My Year of Transformation: Hope, Butterflies, and Trauma

My Year of Transformation: Hope, Butterflies, and Trauma

The is my year of Transformation! Recently, I was inspired by a TED Radio Hour podcast: Transformation.  Listening to these ordinary people live transformational lives touched my heart deeply.  They had overcome significant struggles to make something meaningful with their lives, and help so many people!

Disclaimer: This article has educational resources about restoring wellness through trauma recovery, and is based on my research and my experiences.  This information is not meant to take the place of medical treatment, counseling or therapy.  If it would be helpful to talk to someone, wellness resources has information on how to contact a mental health professional in your area.

TED Talks: Transformation

Here’s my summary of the amazing 4 interviews & snippets of these 4 TED Talks.

TED Radio Hour youtube video & podcast: Transformation

  1. Transformation of beliefs
  2. A new integrative life
  3. Transformation of beauty
  4. An un-examined life

Year of Transformation & Meaning 

That’s what I want to do, live a transformational life of deep meaning and help others do the same. So, let’s dive into what Transformation really means and how to do it.

Live a life of transformational deep meaning, and help others do the same.  Butterflies in field of flowers.

Important: This article has resources about restoring wellness, and is based on my research and my experiences.  This information is not meant to take the place of counseling or therapy.  If at any time you feel uncomfortable or need to talk to someone, wellness resources can help you find a counselor and other resources that may be helpful.

My One Word: Transformation

This year is a Transformation Year!

My focus word for this year is Transformation: a new season of my journey in trauma recovery.  

At the beginning of each new year, I like to choose one word that is my focus word, my one word for the whole year.  I set my goals with this focus word, it explains where I am and where I am going, who I want to be, and what is important to me.

One Word 365 – there’s even a blog written about a lawyer grieving after the loss of their grandmother and brother

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4 Ways for Transformation

There are 4 ways transformation can be beautiful and meaningful.

  1. You get a new beginning, a new chance to start again fresh.
  2. A opportunity for new development (personal, physical, spiritual)
  3. Clean out the old stuff and shed old ways
  4. Living an Intentional Life full of meaning 

More details about these 4 Stages of Transformation coming soon in this blog series.

Accept it, Manage it

Name it, Tame it! That’s what Dan Siegel calls being able to name what’s going on & being able to tame it.  The big unknown is not so scary and wild when it’s named. Since now we know what to call it, we can accept it & manage it, woohoo!!

Accept it, Manage it

Transformation includes Hope

When I realized I was going through a Transformation, I felt such hope.  

Hope for the future, hope for my soul, hope for peace within.  colorful butterflies

Hope for the future, 

hope for my soul, 

hope for peace within.

Beth @ Moore Wellness.Life

Is Transformation for you?

There is a time and season to transform and renew, and a time and a season to withdraw and be still.

Time and season to transform and renew, time and season to withdraw and be still. colorful flying butterflies

There is a time and a season

to transform and renew,

and a time and a season 

to withdraw and be still.

Beth @ Moore Wellness.Life

For the 1-2 years, I have been seriously withdrawing, resting, and recovering from serious health issues.  For the majority part of my life, I’ve tried to balance my life with times of rest.  Now, I just have to make sure that my rest is a daily part of my routine.

What season of life are you in?

Are you going through a Transformation?

Year of Transformation & Seasons

Here are common times of Transformation, even though we may call them many names.  

Do you recognize any of these times in your own life?

Positive Times of Transformation

  • New Friendship
  • Different School/College
  • Newly Engaged
  • Newly Married
  • Additional Baby
  • New Job

Difficult Times of Transformation

Times of Transformation can also look different and be difficult times of change.

  • Loss of Friendship 
  • Death of a Baby
  • Loss of Marriage
  • Loss of Job
  • Death of a Loved One

Life Transitions

  • New Job
  • Changing Schools
  • Moving/new home
  • Empty Nest
  • Mid-Life

Embrace or Fight Transformation?

How did I know it was time to embrace Transformation?

So, my soul has been undergoing a Transformation for awhile, I just didn’t know what to call it till now. 

Now that I know it’s a time of Transformation, I have a choice to embrace it or fight it.

Harm in Fighting Negative Forces

Well, I’ve learned the hard way what it feels like to fight against what is already happening in reality. I have fought against being sick, against anxiety, against fears, and against trauma.

Confusing?  Yes, it may seem like those are all good things to fight against.  What could the harm in fighting and rejecting negative forces?  

Ah, well the more I fight against parts of myself and parts of my story, it compromises my health, my mind, and my spirit.  This is such a journey, to constantly learn how to accept reality and not avoid reality. Especially when reality is difficult and uncomfortable and frightening.  

The more I can accept difficult happenings inside me, the more I can accept transforming, shedding, and growing.

Beth @ MooreWellness.Life

Embrace Difficulty = Embrace Transforming = Embrace Growing

Year of Transformation Metaphors: Butterflies, Beauty and the Beast, and Birth

Researching Transformation reveals many similarities across genres: literature, science, spirituality, mental health, and theatre.  Here are a just a few examples of Transformation in my research:

Butterflies

Butterflies are the first thing I think of about Transformation.  They undergo an amazing metamorphosis (transformation) in 4 stages: 

  • egg
  • larva (caterpillar)
  • pupa (chrysalis)
  • adult (butterfly)

Download this Free butterfly life cycle coloring page

To become a butterfly, you have to be willing to let go of being a caterpillar.

To become a butterfly,

you have to be willing to let go

of being a caterpillar.

Beth @ MooreWellness.Life

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is a classic literature story about Transformation.  The Prince undergoes a significant change in his life to finally experience redemption: 

  • boy
  • beast
  • selfless beast
  • man 

Birth

Birth is actually what Transformation feels like at times.  There is a womb-like experience of unknown beginnings, then the development of life-giving resources, next a birthing process, then alive as a breathing human being.

  • egg
  • baby in the womb
  • birthing process
  • infant

During the birthing process, it can seem quite uncomfortable, yet you can see a little light at the end of the tunnel.

Real Life Application:

What season of life are you in right now?  Walking down a path in a field towards the beach and ocean.

Which season of life are you in right now?

Do you recognize any of these seasons of transformation?  

  • New beginnings 
  • Development personally, socially, physically, spiritually
  • Uncomfortable shedding old ways
  • Shift in thinking, new perspective
  • Identifying new values
  • Living freely and fully

Join the Wellness Tribe

I’d love to hear about your Transformation journey and your journey towards wellness!  What helps you during times of Transformation? What helps you gain wellness?

Join the Moore Wellness Tribe

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I hope you join us on your journey of improving your wellness.  This tribe is a gathering place to improve wellness & connections, receive life-giving coping skills, and restore health in mind, body, and spirit.

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Blessings,
Beth

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