Denver, Here I Come!

What a difference a month makes!  It just goes to show that you never know what might be waiting for you around the corner!

What the ‘Unknown’ became

Since I last wrote about the ‘Unknown regarding Denver, things began to fall into place.  I found a tenant for my townhouse who started their lease on October 1st, I found an apartment in the Denver area that lets a lot of that Denver sunshine in, friends helped me move furniture and pack my pod, and I have started some clients with the new Singles Relationship Coaching I just added to my practice!  Writing all of this to you from my new mountain paradise leaves me more than excited for this new chapter I am creating here in Denver.

The Challenges

Now, while it all sounds like sunshine and roses, let me be clear that while everything fell into place, it was not without its challenges; mainly financial challenges.  For instance, an oil change for my car turned into fluid changes, inspections, etc., which meant hundreds of dollars instead of $30-$50!  Oh, and they said that I need new tires…all four!  (An even bigger chunk of change!)  Those bills hit me just before I left for Denver to find an apartment.  Once I got back from Denver, I was hit with major expenses for my town home; a new hot water heater and a new patio door.  Yes, let me go pluck some money from My Money Tree!

Truthfully, I really cannot complain.  I have a nice little apartment (and I do mean little) 15 miles outside of Denver.  While I am in my apartment, I have to remind myself that I am actually here in Denver however, when I drive my car to and begin to exit my subdivision, that view of the Rocky Mountains takes my breath away every time!

So, what does your paradise look like and are you ready to start moving in that direction?  Share your comments below!  Sometimes even writing something like that out on a public forum is a small step toward your dream!  Will you take that baby step?

(Image from Photoree.com)

 

 

My Money Tree

The Challenges outlined in ‘Denver, Here I Come  and all of that money flying out the door started me on a path to begin changing my thinking about money!  I am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction so I took a good look at what I was REALLY feeling and thinking about money and noticed that I was being very fearful and holding my thoughts and feelings in a place where I was feeling a ‘lack of’ money.  YUCK!  I don’t like feeling that way and I don’t like having a ‘lack of’ money.  So, what do I do?

I began talking with friends about their feelings about money.  Unsurprisingly, they had very similar feelings so, we all started working on this together!  Here’s some of the new thoughts and new ways of looking at money that we shared with each other.  Now I am sharing them with you:

1.  Money is a tool
2. Money = Fun Tickets!
3. Spending money is fun!  (It REALLY is!)  🙂
4. When I pay my bills or hand cash over to a cashier I say, or think to myself, “Bye bye money!  See ya soon!”
5. When I receive money – “Hello money!  You’re back!”
6. When I receive money I need to begin thinking “What can I invest in?”  “What should I save this for?”
7.  I am a money magnet!

Now, I know that some of this sounds a bit goofy, and it is, but it works, if you stay focused on being positive about money!  For example, I was meeting a friend for lunch so that I could see them before I left town.  I was still feeling a ‘lack of’ money and feeling anxious about spending money on a lunch when I clearly should be more focused on saving it with my impending move to Denver,  but I felt it was more important to have that connection time with my friend.  So, I went to lunch determined to enjoy spending my money.  I even planned to say to myself, “How wonderful that I have the money to enjoy lunch with a friend.”  So, I went to the restaurant repeating this phrase in my head only to find out that my friend decided to buy me lunch!  Do you see how funny the universe can be?  This makes me even more determined than ever to change my thought habits around money each time I am doing any sort of transaction, discussion, planning, etc. around money.

I’ve also had set-backs regarding my thoughts around money.  For instance, during a discussion regarding my move to Denver someone said to me, “How are you going to pay for everything?”  At first, I thought, “They’re right!  How the heck am I going to pay for everything?”  It wasn’t until a day later that I became conscious of this thought and re-directed my thoughts and energy around money to be more positive.

I’m still working on what I should say or think when using my credit card because it simply has a much different feeling than cash or even a debit card!

What are your thoughts?  Do you have any limiting beliefs regarding money?  (ie: I won’t ever be a millionaire; I don’t need a ton of money; money is the root of all evil…)

Help us all out!  Share your comments below!  When you share, we all learn!

