You are a living, breathing story: What you make of your story makes you.
A major part of your story is navigating change and transition.
If you’re alive, you’re experiencing change. Some changes you sail through; others knock you flat. Some you willingly choose, while others are imposed upon you. Some leave you dancing with joy, and others send you spinning into grief. Some are even “non-event transitions,” as when a cherished dream does not happen.
Yet change—the event itself—is only part of the picture. The larger part is transition, or how you react to the event, using the story you tell yourself about it.
Just as an author creates her characters’ realities with the words she commits to the page, you shape your own transitions by what you think about them. The wonderful thing is, you can explore your transitions at any time to discover how best to navigate them and empower yourself.
These are only a few of the life changes requiring transition (yes, even happy ones!):
- Promotion; no promotion; retirement; job loss; moving for a job—yours or a spouse/partner’s.
- New baby; infertility; kids leave the nest; adult children return to live at home.
- Marriage; being unable to find a partner; divorce or break-up; death of a spouse or partner.
- Becoming a caregiver for a loved one; caregiving ends after a long time.
- Ill health; returning to health after long illness.
You can certainly add many others to this list. But there is one things all life transitions have in common: They follow a pattern you can learn to navigate at your own pace with courage, confidence, and wisdom, to create a happier, more meaningful life.
As a certified journal facilitator and transitions writing specialist, I will support you through transition using a proven framework and, if you choose, tested writing strategies that open you to more insight, support, and understanding. As Alice Walker says, “Writing is a sturdy ladder out of a deep pit.” (Not a “good” writer? No journaling experience? No worries! Journaling has no rules, so you can write however you choose and keep it private.)