You may have noticed a lot of my recent posts have dealt with change. That’s because I’ve encountered a fair share of it in my life over the past while and I’m learning some lessons (re-learning, in some cases). I’m not an expert on the topic. I’m not a life coach or a therapist. I’m just a woman and an author, grappling with events that are often beyond my control.
Some time ago, one of my publishers made the painful decision to close up shop. I took the information in stride, although I was disappointed and saddened by the news. I held out hope this too might change but it doesn’t appear that way. I realize in this business, publishers come and go, but this one was considered established and was well-respected. Everyone who worked for them was thrown for a loop.
What can I do about this news? Nothing, when you get right down to it. My other two publishers seem to be going strong, but do I know for sure? That might change as well.
The world at my day job is also in a state of flux. Positions might be reviewed. New technologies and automation are coming into play. I know many of my co-workers have concerns.
Add to all that my recent medical issues (not life-threatening but annoying) and it begins to feel like a lot to endure at once.
What do I do with all this transition? With much of it, I cannot alter the course. It is already set. So what’s left?
I must change.
I’ve chosen to see this period as one of personal growth and risk-taking. I know I need to try things that might frighten me but there’s no going back now. Looking back never helped anyone.
As far as my day job goes, I look forward to exciting new opportunities for training and development. Yes, my role there might be altered but I will do everything in my power to embrace it and make it as fulfilling as I can.
With my physical issues, I have decided to try yoga. People have told me I should for years. I probably should have listened then. It’s time to push myself and (literally) stretch.
What about my writing and my publishers? Well, I just completed a new manuscript and the start of a new series. I have ventured outside my comfort zone in this sense as well. I have made the decision to pitch it to larger publishers, much larger than any with whom I’ve ever worked. Cross your fingers!
Not every change feels right. Not every metamorphosis results in a butterfly. But I can handle these changes. I can learn from them. And by the time I’m done, I may just have a bright new pair of wings to flap.