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Story Weekend: Change

site imageI’m sorry for missing a couple of Story Weekends, but my web designer and I have been busy re-creating an all new site. It was time, especially with the upcoming September publication of Necessary Lies. Please take some time to wander around the site and do let me know if something isn’t working the way it should. So many little bits and pieces to a site this big!

When I click on the site now, I get a little jolt. I’m so used to looking at the old site with the ancient folded-arms picture of me and the sea oats and red sky in the background. I loved that site, but I was ready for the clean, contemporary look of something new. I’m embracing the change!

And that brings me to the topic of this Story Weekend. Change. What do you think of when you hear that word? Is it the time your mother told the teenage you that you’d better change or find another place to live? Is it your divorce after twenty years, when you had to create a whole new life for yourself? Is it a move to a new city? A new career?  Or just that jingly stuff in the bottom of your purse? Whatever Change means to you, we’d like to hear the story!

If  you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve been contributing. As always, there are a few “rules”:

▪   The story must be true

▪   Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge. Happy writing!

14 Comments

  1. Cindy Mathes on May 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Diane, I’ll be back to write my story…just wanted to say your New Look is awesome…

  2. Diane Chamberlain on May 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks Cindy!

  3. krystal on May 17, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Change? It describes many things doesn’t it? Well for me change is everything. I do not embrace changes at all. I’ve had a lot of changes in my short life. In grade school I switched schools. I was in an accident at 15 and had to accept many changes. Switching doctors or therapists isn’t always easy either. After having one team member(rehab team for recovery) for awhile she switched companies and to make it less confusing for myself and others we decided to pick a new member from same company. (I am going to miss this person’s witty remarks when I text them).

    • Diane Chamberlain on May 18, 2013 at 10:29 am

      You’ve been through a lot, Krystal. I hope this new team member sticks with you as long as you need him or her.

  4. Debbie Hearne on May 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Changing before my very eyes. The first time I saw her she was crying so hard that her round face was red, hands clenched into fist, punching the air! I think she was saying, “I’m here at last and I am mad because I had to work so hard to get here! Where’s my Mommy? I just spent 9 months listening to her voice! Oh! I hear more familiar voices! Somebody hold me! Somebody feed me!” There were many loving hands waiting to do just that!

    Yes, changing before my very eyes, more beautiful everyday! She is my granddaughter and she is 4 years old! Today I will watch her dance in her first recital!

    • Diane Chamberlain on May 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

      It happens so fast, doesn’t it Deb? I’m glad she’s in your life.

  5. Gina on May 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Loving this new site. Looks great Diane.

  6. Diane Chamberlain on May 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks, Gina!

  7. Christina Wible on May 19, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Because my life has been so full of change it is something I try to embrace. I know fighting it doesn’t help the situation and so many times fighting it makes it even harder. In fact, that has become my motto. A friend of mine who has lived in the same house with her family all her life told me she couldn’t have survived all the changes I’ve been through. I rather think I couldn’t have survived without them. Love the change in your site, Diane, it is much more calming and welcoming to my eye than the old one.

  8. Diane Chamberlain on May 20, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Thanks for sharing, Christina, and for the compliment on the new site.

  9. Raina on May 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    My change happened last July, 2012. I had planned it for a few months prior. I had just turned 30 and ‘stuck’ in my little life. I had a dead end job paying me far less than my worth, a boyfriend of 4 years who I was stable with. And surrounded by all my loving family in our small town by the bay in California, where I have lived since day one. My boyfriend, although true in his love, had his own ideas of what he wanted out of life, like drinking every night and only going to work when he felt like it. Finding better work was a joke. So, Phoenix, here I come…
    It has been 11 months now and I still sometimes can’t believe all the positive changes I have in my life today. A fruitful and satisfying job, my own apartment with my loving and attentive (not to mention incredibly sexy) new boyfriend. My cousin who lives a few miles away. A little bit of family is better than none!
    Although I feel my life has shrunk in some ways, the world of possibilities has my eyes wide open and I really feel that I am ‘living my life’ now. Saturn return hit hard and I am happy. Change can be really, really good. 🙂

    • Diane Chamberlain on May 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Wow, what a courageous change! Congratulations on taking that big step.

  10. Cindy Mathes on May 22, 2013 at 2:03 am

    I was reminded again yesterday how quickly life can change. What started out as a very fun day… our Annual Lunch on the Lawn ended in a nightmare that we won’t soon forget.. Moore OK was once again hit by one of the strongest tornadoes on record. This is the second time in 14 years that our city took a direct hit from an EF5 tornado. We were sent to our tornado safe place at the exact time school should have been dismissed. My school was about 2 blocks from the devastation. Two Elementry and 1 Jr High was not as lucky. 7 children were fatally injured and pulled from what was left of the school. Homes were leveled to the foundation and nothing was left standing. I am also reminded of the Spirit that makes up our state. Communities coming together giving all they have and more. The monster only took about 30 minutes to Change some lives forever.Give your love one’s an extra big hug tonight. Say an extra prayer just to count your blessings. It only takes one moment in time to Change your life forever. As for my family, everyone is safe. My daughter lost her home. It can be replaced.I know that on this day I am blessed.

    • Diane Chamberlain on May 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Cindy, I’m so sorry for what your city is going through, and especially for your daughter losing her home. The images on TV are so upsetting and the loss of life unbearable to think about. I’m glad you and your family are safe. You’re in my thoughts.

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