Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Why Change Doesn't Suck

Look at all this beautiful organization.
Do I sometimes open my closet doors
just to stare? Yes. Yes I do.

I’ve been making a lot of changes in my life.  

From cleaning my closet (truly a masterpiece of color-coded perfection), to a new career (I’m bursting to share that news very soon), to carefully choosing my friends (with some unfortunate goodbyes).

Thankfully, change is easy, painless, and lots of fun.

Said no one ever.

Changes are challenging.

And I’m no stranger to life modifications (thank you, thesaurus).  My philosophy has been, hey, that’s not working for me, so let’s:

Get a new job! 
Leave that relationship!

Not all of those choices were good decisions.  The one thing they did have in common: they were hard.  And I liked to complain about just how hard they were.

I’m seeing things differently now.  One of the most impactful adjustments I’ve made is changing my perspective.  Because everything that’s led me to this exact moment in my life is due to the growth I’ve experienced through change.  

So maybe, while change can still be extremely challenging, I can find joy in the process.  

Look, I will never downplay my downright horrific cross-country move with my giant dog kennel and 3 bursting suitcases all by myself.  But maybe I can embrace it.  Revel in it.  Get all down and dirty in it.   

And see change for what it truly is: Opportunity.  Growth.  Progress.

Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. – AC Benson

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2


  1. I used to absolutely throw a fit whenever I had to deal with change. I mean like sit in the car refusing to get out because the restaurant I planned to go to was closed! A fit! My personality does NOT like change but, like you have discovered, change is inevitable and unavoidable. And often brings better things - if we will just get out of the car…

  2. Change can be an opportunity to find your happiness and challenge your growth. Nobody said it would be easy, especially when you’re about to leave a relationship you’ve strived to work. However, it’s nice to know that you positively accepted the challenge of finding your joy in a new environment, even if that means you’ll be all by yourself. I’ll be looking forward to reading about your journey, Kalei. And I wish you all the joy and the best in life. Take care!

    Brandi Kennedy @ Restoration Counseling