Rendefining You

We change.  I am very glad I am not the same person I was when I was 10, although my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sweatsuit would probably be considered cool vintage.  My point is, we change.  It’s hard.  It’s hard to wake up one day and realize “I’m not that person anymore.”  It’s hard to let go of something that may have identified you for many years.  It’s also hard for the people around you to accept your change.  Sadly, you will lose friends, people close to you may soon seem a world away.

Change in coming (in my best Game of Thrones voice).  Many will be small changes, but there will be big ones.  My most recent change was my job.  I spent 12 years as a Journalist.  I love everything about being a journalist.  So why did I leave it?  Why did I walk away from a big job offer in Washington, D.C.?  I am married to the military and it’s a career killer, I was sick of starting over every time we moved.  I would not be staying in D.C. forever.  Wherever we went next, would be a step back in my career.  So, I went for the government job.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my new job.  I am finally getting paid what I am worth, I work normal hours, I get holidays off… all things I didn’t get as a journalist.  I will say this, journalism is not about money.  It’s about getting to the truth and holding those in power accountable for their actions.  That’s not what I was doing anymore.  So I changed.  I am back in grad school and now working for the government in Public Relations.

Now I am redefining myself.  How do I want to spend the next 5, 10 years of my life?  What are my new career ambitions?  New goals?  What is important to me now.

What is your change?  What is holding you back from the new you?  How do you want to redefine yourself?