Finding Answers Where We Least Expect It

Changing my approach and attitude about the new career search took the edge off.  There was less pressure to get myself somewhere.

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Under pressure. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Then the opportunity I was looking for fell into my lap.  I just didn’t know it yet.  I’ll admit, sometimes I’m a little slow.

Here’s what happened:

One day my husband had received a call from an old chiropractor friend of his who he knew well and trusted a lot.  He wanted to introduce Nick to a weight loss program he had successfully been using for himself and for his patients throughout the past year.  After a lengthy conversation Nick asked me, “have you ever heard of Ideal Protein?”

Here’s where it gets weird.  One of my work colleagues had just started the program himself that very day and told me all about it.  This had to be more than a simple coincidence.  I had never heard of the program until that day, and here it was popping up on my radar twice.  This is a smart guy who I happen to trust, so if he would choose it for himself as a way to lose weight, then I thought it must be worth considering.  Nick set up a meeting with his pal for the following month to learn more.

The month passed, and I watched my colleague successfully start to slim down.  The day of the meeting arrived.  I was planning on disappearing and finding a way to entertain myself while the 2 chiropractors talked shop.  I watched Nick’s friend pull up to our house, and in an instant it hit me.

Still processing my thoughts, I slowly turned to Nick and said, “how are you gonna find the time to implement this in your busy practice?”

His response: “I have no idea!”

“Maybe I could do it?”

And that was that. 

This opportunity was being dangled in front of my face for an entire month and while it took that long for me to notice it, in that moment it had dawned on me that quickly.  So instead of getting out of their way, I joined their meeting.

The weight loss industry is a crazy industry, and we entered into this meeting a bit unsure and maybe even skeptical, fearing it could potentially be a gimmicky business.  (Not my style, by the way.)  We even worried it might be a multi-level marketing business.  (Also not my style.)  But by the end, we were convinced that this weight loss program worked and was a business model we liked.  The philosophy and physiology behind it fit in with our values and beliefs, so it was a go.

That moment was the beginning of the end… finally!

It’s funny.  All that time this opportunity was right under my nose, and I didn’t even see it.  I don’t know what sparked me to consider it at that moment, but I’m just lucky that something did.

I can’t help but wonder… as much as we always hope opportunities will find us, are we always ready and able to see them when they do? 




19 thoughts on “Finding Answers Where We Least Expect It

  1. Loved that last thought! I used to have a dear friend ( a little like Eeyore the donkey in Winnie the Pooh) who’d say, ” When my ship comes in, I’ll probably be at the train station! LOL! I watched him miss a lot. He finally came around… Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great insight, Laura! I am very happy for you and that you can put into words exactly how opportunities sometime sneak up on us, whether we’re looking for them to happen or not!

  3. Change can be difficult but usually worth it. Hope you share more posts about ‘Ideal Protein’. After our challenging year, hubby and I have both put on weight….yikes. Not happy about it!

    1. Oops! Challenging times can do that to you. Or a lot of eating out. 😉 I probably won’t write much about it here, but I actually have a recipe blog that has healthy recipes that fit into the Ideal Protein protocol. I meant to link to it. Must have forgotten. Thanks, Ingrid!

  4. Hmm, I thought I commented on this, but apparently not.

    I’m going through a job search and trying to be open to opportunities that fit into our budget! 🙂
    It’s been an interesting process.

    1. Funny, I thought that happened to one of my comments on your post, and then it appeared again later. Don’t blink… you might miss something. Good luck with your job search, mj.

  5. I need to get over to your other site more often. I have put on a lot of weight since the hip started playing up. I should probably pop over to my own blog at some point too 🙂 Glad to see you are still blogging away.

    1. I noticed I haven’t heard much from your blog lately. Sometimes life gets in the way, doesn’t it? Love your challenge idea. I think 2 glasses of water before every meal is a great idea, and would be VERY hard for me to do!

  6. I need to check out your other blog too – being on this computer a lot means a lot of sitting… but I just ran a mile w/ my 4 y.o. – so I get a little exercise in. I’m sooo happy for you!!! Glad you were open to have your light switched on! Exciting! Can’t wait to hear how it transpires and would love to hear more – my mom was just talking about how she and my dad are looking to lose weight but they are going to do Weight Watchers.

    1. Great to hear from you again! I noticed you haven’t posted as much lately (but I get your updates on Mondays and saw that you have a post for me to go check out.) 🙂 Thanks so much for the positive support. It’s been a fun ride. The other blog is a ton of fun too. The recipes are really healthy as they are geared towards my clients. I’m also giving away a digital food scale this week– check it out if you want to win the prize 😉

  7. “…and in an instant it hit me.” Don’t you just love those moments??!! It is as if something murky just suddenly becomes clear. Those moments are so empowering…so cool how that moment had such a a major impact on you.

    1. I do love those moments. It’s funny to look back and imagine where you’d be without that small moment. In this case, my thought was, “duh!” 😉

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