I’m in the middle of a major kitchen remodel.
As I ride the roller coaster of emotions that go along with home construction, it’s causing more stress than I expected.
While I’m excited about how nice it will be when it’s done, it’s a daily challenge trying to function normally in a house that’s half torn up, is full of dust and noise, and with anywhere from one to three workers in the house each day. Throw two young, active dogs into the mix and it’s definitely not business as usual!
The other day it dawned on me what I’m going through remodeling our house is not unlike the challenges faced when making major changes in life or career.
When I’ve undergone any major career change, I’ve at the same time been excited about the opportunities that lay before me and stressed out by the process of actually getting there.
Any type of major change brings challenges.
- Things don’t always go as planned.
- There are setbacks and obstacle to overcome.
- It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the many little decisions that need to be made.
- There’s stress around money, feeling like it’s going out faster than it’s coming in.
- Every day is a new adventure, and with that come delights as well as disappointments.
When you make a decision to remodel your life, you’re leaving behind what you know. You’re saying goodbye to predictability and comfort.
You hope and pray your vision will become reality.
At the same time you know there are no guarantees things will turn out exactly like you planned.
In my current remodeling projects, in my kitchen and in my life, I’m doing my best to keep a sense of humor and honor my mantra of Let Go & Trust.
I’m trying not to second-guess my decisions and I’m remembering why I chose to make these changes in the first place.
I’m doing my best to keep my eyes on the big picture and not sweat the small stuff.
And, I’m chuckling as I recognize the similarities between these two remodeling projects and the life lessons both are bringing me.