The Trapeze ~ Turning the Fear of Transformation into the Transformation of Fear

My life is currently in the midst of several massive transitions.  Luckily, I’m the kind of person who embraces these types of life changes, because to me, they inevitably mean growth, opportunity and possibility.  Obviously there are some changes that happen that blindside us, devastate us or just plain doesn’t feel like an opportunity for growth.  But even in those trying times, after perhaps a period of grieving and healing, it is up to each of us to choose to find that opportunity for growth that lies within, or else we let the circumstance win and end up stifling our growth.

Then on the flipside, there is change that we actively pursue.  I love this kind of change, because it is a fact that growth simply cannot happen without change. Sure there are often growing pains along the way, in fact, that’s par for the course!   As I’ve often discussed on this blog, it is those very obstacles and challenges that pave the way to ultimate success, freedom and happiness.

So here I sit on the precipice of massive changes.  One week from today, my family will be relocating from San Francisco, CA to Austin, TX!  Leaving the beauty of the bay area and our amazing community of friends is really, REALLY difficult, and last night’s going away party was filled with loads of tears.  I truly believe I have the most amazing, conscious, connected friends in the world (sure I’m biased, but I truly believe it!) :-) , which has been the one thing keeping this move from happening for the many years it’s been on the table of possibilities.

That being said, what waits for us in Austin is a quality of life change that fills us with excitement, love and complete contentment.  You see, I am also 4 months pregnant with baby #2, and my husband and I are both blessed with extraordinary families, and it is just time to be near them.  Talk about serendipity, 3 years ago, my parents retired from Wisconsin to right outside of Austin, 45 minutes away from where my husband’s parents live!

Not only will we have the most loving, engaged grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in our children’s lives, but we will be able to afford a home 3 times what we have here in the bay area for a 1/3 of the cost!   Needless to say, on both accounts we are beyond excited! :-)

Sure there’s a lot about our move that is not seamless and that could have our minds swirling with fears, but everything about this move feels SO right, that we are just standing in faith that it will all work out exactly as it should.  I know from countless transitional experiences, that without taking the leap, we never get the chance to spread our wings and soar.

So how do you relate to transitions and change? Do you let them paralyze you or do they set you free to expand and grow to even greater heights? I’d like to invite you to read a very powerful poem on the topic of transitions and transformation that I find deeply inspiring, and hope you do as well.  You can return to this poem whenever you feel yourself hanging on for dear life, clinging to an illusion of control, and stuck in that fear place.  Because as I’ve often said, faith and fear simply cannot exist in the same space at the same time!

So enjoy the poem, and enjoy the discovery of all that is possible when you transform those fears into pure faith.  The life you dream of IS possible!  Who knows, it might be on the very next trapeze bar…all you have to do is hold the vision, take the leap in faith, and enjoy the ride.  :-)

The Flying Trapeze ~from The Essene Book of Days by Danaan Parry

Sometimes, I feel that my life is a series of trapeze swings. I’m either hanging on to a trapeze bar swinging along or, for a few moments, I’m hurdling across space between the trapeze bars.

Mostly, I spend my time hanging on for dear life to the trapeze bar of the moment. It carries me along at a certain steady rate of swing, and I have the feeling that I’m in control.

I know most of the right questions, and even some of the right answers.

But once in a while, as I’m merrily, or not so merrily, swinging along, I look ahead of me into the distance, and what do I see?  I see another trapeze bar looking at me. It’s empty. And I know, in that place in me that knows, that this new bar has my name on it.

It is my next step, my growth, my aliveness coming to get me.

In my heart-of-hearts I know that for me to grow, I must release my grip on the present well-known bar, to move to the new one.  Each time it happens, I hope—no, I pray—that I won’t have to grab the new one.

But in my knowing place, I know that I must totally release my grasp on my old bar, and for some moments in time I must hurtle across space before I can grab the new bar. Each time I do this I am filled with terror. It doesn’t matter that in all my previous hurdles I have always made it.

Each time, I am afraid I will miss, that I will be crushed on unseen rocks in the bottomless basin between the bars. But I do it anyway. I must.

Perhaps this is the essence of what the mystics call faith. No guarantees, no net, no insurance, but we do it anyway because hanging on to that old bar is no longer an option.

And so, for what seems to be an eternity, but actually lasts a microsecond, I soar across the dark void called “the past is over, the future is not yet here.” It’s called a transition. I have come to believe that it is the only place that real change occurs.

