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Navigating Transitions

“Home is a place we all must find, child. It’s not just a place where you eat or sleep. Home is knowing. Knowing your mind, knowing your heart, knowing your courage. If we know ourselves, we’re always home, anywhere.” - Glinda the Good Witch, The Wizard of Oz

Navigating transitions can be challenging. As we find ourselves ready to leave one life phase for the next, we often feel we’re threading an obstacle course, wondering when we can regain our balance. In college, I envied my friends who felt a clear call about the future. I viewed their early dedication to careers in medicine, law, architecture, and graphic design as superior to my own indecision. I didn’t know how to face the expectation that I was supposed to know what came next. I thought I was behind, somehow deficient in being prepared for adulthood.

Thinking back, my indecisive transition into adulthood was far less daunting than I imagined. In the process of comprehending my peers’ decisiveness, I found it far more important to grant myself genuine, nonjudgmental curiosity in gaining insight into my long-term transition. This curiosity ultimately led me back to graduate school, where I became a counselor in the midst of an established technology-based career. Feeling thankful today doesn’t change the difficult reality of living through years of burdensome uncertainties. I believe that as humans, we’re designed to encounter a limitless number of uncertainties in life. Time after time, I will be faced with challenges managing my own transition in relationships, career, community, and family. The difference is that, as someone who welcomes challenges and uncertainties, I no longer demand a perfect initial performance from myself in these situations; I simply want to learn and grow as healthy change occurs.

Mitigating unknown transitions is not relegated to my own part of our journey – it’s universal to us all. We have to create space in our lives and in our relationships to explore who we are and what we need. Whether through community, family, organizations, or counseling, it's critical that we connect in a meaningful way that allows us to know ourselves more deeply. What a powerful investment in plotting our own course through transition and into the future!  

I encourage you to be naturally curious about where you are in life: what happens when you observe and learn from your experiences without judgement? How do you grow? What does it mean to your own plotted course toward the future?

Are you or someone you know preparing for, in the midst of, or recovering from a life transition? Wherever you find yourself, exploring this season through counseling can offer fresh insights, reveal previously unseen opportunities for personal growth, and enhance relationships. 

I’m ready to partner together in the therapeutic exploration of your life experiences and invite you to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Anne Holland, LPC-Intern
512-238-1700 ext. 329

Posted by New Life Counseling Center NLCC at 12:41 PM
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