I am about to embark on yet another huge adventure in my life. I am currently making plans to move to New York City, from a small town in Iowa, to live for one year as a Nanny for my 2 yr old granddaughter and yet-to- born, grandson.
The ‘theme’ of this first personal post is change. I will begin with a brief history of my past, but I will continue to journal from where I am right NOW, in the present. I intend to journal my way from here in Iowa to my destination in New York, and how a youthful 66 yr old handles life in the BIG CITY as a Nanny .
This is not the first time I have made a decision that completely changed my life as I knew it. At the age of 51 I moved from my hometown in So.Dak. to a small town in Iowa that I had never heard of, to begin a new career. Now, 15 years later I am going to do it again.
Here is my story and why I consider myself a 'Spokeswomen for change':
When I make a big change, there are many decisions to make. So many in fact, that I find it necessary to make a list and then deal with each; one at a time. I always start with only ONE thing on my list. Trying to project into the future and make every decision at once is too overwhelming. ONE item on the list is 'do-able'. That isn't so scary. I have faith, the next step will be there for me when I am ready. I make no decisions without prayer.
Change is very scary. It is the unknown, it isn't familiar. Change is uncomfortable. I think that may be why many people play it safe and don’t go with change. Thank God, literally, that I am not one of those people. Change has opened my world, and I have grown in every way. Sure, I’ve made some bad decisions, but have come out so much stronger and wiser because of the experiences.
Change brings growth.
Growth provides important lessons to be learned.
Contentment and happiness are the results.
This is the list I faced 20 yrs ago:
End a very lonely marriage of 31 yrs.
Find an apartment.
Move out of the house. (he wouldn't)
Begin college as a 48 yr old freshman.
Plan a class schedule to ensure a graduation in 4 yrs.
Sell the business I owned for the past 21 yrs.
Apply for a teaching position.
Make the decision to accept the offered job.
(difficult choice since I knew no one in the town and was alone)
Rent a U haul
If anyone reading this needs encouragement, continue to log in. Maybe I can help you, or you can help me.
I have started a new list. The first item is done, I AM moving to New York. I am just pondering the 2nd item on the list, but that is for my next post.
Keep the faith and read today's quote.
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