Change

These changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes
Nothing remains quite the same
Through all of the islands and all of the highlands
If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane
~”Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” ~ Jimmy Buffett

Hello WIS Community –

Welcome to September! 🍂 I am ready for the fall and so glad it’s finally creeping in … maybe a little too slow for me, ha! I love this time of year for many reasons, including hoodie weather, college football, soup, garden abundance, cinnamon tea, Macintosh apples, kitty snuggles, and I can go on. There is something that calms me as the weather cools and the seasons change. I take time to reflect on the year and focus my goals on how I want to end it. What do I want to accomplish before we start a new calendar? Who do I want to be to start the next year? Then, I focus on what I need to CHANGE to reach those goals.

I’ve never been one to fear CHANGE. I’ve always liked the challenge of learning something new, being somewhere different and finding ways to adapt. Perhaps because I never felt I fit into society’s mold and that I can embrace CHANGE a bit more. Perhaps it’s that I’ve lived with a health condition (Rheumatoid Arthritis) my whole life and have to be resilient and adaptive to change as my body demands it. Perhaps my Mom challenged me to live outside the box and always try something new or not be afraid to ask. Perhaps it’s all of it that has helped me to embrace change. Who knows! However, as I get older, I find change can be more challenging and my fear sits in a bit more (along with it’s friend depression). I’m learning that if I resist this change and lean into the fear, I am only fighting my internal self, which gets me nowhere. Just as nature goes through seasons, so do we as human beings. (To everything turn, turn, turn – There is a season turn, turn, turn …)

It’s how we handle the seasons and find ways to adapt to the change that helps us succeed in this weird thing called life. I often think about how this relates to the environment and sustainability. The Earth is changing every day around us and yet so many are resistant to recognizing the change and how we as humans need to CHANGE so we can enjoy this beautiful space. I don’t have the answers, but I know that being a part of this community has helped me to see CHANGE for good. It has helped me to find happiness, support and encouragement on the days it seems like we’re getting nowhere. This community lifts me up every day. I get to see the good in people all around and it helps me to not feel so alone. I get to hear the stories of how people are changing people’s lives. I see people learning from each other and growing so we can CHANGE the world together. This community cries together and laughs hard when the world seems so difficult. This community is about how we truly CARE for one another and this beautiful and daunting world we live in.

So, as Earth begins to turn into a new season, I hope you take the time to reflect on the CHANGES you want to see in your life. How can you embrace those changes and take one step closer to the person you want to be next year? Share with us – what are you working to CHANGE for the rest of 2023?

(My big change this year is that I’m not embracing an alcohol-free life! YAY! 😀)

If you need a change in pace, I encourage you to join us at a WIS event this fall and winter. We love connecting people together to discuss how we can collectively change this world. We have many ways to connect, either online or in person. We have members-only meetups, family-friendly events, webinars and more. We will be wrapping up our year with our annual holiday beach-themed celebration to celebrate this amazing community and all of YOUR accomplishments. It’s one of my favorite events that we host each year!

We look forward to seeing you soon! Check out all of our amazing events below and in the meantime, live life like Jimmy Buffett – one beachin’ day at a time!

with CARE,
Becky
Chief CARE Connector / Founder
becky@womeninsustainability.org

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  1. Proud of you for making some less traditional changes to support your best health, Becky! I’m a partner in crime with you in the alcohol free journey. I’m also embracing some change with my creative life, leaning a bit into learning the DIY recording ropes vs. relying solely on expensive studio production. The lean frame is helping me explore more layers with vocals that I might not otherwise have done in studio.

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