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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Reinventing Myself by Lynn Lovegreen

I have been reinventing myself over the past year, as I am at an in-between stage professionally and personally. My Gold Rush books are out of print, and I’m looking for an agent for my World War II series. Plus, I’m in the process of moving to a new house. And outside of that, I’ve discovered a new role for myself, as an activist in my community. It seems like the right time to stand up for what I believe in, especially if it gives a voice to people who don’t have a strong voice in our current system.

So, what have I learned from this?

1. Change is scary.

Many of the problems I’ve experienced in the last year have to do with reactions to change. Sometimes I’m the one who is having trouble adjusting, and sometimes it’s other people, but change is hard, and sometimes downright scary. Most of us are challenged by new circumstances. It’s good to acknowledge that and roll with it.

2. We are stronger than we think.

I’ve done a lot of things I didn’t know I could. Whether it’s physical or mental, I’ve found I can do more and deal with more than I realized. And I’ve been in groups where collectively we’ve helped each other grow in strength. That is powerful!

3. It’s easier to be fearless when it’s about something bigger than ourselves.

I can barge into a state senator’s office to start a conversation about a bill without worrying about what she’ll think of me—because it’s not about me. It’s about our kids and our state, and that’s more important than silly old me. It’s worth a few rejections, if it helps the cause. 

4. People will either applaud new roles and growth, or not. 

I’m blessed to have loved ones who encourage me, but I can’t expect everyone to do so. It goes back to #1—some people are threatened by change. They won’t like the new me, and I can’t do much about that except try not to get too caught up in others’ opinions.

5. Balance is important.

I’ve learned I can’t do anyone else any good if I don’t take care of myself first. I need to find a balance between saving the world and saving myself. 

I hope these things will help you in your own reinvention. Carry on and become the best person you can be! :-) 

Lynn Lovegreen grew up in Alaska, and still lives there. She taught for twenty years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys her friends and family, reading, and volunteering at her local library. Her young adult/new adult historical romances are set in Alaska, a great place for drama, romance, and independent characters. See her website at You can also find her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest.


Judith Ashley said...

Well said, Lynn. I also have become active in my local neighborhood and have volunteered to re-organize our Neighborhood Watch among other things. I've yet to knock on senator and representative's doors but I have their addresses, phone numbers and email addresses at hand and I do plan on a face-to-face before the end of the summer.

I saw parallels in my own life in reading your post--well, I'm not moving but I am selling the last of my parents' things stored in my basement and I'm going through my 'keeper books' and clearing off shelves. My motto is, if I don't smile and feel joy in my heart when I see the book(s) or reread them, it is time for them to go to someone else who will.

However, of all you said what is the most true is to find that balance and take care of yourself. If we cannot do that, we are not as effective in the other areas of our lives. So glad you have supportive people around you---and you've got another one in me.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thank you, Judith! I am so thankful to be a genreista and count you as a friend.

Diana McCollum said...

I firmly believe change is good! Scary, but good! Thanks for a great blog post!Good luck with your move.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thanks, Diana. That's what I'm telling myself--change is good. :-)

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Enjoyed your post! Thank you.

Barb said...

I'm doing the exact same thing and have found pretty much what you are talking about. I'm still a little unsure of outcomes

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thanks, Genene. Barb, hope everything works out for you.