The last days of summer are coming to an end and kids everywhere are gearing up for another new year. This time always reminds me of getting ready for the school year as a child. I can still vividly remember the feeling of waking up on the first day of school. Even though I wasn’t used to the new early routine, I would enthusiastically jump out of bed as soon as my mother came in my room. Excited to wear my new shoes and outfit, I would get dressed and then run downstairs to eat breakfast. Since it was the first day of school, I would be ready to walk out the door ahead of schedule. I would meet my friends at the corner and happily walk to school.

Everything was so new to me on that first day— I had no idea what to expect. My new teacher would always be very different from the one I had the previous year. I would have to adjust to her style, her attitude and her expectations. There would be all new kids in my classroom to get to know. Who knew whether some of them would become my friends? And what would I do if I didn’t have someone to eat lunch with in a few hours? In spite of all this uncertainty, I was still excited to see how the day would unfold.

Did you ever consider how much change you went through when you were young? Things were always being altered and you were constantly growing and being challenged. Nothing in life seemed to stay the same for long. So, what happened to you when you grew up? How did CHANGE become much more difficult for you?

The number one issue I help women with is the change in their lives. There are times in a girlfriend’s life when it becomes more comfortable and safe to keep everything the same— even if staying there doesn’t make you happy. You might believe that maintaining the status quo is much easier for you than charting unknown territory. The reality is that knowing you should change but not moving forward because of your fear wreaks havoc on your self-esteem!

So, this is what I want to say to you, girlfriends— take that risk and make that change! Channel your inner child and view your life as an adventure, just like you did when you were young and starting in your new class. Get out, meet new people and make some new friends. Join a new exercise group or get involved in a book club. Challenge your intellect and move your body! Take an honest inventory of your life and decide where you want to be and how you are going to get there. Girlfriends, whatever your dream is, it can be yours if you embrace change.

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