When Things Don’t Go as Planned

Kiz Talks, Aug. 3, 2014

At this time today I was supposed to be hosting a kizomba dance and barbecue on Virginia Beach. The crowning moment of a mini workshop weekend – fun, social, and the essence of summer.

But no one can control the rain.

People often ask me how I can travel so much, or how I can teach so many places. There are many factors I could talk about, but I think one of the most important is being able to adjust and keep going when things don’t go as planned.

I couldn’t find a studio in Chicago for the night I wanted to teach, so I decided not to teach there (this time around). I missed a flight, spent the night in the Philly airport, and agreed to be bumped again from a flight in Charlotte to the tune of $375 in travel vouchers. I got asked to teach in Cleveland at the last minute, and rearranged plans to make it work. I made a big effort to network with multiple dance scenes when I set up a workshop in Portland, and ended up with only 7 students, 4 of whom drove 3 hours just for the workshop! I lost money, but made new contacts (and was still the first to teach kizomba in Portland, as far as I know).

Make plans, be prepared, and then adjust.