Hola and happy Monday all! I’m waking up at home in my own bed and it’s looking like that’s going to be my “new normal.” Asmany of you know, Sweet Retreats, the vacation travel show I have done for two years on the Live Well Network, is going away, as is the entire network. There are parts of me that are fine with that; even a little ecstatic. If you’ve traveled for business, you know what I’m talking about.
But along with the network going away, so is my salary, the thin, little safety net I was using to help keep my little business afloat.
Change is gonna come..
Change. It’s not been a foreign concept for me; probably not for you either. So then why is it that, when we’re faced with it, our reaction is the same? Fear.. anger and so much more.
I mean, we really all turn into a bunch of toddlers in the face of it, don’t we?
You would think after the decade that we, as a country have been through (and me personally) we’d be used to it by now.
But that’s not the case.
Change is hard because it’s different. It’s only natural for us to have a healthy fear of the unknown and that’s what change brings. It requires us to do things in a way we haven’t done before. That means learning, leaning in to the unknown, and of course, the possibility of failure.
In my case, losing my steady, paying gig is going to bring about changes to my operation here at Good Enough Mother. It means I’m going to be doing more with a lot less, a prospect that terrifies me.
But if I am to be completely honest, the petulant child in me is also pissed! I mean, haven’t I been at this place before? And dammit, why am I here again?
When I started Good Enough Mother nearly a decade ago, I had hoped I’d be further along than I am; heck, according to the plan I laid out all those years ago, I should have sold the website/brand by now, have a summer home in the Hamptons and regular trips to Europe.
Instead, I’m about to have to downsize which, in my mind, is a step backward.
Whenever I get to this place I have to remind myself of what the path to success looks like, best illustrated this way:
(PHOTO CREDIT: Demetri Martin, “This is a book“)
Bottom line: the change in my immediate circumstance requires me to go backward to go forward. I will circle the wagons, find a more efficient way of doing things, learn how to get by with less and grow in the process.
It won’t be easy but it will be necessary.
And I know it won’t be like this forever.
What about you.. how do you feel in the face of change? Do you embrace it or fight it because it’s new, different and uncomfortable?