Because Change Made Me and I Bet it’s Making You

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Today I want to celebrate with a friend of mine, Kristen. Her book, Girl Meets Change talks about one of my favorite and also least favorite subjects: Change. I liked the book so much that I wrote the foreward and I wanted to share it here with you today…

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Let’s face it, high school and college are teaching us all wrong.

I’ve been an official adult for twenty years now and there are three skills I use daily that were never taught in school: budgeting, saying no with grace, and how to approach change. I can’t remember the last time I diagrammed a sentence or applied the Pythagoream theorem. Can you?

Luckily, there are plenty of books and courses on budgeting, there are teachers on the topic of doing things with intention. But where are all the books and conferences and hashtags about one of the most inevitable things in life that we all face daily: Change?

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Change isn’t something that happens to us that we have to face with tears, anxiety and binge watching HGTV. Change is something God uses to get our attention. Our reactions to change shape our life. And we are grown ups–we can actually choose how we approach, live through and respond to change.

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When it comes to change, it’s possible to thrive. Even if that change looks like the exact opposite of the path you’d prefer. This is the message I needed to hear twenty years ago, this is what I need to remember today–and that’s exactly what this book is about.

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Kristen has been there, done that and is ready to shine the light on the murky future and imperfect, unknown tomorrow that change often brings with it.

If you need to be encouraged that change isn’t synonymous with loss, but that it brings along it’s own gifts, this book might be the best money you’ve ever spent.

If you need a Change Mentor, you found her.

If you are wondering what the Pythagoream theorem is, I think it has to do with math.

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Order Girl Meets Change from Amazon

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Comments

  1. Do you have any idea how much I love you? Thank you, Myquillyn. Thank you for this post, for writing that perfect foreword, for being gloriously beautiful you.

    xoxo

  2. Just popped over and purchased a copy! Can’t wait to start reading – the good Lord knows I need to understand how the change in my life is working during this season in which I’m living!

  3. I cannot wait to receive my copy of this book! Kristen and Myquillyn I adore you both and am so grateful for your art and how you love!

  4. I’m 64, and I’m here to testify that “change” is harder to cope with as you age….I’m one of those “loves a rut” girls. I feel as if I could write a book, too, on all the changes I’ve endured…..most of them not so good. So it’s only natural for me to associate change with unpleasant things and events. I need to learn how to look at change in a more positive way. Looking forward to purchasing and reading this. Thanks so much.

  5. Interesting post..!!
    To change behavior is like a challenging task..!!

  6. Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy to read, sounds amazing x

  7. So it would be idle to deny that I deal with change badly, or that I struggle MOST with trusting God to TRULY have my best interests at heart (not just my “best interests” that are actually horrible and I will hate because He’s out to punish me for being a rotten person and make me miserable. Sigh). And your phrasing – “change does not equal loss” is one of those phrasings that’s so perfectly True that my eyes snapped all the way open when I read it. It’s a much more accessible (and shorter!) version of what Benedict XVI said in his first homily as pope:

    “Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? And once again the Pope [referring to his predecessor, John Paul II] said: No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed.”

    Which I need to read daily.

    HOWEVER. I am grammar nut who has wholly internalized the diagramming of sentences (even if I never learned to make the pretty pictures) and can tell you whether a noun is the direct object of a verb or the object of a preposition or actually should be in the nominative. I think everyone should know this! And the last time I used the Pythagorean theorem was this month – I needed to know how far the crown would go down the side of the cabinet I was building. I used the cosine of the spring angle to get the answer, but my answer didn’t seem right, so I squared my answer and subtracted it from the square of the crown’s length (the hypotenuse), and took the square root of my result to see whether it sounded possible. It did, so I got back to work. Yay high school math!

  8. Miss Annie says:

    *smile* – I stumbled on this page, and it just gave me a smile. Technology it’s not Pythagorean theorem, but the application of Pythagorean theorm. But to combine math with real life – that’s just so lovely!

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