I've known and anticipated for some time that 2015 was going to be a year of changes for me, in several areas of my life. In particular, I knew the spring would bring about some professional changes, but it turns out things are going to change a loooooooot sooner than I thought. Like January sooner. Hellooooooooo! Of course, I experienced the ever-familiar initial feelings of panic and shock after some recent developments, but my feelings quickly changed to excitement. I actually have been craving change recently and feel invigorated and motivated to do some new things. After all the life changes I've gone through recently, I feel so much better equipped to handle life's curve balls.
Another thing that has really helped me put change into a more positive perspective has coincidentally come from my new line of work. Children, and infants in particular, change almost constantly. Sometimes, it seems they grow and change overnight! If you've ever worked with or raised children, I'm sure you're familiar with the developmental stages infants go through month-by-month. It's actually amazing how much they learn, change and grow in the first 12 months of their life. Without change, a baby would never progress from sitting, to crawling to walking. Or move from liquid to solid foods. Or learn to sleep through the night! (Parents everywhere rejoice when that milestone is reached!!)
To remind myself how good change can be, I decided to think back on some changes I made and how they turned out to be positive milestones in my life:
- Switched over from coke bottle glasses to contacts in the 12th grade. Thank goodness. Still a nerd, but a somewhat disguised one.
- Stopped fighting the hair I was born with and decided to just go wild and free post-college. No reason for a tiger to hide it's stripes.
- Always thought I was a "dog person". Took a chance on 2 shelter cats 10 years ago and never looked back. I now consider myself an equal opportunity animal lover.
- Despite my initial (negative) impressions of the city, took a chance and moved to Baltimore 10 years ago. Of course there have been ups and downs but I have made some incredible memories and connections here.
- Took a chance on romance a few years ago and although it didn't have a fairytale ending, it was a life-changing experience in more ways than one.
- Decided to run a half marathon 3 years ago. Relationship with running went from 'casual' to 'we're engaged'.
- Did a complete 180 and changed careers last year. I'm now using my unique, natural talents and my heart more than ever before.
- Started a blog. What?! It's not the biggest or the best but it's all mine and I love the feeling of putting my ideas out there and connecting with others.
Pinterest is always good for some choice words so let's end this post with a little cheesy inspiration!
Now get out there and become beautiful butterflies you crazy little caterpillars!
How do you react to change?
Make any big changes lately?
Do you think 2015 will bring changes to your life?