I have noticed that, in our culture, this transition zone is looked upon as a “no-thing,” a no-place between places. Sure, the old trapeze bar was real, and as for the new one coming towards me, I hope that’s real too. But the void in between? That’s just a scary, confusing, disorienting nowhere that must be gotten through as fast and as unconsciously as possible. What a shame!

I have a sneaking suspicion that the transition zone is the only real thing, and the bars are the illusions we dream up to not notice the void. Yes, with all the fear that can accompany transitions, they are still the most vibrant, growth-filled, passionate moments in our lives.

And so, transformation of fear may have nothing to do with making fear go away, but rather with giving ourselves permission to “hang out” in the transition zone between the trapeze bars.

Allowing ourselves to dwell in the only place where change really happens.

It can be terrifying. It can also be enlightening.

Hurdling through the void, we just may learn to fly.

“We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”  Anonymous

To Our Unlimited Possibilities,

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60 Responses to “The Trapeze ~ Turning the Fear of Transformation into the Transformation of Fear”

  1. Beth,

    Congratulations on having the courage and faith to take these difficult steps in your life – and congrats on your pregnancy :-)

    I can tell you first hand that you will look back on this move with a sense of happiness and pride – knowing you made an excellent choice for your family. Not only do I know this because I went through a similar experience 2 years ago (moving with my husband and 2 teenage boys from Mass to Fla), but because I know that you’re the type of person who will take this bittersweet transition and focus on all of the benefits. We have the ability to make every experience into a positive or a negative.

    Day after day, each of us is faced with choices that may or may not be life changing. Most are afraid to step out and take what often seems like drastic action. They stay in their comfort zones and never truly experience the abundant lives they’re meant to have.

    Growing and thriving is all about getting out of our comfort zones – and you, my dear, are doing that on a major level. I know it will work out beautifully for you, and that you’ll soon have not only your old friends but a new group of awesome friends!

    Be Blessed,
    Kathy Jodrey
    Kathy Jodrey´s last blog post ..Mike Dillard The Elevation Group- Lunatic Rantings Or Salvation

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    bethallen Reply:

    Awww, thank you so much for this sweet message, Kathy! I absolutely do focus on the positives…I’m definitely a glass half full kind of gal. :) I make it a practice to reach beyond my comfort zone every day, even just with little reaches, which make the big reaches that much easier! Thanks again for support and friendship ~ you have such a huge and genuine heart and I really appreciate you!

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  2. Congratulations Beth!

    Yes, lots of changes and transitions going on with so many of us! It’s all good though and how wonderful that you are moving to be with your family. There is so much value for children to be raised with family all around them. They grow up feeling so secure and then able to become very independent and self -reliant!

    I am so excited for you as you enter the next part of your journey! Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

    I love that last quote: “We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Anonymous

    Aloha,
    Kellie :)
    Kellie Hosaka @network marketing home business training´s last blog post ..2011- Your Best Year Ever – Design Your Plan To Ensure Success

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Kellie! Yes, it IS all good! Personally, I had a lot about 2010 that I am happy to leave behind, and have many people close to me who had similar experiences. Something about 2011 is so filled with hope, possibility, growth and love…..so very exciting! Thanks for your kind words. :)

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  3. Hi Beth: Great post! Thank God that we have “un-comfortable zones” so that we can use fear to motivate us forward. I especially love fear and write about it a lot… it’s an amazing tool to use in our life and business to help catapult us to the next level and the next! You’re absolutely right about facing challenges and fear so that we are open to potentiality, possibilities and growth! Many Blessings, Loren
    Loren´s last blog post ..Work From Home At Your Own Online Business

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Loren~ Amen to that! :) I too write a lot about comfort zones and fear ~ in fact my most retweeted post ever was my post about fear! It sounds like we have some great commonalities, so I look forward to connecting with you more! Off to look at your blog….thanks for visiting!

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  4. Congratulations Beth; I’m so very happy for you concerning your pregnancy as well as the wonderful adventure you are experiencing known as transformation. It is always really exciting to me when I read about a person taking effective action on their goals and dreams in a positive way. I love the beauty of life and the ability the Almighty God has given each one of us “if” we so choose to take advantage of the gifts that we’ve been given.

