January 13, 2017

Four Reasons Why Change is Good

One of my favorite quotes, if not my favorite quote: "Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened." It's sometimes hard to do this, especially when that "it" was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, or a memory that you cannot relive. Change is important, but there are a few people in my life who absolutely hate change. Without it, though, there would be no point to anything because everything would be constant, always the same.

There are several changes, some small and some pretty big, coming up quickly in my life. Tomorrow, I'm picking up new sunglasses, which I've never had the privilege of wearing because my eyesight is awful, and I can't see out of non-prescription lenses. Tuesday is the first day of my last spring semester, ever. Next week is the first surgery I've had since splitting my chin open when I was five (sorry for that visual). I graduate college in just 11 months from now, and then it's out into the real world. I rebranded the blog and launched my freelance business last month, earlier than originally planned, and I'm working hard to grow both. So, change. Let's talk about it. Here are four reasons why it's a good thing.

+ Change is growth.

My mantra for 2017 is "inspire growth and grow inspiration," and I didn't pull those root words out of a hat. As uncomfortable, or even painful, as change may be, it's crucial if we're going to learn and grow from anything that we do. Change, well, changes who we are and often shapes our perspectives and/or defines who we are.

+ Change leads to evaluation. 

When you make a change, or when a change is unavoidable, you're forced to question what led up to the change, whether that's your own actions or something out of your control. When I started this blog (as "The Icing on the Playlist"), I knew in the back of my mind what it would become when I graduated college, down to the name change. An impromptu meeting with another blogger inspired me to take the plans off hold and just jump into it. So I did. And a month and a half later, here I am with a revamped blog and a freelance project on the side. 

+ Change leads to opportunity. 

I never thought that I'd transfer schools, but doing so has given me opportunities that I would not have had otherwise. A job, an internship, a great apartment... I might not have started this blog had I not had some downtime last summer.  

+ Change is a stepping stone. 

Finally, change is a stepping stone on this walk we call life (is that a cliché? Oh, well). Change is not just growth; sometimes, it's something tangible that forms a bridge between where we were and where we are now, or where we are now and where we're going to be. 

How do you feel about change?


  1. Love this post! It totally inspires me and your writing style is enchanting. I just stumbled upon your blog and subscribed to your newsletter immediately because I can tell I will love it!

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    Bailee Abell

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