Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes...is that a David Bowie song?

i have never been one to do well with change. even good change i struggle with. i've slept with the same stuffed bunny for 18 years. in the past i have been know to stay in the same old laaaame relationships forever {but that is a story for a different day}. thinking of starting a new, unfamiliar, job or applying for a masters program fills my heart with terror.
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on the other hand, i consider myself to be an adventurous spirit. i'll try anything once and i am stubborn to a fault. but oh how i struggle with change.
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alas, change is coming for me friends. and i'm not talking about sleeping with a new stuffed animal. first up, a new, much more intense and demanding job and a masters program for me. yikes. but, as i well know, with change comes new opportunities, more open doors and a higher salary {yipee to that part}.
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leaving my current, comfy job is hard as can be. but i would say it is about time for me to grow up and start doing the difficult thing so i can move towards a better future for myself. so wish me luck!
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and tell me, because i'm dying to know and i need a little encouragement...what difficult changes have you made that have {hopefully} improved your life?

{photo of me by yuri elizondo}

10 comments:

tiffany said...

I have never met anyone who has regretted getting more education. I really don't think there's a more fruitful (personally and financially) sacrifice/change/opportunity to engage in. I wish you the VERY best of luck. You'll do great.

When I thought I would be a stay-at-home mom with my newborn son, Ryan came to me and said that he wanted to go to graduate school, which meant full time school for him and full time work for me. He asked if I would be willing to change my life plans to accommodate his dreams, and I was scared but completely willing. That was about nine years ago, and he is just finishing his PhD now. It was HARD, but completely and totally worth it. Absolutely. For both of us.

Jump in. :)

Barb said...

I'm proud of you! Congratulations and good luck! One hard decision I had to make was choosing to do another full time campaign and put off school for (another) year. It was a very serious decision for me (and John) to make. It meant putting off graduating, which then pushes back other things like starting a family and buying a house. But I truly FELT that I would always regret missing this opportunity if I let it pass me by. So here I am, exhausted in the middle of this HARD campaign, but I just have to believe in my decision. (That's the hardest thing about a choice- believing in it and yourself after you've made it!)
Good luck, again, on your journey!

Robin said...

The most difficult change I have made was moving away from my college town and coming to this city. Just to uproot and start fresh. I am still waiting for the reasons why I needed to do it. I am believing that it is for the best, although it's really hard to see it a lot of the time (in fact, have just written a post about this very thing). After 1 1/2 years, I still am having a hard time with the change! Sometimes we sabotage our happiness for unknown reasons!

I wish you the best of luck with your big changes. They sound like good ones.

ambika said...

Having just moved in with the boyfriend (my first live-in relationship & the first time in 3 years I've lived with anyone besides myself), I salute the huge changes you're embracing. And what worthwhile ones! An M.A. will definitely open doors; congrats on getting accepted.

The biggest, scariest change? Buying a one-way ticket to Prague at the age of 23. I'd never give up the 2 years I spent there--not for anything.

Sarah said...

I moved halfway across the worls away from my family and friends to England where I knew one person.
It was incredibly hard at first. I was surrounded by people everywhere but lonlier than I have ever been and sometimes the only people I would talk would be shop assistants. Anyway, I got through it, left London with a great group of friends and it is a huge part of my life and who I am still today.
Best wishes for your new challenge! Sounds exciting.

Anne said...

Congratulations on your new job! I am so excited for you. I feel like I have a huge change coming in the future that will change my life completely. Just two more months and we'll have our first baby (a girl). I'm excited and scared and feel all of those crazy emotions (and it's not just the pregnancy hormones as my brother would say). Keep me posted on how everything works out. Good luck!

Emma said...

Lovely blog. Do you mind if I link you?

Shelby said...

Change is good. That sounds trite, but most times I find it true. One of the hardest changes I ever had to make was simply accepting my disease, and realizing that, yes, I have it, it sucks, but I can't do anything about it.

Oh! And I noticed Spoon on yur sidebar- I love that album.

marta said...

andrea,
wow. i am completely impressed with your upcoming changes! congrats on the new job! i have thoroughly enjoyed people pouring their hearts out in the comments.

i think the biggest change for me was moving to The OC and heading into the corporate world to bring home the bacon and support our family. some days were hard.. some days were fabulous. i learned a lot about who i was and what i could accomplish and how i could stretch myself further than i knew. it was good for me.

i think you are a bold person, with such a fabulous personality, and fun to be around. you will shine. be positive, optimistic and tell yourself it's all going to work out. things happen for a reason. just trust it and go. and always follow your heart.

marta said...

ps. speaking of change. i need to know what shampoo you use! your hair is spectacular and beautifully shiny. like a commercial.