 

 

Inspiration is My Drug

I’m not going to lie.  The day I left the Chicago area was REALLY tough.  I had to say goodbye to my family and closest friends; the people who are closest to me; the people who support me and have my backside; the people who know me better than most.  I had to say goodbye and go to a place where I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t have a job lined-up, and a place where I have absolutely no support system.  I was balling like a baby!  It was physically painful and REALLY made me second guess my decision to move to Denver.  When I finally got the car packed and pulled out of the driveway, I had to force myself to remain focused on why I wanted all of this in the first place.  That, and I had to focus on my cat.  He thought we were going to the vet!

Iggy, my cat, whom I affectionately refer to as my ‘live stuffed animal,’ was literally on my shoulders behind my head in the car as we pulled out onto I-294 to head South.  It wasn’t until I hit I-80 (about an hour later) that I think he realized that he wasn’t going to the vet and he finally found a comfortable place and settled-in.  From that point on, time and distance melted away the awful feeling that I had just ripped my family apart from me, and began replacing that feeling with excitement and hope.

Iggy and I arrived at our new home after 2 days on the road and, after about a week, we were pretty much settled in.  I was in Denver about one week and putting away some of my serving dishes when I received a phone call from a former colleague.  She and I had worked together as business coaches in a group we formed called Unified Coaching Concepts.  The group still exists, but she and I had long ago exited the group to pursue our more focused passions.  For me, life & relationship coaching.  For her, being a yoga instructor.

Her phone call surprised me because we hadn’t spoken in about 1-2 years.  Why she called also surprised me.  It seems that my choice of moving to Denver (and being very public about it) has had her thinking about doing the exact same thing.  I had no idea she was following what I was doing, nor did I have any idea that Denver was something she would ever consider.  She wanted to know why I decided to move to Denver and how the move was going.  Well, the ‘why’ part was very simple…I did not want to become 80 years old (which I think will happen in the blink of an eye), look back, and regret that I never moved to the mountains.  I think that answer may have pushed her over her own fence.  We had quite a long talk and, while she was appreciative that I took the time to chat with her about her own impending decision to move, I could not hold back on the gift she had just given to me!

You see, inspiring others is my passion and, when she called, I was personally in that place of uncertainty.  You know, that little devil on my shoulder was whispering doubt into my ear all week:  “You’re too far away from family!  What are you going to do if you broke your foot and needed someone to help you?  How are you going to make ends meet?  Do you really think you can pull this off?”  Her phone call knocked that little devil right off my shoulder, silenced him, and reinforced my decision to move to Denver even more!  Inspiring others is my drug, and she had just given me a big, old high!  (Now, even though Colorado just made 1 oz. of pot legal, I have not indulged, and it was certainly not my reason for moving here.)

Thank you, my friend (you know who you are), for letting me know how my journey has influenced you.  Your phone call was a gift and I hope that you find the courage to step outside of your comfort zone and make a choice that is right for yourself; a choice that you won’t regret when you turn 80 and look back at your life wondering if you have done all of the things that you really wanted to do!

What do you want to make sure you have done by the time you are 80?  Share some of your bucket list items in the comments below.  Maybe your comments will inspire someone else!

Denver Delayed….Life is What Happens to You When You Make Plans!

While I would like to think that I am good at rolling with the punches in life, this time I feel as if I was knocked down! Exactly one week before I was to leave for Denver, life began to happen and, slowly, my plans to move to Denver began to crumble[TLS1] . All of the following happened over a five-day period – just prior to my scheduled departure for Denver.

A few weeks ago, my father had consulted with doctors and learned that he had some skin cancer that needed to be removed. He had an appointment to have a piece of skin cancer removed from his nose, and then plastic surgery scheduled the next day to replace the piece of his nose that was removed. Long story short, they ended up removing three-fourths of his nose! His surgery went well; however, it was way more involved than any of us imagined, even himself. So, we rallied around him to make sure he received the care he needed, including bandage changes, food, prescriptions, bathing, etc.

In the meantime, my aunt was admitted to the hospital fighting a fever while also fighting her second round of cancer. The good news is that she was released from the hospital after a week and a half of antibiotic drips and chemotherapy. The bad news is that she spent a week and a half of her life in a hospital! We were able to squeeze in a visit in the midst of my father’s crisis!

While all of this was going on, my sister and I held the final garage sale of the summer. We did well despite the heat. However, we still have so much more to sell!It was determined that an estate sale is in the immediate future! Since you cannot plan an estate sale in a few days, it started to seem necessary to stick around longer than I had anticipated.

