Change is Good

Snow Queen

I wiped my sweaty palms on my purple corduroy pants. The clock read 9:45. A perky pop song filled the car. From the moment I parked, I’d been unsuccessfully talking myself into opening the door and walking to the large old building. In fifteen minutes, the snow had covered the windows and the temperature inside the car had dropped. I shivered. Now or never, I thought.

Grabbing my messenger bag I hurried across the parking lot through the deepening snow. My hand shook as I punched the extension number into the phone hanging on the wall in the otherwise empty vestibule. The phone rang and rang and rang. My stomach cramped; had I written the number down wrong? Why did I make such stupid mistakes? The door opened and closed behind me, I turned, hoping whoever it was could help me.

“Are you Jill?” the snow-covered woman asked me.

“Yes. . .”

“I’m sorry I’m late, this snow has everything slowed down,” she unlocked the door and motioned me inside. “I had to come from another plant in the valley, they don’t have an HR person here. I take care of both plants. We’ll be meeting in this room. The engineering department manager will join us in a few minutes.”

And just like that the interview had begun.

That was me almost a decade ago. Scared of new things, scared of messing up, scared about how I would measure up against others. This was a huge improvement from my early twenties when I became a ball of anger and negativity when confronted with change. In case you’re curious, I got that job and worked there for about four years. I’ve always been envious of the people who handle stress, change, and upheaval with ease and grace. That’s never been me.

This Year’s Goals

Earlier this week I wrote about how my goals had overwhelmed me to the point that I haven’t been productive or creative. One of my goals for this year was to get a website going. A place where people could get to know me, check out my writing, and hopefully become readers when I release my book. I’ve had two blogs before this one. Neither were long-lasting or successful. I had a generalized idea what I wanted to do with this site, the changes and improvements I wanted to make from my earlier attempts at blogging, and an idea about how to do this. If I had written out a list of goals in January it would have read — Get my blog going.

Yep, that’s pretty vague. This level of thinking went into all my goals this year. So this ride on the tilt-a-whirl is my totally my fault. While I was writing Tuesday’s post, I downloaded an app for planning goals, if it’s easy to use and helpful, I’ll share the link with you. Tuesday morning I decided it was time to fix my blog. No more putting it off. All the hours it was going to take would be worth it. Right?

The problem was the drop down menus. They didn’t drop down the right way. When you hovered over a menu option that had a drop down menu, the drop down menu would show up, but unless you were lightening quick the menu disappeared before you could click on it. So I began researching the problem, looking at forums, attempting to alter the HTML code, nothing worked. I loved my theme, the bright and cheery orange made me happy. Discouragement filled my heart; I knew what needed done. I didn’t like the answer.

I had to pick out a new theme to replace the broken one.

Irritated, I began the search for a theme that had the features I wanted, looked good, and was easy to navigate. An hour later I’d narrowed it down to two themes. Five hours after that I had the new one installed, figured out why a certain feature wasn’t working right, fixed it, put the new menu in place, and had a blog that looked brand new.

I leaned back in my chair and stared at my laptop screen. My blog was different, but better. Despite my hesitation to change the theme, I wish I would’ve dealt with the menu problem long ago instead of putting it off. This new theme is working perfectly. (I no longer use this theme. I’m currently using the Twenty Sixteen theme)

I’m going to reevaluate all of my goals and see what I can fix next. I know that with hard work and perseverance I can conquer the crushing enormity of what I’m trying to do. Change is good. I’m looking forward to deciding what’s next on the list. I’ll let you know. The one thing I do know is that I won’t put off things that need fixed. I’ll take care of it right away.

What’s Changed So Far

  • The menu – the drop down menu works now.
  • The videos in the sidebar – you can now find the videos under the Weekly Video option in the menu. An unexpected bonus for you is that the videos are now a lot larger. Check each Tuesday for the new video.
  • The colors – I still miss the orange, but these colors are nice too. What do you think?
  • Mobile and tablet responsiveness – this theme has built-in features to make viewing my blog on your phone or tablet a better experience. On my phone the sidebar shows up below the posts. I added a section called Menu that gives you all the menu options you would have if you were visiting from a computer.
  • The follow me buttons – instead of being at the top of the sidebar they are at the upper right side of the screen. I have an email button now and you can send me a message directly.

Over the coming days and weeks, I’m going to add more to the site. Look for new options on the menu bar. I’m super excited that it’s working. By lunchtime on Tuesday I was feeling so much better, the menu problem had bothered me a lot more than I’d realized. I’m really excited that taking care of it has freed me to make visiting my blog more fun for you. I hope you like the new look. Tell me what you think of the changes. And I’d love to hear what else you’d like to see on this blog.

Snow Queen
photo credit: Dan Foy – Snow Queen via flicker (license)

Author: Jillian Pearl

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. As an adult, I moved to Denver, Colorado and continue to live there with my family. Over the years, I've had a variety of jobs, including lifeguard, OTR truck driver, and mechanical drafter. Currently, I am a caregiver for my mom, a blogger, and a contemporary romance author.

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