Recreating Yourself: No Vacation Needed

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By Lauren Heaton, MS, CAADC, LPC

As I sit in our living room and look around at the photos from the past, I cannot be anything but grateful for the power of change. Change is all around us. It’s in our daily routines, as well as the way in which we view the world. The person I am today is not the same person I was a year ago, and how incredibly thankful I am for that.

Change forces us to either embrace the reality of something new or stay stuck in an existence that no longer benefits us. Change allows us to grow stronger and more aware of the people we want to be, or it allows us to recognize everything we dislike about the surrounding world. The power is truly ours.

I feel incredibly blessed for change, both in my personal life and my professional one. I have been given the opportunity to build a life from which I do not need a vacation. My question for you is: What does that look like for your life?

If you are looking back a year from now, what would you have wished that you had started? What opportunities have you had in the past that you would have never considered doing? What goals have you always wanted to accomplish that you felt, for one reason or another, it was just not the “right time?”

Step away from what you are reading for a moment, look into the mirror, and tell yourself: “It is time.” Starting right now, you have the incredible opportunity to make a change.

A very wise mentor once told me, “You have to become comfortable in the uncomfortable.” What is making you uncomfortable today that needs to change? What do you need to do in your own life to create an environment where you never want to leave it, even for a vacation?

Take a few moments and jot down a few ideas for yourself. What does the word ‘change’ mean to you? What are three things in your life for which you are grateful? Lastly, what are you going to do for your own well-being in the next 24 hours?

If we begin to make small conscious changes in our lives, also known as ‘self-care steps,’ transformation begins to occur without any real effort. So, I challenge you to take that first step toward a life in which you will never need a vacation.

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Lauren Heaton brings great perspective to how we can refocus and change our lives for the better. She has helped hundreds of individuals and couples move toward positive change, growth, and wellness.