Over the last couple weeks I've talked about Change and Risk in this space - and today I'm bringing it full circle to show you how they actually work hand-in-hand!
In 2009 I was getting divorced, working in a toxic job environment, and feeling completely stuck in my life. In the middle of all that I decided it would be a great idea to fly across the country - by myself! - to go to an art retreat in New Hampshire. What the HECK? Seriously between the time I registered in January and actually got there in September, I cannot tell you how many times I vacillated between thinking I was supremely enlightened and completely insane!
Enlightenment and Insanity aside, that weekend changed my life. And while I kind of knew it in the moment - it wasn't until months (maybe years?) later that I was able to see that it CHANGED. MY. LIFE. Like in a really major way. And it was at that point that I realized that trying something new (in this case taking a painting class) actually helped me navigate all the change that was going on in my life. It gave me the opportunity to take a risk, realize that it wouldn't kill me, which in turn assisted me in dealing with the bigger events going on in my life. Total Win. All of this led me to believe that trying new things (taking risks!) when we are in periods of big transition - can make everything work out better!
I believe this so much that I actually created a video about it earlier this year - featuring my Dad! Take a peek . . .
Here's something to chew on: The difference between water that isn't boiling (210°), and water that is (212°) is only TWO DEGREES. Small Change - Big Impact! (Click to Tweet!) If you're in a rut - you don't have to turn your life upside down in order to take a new direction . . . just a small shift can create a long lasting positive effect.
So what new thing will you try this week? A different route to get to work? New Lipstick? A change in your exercise routine? Remember it doesn't have to be something big! Once you conquer those small changes you'll realize you can go bigger next time - and even turtle steps create new pathways in our brain . . . it's all good. I'd love to hear how you're implementing small steps to greater change this week - send me a note or leave a comment!
Love and Light,
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