Here's to New Beginnings

This past weekend was difficult for me. I packed what was left of my place, loaded my car, and left Venice, CA, where I was lucky to call home. I have always wanted to live in Venice, near the ocean, and was so happy and excited that I was able to make it happen this past year.

Even though I am looking forward to building a life with my soon to be family, I was not quite expecting all the other emotions that would follow suit. I was experiencing fear and a deep sadness. There were tears...and lots of them. I was mourning the ending of a chapter of my life and it felt like I was loosing apart of myself and my independence.

My mom helped me realize that I had similar experiences during other transitional periods of my life such as starting and ending college, leaving home, and moving across the country.

Often, when we are put into a new or unfamiliar situation our first reaction is fear. We want to do whatever we can to feel safe and secure and go back to the way things were. We second guess ourselves and our decisions. Our ego surfaces to tell us we aren't ready, can't do it, or don't deserve it.

In these moments, it is important to remember it's okay to feel your emotions and to not let fear control your life.

Yes, you heard me correctly. It is okay to feel ALL of your emotions even the not so fun ones. Whatever emotions you experience during a transition period there is a reason... they are trying to tell you something. Instead of avoiding them or trying to push them away, let your emotions surface and have a conversation with them. What do they want you to know? For me, my emotions were telling me they were sad to leave behind two things that were important to me...the ocean and my independence. Now, as I embark on the next chapter of my life the fear and sadness is not completely gone, but it is also accompanied by excitement and eagerness.

There will always be fear and moments of self-doubt. Don't these moments keep you from what you really want. As the song "Closing Time" goes, "every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." What lies ahead might just be better than anything you ever imagined!

With Love and Gratitude,

     Ginger Marie


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