There is no growth without pain. Change for the better always requires letting loose of a certain degree of status quo. You realize then that the pain of moving ahead … the trials, the frustrations, the disappointments, and the failures … are always better than the situation you once found yourself in and accepted. Change won’t begin until you seize the courage and mental discipline to immerse yourself in a certain amount of pain and disillusionment concerning where you are in the present.
(sourced the above quote from here)
I closed a business I had been passionately committed to.
I got married.
I changed the name I’ve grown rather attached to these last, ahem, 35 years.
I am making room for my first puppy ever, which we pick up in 2 days.
I am making my new working home base at my store Room Service, where I have had a hard time adjusting to the fact that I am virtually a stranger in my own store. That i don’t even know my mail person’s name, when knowing EVERYONE’s name was how I started my business.
I am launching an entirely new service-based business ” Weddings & Parties by Room Service”.
I mean, it’s a scary amount of change. And even I, who has historically invited HUGE sweeping changes into my life just to challenge myself, is overwhelmed and even sometimes scared by it all.
I spoke with a friend the other day who herself was contemplating a HUGE change in her own life. She was very scared about all the *potential* consequences of the decision and I told her that in my own history, NOT ONE SINGLE GIANT, SCARY, ANTICIPATED OR UNANTICIPATED, LIFE -ALTERING, FINANCIALLY FRIGHTFUL change that I have EVER experienced has EVER left me anywhere but better off in the end. FACT.
Yet, in the midst of change that is sometimes hard to remember or hard to imagine. That is why that quote is a good one to keep around for times just like these.
I am so excited about the future and I know I’ll always be not just OK…but better than ever.