Monday, April 14, 2014

When facing change

Change. A word that can signal discomfort or excitement. At first you might feel paralysed. It might make you wonder if you will come out of this whole or broken. If you can do it. It's a great challenge. How will you handle the change?

Then something happens. You will find strength and energy to deal with your change. Ideas start to pop up in your head. You take actions you would never have done before. You make things happen and you grow. Oh my, you grow. You grow bigger, wiser, stronger. You faced the fear with the change and stepped out of your comfort zone. And you survived.

We are facing changes. Big changes. Or maybe it is not such big changes after all. Maybe I only think it is big because it feels incredibly big. But any change can feel overwhelming at first. A simple thing such as changing brand of your toothpaste or shopping at a different grocery store than the one you always go for can be like climbing Mount Everest. Trying a new hair cut can be something you ponder for years before doing it... Not wearing make up when you are used to always wear it might feel the same as walking around naked. It is all about breaking out of your comfort zone. Our secure little place not bigger than a hoola hoop around us. Did you know that 90% of us never step out of our comfort zones?

I have faced a lot of changes in my life. I have come to embrace change when it happens. Still I go through that whole process of fear, paralysis, finding strength and turning all the different energies into action. I have stepped out of my comfort zone many times now. I have grown. I have almost become addicted to it. The first time I did it I quit my job as a graphic designer and took a time out from my ordinary life. The change somehow brought me to the Seychelles where I met my love. Since then the changes has been many; moving abroad, having children, moving from one continent to another, learning new languages, facing new cultures, finding new friends, finding new me, facing traumas and the unexpected, being without money, being with money, living big, living small...

I am not that scared anymore. When change appears I know I can handle it. I need change. Change is always an adventure... But still a bit scary... I am curious to see where our change will take us this time. Only time will tell...

Kärlek
Annette




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30 comments :

  1. Whatever it is Annette, I feel sure that you will handle it with great style and class. You are just that kind of a gal. Much love,
    Kris

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  2. Good writing! We are facing a change too. Don´t know what it will be, but something will happen. This is a good way to think about it! All the best for your change!

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  3. Hi Annette - you are so right - change definitely helps us grow and become stronger but how i hate mOving out of my comfort zone ! Wishing you the best of luck facing your new change and challenges!

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  4. Hi Annette
    I agree change can be scary - but also so exciting ! As they say, you only get one go at this life, it's not a rehearsal.
    It certainly sounds as though you are taking it all in your stride,
    Kate x

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  5. Oh Annette, how I admire your attitude! I am a scardy cat and really don't want to push myself out of my (sort of) comfort zone. Good luck with your 'changes' Sam xxx

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  6. I wish you all the best Annette!!!!!
    xxxxxx Ale

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  7. Such wise words. With love from Baukje

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  8. You are correct: change is difficult for most people. In fact, in nursing school one of my courses senior year was on Change Theory (how to help people through changes).

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  9. I hope that you can find your way through the changes that are coming your way. You are right it can be scary, but it can be good too. I hope that you will be very happy at the end of it all. xx

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  10. I hope this change brings you all happiness and excitment, the best of changes. You are right, we often stay in our comfort zone, but many incredible things can happen when we step out of it. thinking of you and the family and wishing you all well ♥

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  11. Vad spännande! Ser fram emot att få läsa om vad som ska hända! Själv har jag haft så mycket problem i livet för att jag har varit villig att söka 'change' att jag numera har behov av trygghet och att 'allt ska vara som vanligt'. Kram!

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  12. Well spoken! I think many of us like our comfort zone sometimes to much. You know what you have but not what you get....scary! I try to let go...and it's fantastic...and then it's so nice to have a safe place to return to. Home, family....

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  13. You are brave Annette, change terrifies me but at same time is exciting!
    Pat xx

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  14. Thank you, you have given me food for thought..♡

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  15. Annette,
    Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my little blog! Normally it is only my sister and dad who comments so it gives me a huge mental boost to see that people outside my family can take the time to read and comment on my blog. You have certainly made a positive difference to my day! Kram!

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  16. Annette I agree, change is so scary - I was born under the sign of Taurus and this is a fixed sign who hates change. Like you there are many changes taking place in my life at work, home and psychologically - it is terrifying but in some ways exciting and enabling - trying to face change is sometimes like looking a tiger in the eye - the courage we gain from staying put and facing it is exhilarating. We are all with you darling Annette. Big hugs and loves
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  17. Wow. What a coincidence you write this today. I am about to have some big changes in my life and i take it as a good sign you happen to write this post this very day. Thanks for the encouragement! All the best for your next step, whatever it is and wherever it takes you. Love from germany, doris

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  18. Hey! We've been loving your blog recently (especially Becca she's a keen crafter!) and have chosen to nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award which you can take a look at here http://be-beaut.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award.html
    Hope to see you give it a go! From Hannah, Becca and Emma x

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  19. Very well spoken! I know what you are talking about, I went through changes all my life. It is scary sometimes and it is challenging other times. It makes you grow strong and keeps your mind focused. I wish you the best outcome of this new change!
    Lesley

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  20. Whatever the change is, my family sends yours a big hug!

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  21. Exciting and scary and exciting? All the best with that!

    I was once faced with the "where do you see yourself in 5 yrs?" question, to confirm my appointment at uni. I could see the question marks when I said I don't do 5 yr plans...5 yrs previously I certainly did not think I was going to be lecturing Veld Management! And who have thought that 5 yrs later I'd returned from a short stint in Aus, to become a very happy housewife back in SA :-)

    Change...you take it as it comes.

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  22. Thank you for this post. I got a layoff notice yesterday and needed this.

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  23. hello! i'm wishing you the very best, whatever changes come your way, lovely attitude!

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  24. All the best for you change. I wish this change brings you happiness and the best of everything.
    I like posts where people convey without actually being specific. Yours is one of them. :-)
    Ranjitha

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  25. Yes change can be exciting and scary at the same time.
    I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award because you and your blog has captured my attention. Thanks for the connection and the inspiration. You can find the nomination here:http://zanashomemade.blogspot.co.nz
    Please feel free to accept or ignore.

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  26. Lovely Annette whatever form the change comes into your lives I know that you are such a brave and talented lady and will face it head one, making the best of everything. Annette I am really sorry about the lateness of this reply, I know that I wrote one earlier to you and I don't know where it went to, no matter, we are all here for you Annette whatever happens. Have the loveliest of Easters, sending you big hugs and loves
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  27. HI Annette,

    I love your blog, and I hope I can remember your wise words!

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  28. Good luck, whatever you are up to.
    XOXO

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  29. A beautifully written post and one I can totally understand. At first, changes are fully of anxious times but as time goes on we start to embrace them and push ourselves just that little bit more. It's part of becoming older and wiser, however it is nice to have some 'quiet' time in between. Have a wonderful Easter. xx

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Kärlek
Annette

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