Happy November! I hope you’re enjoying the new season that’s upon us. Even here on Kauai, fall is in the air and it’s a welcomed change.
August marked one year since my pup Harper and I boarded a plane and moved to the lush, magical island of Kauai. As you may know, we had to quarantine for 14 days in our new home before we could get out and explore — which proved a rougher start than expected.
This past year and a half, we’ve all endured massive change in our lives. For me, it’s come in the form of making new friends, creating a new community and change in everyday life from where I buy my groceries, to the coffee shop I frequent to work (where I’m writing this to you right now!).
But whether you’ve relocated like me, changed your job (or where you do your work from), or had to take a break from normal daily life as you knew it, each and every person on the planet has experienced major changes the past year and a half. From wearing masks to keeping our distance from strangers and loved ones, to spending more time at home — welcomed or not, not one of us has been immune to change.
Change isn’t easy. Whether chosen or not, we feel safe and secure in routine and in the familiar. Even when it stifles us. Even when we’re craving a spiced-up life.
According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, “It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives, but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.”
Whether we choose change, like I did moving to a tiny rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, or it happens despite our wanting, it will always be a constant in life. In all of its beauty and chaos, like it or not, change will accompany us throughout our life journey. And the best thing we can do is accept it and do our best to find the silver linings, focus on the positives and embrace it.
If you struggle with change, it’s good to keep in mind it’s never the rest of your life. No matter how bad or uncomfortable you may feel, trite but true, it will pass.
Do your best to ride it out. Be exceptionally patient with yourself and all of your emotions. Go easy, stay hopeful and most of all be really good to yourself.
I’ll be back in your inbox to wish you Happy Holidays soon. Until then, I hope your days are filled with love, laughter, ease, and peace.
Love and smiles,
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn