Buckle up, because it's going to be a bumpy ride.
The ride of change is rarely easy. It's full of challenges, exciting twists and turns, emotional highs and lows, and uncomfortable. This is usually the case whether it's a positive change we instigate or one we are forced into as a result of something out of our control.
Our opening prayer at church this morning hit the nail on the head for me:
"Almighty God, change is bittersweet. In order to change we are forced both to leave something behind and to embrace something new. Grant us the grace on this day to do both with humility. Help us affirm the good things of our past as we lean into a future where there will also be good things." (words from Pastor Rebecca Hjelle, Blair First United Methodist Church).
You see, our church is about to experience a change. Pastor Rebecca has been with our congregation for six years, and she is about to move on. She is going to be experiencing change as well as she greets her new congregation.
Her words rang true in the above portion of her opening prayer, because change is bittersweet. In order to change we leave something behind in order to embrace something new.
Buckling Up for Change I Instigated:
I think about when I made the change to pursue a school counseling position. It meant leaving behind being a high school teacher, something I had known for 18 years. I loved all I had done in the classroom and as both a coach and a sponsor for various activities. And yet, it was time for a new challenge. One that I was very excited and yet apprehensive about as I prepared to embark upon something completely new.
It was time for me to buckle up, because there would be learning curves along the way. And boy were there some learning curves. Going from high school students to elementary students was a huge mindset shift for me, but I wanted a counseling position and the school district that hired me had the confidence in me to make the move in age levels. That was six years ago.
It was a change I instigated, but the same can also be said when something doesn't work out as you had planned.
Buckling Up for Change Thrust upon Me:
When I started Get To It, my brand and focus was life coaching in the areas of health, fitness, and productivity. I worked with some amazing clients who experienced lifestyle changes, but I didn't have what it took to sustain the business. I had an office that was draining me, because I didn't have enough business coming in to pay the rent. I made the decision to move to having a home office hoping it would help. It didn't, so I had some decisions to make.
As tough as it was to let the life coaching go, I knew that even though it was a part of my passion it wasn't the whole ball of wax. I did a lot of searching in my heart for the next move. I had been dabbling with writing, but I wasn't doing it consistently. I suddenly wondered why, because it's something I absolutely love and it's a way that I can reach more people and make a bigger impact.
Even though I have blog posts dating back to December 2013, I've really had a more consistent focus since July 2016. Has it added income? Not yet, but I know it will as long as I keep following my path and embracing changes that keep coming.
Change is never easy. Whether we embrace it or are forced into it, change is inevitable. We might experience a change in our day, a change in our job, a change with our relationships, etc. Some are going to be positive and others will present us with a huge learning curve.
Whatever the case, buckle up and get ready for the ride.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.