Sometimes, All You Can Do Is Laugh

Make God Laugh If planning were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. Seriously, I can whip up a plan for just about anything and present it in any form you like — list, spreadsheet, presentation, graphic, flow chart, emoticons — complete with tasks, subtasks, sub-subtasks…. Well, you get the idea. I’m a planner. I was just born that way.

In spite of my many years of planning experience, however, it surprises me that I can still be surprised when things don’t go according to the plan. You’d think I’d have learned by now — even the best plans rarely cooperate with my deadlines. Never have, never will. So, I guess I’m also an optimist, always thinking “maybe this time“….

Except, not this time. The universe decided to show me, yet again, that I’m not in charge. These past six weeks have been a mix of the unexpected, things I should have expected (but didn’t), and the normal, lightly bumpy evolution of things. It’s mostly all good (in the end, anyway), but the result is that I’m having to revisit my project plan for the “From Home Education to Higher Education” research and adjust some things. It’s all still happening, just a few weeks later than I’d hoped. So, here’s an update on what you can expect to see very soon:

  • Two recorded interviews with college admissions officers (check out our first two here).
  • An updated summary on what we’re hearing from homeschoolers all across the country in our online survey “From Home Education to Higher Education: What Do YOU Want to Know?” (There’s still time to participate if you haven’t already!)
  • The launch of our new quarterly newsletter (about which I’m particularly excited!)

Yes, I know I’m tempting fate again with my continued planning (is that laughing I hear?), but I know it will all happen when it needs to — there’s just too much support and positive energy to think otherwise. Thanks so much for rolling along with me!

About Lori Dunlap

Lori Dunlap worked for almost twenty years in the corporate world, first as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and then at a large research university as a program director and adjunct faculty member. In addition to homeschooling her two sons, she writes regularly about education and parenting issues. You can read her blog at, or connect with her on Facebook:

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