Change is hard for a lot of people. I know that sounds cliché but it’s kind of just a fact of life. I know for a certain relative of mine who will remain nameless the stress of something new effects her in the form of fever blisters, neck or back spasms, and/or a cold! For a handful of others change is a welcomed fact of life that is moderately easy to embrace. I think that I fall in with the latter when it comes to a lot of new experiences, mainly because #yolo! Lately however a lot of changes have been happening in my life all at once. Perhaps it is because we just hit a season change and Spring signifies new beginnings! I am newly pregnant again and recently found out that I will be having a boy. This is mind blowing to me because coming from a family of all girls, I know nothing about boys! New business opportunities are knocking on my husband and I’s front door not to mention new opportunities to grow as a writer and blogger. I don’t proclaim to have it all figured out in the area of change but I can offer you 3 ways that I try to welcome it.
- Embrace it ALL
I find that when a big change happens I often get the itch to do something big along with it. For example. When I found out I was pregnant again I knew that physically and emotionally (thanks to hormones) I would be going through a lot. The idea of welcoming another baby is an exciting change, but I have to admit some days the changes have me feeling really crummy. I came to the realization that in this change I may feel cranky, I will definitely feel hot in those summer months being 8 months pregnant, and there will be times where I just want to stay in bed in over-sized t-shirts! In an effort to not have this change define my day today outlook, I decided to embrace it head on! I took a trip to Michael Kors on Market Street in the Woodlands and found the cutest most comfy chambray shift dress that totally complemented the bump without making me feel frumpy. The gold lace-up accent on the top of the dress made me feel so luxurious! I paired the dress with easy slip-on flip-flops, also from Michael Kors, that are perfect for the summer time. After my little shopping trip I didn’t stop there. I decided to go further (to address the added heat my change will bring) and cut my hair after 3 years of growing it out! It’s true what they say, “when you look better, you feel better.”
- Realize that life happens around us but we keep on going
My dad often tells this story when he preaches at our church of a guy that he was counseling that told my dad, “I just want a normal life”. To this my dad responded “there’s no such thing as a normal life, it’s just life”. Isn’t that so true!? We go though life just wanting to be and do what’s “normal” and there is no such thing. Changes happen and they can rock our world. People we love pass away, we get let go from jobs, relationships begin and end but the sun keeps coming up and that’s just the way life is. I am not suggesting that adjusting to an epic change such as a loved one passing away is easy, but there is comfort in knowing that each new day is one step closer to fully embracing the change that life has thrown your way.
- Don’t worry, be happy
Man oh man! I used to be a worry wart. Whenever something new was on the horizon I would play out the scariest scenarios possible and convince myself that it was going to happen. Again, my dad with his sage advice told me that 99% of the things that we worry about never happen. Hearing that changed my whole outlook on worrying about things that were out of my control. To this day when change is coming and I have even the slightest inclination to begin to worry, I remind myself about the 99%.
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