    One way you can change your mindset of what F.E.A.R is and how to overcome it, is to realize that fear is mostly just
    False Expectations About Reality so don’t let fear stop you because 98% of what you fear will never happen.

    Thanks so much for your great insights in this awesome article Beth.
    Joe Remington´s last blog post ..Tribal Marketing- Content Synication- and Branding Yourself for Marketing Success

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks so much, Joe! Yes, times of transformation are always amazing. It is always about us making conscious choices each and every day to take advantage of the gifts we’ve been given! I’ve never been one to let “fear” stop me ( that acronym is absolutely right on)….if anything, fears motivate me to be more and do more than I previously thought possible. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Hi Beth!

    Wow, leaving CA to TX is a big move but I love your attitude about embracing change and looking forward to the possibilities.

    We moved from the wine country a year ago back to Orange County and it was a big transition after living 8 years in the wine country.

    Like you, I look at change as what’s next rather than the doom and gloom of change itself :).

    BTW: Austin is so cool and not very much like the rest of TX, lol.

    You’ll have to write a post and share your new life in Austin.

    Janette Stoll
    http://www.marketingdirectsales.com

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    bethallen Reply:

    Sounds like you can relate to what I’m going through! We always have a choice at how we can look at a situation….at change for example….we can let it hold us back or we can let it raise us up….sounds like we both choose onward and upward! :) And yes, I know Austin is cool….I wouldn’t move ANYWHERE else in TX. ;) I will definitely write a post once we buy our house and get settled ….. I”m sure something will inspire a post than I can incorporate that into! Thanks for visiting, Janette.

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  6. Hi Beth,

    wow, you are four month pregnant and relocating, that is a big change.

    Congratulations on your pregnancy.

    It is good to hear that you have your husband and family.

    I moved from Australia to New Zealand four month pregnant by myself, because I knew 100% that I wanted to be in New Zealand even though I had no idea how things would work out. They did work out. That was 27years ago.
    Love and Joy
    from
    Yorinda
    Yorinda´s last blog post ..Believe and achieve abundance

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Yorinda, yes it’s all very exciting! And great to hear that you made a leap of faith and 27 years later it remains a great decision! While love both Australia and NZ, NZ has my heart so I think you made a great move! ;)

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  7. Christine Casey
    Twitter: christine_tulsa
    27. Jan, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Beth,

    This was a wonderful post, and appreciate how you incorporated your own personal situation into the point you made. Any kind of transition is difficult, yet it’s ultimately your attitude that will determine how smooth you get through things, and how successful you’ll be on the other end. To get through such times, I personally look at transition as a time of growth and opportunities…I feel this is what gets past the “I just wanna quit stage”…lol! I think it’s so great that you and your husband (and new baby!) will be closer to both families ~ I know you’ll miss your friends and San Francisco, however it sounds like there are a lot of reasons to be looking forward to relocating to Austin! :-)

    Christine
    Christine Casey´s last blog post ..Excellence or Perfection

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Christine ~ You are absolutely right. Like the saying goes, it is our attitude that determines our altitude! I’ve always looked at change as an opportunity for growth and opportunity, and see this as filled with SO much possibility for expansion that it really has me more excited than I can express! :) Oh, btw, I love your post on Excellence or Perfection….I wrote one a while back on the same topic….important distinctions as a recovering perfectionist! ;) Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Beth,

    Kudos to you for facing the void and spreading your wings so you can soar. Allowing your kids to have an ongoing interaction with their grandparents and other family members will have a lasting, cohesive effect on your whole family.

    “Faith and fear cannot exist in the same space and time” is my favorite quote. Facing transitions in my life, I’ll carry that quote with me.

    You’ve inspired me with your courage, at four months pregnant, to uproot your family and continue to grow in your new life. I’m happy that we can stay connected through the Internet.

    Godspeed, my friend!
    Darlene Davis@ Social Media R&D´s last blog post ..Facebook Fear Factor – A Love Story

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you Darlene! I absolutely agree that having my kids grow up around both sets of grandparents, who are all truly extraordinary people, will indeed have a lasting, cohesive effect on our family. I’m glad you can take something away from this post to carry with you during times of transition. I’m thrilled for the internet as well ~ to stay connected to my friends in the bay area and my online community of wonderful people like you! :)

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  9. Wow that is quite the transition that you are going through! However, I life in St. Louis I have 2 girls now 17 and 19 and my family lives in CO and his family lives in DE. We vacation one yr east and one yr west, so they see the family but that is nothing compared to growing up with aunts, uncles and cousins. They really missed a lot and now do not have those family relationship skills that can be developed by living close to relatives.

