One of my favorite ways to learn and grow is through the stories of others. I'm so excited to feature my friend Melissa today and have her share her story about change and living a positive life. I'm also sharing on her site today… be sure to hop on over there and say hi!
Hi! I'm Melissa. I'm a Registered Dietitian and the creator/editor of thevalentineRD.com where I write about food, fitness, family and Duran Duran (yes, Duran Duran). My fellow 80's lover, Heather, is being kind enough to not only to write on my blog today as my Friday's Featured Female but she's also featuring me here today. Thanks for having me!
The old adage says that change is good but did you ever notice that there's no mention of how hard it is to “make that change” (can't you just hear Michael Jackson whispering it to you from the end of the song “Man In The Mirror”? No? Then it's likely just me that writes, reads and hears words in 80's lyrics, I apologize).
It doesn't matter how much life experience you have under your belt, change is never easy – especially when it's life altering. Nearly two years ago, my family and I relocated from Brooklyn, New York to the Los Angeles area. This move wasn't required for professional, family or financial reasons, it was just a personal decision. My husband and I determined that we just needed to make a change.
So after a year of meticulous planning, we packed up and moved our young child, our dog and ourselves and our lives were changed for good – in permanence and attitude. Despite the fact that this self-directed, life altering change worked out to be a positive experience, my pessimist and neurotic nature would never have predicted it that way.
Getting past the fear, anxiety and negativity is the obstacle of meeting change head on. Some people can get past environmental and emotional muck, find laser focus and see change in a positive light (like Heather and what It's A Lovely Life represents) but others don't have that kind of clarity and proceed to find all the ways possible to freak out (um, me).
There's an odd sense of comfort in knowing what to expect in comparison to the unknown territory of what a change can bring. What makes one person leap can make another person cower. Isn't it fascinating to learn about the spark that propels someone toward making that change for good? For some people making a change is an act of blind faith and determination while for others it's blissful ignorance, fear, desperation, excitement or a number of other reasons.
Only after experiencing the major changes of moving across the country, transitioning from a full time corporate job to a work at home professional endeavor and being a participant in letting social media expand my world, did I discover my source of motivation and inspiration to face and welcome change – the stories of other people, especially other women.
I never thought that starting a blog about the geeky things that I love would change me for good and inspire me to want to do the same for others.
By being an active social media participant in the health and wellness community, I've learned that I want to use my professional expertise to support and help women lead healthier, happier lives. As I take the leap to “make that change” and finally launch the nutrition private practice I've envisioned for years, I'm scared to death. I'm trying not to listen to the “devil you know” voices trying to keep me comfortable because I know what good change can actually bring. I still have a lot to do to finally launch my private practice with but I'm pretty sure that when the announcement day comes, it's going to be a change for good. Literally and figuratively.
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What motivates you to “make that change”?