Topics We’re Talking About: Ack! Well… That Was Unexpected



That’s generally the first sound to escape my mouth when I’m faced with the unexpected. Beyond sounding like a certain cartoon, the involuntary exclamation also usually indicates I’m about to face two options:

    1. Get upset
    2. Process and act with a level-head

While I’d like to say I always react with the latter, that’s not always the case. I’m more than susceptible to getting all sorts of frantic and upset when faced with unexpected bumps in the road. While I wouldn’t call myself a control-freak, I do love a good plan. When unforeseen challenges threaten to upset the carefully laid out structure of my plans? Well…  I’m apt to feel the pressure.

That being said, when I actively recognize that I have the choice to take a deep breath and assess before taking action, I have a far better chance of keeping my head straight in the face of the unexpected. It’s when I exercise that choice over my reaction that I can direct the moment from “Aww, maaaaaaan” to “I’ve got this”.

When I run into ack-inducing moments and it feels as if all is spinning out of control, I try to remember and implement a very simple lesson: Sometimes life surprises you… it’s how you react to that unexpected occurrence that  ultimately defines how it will impact your life.

Keeping in theme, here are some top tips from around the web to help you face the unexpected while keeping your wits about you!

Act Fast: 7 Things To Do If Your Wallet Is Missing – DailyWorth
Losing your wallet is a classic “ack!” moment that’s happened to me more times than I’d like to admit. Check out how to get the situation back under your control!

How I Overcame an Unexpected Expense – Journey To Savings
Going out to find your car window has been smashed is never fun. For some wise thoughts on how to face unexpected (and frustrating) moments, read up on Erin’s experience!

Think Big – Mom and Dad Money
Not understanding what your full financial plan is now can have you facing one of the scariest moments in the future: regretting your past money decisions. Matt discusses why it’s just as (if not more) important to look at the big financial picture as you go about your daily life.

How To Manifest Good Luck Into Your Life – When Life Gives You Lemons Add Vodka
What about those unexpected moments when you’re actually on the positive side of the scenario and luck seems to be in your favor? Check out an excellent piece exploring just what we can do to ensure we’re taking full advantage of unexpected financial wins.

How to Budget For Christmas Shopping – Your Guide For Holiday Shopping – Free From Broke
No better way to avoid getting caught by surprise than planning ahead when and where we can. As the holiday season approaches, here are some tips to get yourself prepared!

The Water Bill Incident – Frugalwoods
Cat of Budget Blonde takes over the Frugalwoods blog to share an unexpected money challenge that snowballed one of those epic money memories. Not only a good tale of working past the unexpected but it also includes great tips for managing money in a relationship!

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A special thanks to all those mentioning ReadyForZero over the past week…

Wise Bread
Minority Nurse
The Financegirl

… and check out Shannon’s awesome post over at the DailyWorth: The True Definition of Financial Freedom

Happy weekending! And should you encounter an “ack!”, you know what to do.

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  • Thank you so much for mentioning Cat’s post on Frugalwoods! It’s definitely a great example of working through the bumps of life.

    • Claire Murdough

      Love your blog… excited to share any posts!

  • Sarah

    Thank you so much for mentioning my post, Claire! Much appreciated. Staying positive when something unexpected comes up and sitting on it for awhile before dealing with it so you can do so with a clear head are methods that work for me.

    • Claire Murdough

      Of course! Such an excellent post, I was happy to share it 🙂

  • Thanks for including my post here, Claire! I agree that choosing how you react will determine how everything else goes. I knew I wouldn’t be happy dwelling on what happened as there was absolutely nothing I could do, so I moved on. That’s usually for the best!

    • Claire Murdough

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience!! Such a great post 🙂

  • Glen Craig

    Thanks so much for the mention!

    Yeah, I think it’s important to be able to pull yourself away and see how you react to problems and see how it’s working for you. Not easy to do all the time but it can give you some surprising insight.

    • Claire Murdough

      Exactly!! Definitely not easy but an important part of the processing process :p