    So, the bottom line is that you are blessed to be going to live by your family. We try to keep everyone engaged and connected the best we can, it is what it is.

    Have a safe trip,
    Kathy Sammons
    Mobile Media Marketing The Wave of The Future

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Kathy ~ I can very much relate to what you shared, as that is how it’s been for us up to now ~ week long visits to each family, where we get quality time in but it’s nothing like living near each other. I know we are blessed with this opportunity, and the foresight to take action on it! :) Sounds like you do the best you can with what’s possible, which is really what it’s all about. Thanks for visiting!

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  10. The twists and turns of life can be a huge challenge, but this is exactly what helps us to grow as people. It’s just like lifting weights. In order to trigger a change (which is just an adaptation response) it is necessary to lift/ do more than we have been able to before and it is often difficult if not painful.

    I love the question that you bolded in asking how we relate to transitions and change. Most of the time I resist flowing with the exact challenges/ shifts that I know will grow me as a person. I will work on relating to it through appreciation rather than just “suffering through it”.

    I love the analogy of a trapeze artist and appreciate your sharing the excerpt.
    Paul Reimers@Network Marketing Online´s last blog post ..Abundance in Four Minutes

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    bethallen Reply:

    Absolutely! As a former personal trainer, I like you’re example. Right on. :) And as for the way you relate to transitions, I’d love to know if you think you know why you resist something that you know will help you grow? I see this so often, and wonder what the root cause is….fear? of…? Because you are so right, you don’t have to suffer through it! Working on relating through appreciation sounds like a great place to start! I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem, thanks for visiting Paul.

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  11. Hi Beth,

    thanks for sharing both your personal story and the story of the trapeze artist. I can relate to both of them because I embrace change and actively seek for it. However, chances are that I am terrified by my own fear, fear of the unknown, fear of letting go the known and fear of failure and success. But the new trapeze is waiting for me, with my name on it. Very inspirational.

    I wish you and your small family the best of luck !

    Take care

    Oliver
    Oliver Tausend´s last blog post ..Fear Of Loss Of Love – Playing With Love

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    bethallen Reply:

    You’re welcome, Oliver. I’m glad this post inspired you ~ yes, moving through fears can feel scary, especially when you’re new to it, but in my opinion, the pain of stagnation is far worse than the momentary perceived pain that moving through transitions brings. Enjoy catching the next rung! ;) Thanks for stopping by and the well wishes!

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  12. Beth!

    Taming the cobra of fear has a lot to do with embracing change and realising that fear itself can be subjugated, just never removed from us.
    I found the best way to deal with it when my personal development mentor urged me to charge ahead in spite of ANYTHING!
    And t worked. Big time!

    Yasser
    Yasser Khan´s last blog post ..How to Sell Anything To Anyone During Good Times…Or Bad

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    bethallen Reply:

    So glad you worked with a mentor who taught you that at an early age ~ it sure is a blessing to discover! We all feel the fear, it’s just that some of us choose to let the fear dominate us and the rest of us choose to dominate the fear so we can continue to grow and be more. Thanks for visiting, Yasser!

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  13. Beth,
    First off, congratulations on your upcoming birth of your second child. Such a beautiful experience. :)

    I love your story about the trapeze. The time in-between just may be our true time. The illusions of safety & security are just that. I agree that even though these transitions can be nerve racking with all the unknowns, it’s also filled with opportunities to learn & grow.

    Wonderful post Beth,
    Val :)
    Val Wilcox´s last blog post ..Where Did THAT Come From

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks so much, Val! I’m glad you enjoyed the trapeze poem ~ I know we’ve both been in some pretty significant transitions as of late, and I love that we both choose opportunity and growth amidst it all! :)

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  14. Beth,
    I know that change, even positive change, is stressful, so I can appreciate your challenges, even when so much good is happening in your life right now. Love the trapeze poem and metaphor. I actually took a trapeze class a few weeks ago, and it definitely blows through that comfort zone!
    Wish you the best,
    Adam
    Dr. Adam Sheck´s last blog post ..3 Tools To Reignite Your Relationship By Valentine’s Day

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you, Adam. And how fun that you took a trapeze class just a few weeks ago! My husband and I took a few classes, wow, about 5 years ago now, and it was an AMAZING experience. LOTS of stretching past limitations there….literally and figuratively! :)

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  15. Hi Beth,
    WOW! What massive changes you have in store. Saying ‘goodbye’ is tough but you’ll be so busy with new experiences that you’ll be fine. I’ve found that relocations are toughest on those left behind who don’t have all the new experiences to keep them busy and will miss you terribly. Congratulations on your brand new life and best of luck in Texas!

