Why Change Is the Ultimate Way to Upgrade Your Life, According to Jen Widerstom
It's not always easy—but it's always worth it
Jen Widerstrom is a Shape advisory board member, a fitness expert, a life coach, a cohost of Daily Blast Live, the best-selling author of Diet Right for Your Personality Type, and the mastermind behind our Ultimate 40-Day Plan to Crush Any Goal.
Sometimes change gets a bad rap. Yes, it can be difficult, but it's also the birthplace of opportunity. Or as Pema Chödrön, a Buddhist teacher and nun, explains it: "To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest." So I challenge you, as I've challenged myself, to embrace the unexpected. (See: The Health Benefits of Trying New Things.)
I moved to Denver last summer for my new show, Daily Blast Live, and while I was excited about the opportunity, I honestly had no desire to uproot my whole life. But through this very disruptive process, so many unexpected doors have opened for me.
For one, this move totally refreshed my fitness routine. I'm now training in the evenings, and I've added hiking and biking, both of which have elevated my passion for movement. And knowing a workout is waiting for me at the end of the day fuels my drive for it.
The other massive shift has been in "me time." I have so much more of it! At first, I resisted it, thinking that taking time for myself was just being lazy. But when I stopped mentally fighting it, I discovered all the things I could do just for me, and I've never felt better. (Here's how you can make time for self-care too.)
Whether you've experienced a big move as I did, started a new job, or even just had your workout routine thrown off by a favorite trainer leaving, I want you to use that change as an opportunity to break into an abundance of adventure that you never knew existed-until now.