Change Can Be a Good Thing

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There are numerous platitudes meant to help people push through rough times. Or to help you find the positive in what could be considered a negative situation.

Sayings like:

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Challenging times strengthen you.
Some of the best things in life are mistakes.
When God closes a door, He opens a window.
When one door closes, another opens.

Some are words of wisdom from famous people. And they become daily mantras to strengthen our character and drive.

“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” Jim Valvano
“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” Lou Gehrig
“Failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it.” Hank Aaron
“Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky.” Dr. Seuss
“I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” Carl Jung

Sometimes, when a good thing comes to an end, we struggle with accepting the situation. Wanting to hold onto that something, even if the wise decision might be to release it.

So, it’s with a heavy heart that the PBOK moms have decided it’s time to close the blog. We all have different reasons, but there’s one major reason we have in common—lack of time in a busy world.

I’ll admit my first reaction to rally the troops. I’d set a 2015 goal to take a more professional attitude with my writing, making sure I dedicate a specific amount of time to writing every day. Without fail!

The blog has been an amazing way for me to combine my writing life with my mom/family life. What a blessing!

So why would I want that to end?

Well, because in 2015, my writing time needs to focus on doing whatever I can to make a strong push toward publication. I’m not getting any younger. For years I’ve let my writing time slip by the wayside in the wake of other responsibilities. And let’s be honest here, other “fun” activities.

I’ll miss stopping by the PBOK blog to see what my fellow moms have posted. I’ll miss sharing my thoughts with all of you. And I’ll definitely miss the camaraderie and friendship between us.

But my wish for all of us is that we finish 2015 able to look back over the year and find accomplishments we’re proud of, despite the changes or sacrifices we faced.

We’re all strong, wise passionate women. Change can be good. If we face it with the right mindset.

I’ll be back in two weeks for my final PBOK blog. For now, I’ll close with a question I hope you’ll feel inclined to answer:

What do you plan to accomplish in 2015? Personally or professionally?

And just in case you could use a mantra for the day, the week, the month or the year, here’s a little something one of my daughters shared with me:
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    landragraf

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    I think your goals are extemely similar I mine. My mantra for 2015: No more screwing around.
    I’m taking that serious look at where I want to be professionally in another 2 years and I’m not going to get there unless I stopping making excuses and start getting things done.
    I’ve loved reading the blog and I’ll probably say this a million times more, but I’ll miss you all. I may not have commented all the time, but when the blogs hit the email I read them and commented internally if anything. I’ve learned a lot from the peanut butter moms. Thank you.

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      prisakiss

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      Gosh, you’re “stop making excuses and start getting things done” sounds eerily like something I’ve said to myself far too many times. 🙂

      I’ve set myself daily writing goals, and so far I’ve kept them! My daily exercise goals is another battle I’m not quite winning yet. But, I will prevail!

      Thanks for stopping by. Please know we didn’t make the decision lightly. And some PBOK moms are still blogging on other sites. We just can’t do it all.

      Keep writing. Keep goal setting. And definitely, keep attaining those goals!!

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    conniefischer

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    What a great post! I remember when my husband was asked to accept a position with a NATO organization in Paris where he would be “on loan” from his research and development position at NASA. With two small sons it was a huge step to take. However, we had just spent a year at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. and found that we enjoyed discovering new places. My husband took a pre-trip to Paris first and came home just enthralled with the city and the job. So, we packed up the house and the family and off we went. I had had a couple of years of Latin in school but no French. I remember my first day in Paris with two little boys holding my hands and some francs in my pocket. I was going to brave the French market and see if I could find some food for dinner. It wasn’t an easy adjustment and with two family members sick back in the U.S., it only added to the stress. But it was a challenge and one that made us strong and all of us came away with an experience that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

    Keep telling yourself that you CAN do it and go for it! Life is too short to not reach for the sky!

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      prisakiss

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      Connie, thanks for sharing your adventure in Paris story!! It’s a real life example of the great experiences we can have if we only take that leap of faith.

      You CAN do it! Another bathroom mirror mantra to get you started on the right foot! 🙂

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    tamrabaumann

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    I’m sorry to see this blog end, you all have done a beautiful job with it! My goals for 2015 are to work full-time at my author job and my day job so perhaps I’ll be one step closer to becoming a full-time writer by the end of the year. Either that or I’ll know if I WANT to become a full-time writer. ;0)
    Good luck with your writing endeavors this year, Pris. You’ve got talent and you’re a hard worker and that’s what it takes to get pub’d these days!

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      prisakiss

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      Tamra, good luck with the “become a full-time writer” decision. Sounds like you’ve got a good plan as far as working hard at both jobs, then seeing if making the change is the right path for you.

      Thanks for the pep talk! These types of conversations and “girl talk” is what I’ll miss from the blog. We’ll all find it elsewhere, and hopefully we’ll wind up meeting on another blog.

      As a fellow Firebird with you, I know we’ll stay in contact! Can’t wait to se what 2015 has in store for all of us! Because we have the power within us to make good things happen!

      Hugs!!

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    Kieran

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    Priscilla, you were an excellent addition to the blog, and I am SO glad PBOK readers got to meet you!!! I know 2015 will be a big, special year for you. I’ll be standing by watching you soar!!!

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      prisakiss

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      Kieran, thanks for the pep talk! 🙂

      I know that if I’m soaring in 2015, it will be in large part thanks to wonderfully supportive friends like you! Thanks for the mentorship!

      Here’s to 2015 being a fabulous year for all our families!

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    shanagalen

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    Great blog, Pris! What do I hope to accomplish? I want to travel less, be home more, and get all the projects I committed to writing written 🙂

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      prisakiss

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      Shana, those sound like solid, attainable accomplishments! You go, girl! 😉

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