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5 Ways To Guide You On The Road Of Change

February 1, 2011

“Be the Change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi

 

Wherever I look these days, Change seems to be around the corner. To say the word Change is proving to be and will be my significant word for 2011 is an understatement.
I didn’t choose Change, it has chosen me as is becoming clearer every day. Luckily for me Change and I are old friends. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t get freaked out by it sometimes.
In my teenage years, Change seemed to be something I craved. I think everyone thought, especially my parents that it was a stage I was going through, not something that was bound to dictate my life.  Back then, I thrived on situations that pushed me out of my comfort zones and before I even had the chance to adjust to one Change I was looking for the next. It was like an adrenaline rush for me. There was also a certain power to knowing that something that so many people I knew avoided, I looked for.
Although I didn’t realize it back then, this is why I chose to study at a University far away from home where I knew no one. It’s also probably why after I graduated, I decided to move to the complete opposite side of the country, where once again I knew no one. And it’s  probably why I can’t seem to settle in one place for very long and at the first glimpse of serious stability I go in search of it again.
What am I running away from, you may ask; the time limit on my life and all of our lives. I am driven by curiosity. I know my time on this planet is short and I have always had this insatiable curiosity deep within. I want to see and experience all that I am passionate about. I want to push the boundaries, I want to feel uncomfortable sometimes, because I know when I do, I allow some of the greatest lessons I have learned to enter my life.
It’s easy to see how Change has influenced my decisions up until this day. It’s also easy to see how rewarding my life has been due to these changes. If I had chosen to fear Change, I would have never met my husband, traveled all over the world, had the guts to start my own business more than once and have been blessed to call so many places home which allowed many magical experiences to enter my life and  many different people.
For those of you at this stage who think that I’m just a weird loner without any stability, I direct you to read this awesome post by Lauren Rains at The Mad to Live and come back here later if you’ve changed your opinion.
Alas, I am human and as I get older and the questions I ask myself change so do my habits. I still welcome change in my life and on occasion even go looking for it, but I will admit, it is more challenging now. These days, with a husband, a spaniel and 2 cats, setting off on an adventure takes a bit more planning, but we still do it. Even though I can’t just take off like I use to, my family and I are still on the nomad path.
Luckily for me, the man of my life is also passionately curious and always up for one of my crazy ideas. Our home base is Greece these days. We spend 6 months on one island running Fresko our Juice Bar/Cafe  and the other 6 months are spent traveling between other Greek islands and parts of Europe. But we’re in the process of planning for a pretty big Change this year…Moving to Canada!!!
Here are the strategies that I have used throughout my life that have had a major impact on the way I view Change. Sprinkle them randomly through your life, and there will be nothing to fear the next time a Change comes calling:
  1. Move often. Even if it’s only within your city/town. Don’t get stuck in a rut. It’s amazing what living on a new street can do for your perspective. Starting with a small move can give you the courage for a bigger change.
  2. Travel even more often. Travel is the best form of education you will get in this life. The lessons you learn on the road about yourself and the world in general are invaluable. Your life is constantly changing from morning to night when you travel and you quickly realize that change isn’t your enemy but your teacher.
  3. Make new friends. I know people who have had the same friends they had since they were 5 years old and that’s great except for the fact that they don’t allow new people into their circle of friends which means they are closing the door on opportunity. Meeting new people is part of the game we call life. I have learned more from strangers who have crossed my path on a bus, train, and plane than can be imagined. Relationships with people should be cultivated everywhere, all the time. You never know what one insignificant person might teach you about yourself or the world and what door that lesson might eventually open.
  4. Switch jobs. We are no longer in the age where you get a job and keep it for life, for more than one reason. This is not  a bad thing. Try new things that you think you might love and see where they lead you to. My background is in science and although I have worked in research labs in the past, I have also worked in many different fields that I knew nothing about when I first applied. My husband and I created and designed a business in a field we knew very little about but thought that we might enjoy, and it has become a success.
  5. Study Passionately. We’re all interested in something whether it be music, movies, mountain climbing, photography,yoga or nutrition. Take it to the next level. It’s one thing to be interested in a hobby and another to be fully passionate about it and want to learn and know everything about it. Become a master of your interest and it may lead you to another interest, group of people or travel destination.
Basically I believe that the biggest roadblock to Change, which of course is Fear is easily overcome if we can train our minds to see Change not in a negative way, as society tries to portray it but as simply another aspect of life, that is neither good nor bad. By incorporating some of the actions listed above into your life, you will be able to see the benefits.  Change is merely a tool given to us, to allow growth within our lives and open us up to all the infinite possibilities of Life.
Go ahead and give it a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I would also love to hear how change has affected Your Lives for the best….
All the best on your path,
Jess
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7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2011 15:26