While holding the garage sale, I finally received word from my townhouse tenants that they would not be renewing their lease that is up at the end of August. So now I discovered that I need to find new tenants to begin a lease September 1st!

Now, you would think that would be enough, right? Well, this was also the weekend that I needed to move my office furniture out of my office space. While waiting for my brother to call to let me know he was on his way to help me, I found out that he had to call 911, and my dad had another trip to a different hospital. While changing his bandage, my brother could not stop the bleeding. The hospital actually had to make a stitch to stop the bleeding! My office furniture was finally moved the next day.

With that whirlwind weekend behind me and my family, I gave myself some time to process all of the major events that happened in the span of five days, and I decided (or maybe the Universe beat me over the head) to stay in town until early September for a variety of reasons:

  1. My father has 2 more surgeries scheduled, so I need to be there for whatever he might need.
  2. My father needs to move to a place that does not require lawn mowing or snow shoveling, so I need to be around to help him find a place and move him.
  3. We need to hold an estate sale to sell off all of the remaining furniture, kitchen items, books, home decor, etc. That will definitely take some time.
  4. I need to be there for the ‘walkthrough’ for my current renters and hope to have new renters moving in the next day.

With a few major items now on my plate, I’ve chosen to delay my departure to Denver. The good news is that everyone is doing well, and tragedies have been averted! As a life coach, I often coach my clients on the things that come up in their lives and help them to navigate the changes. I also help them find the learning or the opportunities that come out of those events.   While the learning and opportunities have not made themselves apparent yet, I am curious to find out what they have in store for me!

What learnings or opportunities have you encountered in your life hazards? Share your wisdom with others!

Denver or Bust!

Practice what you preach.  Walk the walk so that you can talk the talk.  These are all important values to me, which I began consciously honoring ever since I became a coach.  I am no stranger to big change and going through major transitions in life.  One of the biggest changes in my life came in the summer of 2009 when I transitioned from a Global Marketing Communications Manager to a Life Coach.  The two careers could not be more different and it was a big, hairy, scary change to make, which I do not regret for one moment.  Pursuing my life’s passion has allowed me to really understand what it takes to make big changes in life and therefore help my clients gain the courage to do the same.

Now I’ve come to another BIG CHANGE in my life!  I am choosing to  move to Denver, Colorado.  Why?  It’s simple.  I don’t want to be 80 and wish I would have moved to the mountains.  (Besides, when I’m 80, I probably couldn’t hike them anyway.)

Why Denver?

This quest really gained momentum last October of 2011 when I found  a renter for my townhouse in Libertyville and began packing to move in with my sister.  With my property rented and my things in boxes I thought, other than family, I really have nothing tying me here.  My business is portable and I have always wanted to live near the mountains so, I started to do some investigating.  I knew that the desert mountains weren’t for me.  I needed greenery and lakes with my mountains as well as a fairly big city nearby.  California wasn’t right for me.  One big earthquake and that state would be gone!  So, I began focusing on the Reno/Lake Tahoe area.  I had been there twice before on business and just loved the scenery.  After researching the area  and speaking to someone who lived there, I found out that their economy wasn’t  so good; much worse than Chicago.  So, I turned my attention to Salt Lake City.  (HGTV was giving away a home out there so, Salt Lake City was on my mind.)  However, before I could research the area, I was getting a consistent response from the people around me who all said the same thing, “The area is gorgeous!  You’ll love it, however if you are not Mormon…”  I was given several personal examples about Mormons and how they make a point to do business with other Mormons.  I have nothing against them however, knowing that the economy was already a challenge, I did not see the point of adding another potential challenge to my plate.  So, Salt Lake City was crossed off the list and  Denver was now on my radar!

I had been to Denver twice before for business trips many years ago but never thought about living there.  So, where do I start?  I belong to the International Coach Federation and decided to contact the local Denver chapter and ended-up speaking with the President of that chapter.  They provided positive answers to some basic questions, which made Denver begin to look more and more like my landing pad.  Then it was off to do some research, which revealed that their economy was a bit better than Chicago’s.  In addition, the mile-high city enjoys 300+ days of sunshine each year!  Much better than the gray days Chicago winters offer!  (After the Chicago winter of 2010 where we had nearly 60 days of consecutive cloud cover, the sunshine of Denver was definitely a plus!)  Denver is also a very healthy/active city.  Obesity rates are lower and people are always outside for various physical activities.  Well, who wouldn’t be with great weather most of the time?

