Time for a Change: 12 Signs to Push You Forward

Admit it. It’s easier to resist change than to accept it. Is change on the horizon in your life? Here are 12 signs to look for.

Tempus fugit, 2019. Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel.

Tempus fugit, 2019. Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel.

12. Your workspace and living space are getting messier and more chaotic.

11. Sleeping moves to the top of your priority list, and coffee is the main ingredient in your diet.

10. You take the stairs one at a time instead of hurrying up/down them to meet the day.

9. Vacation is more attractive than vocation.

8. Starting time gets later, and quitting time gets earlier.

7, Every task and assignment looks equally important.

6. You’re avoiding email, texts, and phone calls.

5. Social media and TV are sucking you in more than ever.

4. You’re romanticizing the past and blocking your dreams for the future.

3. You stop introducing yourself to new people.

2. Sleeping moves to the top of your priority list, and coffee is the main ingredient in your diet.

1. You feel like you’re climbing Mt. Everest instead of skiing in Aspen.

Chicago Flower and Garden Show display, 2018. Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel.

Chicago Flower and Garden Show display, 2018. Photo by Laura Wasson Warfel.

If change is on your horizon, take these steps first.

• Consult with trusted friends who know you well. They will help you identify any ways you may be deluding or short-changing yourself.

• Write down your dreams plus your plans and timetable for achieving them.

• Keep one dream — no matter how large or small — as a non-negotiable.

• Be flexible. Be willing to adjust your plans so they agree with reality.

• Take small steps as you move forward. Leaps are more difficult to recover from.

For 2019, my One Word is SHIFT. There is some shifting going on in my life right now, but I’m doing fine. As a Christian, I’m stepping forward, but I’m allowing God to order my steps.

Photos by (from top left, clockwise)  Jordan T. Hansen , Thomas Dinkleman, Mary Ann Dare, Amy Smith.

Photos by (from top left, clockwise) Jordan T. Hansen, Thomas Dinkleman, Mary Ann Dare, Amy Smith.

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

Laura Warfel is a widow, writer, and follower of Jesus Christ. Her greatest joy is to bring others along with her on her faith journey. In 2015, because of the encouragement of the Launch Out Conference and Jon Acuff, she launched More Than A Widow on Facebook and Twitter. Today she blogs, tweets, and posts to help widows (and those who know them) find encouragement, hope, and resources for the journey. Her goal is to help all widows live beyond the label and live as more than a widow.

Copyright © 2019 by Laura Warfel