    Hey Jessika!
    I came across your blog through the pingback link and I have to say a.) thanks for mentioning me. It makes me so happy to know that what I write resonates with others, and b.) I so glad I came across you b/c you seem like a really rad chick and I’m excited to read more from you! 🙂

    I am SO with you on craving change. Since middle school I used to rearrangemy room every other month I love change so much. I hate when things are static and I hate standing still for too long. It can get a little crazy with all the uncertainty I need in my life, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love to be curious! I love growing from the change.

    And your travels are awesome! I am a travel addict myself! Doing something like you do – running your juice bar Fresco – is something I’d love to do. I do web design to support myself abroad, but I like this idea. It’s more, I don’t know, well, it’s just different. It would be a change I’d like 🙂

    Also, in no way trying to self promote, but when you said the words “passionately curious” I got really excited b/c I just wrote a post on that VERY term!
    http://www.themadtolive.com/2011/01/i-have-no-special-talents-i-am-only-passionately-curious/

    Definitely looking forward to following your journeys!!
    LAUREN 🙂

    • February 4, 2011 15:49

      Hey Lauren,

      Thanks for the comment. I was really happy to come across your blog recently and although I haven’t had a chance to delve deeply into some of your past posts yet, I look forward to reading more from you.
      There are so many blogs out there to take inspiration from but what stood out from yours for me was both the design and content. I can relate to both and think they are both Awesome. The design of your blog is not far off from what I’ve envisioned in my own head for my own if I ever decide to go down that road. For now I’m happy just writing and meeting new interesting people who are actually living their lives, and seeing what doors open.
      I do have many ideas though that are all over the map and you’ll definitely be the first person I get in touch with in regards to design.
      I really look forward to reading and hearing more from you online:) and hopefully working together one day. And, if ever your travels bring you on this side of the planet, then the island of Kefalonia is definitely worth a stop and I’ll whip you up a cool, healthy smoothie…

      Jess 🙂

      • February 4, 2011 16:00

        hahah a cool, healthy smoothie sounds great! I love thos 🙂

        Here’s to being passionately curious! The only way to live life in my opinion 🙂
        See ya more online and one day at your juice bar!

  2. warwick permalink
    February 12, 2011 12:29

    Hi Jess, Very inspirational advice. You are right about keeping things fresh by keeping the wheels rolling. Who wants to sit around and gather moss in these times?

    Alvin Toffler wrote in the 60’s (Future Shock)that one had to be prepared to be flexible, adaptable and ready to switch jobs and locations at a moments notice inorder to survive and thrive in the future. He was talking about the times that we are living in right now.

    Switching jobs, making new friends, studying new stuff…all these things keep you sharp, awake and alive.
    If we do these things MINDFULLY we can only be successful aand fulfilled.

    After all, as Buddha taught, there is nothing permanent.

    Looking forward to more posts.
    W

    • February 12, 2011 14:15

      Hi Warwick,

      Always love to hear your comments and advice 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment on this post.
      I haven’t heard of Alvin Toffler but will now make sure to look him up.

      As you are about to embark on some exciting changes yourself in the coming months, I hope you keep all of this in mind but I’m sure you will as you are the master of Change. Would love to one day read a post by you on this topic.
      Thanks for the support.

      Jess:D

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