Do You Embrace Change?

Welcome to ColoradoI’m not big on making changes in my life. I prefer to keep the status quo rather than shake things up a bit. Perhaps that’s why, when I bought a car, I owned it for 14 years before getting a new one. When I bought my condo, I lived in it for approx. 17 years before moving (although I still own it).

However, I recognize that change is good. While it may take some of us longer to make a change – even if it’s painful – it opens the door to new opportunities . . . new relationships . . . new adventures.

So I made a big change. First, in 2002, I moved to the island of Kaua`i and had the good fortune to live in a magical paradise. After a decade of living there (and two years of pondering a move), as many of you know, I decided to return to Boulder, CO.

While Boulder was home for more than a quarter of a century, some of you may say “moving back is not a change,” but believe me, making the decision to move was not an easy one.

Even though I know and love Boulder, after 10 years things have – you know – CHANGED! Some of the people I knew have left (or sadly, passed on) . . . places I used to frequent have closed . . . historical buildings have been replaced by offices, lofts & parking lots.

Upon opening the Business Plus section of the local paper, I thought it was serendipitous that one of the first columns I read there was entitled “Change is good for Boulder.” If it’s good for Boulder, it’s good for me.

When one door closes, another one opens,” or so “they” say. I’m looking forward to the open doors ahead of me. Am I nervous? Yes. However, I know I have the support of many friends, colleagues and clients – not to mention, my horoscope yesterday read “You will thrive with change. . . “

What about you? Have you made any big changes in your life recently? Please share your experience in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.

Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.

Comments

  1. I am not so good at BIG change, either. I am happy to experiment… I am happy to be playful… but I tend to get stuck in the “HOW’S” of the big changes.

    Your post is inspiring me this morning. I am grateful I came over from the Ultimate Challenge facebook page to “meet” you!
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    • @Julie, it always feels SO good when I read that something I wrote inspired another. I too am glad you came on over to the UBC to “meet” me and so many other fabulous and creative peeps. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
      Here’s to getting unstuck. Have a great day. ~Debra

  2. Harriet Stack says:

    Thanks for your words. I’m a fellow UBC-er – tend to think that any big change will be “bad” and uncomfortable, but reading your post reminds me that it’s good to be open to possibilities. Thanks.

    • Hi @Harriet. Yes, change can be very uncomfortable, but sometimes going outside of your comfort zone can bring exciting opportunities. Here’s are 2 quotes that might help:
      “If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.” – Les Brown
      “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy
      Thanks & here’s to being open to new possibilities. ~Debra

  3. Yay Debra! I can relate to a big x-state move having moved
    from RI to CA. It’s been many years & experiences in between 🙂

    This ‘Independence’ week I’m celebrating all of my wins/changes
    on a personal and professional level. Ready to Rock it all out!

    Best Wishes,
    Paula
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    • Thanks @Paula I did the x-country move when I left NYC to attend Grad School in Colorado so many moons ago. As you said, many years & many experiences in between now and then. And again, between now and the time I moved from Colorado to Kauai and back again.
      Love the idea of celebrating changes this “independence week.” Have a great (and safe) 4th of July week rockin’ and rollin’. ~Debra

  4. Congrats on your recent change, Debra! Your post touched upon one of my favorite subjects: change! If there is any constant in life, it’s change, and diving in and thriving takes courage and determination, both very admirable traits. I look forward to your posts from Boulder.

    David

    • Much appreciated David. Change is all around us every day as no two days are alike. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts about one of your fave subjects. And, thanks for coming back to read future posts. I look forward to that. ~Debra

  5. Todd Oldham says:

    Congratulations on beginning your next chapter Debra ! Leaving Kauai is hard. Our family is in the midst of a move to Honolulu, after having lived on Kauai for 14 years. Our children, aged 7 and 10 years, were born there and it’s going to be a difficult time for them. We’ve let them know that we’re all going to go through this adventure together, as a family. Be well!

    • Congrats to you as well @Todd. We both know how hard it is to leave the Garden Island, but are fortunate to have called it home. Wishing you, Hue, and your kids the best in your new adventure on Oahu. Keep me posted on how the kids adjust and how your new position is going over there. Aloha. 🙂 ~Debra

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