It has been said that the one thing in life that is certain is change. Some people love it. Some people hate it. I happen to enjoy change and embrace it. That being said, sometimes a lot of change, all at once, can be difficult to manage. For instance:
Recently I suggested to my husband that we leave our home in the California Sierra Nevada Foothills and move to Texas to be near his family, and allow him to focus on a brand new startup he was launching. Read that sentence carefully. I suggested we: (a) Leave his full time, well paid job, with benefits; (b) Leave our lovely home in a great neighborhood where we lived alone; (c) Leave an area where we had both built lives, made friends, and were involved in the community. All in exchange for (a) Selling most everything we owned including our furniture and household items; (b) Packing up all that was left into a shipping container and the back of our Subaru; (c) Moving into a bedroom in his youngest brother's house with is wife; (d) Working on this startup that has no certainty of a future and live off of our savings; (e) Hoping that we get the new startup to profitable status sooner rather than later. Yep. Lots and lots of change. There are days I wonder what I was thinking when *I* made the suggestion. On the other hand...
There are days when I celebrate the new beginnings and the opportunities to reinvent ourselves and our future. This affords us the opportunity to build something new together. It provides me a chance to really jump out and fulfill my long-time dream of becoming a blogger, podcaster, trainer, and professional public speaker. I am exploring co-authoring a book and developing a program with a friend that will give us tools to educate and help others. As if all of that isn't enough, we get to spend time with my husband's ageing parents, his brothers and their wives and watch our nephews grow into amazing young men.
So yes, it is a lot of change. Yes, it can be stressful. Yes, there are days when I wonder what I have done. However, today--and most days--I celebrate these opportunities and the challenges that come with them.
From here forward, I will be using this blog to share some ideas on a number of subjects including team building and management, conflict resolution, challenges in starting new businesses and breathing life into businesses and projects that have gone a little stale.
How do you deal with change? What challenges does change present to you? Do you love it or hate it?
I look forward to your comments, your questions and your input. Until next time...