Reinvention, changing yourself. Taking risks, trying something new. Being uncomfortable in order to grow. What do all of these things have in common? Things I’ve been afraid of doing – stretching out of my comfort zone. Now, you may disagree and see my progression through this blog – and believe me, I know I have improved, but I’m sort of at a plateau. Between comfort and continuing to grow, so my quote(s) for today are two-fold. The first:

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”

Now that I’ve overcome some of my baseline fears – living alone, being alone, starting over – pretty big baseline fears really, I have to continue my growth path and not just start to become stagnant and get into status quo mode. I have found that stress, fear and discomfort are my biggest barriers to facing new challenges head on, and continuing to reshape my path. And the following quote, from Joel Osteen (who I’m watching as we speak! Great sermon from this past weekend – so right, Gram!):

No matter what you may be facing right now, no matter how difficult things may seem, remember, God is in control of the winds. Just a simple shift can make a huge difference. Those same winds that are trying to defeat you, God can cause to change direction and be the very winds that propel you into the destiny He has in store for you!

It’s so easy to let difficulty and obstacles paralyze you, but what’s the point of that? Let it win you over, so you fall in defeat? Nope. Best way I am learning is to face it head on, no matter how scary. So, I’m going to do my best to continue letting stress and worry roll off my back and look for my next challenge in life. That’s what we’re here for right?

What else am I leading up to here, you may ask??

Why, my next phase of change…dating. Yup, that’s right…I am going to dip my toe in…may not dive in, may need a pair of swimmies, but I want to give it a try. I’m 10 years rusty at it, but I’m feeling ready to check it out, see who may pop up in my future. I’ll be writing a few more blogs on this particular topic in coming days, as I have come across a few of my fellow divorce bloggers that tie directly into this topic, but I think, I just think, I may be ready to take the next (baby) step. Eek? Exciting? Thoughts?

PS – hit 5,000 hits this week! Woohoo!