Monday, January 13, 2014

Embrace The Change Of Pace...

Since the New Year has started...

There's been a change of pace in my life.

Holy Batman.

If anything...

This change has led me to open my eyes a little wider and...

It has led me to...

Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride before me! (Literally, and you'll see why in a sec!)

After losing my downtown parking spot at the end of the holiday season...

I didn't know how well I would transition from driving into work to...

Having to take the bus five days a week. (I won't lie, I kinda dreaded the first day!)

My first morning on the bus.

Since it had been well over a decade since I took public transportation...

I feared the transition.

I feared the possible motion sickness I would face (I don't do well when I'm not in the driver's seat) and...

I was a little timid about my first bus experience, and what it would entail! (An odd feeling to have, but I felt it. My only hope being that I was going in the right direction the first time around lol)

Having said that...

My first bus ride ended up being an awakening of sorts.

I got an upgrade on my second bus ride into work.

After choosing to embrace this new change of pace in my life...

I also chose to make the most out of my time while in motion! (While getting used to the fact that it was no longer my foot in charge of moving forward, slowing down, or coming to a complete stop!)

I mean...

If I'd chosen to see this transition as a negative thing then...

There's no way I'd ever be able enjoy the ride! (Literally, once again lol)

Enjoying the ride, one little sip at a time.

So, of course...

I decided to open myself up to this new experience with arms wide open.

And if anything...

Every ride so far has ended up teaching me a little something...



And for that...

I am grateFUl! (Even if losing my parking spot is/was a drag, there was reason for it and, I'm learning to appreciate more of what I have and be open to the lessons to be learned with every day that passes))

Which brings me to health living. (Yep, I'm connecting the two!)

When I first started on my journey to health and fitness...

I had to open myself up to a change of pace.

I had to be ready to embrace the unknown (or what was known, but then forgotten) and...

View the transition I committed myself to with open arms.

I did open them up ;)

I had to go in with a positive mindset knowing that...

Positivity would enable me to see the good (and the benefits there were) in what I was doing! (As hard as the transition was in the beginning.)

I mean...

If I had gone in with negativity, without any desire to change things up...

I wouldn't have gone very far because...

My heart and mind wouldn't have been in the right place. (And the change wouldn't have lasted, most likely.)

Although I did fear my first day at the gym and...

Although I was indeed a little intimidated because I knew nothing about anything about this new venture of mine (much like my first day bus adventure where I had no idea where I was going)...

I embraced the lessons to be learned as I continued along in my journey! (Learning every day, until this present day, and every day forward!)

By embracing the lifestyle, I came to enjoy the ride...
Learn from the lessons to be learned (which are never ending)...
And grow into the person I am today.

All to say...

Be open to the possibility of a change of pace even if...

The pace change isn't exactly what you are looking for. (Find ways to adjust, adapt, and make it work for you!)

And if the change of pace is something you need...

Learn from each step you take because...

It is in those steps taken that...

You will continue moving forward, growing into the person are bound to become.

Enjoy the ride!

Questions FU You...

How do you deal with a change of pace? 
Do you go with the flow, and accept it? Or try to go back to the way it was.
Do you take the bus? Do you like it?

Oh and...

I'll be linking up to Heather's MMAZ today with my recipe from Friday!


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21 comments:

  1. I praise you for doing public transit in that cold weather! I'd love to be driven around if we had the option here!

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  2. You are so right! Sometimes we need to take on the things we are scared of, or take on the things we do not want to do, as they will lead us to places we have never been. Or allow us to learn things about ourselves. Embracing change rather than running from it is one of the most powerful things we can do.....after all life is one constant change. No one day is exactly like the last. As I said to you yesterday....life begins when you step outside your comfort zone, and you are the perfect reminder of that! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. WAIT
    was this written for NEW PUPPY ME?? :-)
    Im embracing this concept...and you.
    virtually.

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  4. I LOVE IT!! I also dread public transit...until I get on...and then I like having the extra downtime (as long as I get a seat of course ;)

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  5. There are days when I used to wish I worked in the city so I could take the T to work!! I say I would love a slower pace of life right now...then again I know it would cause uncomfort at first! Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Because we live in a smallish city public transit isn't really big here - I love how you have embraced it though!!
    And - your arms look amazing in that first picture!!!

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  7. I'll take the bus or trains when I hit larger cities that do have better mass transit. Never taken it here though. I don't mind if I'm on vacation. It means I can sit back and take in the scenery around me.

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  8. Change is something that I have SO come around on in the past few years. Despite my hesitations I find if I embrace change with open arms I get a little bit closer to understanding who I am and what I want and need out of life. After years of feeling lost this is an amazing feeling :)

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  9. Attitude is everything. If you look at a situation with an open mind, there are so many possibilities. A closed mind closes off the opportunities. Love this. Glad it's working out!!!

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  10. Sometimes I am really good about going with the flow and others I freak out and my need for a plan kicks in. You never cease to amaze me with your outlook on things, always taking the 'obstacles' and knocking them down and coming out on top. I am about to go through some personal changes of pace at home, and while it scares me I think it might be a really good thing- hoping I can handle it with grace like you are!

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  11. I am very much a go with the flow kinda gal. I truly do believe that everything happens for a reason, and that things are just meant to be

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  12. Great post! I'm glad you're embracing this new transition! I'm a walker and public transiter (train) myself, so I understand your initial hesitation with transit. ;) I like to think I'm an easy, go with the flow kind of girl, but sometimes change is hard for me. I process by crying first (I've noticed it's just a natural release for me) and then jumping in with both feet. These are for bigger changes than transit, but you get my meaning - getting out of your comfort zone is hard! Love the lessons you've learned and thanks for passing it along.

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  13. I have to say, I'm jealous! I'd love to take the bus (or light rail) to work but I drive for work, so I can't :( Glad you're making it work!

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  14. enjoying the ride when it's transition is hard but that is where you grow the most, yes! well done friend

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  15. LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am always a work in progress with this - it is tough for me but I a trying! :)

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  16. I've never been a huge fan of public transportation but using it for time to reflect and decompress is something that's appealing to me.

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  17. Love this Kierston. I could use a change of pace in my life. I'd love to slow down and take more time to appreciate things. Need to work on that!

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  18. Embracing change is something I find to be incredibly difficult to do- the irrational fears, the loss of comfort. However, remembering that it is just temporary and the discomfort would eventually turn into comfort- that means the world.

    If I was on the bus, I'd have pulled your hair. Truth- I nearly got kicked off the bus doing that as a kid :s

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  19. I've had a change of pace recently too but in the opposite direction. I went from having endless of amounts of free time to practically none and it's been hard adjusting. But like you said above, you just have to embrace it. The more I accept it, the more I find it easier to work within my new perimeters.

    As for taking the bus, I haven't had to do it, but if I did, I'd get a good book :)

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  20. My pace has been amped up recently. As happy as I am to be studying for my NASM certification, it is a LOT of work for me and on my already busy scheduled. I'm learning to suck it up right now, prioritize, and push through. :)

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  21. I love taking public transportation. Maybe it's because I've been in NYC so long and that's what I'm used to but I do love the time in-between. I find that it's the time that I let myself read or write. And people watch! :-) Our pace is warp speed right now. I need it to slow down...

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