So, while I sat in my sister’s home, I planned and plotted with excitement about my new life in the mountains.  I felt it was important to plan a trip out there to make sure this was the right place for me.  I had no problems making plans, imagining myself there, imagining how I was going to work everything out in terms of where I was going to live and how I would continue to build my business out there.  I had no problems imagining all of this from my cozy comfort zone in Chicago.  I was confident in all of my plans.  Then came my trip.

Deciding to Move

My expectations as the plane landed in Denver was that I was going to have a EUREKA moment that allowed me to proclaim confidently that Denver was now home!  Instead, I felt doubt and fear sinking in further and further.  (Hmmm…where did that comfort zone go?)  As my friend and I drove from the airport to downtown Denver, the route was  very barren and/or industrial looking.  I thought, “This was not what I was expecting.”  The gorgeous mountains were there in the distance but the initial experience was disappointing to say the least.

We hung out downtown that night doing some ‘people watching’ and reading a ton of brochures. The next day, we headed out toward some ice rinks to see if I could meet the managers and potentially teach ice skating so that I would have a little bit of guaranteed income when I hit the ground in Denver.  Once again, our route took us through the more run-down parts of town.  This wasn’t what I imagined at all.  Now, doubt and fear were creeping-in even further.  In fact, fear was taking over.  I was feeding into my own self doubt and the voices of the non-supportive people around me who didn’t see this as their idea of success for me.  “They’re right!  I shouldn’t move.  What was I thinking?  This is crazy!  I don’t know anyone in Denver.  I don’t even know the area.”  My comfort zone was literally a thousand miles away in Chicago.  I didn’t like this scary feeling.  I wanted to retreat back to my comfort zone but I had to continue to move forward.  Surely I would eventually see what I imagined in my head, right?

The next day, we headed out toward Red Rocks Amphitheatre.  I had seen a picture of it in a brochure and was curious to see what it looked like in person.  On our way there, the route was again somewhat barren however the neighborhoods were looking a bit better.  The amphitheatre is located in Morrison and we had to drive through the little town, which was cute.  “OK,” I thought, “This is starting to look a little bit better.”  As we continued to follow the signs, we rounded a turn and there, right in front of us were these gorgeous gigantic rocks jutting out of the hillside.  We still had not made it to the amphitheatre  yet, but it was enough for me to say to myself, “Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!”  We were still outside of the amphitheatre where there were hiking trails and a winding road that would eventually take us to the theatre.  As we continued driving the long and winding road through canyon-like red rocks, we found a parking area close to the entrance to the amphitheatre.  As we headed up the long, steep path winding next to the sky-scraper sized rocks the view opened and there we were…right next to the stage looking up at the deep blue sky contrasting against the vibrant red rocks on either side of the theatre seating.  As we were looking around, we noticed how many people were there for a workout.  There were people running up and down the stairs.  There was even a guy who was doing down-hill push-ups!  OK, now we had to pick-up our lazy butts and head up to the top.  My fat body had no excuse for staying at the bottom!  From the top, we could see downtown Denver in the distance.  It was a really beautiful view.  The Red Rocks Amphitheatre began to restore my confidence in my choice of moving to Denver however I was still on the fence about my decision.  We had some more exploring to do so, now it was on to Boulder and Fort Collins.

