You can embrace change or create it, either way change is necessary for life
This year has been one of the most interesting years for me. It started out as a continuation of last year in terms of work, writing on Women On It, decorating our home and enjoying Salt Lake City. Within six weeks of the new year beginning, everything was turned upside down.
In mid-February I lost my job and I was devastated. I didn’t know which way to turn. I was trying to understand what happened, what did it mean, and why it was happening to me. For two weeks I was in a mild state of depression feeling sorry for myself. Thankfully I have great people in my life who were willing to help me, listen to me, guide me, give me support and remind me that it wasn’t a reflection on me. Since February, I’ve been able to work on myself and enjoy life in a way I never have before.
During the course of the last few months, I did a lot of writing. I wrote about why I was not going to apologize for being a strong woman with a strong personality. Or about creating your own journey through life, rather than what it’s supposed to look like according to society. I reflected on my time in Brazil and encouraged people to live abroad at least once in their lives. Or about letting go and not being stressed about your circumstances and live more in the present moment. Finally, I wrote about why creating a legacy is much more powerful than just finding purpose or even following your passion.
I even started writing more about health and wellness. I’ve written posts about the benefits of activated charcoal and Manuka honey. I talked about five ways to invest in your health and why organic doesn’t always equal healthy. I even went so far as to encourage people to incorporate a more vegan lifestyle.
As I became more focused on writing about health and wellness, I started to receive emails from complete strangers complimenting me and wanting to link to my posts. Then one day when I was talking to a good friend of mine, she said, “You need to do something in the health and wellness field.” And a lightbulb went on in my head.
Change is necessary to move forward
Sometimes circumstances around you force you to change. Sometimes you know change is coming so you embrace it and go with the flow. However, sometimes you need to create change in order to move forward with your life.
For almost a decade I’ve either been forced to change or had to embrace change in my life. There have been a few moments here and there when I’ve created change, but circumstances didn’t allow me to go very far.
This time the change I’m creating is quite significant. This change is going to effect my career, my writing and even Women On It. It’s sending me back to school and allowing me to take courses I never thought I would have the chance to.
Change is scary no matter what
Let’s face it, change is scary no matter if you’re forced to make changes or you consciously create change. The unknown is always there. But as the saying goes, no risk, no reward.
I’ve never been afraid of taking risks or been afraid of the unknown. Who packs up all their belongings in a couple of suitcases and moves to another country, not once, but twice? Me! But that was pure excitement and adrenaline.
This time it’s different. Maybe because I’m older and when you’re older you see life from a different lens. You question things more. You stay inside your head analyzing things to death. But a voice deep inside me is saying, “Go for it…”
And that’s exactly what I’m doing, I’m going for it. I’ve enrolled at the Institute of Integrated Nutrition to become certified as a health advisor. I’m also doing my first 100-hour intensive yoga teacher training at Salt Lake Power Yoga. And this is just the beginning.
I’m looking forward to creating this new journey in my life. Change can be scary, but change is what life is all about.