Falling into Change
We’re entering my favorite time of year. The air is crisp and the trees take on magical hues of oranges, reds, and browns. Everything appears to be changing, externally and internally. I find myself becoming more thoughtful and sentimental when fall rolls around. The memories and excitement of school days, along with anticipation and wonderment filled us up until it spilled over and trickled down the cement stairs. We couldn’t wait until we were old enough to be on our own and meet life head on.
This is a time filled with milestones and opportunities for me. October is my birthday month so that holds special significance for me. So many memories of firsts make me smile:
The first time I went to a high school dance
The first time I had a real by-line
The first time I held my daughter
There are a few I’m not so fond of remembering:
The first time we moved more than 2 hours away from all our family and friends
The first time my husband lost his job
The first time I found out I had breast cancer
Surviving the firsts and going on to experience what comes next is a test of our resilience and creativity. When faced with change, we can either embrace the possibilities or resist and be swallowed up by frustration and disappointment. Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? I like to think of myself as a half-full kind of gal. My choice is to welcome what comes next and use whatever circumstance to my advantage.
Because of the two major moves in our 38 years of marriage, I have lived in some beautiful parts of the world – Minnesota, Colorado, and now California. I’ve made new friends and had the opportunity to grow and step outside my comfort zone. I’ve come to view my breast cancer diagnosis as a gift. It has brought me clarity about what is really important in life and given me permission to speak up about what I truly want.
I wanted to work with people who inspire me. In 2007 and again this month I trained with “Simple Abundance” author Sarah Ban Breathnach. I’m excited to be able to share Sarah’s new work “Peace and Plenty” in 2011 as a certified workshop facilitator for both books. The essays about artists of the every day in “Simple Abundance” are still very relevant and “Peace and Plenty” speaks about women and money. A subject of interest to women of all ages! I’ll share more as we get closer to the January release date of “Peace and Plenty.”
Change can be difficult, challenging and frustrating. Sometimes change is good. A new hairstyle. A new attitude. A new recipe. What have you changed lately?
Rebuild Your Life This Month
Rebuild your life? June is Rebuild Your Life Month. Depending on your point of view, that could be a very odd phrase, or an exciting challenge. In some ways, we rebuild our life getting out of bed every morning. Each small decision builds upon the next, until you’ve chosen what to wear, what to eat, where to live, which career to pursue and who you want to spend time with. Sometimes those decisions are the direct result of random events in your lives.
After my first breast cancer experience, I bounced back into my old routine so fast I think I left tire marks in the hospital parking lot. Well, no. But, while my physical self regained normalcy, emotionally I was in a state of shock. Pretending it had never happened made it quite easy to get on with my life. My family was also anxious that I return to “normalcy” as soon as possible too. That way they could feel nothing had really changed in their world. After all, I looked the same, so it was a couple of days of bed rest and back to the usual routine. Putting the whole diagnosis, out-patient surgery and recovery into the recesses of my memory seemed to work quite well – for a time. It worked until I was diagnosed with D.C.I.S. again in the same breast 3½ years later.
This time, rebuilding my life meant taking part in my healing process and choosing to not jump back into old habits as if programmed, or just because it was expected. Instead, I followed my own path to exploring creativity and all the benefits of hands-on activities. I wrote in my journal about everything I was thinking and feeling. I gave myself time and space to explore what my body, mind and spirit needed. I’d always been drawn to many forms of crafts such as sewing, beading, collage, decoupage, and stamping. But never thought of myself as an artist. Artists had paintings and sculptures in museums; I liked to make distinctive beaded jewelry. I made dance and ice skating costumes, slipcovers and window treatments, and embellished journals with whimsical collages.
In the process of rebuilding my life, I have reinvented myself. I now claim the mantle of Artist of the Everyday because my works-of-art are to be used and enjoyed in day-to-day life. As a self-proclaimed Creativity Mentor, I encourage everyone I meet to claim your creativity to rebuild your life in whatever method, means or sector beckons you.
I’ll be wearing red in observance of National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 6, along with millions who will help spread the critical message that “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear—It’s the #1 Killer of Women.”
Heart disease kills five times as many women as breast cancer, yet most people probably do not know this startling fact. Simply being a woman puts us at risk for developing heart disease as well as breast cancer. Some risk factors we have to live with and cannot change (gender, ethnicity, or our family history); some we can change (diet, activity level, finding ways to de-stress such as writing in a journal, even our attitude). According to the American Heart Association (www.americanheart.org). In other words – tap into your creativity, learn ways to de-stress and take care of yourself before a health crisis forces you to make changes.
Simple shifts create curative change.
I’m wearing red today in observance of National Wear Red Day®—Friday, February 5, 2010 along with millions who will help spread the critical message that “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear—It’s the #1 Killer of Women.” Heart disease kills five times as many women as breast cancer, yet most people probably do not know this startling fact.
Simply being a woman puts us at risk for developing heart disease as well as breast cancer. Some risk factors we have to live with and cannot change (gender, ethnicity, or our family history); some we can change (diet, activity level, finding ways to de-stress such as writing in a journal, even our attitude). According to the American Heart Association (www.americanheart.org), Americans can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82% just by leading a healthy lifestyle. In other words – tap into your creativity, learn ways to de-stress and take care of yourself before a health crisis forces you to make changes. Simple shifts create curative change.
What does this have to do with copywriting? Learning to make changes in my life after my two breast cancer episodes had a tremendous impact on my healing process. I can bring that flexibility and creativity to your writing project.