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The Pain and Joy of Being in Transition

The Pain and Joy of Being in Transition


2009 was a year of transition for many of us during economic turbulence and stress. Leaving jobs due to layoffs, starting new businesses, changing business strategies, facing the power of social media, or whatever it is for you.

I’m currently going through a “birthing” process into a new direction for my still new business and I’m appreciating how exciting and scary transitions can be.

Stressful times have often been the most important growth periods, but being the middle of that is hard.

Like an unplanned pregnancy, a business transition can sneak up on you and force you to rethink everything from your values to your life purpose. But the idea of the “baby” coming is also thrilling. It’s both.

I notice so many people are taking this global transition time to embrace what’s really important to them. There’s the joy.

When I first drafted this post a few weeks ago, I was more in the murkiness of the transition, like a baby that was past due and I was getting a bit cranky.

It’s nice to notice, as I read what I’ve written, that only a few weeks later, I’m fully in the joy of it. The baby is here!

I’m wishing you joy or acceptance of murkiness in whatever birthings are happening for you right now. You might be a few feet from gold.

The potential is truly amazing if you can embrace it!

Sending sincere thanks to my “midwives”: Nadia, Lisa, Dave, Kelli, Sara, Jaime, Denise, Joe, Angela, Dan, Joan, Bett, and well, everyone that’s listened and cheered me on. It takes a village…

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Val Nelson

I’ve been a self-employed career/business/purpose coach since 2009. I help introverts and HSPs (like me) who want to make a difference — in a way that fits our practical needs too.
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  1. You did it, Val! Not only is this a wonderful story to share with your clients, but also a great motivator for others who are thinking about going into business or changing their current business. I hope you continue to tell you story and share the ups and downs, as those are what create great bonds and get people’s attention!

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