Changing Leaves

By DeMornay Harper
Blog Content Contributor

Okay, I may be a bit ahead of myself, but this time does feel like a change of seasons. This in-between period where it is still summer but with everyone moving, dealing with all that is financial aid, and teachers already sending out class emails, we can no longer ignore our inevitable fates. School is almost in session.

Moving from my first college apartment has been a somewhat hectic experience. It is surprising what one person can accumulate! I have definitely found myself caught in my feels a few times but, overall, I am excited for this new chapter.

I love change. I know I am in the minority, but something about a change of pace totally invigorates me. My best work gets done after I make a big transition in life. It just brings out the Aries in me. While moving is a pain, I am so excited to be in a new space and to make it a home.

I know this time of summer can be extremely difficult and stressful. Worrying about moving and the impending academic year while still trying to work and live your life is no easy feat. I want to encourage you to slow down, take a deep breath and embrace it. Embrace all that rests in this season. These memories of your 20 year old self totally in shambles is something that you will be so fond of one day. I promise, these stresses will be just memories sooner than you think.

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“There is always a capacity for negativity, but if you are filled up with light and airy-energy the potential for good is much greater.” Photo by DeMornay Harper. 

There are a few things that  help me sort out big transitions in life. One is keeping a journal. Having quiet, alone time to just sit and reflect on what is going on in your life is vital. It allows you to really hone in on the reasons behind why you feel the way you do. If you feel anxious or nervous towards a big change, seeing all of your everyday feelings on paper can reveal to you that maybe the change is for the better. Another thing that helps me get excited about change is finding the good in it. For example, we all know moving sucks. It is a universal fact. However, focusing on the negative will get you nowhere. Instead, think about how fun it will be decorating your new space. Or you could ponder on all of the fun new neighbors you might meet!

The possibilities are truly endless. I believe that is the scariest thing about change; it is the unknown. There is always a capacity for negativity, but if you are filled up with light and airy-energy the potential for good is much greater.

Celebrate the changes. This is our year to manifest whatever life we want. Be bold. You are shining.

Featured image by DeMornay Harper.

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