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Linnea ~ Thank you so much. Yes, I know that our relocating will be just as hard if not more for some of our closest friends. I love that facebook, and things like video conferencing, can bring us together in ways that just years ago I never could have imagined. :)

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  16. Hi Beth,

    Sounds like a very exciting time of transformation. Transition can be scary but it usually produces great growth. I love the trapeze poem.

    It will be so nice to be closer to family. Congrats on the pregnancy.
    Melodie Kantner´s last blog post ..Enhance Law of Attraction Affirmations With EFT

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Melodie ~ absolutely…much more often than not change products great growth! I’m glad you enjoyed the poem, and thanks for the well wishes.

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  17. congratulations Beth, on your babe on the way, that’s exciting.
    And you move sounds exciting also, it’s really nice to be near grandparents
    as your children grow up. I remember being really close to my grandma,
    and had wonderful times with her.

    I wish you well in your journey across the country, that’s if you haven’t left already!

    That’s a beautiful poem Beth! I’m so glad all my transitions are less scary than being on a trapeeze.
    Julieanne van Zyl´s last blog post ..Video Marketing with Screenr

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks so much, Julieanne! Yes, lots of excitement in the air around me these days. :) That’s great that you got to grow up near your grandma ~ I LOVE my grandma so much and always wished I’d gotten to see her more growing up. And considering how much my husband and I love our families, this will surely be an amazing experience for all of us. We are settling in well, and all is great so far! Thanks for your kind words, and yes, my transitions have been much less scary than being on a trapeze….because I embrace change….but I think that’s not the norm so I felt the poem would really impact a lot of people. :)

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  18. I think you are really going to enjoy Austin. It is not San Francisco, but as part of TX it has many things that CA just cannot offer today. Austin itself is very nice, but it is located close to so many interesting areas of Texas. You are close to Llano, San Antonio, New Braunsfield, Bastrop, etc. What a wonderful mix. Hope you enjoy it!

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Alexander. I think so too. :) Now I have to be honest, and this is the Californian in me, but I really didn’t imagine myself enjoying any part of TX besides Austin! lol Perhaps I’ll have my eyes opened….we shall see! Thanks for visiting!

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  19. Beth congrats on the new baby and the new move you have a lot going on. But I also want to congratulate you on your attitude and outlook of faith that all will work out.

    Steve
    Steve Shoemaker´s last blog post ..Hyper Alert- Keep Up With Visits To Your Like Page When Your Away!

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks so much, Steve! Attitude and faith are definitely two things that have played a significant role in my life being as wonderful as it is. :)

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  20. How exciting!! Congratulations on both the great expectation and the move closer to family. You sound wonderful as you talk about it in your post. Very heart warming. I love the poem. That scary void! Haven’t we all been in that place! Good luck and blessings in everything for you and your family.
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Teresa, yes it is all very exciting! Everything is going great, although I’ve gotten a bit behind on my blog as a result, but am finally settling in to a good routine here in Austin. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. :)

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  21. Beth,

    What a great article! Congratulations on your move and your new baby! What an exciting time this must be for you.

    I remember when I moved to Maui from the Bay Area. As much as I wanted to be in paradise and on the beach, leaving the only home I had ever known was extremely difficult and challenging.

    I agree with you completely that it is the transitions we must embrace in order to move forward and grow. I love your analogy of the trapeze – it makes the whole “change” thing much more real!

    Thanks for the insights!
    Lori
    Lori Mooney´s last blog post ..SEO Basics- Your Page Description

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    bethallen Reply:

    I’m glad you enjoyed it, thanks Lori! So you’re a bay area native? That’s fantastic. While I’m sure that leaving was extremely difficult, having lived on Maui for 4 months, I’m sure the paradise you landed in cushioned some of that pain quite well! ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. Hi Beth,
    This is such a moving article and some parts are emotionally too.

    I read your post with great interest and love the way you perceive your life changing moment as opportunity for growth.

