So this morning I got a call on my work cellphone. One of my team can’t show up today because of car trouble.

It happens.

We figured it out and things will be okay. There’s another guy who can fill in and we’ll get the boxes delivered and the install work done.

The guy whose car wouldn’t start felt really bad. I didn’t rub it in, I told him that I hoped his car would get fixed soon.

Like I said. It happens.

It happens often enough that you can’t even be surprised or upset when it happens.

What you have to do is have enough slack in the system that one or two hiccups won’t throw it all off.

That’s what I do for my Pregnant Professional tribe. What I do is help women look over their career and family landscape, look at what they want and what their resources are, and make their plans.

You know that saying?

If you want to make God laugh, make a plan?

I know that the plans people come up with are not foolproof. But when you have a plan, and have a good grasp on what your resources and options are, you can handle a hiccup.

Just like my little hiccup this morning. In the end, it all worked out beautifully.

That’s what I want for you, my Pregnant Professionals: smooth, panic-free career transition.

And it’s absolutely possible.