Change is not something most people deal with well. It can however, be a great teacher inspiring you to grow in positive ways. Catch me on The Today Show this Friday (3/15/13) at 10a ET sharing my personal story of dealing with big change, in this case the 3 month premature birth of my son Mercer while on vacation.
Often we think we the best way to cope with massive change is to go BIG in our adjustments. Not true. As I found out and as evidenced by a new book, Tweak It by work-life fit expert Cali Yost, small tweaks are the secret to dealing with big change.
My husband Craig and I were shocked by the early birth of our son. We were completely unprepared for his arrival at the 28th week of my otherwise very smooth and healthy pregnancy. We were on vacation, in a city we didn't know. It was a lot to take in. Luckily we had the support of family, friends and experts like Cali Yost (in photo at left). Cali had been a frequent guest on my radio show and over the years became my go-to person for dealing with work-life issues. After my family, Cali was the first person I called to deal with this situation in a healthy and productive way. (Read Cali's advice in my post "When Life Throws You a Curve Ball").
Inspired by that conversation and by the sage insights of my StayAdventurous.com founder husband Craig, we realized we had to get used to a new normal and then tweak back to the life we knew. Here are the tweaks we made:
Now I not only believe in miracles, I get to see one everyday in Mercer. My hope is that this Friday's Today Show segment inspires people who themselves are going through big changes to make the small but essential tweaks that will not only help them survive but thrive too. Tune in Friday (3/15/13) at 10am ET to NBC's Today Show with Kathie Lee, Hoda, Cali and me!
While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt