How do you deal with change? Do you like it, love it, or does it scare the crap out of you?
I have all those feelings at the same time, which can be very overwhelming. I recently changed jobs, and while I was excited about starting a new chapter, I was emotional about leaving the last job.
But I am the kind of person that always tries to find something good in everything that happens and in everything I do. Do I miss the mark sometimes, you bet I do. However, this week, I found that I can exercise by walking for almost an hour on my lunch break. That is huge for me! I am able to sleep in a bit longer which helps because I am not a morning person, just ask my family, haha!
I even went to bed at 8:30 pm last night! I think I needed it from working a new schedule, new job and trying to balance everything else, plus I had a pinched nerve in my neck. (Thanks so much to my chiropractor for helping me feel better!)
As I thought about how I deal with change this week with my new job, I realized I have dealt with a lot of changes in my life, whether good, bad, planned or not. I became a mom, at a young age, I got married, I become a mom again, I got divorced, I was a single mom with two kids working 10 hour days, I got married again, I had 2 more children, autism entered our lives, car issues, money issues, house issues, pets passing away, food allergies, fibromyalgia, and then my mom died in 2004.
That last change really hit me hard. I didn’t know what to do. Everything that year still seems like a blur. I was able to function, but my heart was broken. Looking back now, I realized I am stronger than I give myself credit for some days. I take care of my family, I work hard to plan for a better future for them and I will protect them like a mother bear!
Some days all I want to do is curl up in a ball and stay in bed, or cry, (or have lots of wine or chocolate). nd once in a while I do that, well not all of them together, but one at a time. Then I get back up and do what I need to do to get going again. Sometimes, it’s just as simple as taking a hot shower, go out into the sunshine or fix an amazing cup of coffee.
Do I like change, No. Do I enjoy meeting new people, Yes. Do I like having to change my whole life for a new chapter, No. Do I enjoy knowing that it is bringing me closer to my dreams and goals, YES!
My weight loss journey has been a roller coaster of changes. Food allergies are not fun and it’s taken me a few years to be where I need to be. The changes were stressful, but now I feel so much better, healthier. I can help others feel that way too. If I would have know that while I was going though the challenges, maybe I wouldn’t have been so stressed 🙂
So, it’s all in how you look at things. Right now, this is what I get to look at during my walks at work. I don’t normally like being alone, but this is so peaceful and on a beautiful day you can hear the birds chirping. I will take that especially after this winter. Even the changing of each season brings something new.
Find something this week to enjoy through any change or challenge you may encounter. You are strong enough.