this week i’m thankful for… change

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This week and year, really, has been one of the most dramatic, growth-filled periods of my life. And though there are countless things that I am thankful for, it has come with it’s share of stress, problems, and challenges.

In yoga this week the instructor read a quote about change and pain, somewhat similar to this quote:

There is no growth without pain. Change for the better always requires letting loose of a certain degree of status quo. You realize then that the pain of moving ahead … the trials, the frustrations, the disappointments, and the failures … are always better than the situation you once found yourself in and accepted. Change won’t begin until you seize the courage and mental discipline to immerse yourself in a certain amount of pain and disillusionment concerning where you are in the present.

I definitely can relate to this pain. And over the past week I’ve received many amazing comments of support, and a few mentions that it has seemed that I have handled it so beautifully or gracefully.

But the truth is that this has not been the easiest thing for me at all. I have felt pushed to my edge, overwhelmed, and stressed to the max. Though there are moments or days of exhilaration, I am usually worn out.

Yesterday while walking to Bed Bath & Beyond with Mr. Lively I broke down on the side of the road and this morning I did the same.

Apparently massive changes do not mix well with PMS.

Anyways, I just want to say that despite all the fatigue and overwhelm I am thankful for these changes in my life. It is the hardest time and the best time.

To imagine these changes not happening in my life is definitely worse than experiencing the pain of getting to the other side.


Thank you for reading and I’ll see you next week!

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Megan

    Hi Jess,

    I’m a new reader (by way of Melissa with Melrose Street Custom Content) and just want to tell you that I’ve been SO inspired and motivated the last month from reading your posts, especially the most recent about your decision to make big and exciting changes. Thank you for being so candid and open – this new reader truly appreciates it! Cheers to you!

  2. Jackellyn

    Change is necessary in our lives, and things always happen for a reason. Another door is going to open in your life soon. Good luck with everything!

  3. Tegan

    I love change. I’ve never felt a fear of it, thankfully, and I am always looking for ways to switch up things in my life. Progress can’t happen otherwise. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Aimée

    Keep going. Change is good. You’re doing a wonderful job and inspiring us. Just keep going.

    I love the living room, btw. So cute!

  5. CB

    I am a fan of that quote you shared. Change may be good, but it certainly isn’t always easy… and you are right that massive change doesn’t mix well with crazy hormones! Haha! 🙂

  6. Kim

    Thanks for being so honest and showing us the flip side of all this change; that it still has its momemts of completely undoing us and making us a tad (or a lot!) emotional. I appreciate your honest perspective and keeping it real. I can relate with all the change that has happened (and continues to happen) in my life. I have so many wonderful things happening, yet I still have those days where it’s tough to get out of bed because I want to cry all day. In those moments, I whisper a small prayer and pray for god to get me through the day. Before I know it, the sun is shining again and I’m able to keep moving along with these changes.

    Stay strong; take it one day at a time.

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