Both towns were really nice.  Boulder backs right up to the mountains so if I chose to live there, I could be in the mountains within minutes.  It is also a college town and a very new age/hippie sort of place.  It seemed that just about anything goes in this mountain town. Fort Collins was similar to Boulder but didn’t seem as edgy.  Another college town, Ft. Collins is much further North and had a nice downtown area.  Again, my confidence in choosing the Denver area was being restored but this still was not how I imagined my mountain living to be. From Fort Collins, my friend and I chose to drive the scenic route back to Denver through the outskirts of the Rocky Mountains.  We were headed for Estes Park.  We were on a winding road next to a river with rocky mountain walls on either side of us.  THIS WAS WHAT I IMAGINED!  As we continued on our journey, we were both quiet.  I was gazing out the window thinking about the gorgeous scenery and noticing the small herd of rams on the mountainside.  That’s definitely not something you’d see in Chicago!  My friend was quiet because she was driving a winding road in unfamiliar territory however she was having loads of fun driving it!  As we arrived in Estes Park, I couldn’t help but equate it to the Wisconsin Dells back in the 70’s/80’s before it was over-commercialized.  It was touristy but still a nice little town nestled in the mountains.  Our scenic mountain journey continued through various mountain towns until we exited into Boulder and hit the highway back to our hotel in downtown Denver.  This journey though the mountains really began to support my choice to move to the area but I wasn’t completely ‘sold’ on the idea yet. Our final day in Denver allowed us some time to explore the far western suburbs of Denver before we had to turn around and head to the airport.  We were almost in Evergreen when we turned around.  This area was beautiful.  Very hilly and nice neighborhoods.  Although I wasn’t able to explore every nook and cranny of the Denver area, Evergreen was really close to what I was looking for. As we boarded the plane back to Chicago, I was still sitting in uncertainty.  (Mainly because I was still a thousand miles away from my comfort zone.)  The realization of my decision was setting in and making the choice to move to Denver meant that I was going to take a giant leap outside of my comfort zone, but I knew deep down inside that it was what I had to do.  This is the next chapter in my life.  This is going to make me grow by leaps and bounds.  I literally feel as if I am jumping into the deep end of a swimming pool like a little kid (for the first time), and not knowing what the feeling is going to be like; whether or not I’ll hit the bottom; whether or not I will sink or swim; expecting an exhilarating experience but worried that I won’t come up for air.

Just like that kid at the end of the diving board, I am choosing to jump in! My plan is to move to Denver in July.  At this point, I am taking a big leap of faith in expecting everything to work out.  As of right now, I don’t have a place to live and no one knows me or LifeQuest Alliance.  There is no guaranteed income when I get there so I am literally standing at the end of the diving board unaware of what I am jumping into.  Some think I am irresponsible and crazy.  Some admire me for what I am doing and want to do something like this for themselves however, I am not moving to Denver for anyone but myself.  Also, I am not running away from anything but rather TO something.  I am running to the life I have always dreamed of for myself and I know it is up to me to make it a reality.  I trust myself to make things happen.  I know I am resourceful and can find the support I need, and I have no problems asking for help!  In fact….

Can You Help?

Since I don’t know a soul in Denver and I am still unfamiliar with the area, I need help!  Perhaps you or someone you know can help?  I need:

1.   A Temporary Place to Stay.   – I need a room to rent or a place to stay for me & my cat while I figure out where I want to live.  Do you know anyone in the Denver area with a room to rent, or a room they might allow me and my cat to stay in while I figure out where to land?  Or, perhaps you know someone with a condo that they use only a few months out of the year and they might be willing to work something out with me in terms of living there for a while?  (FYI – The cat has never had an accident in his 11 years.)

2.  Connections. – I need to get the Denver area introduced to me and LifeQuest Alliance.  One of the best ways to do that is by offering LifeQuest Alliance workshops.  Do you have contacts at:
– Local high schools/colleges/community colleges who bring in outside speakers?
– High School Adult Continuing Education Programs who manage the classes/workshops being offered?
– Corporations who bring enrichment programs to their employees? d. Associations, organizations, or religious groups who manage the guest speakers they bring in?

3. PR Connections. – Another way to introduce myself and LifeQuest Alliance to Denver is through some great PR.  Do you know anyone in the Denver area who:
– Secures guests on radio talk shows?
– Writes articles for newspapers/magazines/blogs/etc. and might be interested in writing about me and/or having me submit an article for publication?

4. Networking Connections – I need to do a lot of networking.  Can you recommend:
– High quality networking groups in the Denver area?
– High quality contacts to help me begin networking?  Ideally, I am looking for:
– Attorneys
– Financial Planners
– CPA’s

Will LifeQuest Alliance Continue?

ABSOLUTELY!  LifeQuest Alliance is my passion and will continue on as long as I am living.  It is why I get up every morning!  For the clients I have here in Chicago, I will continue to coach them over the phone or via Skype. For those of you considering coaching with me, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try coaching over the phone.  Many of my clients have had breakthrough sessions more so over the phone than in-person.   I also plan to begin offering my workshops and group coaching on-line so that anyone anywhere can get access to the empowering and enlightening information I offer. So, have some faith!  Stay with me while I make this change.  Embrace a step outside of your own comfort zone and share your journey with me.  Together we can all PLAY IT BIG in life!  The rest is to be continued…..

