What do you do in the face of setbacks?

17 November 2021
17 November 2021

What do you do in the face of setbacks?

Sometimes it doesn’t work. Sometimes things turn out differently. Sometimes you don’t get what you want or it doesn’t work out the way you expected. What are you going to do then? Let me take you on a tour of a personal project of mine: the purchase and renovation of our house.

The planning
When we bought a house in April, we knew we couldn’t live in it right away. We provisionally made a kitchenette and we showered at the house of family and friends. We had to move some pipes and order a bathroom and kitchen. We thought we could arrange that within 2 months.

The offers
You send in a number of contractors who actually don’t have the time. They make quotes that will blow your mind. Some don’t even show up. What now? You cannot live normally without a kitchen and bathroom. It took a while but we found a way out. It just took a little longer.

At work
The right man with the right staff offers himself! We get a nice quote and they get to work right away. The invisible pipe and drainage work was in poor condition. Everything had to be replaced. The plastered walls were beautiful, but due to the replacement of the pipes, the stucco also had to be redone. So it didn’t go as we expected.

COVID doesn’t make it any easier
During the busy construction work, we also ordered a bathroom and kitchen. The bathroom went pretty well but the kitchen was challenging. This is in fact 40 m2 in size. If you have to choose a kitchen during the corona period that is not your average kitchen, that is difficult. You can do everything via the internet, but when you choose a kitchen you want to see the cabinets, appliances and materials and have them in your hands. We eventually succeeded in that too. Through research and using our network we found the right supplier and now we have a beautiful kitchen. So things don’t always go the way you want or the way you’re used to. But in the end it will be okay.

Result takes time
Delivery times of 6 to 8 months have become normal. Why does it take so long? Then you wonder. Should I cancel my order or should I just wait and see? Then we entered into a conversation and made our situation clear and we told them that our 1-by-1 kitchen unit is not the solution for a longer period of time. Fortunately, the delivery time of 6 months could be shortened to 3 months! In those 3 months, the contractor had worked hard, the entire bathroom was fitted with new piping, drains, electricity, underfloor heating, tiling and plumbing. Fortunately, they also had the kitchen space ready in time for the installation of the new kitchen. The kitchen was delivered and installed on the agreed day!

We are very happy with the result, even though it cost us blood, sweat and tears.

Moral of this building story
In the past 1.5 years nothing was certain. That will also be the case in the future. What is green today may suddenly be red tomorrow. If things don’t work out or things don’t turn out the way you had hoped, that’s very annoying. Especially if you can’t do anything about it. Try not to think in problems, but in possibilities and solutions.

It is the same with your health, your diet and your exercise. Don’t say “I can’t do it”, “I don’t like it” or “I don’t have time for that”. Ask yourself:
“What can I do to achieve the result?”
“What can I eat that is tasty and healthy?”
“When can I do more exercise?”

If you keep that vibe going in 2022, you’ll notice that it’s going to be a lot easier. If you can’t do it alone, find a professional who can help you. Alone, but also together, you can achieve the desired goal!

I wish you happy holidays,

Would you like to enjoy a tasty salad in December that you can eat hot or cold? Then this is a delicious recipe.

Pasta salad with smoked salmon, spinach and avocado

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Add the peas during the last 5 minutes.
  2. Drain in a colander, rinse under cold running water and drain.
  3. Halve and pit the avocado and cut into cubes. Cut the smoked salmon into strips.
  4. In a bowl, combine the pasta with the smoked salmon, peas, spinach and avocado. Season with olive oil, salt and pepper and scoop the salad onto a plate.

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