As many of you know, I have been through many changes over the last 4 years, starting with my 73 pound weight loss. Sometimes I feel like I have the “old” me back, prior to having children, but this time even better. When I look in the mirror, I’m happy with what I see. I feel great inside and out. I’m proud of myself for all of my hard work and the results that continue to motivate me.
I’m definitely not who I used to be and that’s OK. When you change something in your life, it brings other changes along with it. The key here is not to resist change. Change is good and being stuck in your comfort zone is not good. Go with the flow of things, push through your fears and take as many steps as possible each day towards your dreams and goals. If you do this, they will come true.
I have changed so much that my many people have no idea who I am anymore, including my very own mother. They sometimes judge and criticize me like I’m the “old” me and this is when change can be tough. Even though it’s important to keep family in your life, you need to step away from any negativity in order for you to be successful in reaching all of your dreams and goals.
I have made some new, wonderful, positive and caring friends who I am very thankful for. They think and live like I do; like does attract like. I continue to move forward, with many more changes ahead of me. Despite what others think or say, I know that I’m on my path and it’s the right path for me.
Change the way you think and you’ll change the way you live. It’s as simple as that. I know this sounds harsh, but you need to put yourself first. That was a tough lesson for me to learn, but I did it and it has helped me become who I really wanted to be. I lead by example now in many positive ways! It has made me a better friend, mother, coworker, teacher and teammate than I have ever been before.
I have many people who know and really like the new me. I also have friends who never met the old me, so the new me is great. What it boils down to is that you need to do what’s good for you, not what everyone else wants you to do, say or be. Yes, advice can be good, but you should be able to get it without criticism and judgment. The ones who don’t criticize and judge you are the ones you want to keep along for your journey towards the new you!