Why now?”

Lesson one: Know when to ask for help.

While I managed to tackle a few repairs myself, I quickly realized I needed the pros for the heavy lifting. Getting clear information from them was key to making smart decisions about my projects. And it was an incredible opportunity to really get to know the systems and quirks of this beautiful older home that my kiddos and I moved into a couple of years ago.

Lesson two: Turn downtime into growth time.

As I spent time cleaning up the aftermath and shuttling to and from the laundromat, I turned those hours into opportunities. Instead of drowning in frustration, I plugged into podcasts and videos on social media and marketing strategies. It’s amazing how a laundry basket can become a mobile university.

Lesson three: Shift your perspective.

Here’s the real deal – setbacks and struggles are inevitable. But the game-changer is how you see them. Looking at challenges through a thriving lens transforms them into opportunities for growth. What can you learn? How can you evolve? These questions make navigating the storm much more manageable.

Lesson four: Seek the lesson within the struggle.

So, here’s your call to action: take a look at a current frustration in your life. How can you resolve it in a way that helps you grow? Do you need to ask for help? Can you employ skills you already have or learn new ones?

I am happy to report that my basement is finally dry, my laundry system will be up and running TODAY!, and if you subscribe to my email newsletter, you are going to receive all the mindset, social media, and marketing tips I learned while listening to so many podcasts in the clean up! (You can subscribe to that here.)

Remember, challenges are just opportunities in disguise. Embrace them, learn from them, and let’s all thrive together.

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About Kristin Smedley

Kristin Smedley is a visionary leader who empowers individuals, teams, and organizations to unlock their hidden potential and gain a competitive edge. Kristin, a TEDx speaker, best selling author, nonprofit founder x2, business owner, and acclaimed filmmaker, leaves audiences on their feet cheering and wanting more of her energy and influence.

Kristin has spent her lifetime studying people that succeed without sight and discovering those repeatable systems and strategies that cause a  competitive advantage. 

As a single mom with a signature smile that has raised three children (two of which are blind) to surpass all grim expectations and out- achieve everyone around them, Kristin leaves a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to experience her powerful presentations.

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