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Welcome to the FIRST issue of The Saturday Sidebar! This is the extra newsletter for paid subscribers - thank you so much for your support! The topic will change each week, depending on what’s buzzing in the world and what I feel needs a proper sidebar.
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This week we’re talking about CHANGES… all varieties. How to instigate them, prepare for them, and go through them.
Everyone has dealt with change in one way or another - change of job, relationship, habit, lifestyle, location, and, let’s not forget, attitude.
Change is unavoidable. Sometimes we’re the ones bringing it on; other times, we’re dealing with it.
(If you want to reflect on that a bit, here are 20 songs about change.)
And the thing about change is that when it dawns on you that you’ve got to switch things up, you sort of have to go through with it.
But what’s the secret to making those changes?
Let’s hear it from our old pal Socrates:
Adding on to Socrate’s wisdom is a comment from a reader who had this to say about change when I told him it was the focus this week.
In order to change, you have to look inward before you can look outward.
Nothing is going to change on the outside unless you change on the inside.
With that, let’s explore some resources that will help us make changes in certain areas of our lives.
CHANGES TO MAKE WHEN YOU’RE FEELING STUCK:
A good way to make a change and get unstuck is to determine where you started. Listen to Seth Godin’s Akimbo podcast in this episode about Origin Stories.
The best thing to remember if you feel stuck is that it’s all in your mindset. You don’t have to say there. Chris & Lori Harder tell you how to Never Stay Stuck Again in this episode of Earn Your Happy.
And while you’re over at Earn Your Happy, you might want to listen to Shoot Your Shot & Throw the Hail Mary for encouragement and advice on going for whatever dreams you have.
LIFESTYLE CHANGES BY LOOKING AT YOUR DIET:
Eat Healthier, More Affordably, & Easier with Cassy Joy Garcia on the Frugal Friends podcast.
Want to change your diet? Consider reducing inflammation. Dr. Andrew Weil shows us how on the Dr. Oz show. Or see what a 100-year-old nutrition professor and doctor has to say about nutrition for a long life.
Finally, boost brain health and fight inflammation by eating these foods.
LOCATION or DWELLING CHANGES:
Are you thinking of making a move? With today’s market and economy, the notion can be a bit scary. But remember, people move every day. Learn how you can go about it in the best way using 4 simple rules.
One of the best ways to make your current digs feel better and more efficient is to get organized and declutter. Guess what? There are hacks for decluttering! Hear all about them on the Declutter Your Chaos podcast.
Finally, there’s a lot of talk about relocating… in a big way. See what it takes to move abroad in this story.
If you’re unhappy with who you work for… perhaps it’s time to start something of your own. Marie Forleo thinks you should, but her message might surprise you. Listen to The #1 reason to start your business now (it’s not what you think). (Editor’s note: You don’t have to start a business to understand the message behind this episode.)
But if you are looking for a job (or know someone who is), this podcast covers all the stops of your search. Farnoosh Torabi: Recruiter Tells All- How to land your dream job right now.
A four-day workweek? Whether you work for yourself or someone else, give this podcast a listen. Jenna Kutcher takes us Behind the scenes of our four-day workweek experiment - see how four days can be just as effective as five.
WRAPPING THINGS UP:
If I wanted to pick a niche that would guarantee I’d always have something to talk about, I’d choose change. There are so many more examples I could’ve shared, but that would’ve been overwhelming. And call me crazy, but I think it’s hard to execute a change if we’re spinning in 15 different directions. So it’s best we take things one change at a time when we can.
We’ll get plenty of chances to continue to evolve and change, and history has proven it.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus realized this years ago when he said,
“Change is the only constant in life.”
With that, I’ll see you next week… with a change of topic.
Thanks for side-barring with me!
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