“The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations.” Eli Khamarov

Have you ever noticed that some of the most incredible pivotal moments in our lives come from chance situations or encounters that lead to unexpected life directions or career choices? The important thing is to be open to them.

While it’s great to be focused on our goals, we must remember not to narrow our vision so much that we miss out on valuable opportunities that can crop up in our lives in unexpected ways, such as: a chance meeting; unanticipated work opportunities; discovering a new passion by trying something new or even losing a job can be a blessing in disguise.

I met my partner (now father of my two girls) in a temp job, whilst training as a journalist. Further down the line I discovered my passion for coaching after some of the biggest turning points in my life. http://www.chloegold.com/about-me/

Before that I was so focused on what I ‘SHOULD’ do, rather than exploring different options that I completely ignored the signs that were directing me towards a new career path.

Embracing uncertainty can open up a whole range of options in our lives, careers or relationships that can turn out to be true blessings!

While many people strive for certainty, comfortably avoiding what is unfamiliar, there is much joy to be gained from embracing the unknown and relief in letting go of expectations and being open, spontaneous, playful and relaxed.

When I started this year, as I often do, excitedly writing my goals for the year – which were very much career focused – the last thing I expected was to have another baby by the end of the year. As I write this blog I am weeks away from giving birth to my second daughter – an unplanned and truly amazing blessing in my life.

Baby Rose born on 30th November 2014

Baby Rose born on 30th November 2014

It’s a great reminder that many of the special gifts that appear in our lives often come in unexpected ways and forms and who doesn’t love a good surprise!

Looking back over your life, what unexpected events, situations or chance meetings turned out to be blessings in disguise? What did you gain or learn from this?

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Warmest wishes,