CHANGE…that ‘four letter’ word!

We all seem to have a love/hate relationship when it comes to change.  When we want it, it never arrives, and when change is thrust upon us, we don’t typically welcome it.  Regardless, change is what we all need to grow.  Without it, we’d be stuck; stagnate; unable to move; unable to grow as human beings.  Who wants to be stuck?  And who wants to be forcibly moved?

Awareness

So, how does one stay grounded throughout life’s transitions and challenges?  Well, being aware of the hurricane and all of the elements swirling around you certainly helps.  If you have clarity about the changes going in your life, you can begin to address them.  It only takes a moment to step into the quiet or the eye of your hurricane to look around and say, “Oh, I’m in a hurricane…Things won’t be the same once this storm passes.”  Yet we seem to battle or plow through the storms in our life and never take the time to look up and see what is happening or even acknowledge the storm.  By being aware, we can much more easily address the changes or problems before us.  By keeping our blinders on and plowing through everything, we may end up on the other side if the storm in one piece, but so much more may have been lost than was necessary.  So, how do you address all of the changes?  By embracing them.

Embracing Change

Embracing change is what it is really all about yet, what are some questions we can ask ourselves to really begin to embrace change; especially when it enters your life like a hurricane?

  1. What do you need to let go of?
  2. What are you resisting?
  3. What positive things is this change providing for you?
  4. What is a different way of looking at it?

Letting Go

That first question is one of the hardest; What do you need to let go of?  Often times, we hold on so tightly to something that we don’t even know we are still holding on?  Perhaps you need to let go of the life you created for yourself 10 years ago?  Like fashion, the life you created for yourself 10 years ago probably doesn’t work so well in today’s day and age.  Is life telling you it is time for a change; time to re-create yourself/your life?  Maybe you don’t  realize that you are still holding onto the life you designed years ago?  Maybe you are holding onto the life you expected to create but it hasn’t come to fruition yet.  Is that what you need to let go of?

Resistance – The Power of Fear

Once you’ve figured out what you need to let go of, it’s time to ask yourself, “What are you resisting?”  Why haven’t you let go of it before?  Are you resisting out of fear?  …Fear that if you let go, everything will fall apart?  Fear of failure?  Fear of success? Fear of the unknown?  Fear can paralyze us.  Fear can paralyze us for years!  Fear can keep us in that holding pattern where we say, “Someday, I’ll write that book (Fill in the blank for yourself)!”  Many of us talk about someday, yet fear grips us and we don’t even realize it.  Acknowledge your fear, then take a small step to begin working through it.  For instance, if your life was turned upside down by being laid off; a change that was thrust upon you, perhaps you need to let go of the identity you had with that company?  Perhaps you are resisting the need to create a new identity because you want to keep things the way they were, but you know you can’t.  Fear of the unknown is working hard here, and unless you begin to step into the unknown, you will stay stuck.

The Bright Side

So, in the midst of change, it is easy to acknowledge and point out all of the negatives.  For example, if you’ve been laid off, you may be focusing on your severly reduced income (if you are collecting unemployment), the difficulty of being able to find a job in this day and age, or the perceived ‘shame’ that you may have taken-on as you walk with the label of “unemployed.”  The interesting part here is that you have a choice!  While you can never help what happens TO YOU, you have the power to choose HOW YOU REACT TO IT.

What’s Your Chosen Perspective?

In this example of being laid off, perhaps you’ve found a big load of relief because you no longer have to work 60 + hour work weeks, or you no longer have to worry about that big project you were working on?  In fact, those co-workers who are still working are probably taking-on your old workload, and they don’t have the luxury of time to re-invent themselves.  Maybe being laid off has allowed you to become closer to your family?  Maybe you’re re-assessing your priorities?  You see, changes that initially seem traumatic or devastating can have a bright side, and you always have the power to choose how you’d like to look at it.

While these are such simple question, they are very powerful questions to be asking yourself as you approach big, or even little changes.  So instead of treating the word ‘change’ as a nasty four-letter word, perhaps your perspective could be, “Change – Bring it on!”