    Love this post, Beth. Lastly, we have been commenting on each other’s blog but haven’t hooked up on skype yet. Will add you on skype soon :-)

    Cheers
    Pearly
    PearlyQuah´s last blog post ..Man and Energy

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks so much, Pearly. Yes, I really do think this is an important perspective to have, as we can’t really grow without changing some things! Yes, let’s chat on skype this week. :)

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  23. Miss Leslie
    Twitter: misslesliemusic
    25. Feb, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Hi Beth,

    I enjoyed your post so much, and I hope that you are getting settled in your new home. Speaking as a grandparent, I’m sure both your parents are ecstatic. I hope Austin is wonderful for you.

    Wishing you a song in your heart,
    Miss Leslie @Music with Miss Leslie.com
    Miss Leslie´s last blog post ..The House That Built Me

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Leslie. Yes, I am getting settled, and you are absolutely right, my parents and my in-laws are all ecstatic! :)

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  24. Radu Dascalul
    Twitter: radu_dascalul
    04. Mar, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Beth,
    I love your article.It is very inspiring..with powerful messages:)Also I appreciate that you walk the talk..You embrace change and transform your life.
    In order to have that abundant life that we all want ,embracing change and progress is the only solution.Why should we wait for a bad situation to determine a change in the finances,health,relationships and spirituality?It’s more fun to take action and experiment different stuff.
    The fear will always be.I must admit that I have butterflies in my stomach in the beginning but the vision of a magnificent future is irrezistible for me:)So I take action step by step.
    Congratulations for your big changes and for your little baby:)
    I come back to read more of your posts.
    Have a great day,
    Radu
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Radu. I completely agree that embracing change is the only way to live an extraordinary and abundant life. And I always have the butterflies too….I think that’s normal! The difference lies in the fact that some people let those nerves/ adrenal propel them forwards while many let it freeze them in their tracks. It is people like you, who have a clear and irresistible vision, that continue to take action even when uncomfortable or uncertain. It’s all about faith, baby! :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. Congratulations! That is awesome that you have your second on the way, and are building your relationship with both of your parents! By the way, where are you from in Wisconsin? I went to college in Madison.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Andy! Yes, it’s been pretty awesome since we got here to have both my parents and my in-laws involved in my son’s life….and ours! I went to college in Madtown too! :) We’ll have to connect and chat about that for sure! Thanks for stopping by.

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  26. A very good read. Kudos for taking important decisions and opting the transition.

    Transition should be a point of a new start. I would prefer a transition to expand and revitalize every possible thing in my life. It is always good to start transitions yourself rather than waiting for transitions to begin and catch you unexpectedly.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Sounds like you have a great perspective on transitions in your life, Audrey. I agree that it’s great to be able to consciously transition, but we all know that’s not always possible, and sometimes life has other plans. It is our core philosophy on life that will guide us through the changes, be they “good” changes or “bad” changes. It’s always perception ~ and we can believe/ know that everything happens for a reason and seek the lesson ~ or we can believe we’ve been wronged, burdened, etc. The outcome is ALWAYS defined by our personal philosophy…

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  27. take the first step and reach out to them

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  28. Hey Beth

    I absolutely agree that change should be everywhere for better growth, opportunity and of course it is god’s law.

    Our journey through life involves a series of changes – some major and many minor. Even though change has always been a part of life it seems that change is happening faster than ever before. This is especially evident in the workplace.Day-to-day work life is commonly filled with changes, shifting responsibilities, and expanding workloads. At the same time, our personal lives are often marked by competing demands and priorities.

    So i inspired from you the way you react upon changes in your life..

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  29. lhaizza
    Twitter: 1MiamiCondos
    23. Dec, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Facing some of fears is one of my weakness. Thanks for the wonderful stories this might help me in a bit. Your blog is really nice to read.
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    bethallen Reply:

    Really, you too? ;) Of course, I think it is part of the human experience to be fearful about the unknown. But as I share in this post, it isn’t until we close our eyes and leap that we see just how far we can fly! So go for it! You will be so glad you did, regardless of how it turns out. If it turns out they way you wanted, awesome! HUGE win! If not, there are gems of wisdom waiting for you to grasp on to, and use as you move forward, and try again, differently….

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  30. Very inspiring. Needed this today. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts, experience and insight with us.
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Ashley! I’m so glad you found this at just the right time for you. :)

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