Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Party Post Number 12

New Zealand born, to Dutch immigrant parents, Yvonne Lindsay became an avid romance reader at the age of 13. Now, married to her ‘blind date’ and with two teenagers, she remains a firm believer in the power of romance. Yvonne feels privileged to bring to her readers the stories of her heart. In her spare time, when not writing, she can be found reading a book, reliving the power of love in all walks of life.

Change can be terrifying and yet thrilling at the same time. I’ve always been resistant to change and wary of new experiences, but since the beginning of this year I’ve learned that change can be a great thing and new experiences are to be embraced and celebrated. There’s always something new we can learn and while we’re learning we’re really living, aren’t we? It was an absolute pleasure to leave my day job and pursue my full time writing dream. It takes a giant leap of faith when you do something like this but I strongly believe that when you want something long enough and hard enough you can make it work. While certainly not something you undertake lightly, nor without some planning for both the immediate future and the longer distance, when all is said and done it’s the ability to make that choice that resonates most strongly within me. Now when I’m at the shops and people ask if I’m off work for the day I relish being able to say, “No, I work from home. I’m a romance writer.” And I love it!

What was the biggest change you chose to make in your life, and what did it take for you to make it? Yvonne will draw a winner from the comments for a copy of THE TYCOON’S HIDDEN HEIR!



Blogger robynl said...

My biggest change was to move many miles away after my then husband filed for divorce. I didn't want the divorce by I couldn't stand seeing him or running into him so I chose to move. I had no job, no money, an old car but a friend at the other end who opened up their house for me till I got a job and a place to live.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

Biggest change I made? When I decided to run the 2005 Houston Marathon. Now, I've never been a runner, mind you, but I was watching the 2004 marathon on tv and had the idea in my head that next year I was going to do that, lol. Well, with the help of a running group I was able to do it :) I was crying as I crossed the finish line, not only because of the pain, lol, but because I had actually accomplished it :)

9:30 PM  
Blogger Anna Campbell said...

Yvonne, I didn't know about your Dutch background. How interesting. Now immigration is really embracing the new, isn't it? I too have now given up the day job which took some adjustment but it really was a dream come true. Congratulations on all your success!

10:41 PM  
Blogger Karina Bliss said...

It's funny isn't it, how much we resist doing what's good for us? How does the Zen proverb go? 'When the student's ready, the teacher will appear.' Things happen when you're open to them happening.
And lest that be too philosophical, as the cheese ad says, 'good things take time.'

12:01 AM  
Blogger Annie West said...


I'm only just now checking the recent blogs. Thanks for posting this. Can I confess that I have this idea in my head that I might one day be a full time writer too? I'm not sure how I'd cope with all that entails. I'd love to hear more about that.


2:54 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

When I was pregnant with my daughter I left my job to work in my husband's office. I knew that I would be away from her too much of the day so we decided this way I would be available for her.

2:55 AM  
Blogger KimW said...

I can only think of one change and it wasn't by choice. The company I worked at for thirteen years closed. It was awful to have to go out looking for a new job. I had no clue what to do. I did find a good one in the end, but it wasn't a fun experience I'd want to do again. lol

3:57 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Hi Yvonne...I read "The Boss' Christmas Seduction" and loved it!

Biggest change by choice?

I married the wrong man when I was very young and it was a not so safe situation. Leaving him and returning home to my parents was a hard decision, especially since they did not approve of the guy in the first place. However, it was by far on of the best choices, as I am now remarried to a great guy my parents approved of and have two awesome kids!

4:01 AM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

Welcome Yvonne! Lovely to have you here.

Robynl, (((hugs))) on the divorce...but lovely to have a friend like that. And (((Hugs)))to Kim on working for a company that closed.

Ali, I want to do a half marathon in the future. I think I'll walk it :)

Maureen, what a wonderful solution.

Big waves to Annie, Anna and Karina!

4:04 AM  
Blogger misty wright said...

The biggest change...one that was unexpected and unwanted. When my hubby passed away and I had to pack up and move back home to be close to our families for help and support. The hardest thing I've ever had to do, but I'm stronger for it. I take it one day at a time.


4:29 AM  
Blogger CrystalG said...

My biggest change was when the place I work decided to move me to another department to help a department that was having trouble. I had been in the department I was working in for 10 years and didn't know the people I was going to be working with. It was scary but it worked out ok.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

I would say the biggest change occurred when I changed careers. All my life I had been in the food industry in some form or another. One year I decided not to go back to work but college for a 2 year course as a horticural technician.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Lois said...

Well, we're going to see our biggest change in the near future, whenever that will be. We are planning to move. . . somewhere, but probably most likely not in another location in NJ. So it's a big thing, especially since we never did that kind of thing before. :)


10:48 AM  
Blogger Minna said...

One of my biggest changes was when I finally got to the university.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

Biggest change was getting married. My father abused me as a child and I was left with a negative image of men. It took time and counseling to get over that. Now I have been married to my wonderful husband of almost 7 years and we have two kids under the age of 4 so I believe it is possible to have a HEA.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Mona said...

My biggest change was joining a programming course though I'm an interior designer. All the other students were already programmers and what took me light years to study they knew it with their eyes closed. I had to think equations and mathematics instead of colors and designs. After six months of very hard work (that was the course's time) I was the very top student of class and my graduation project was taken by the institute along with another one. After that I knew nothing is impossible if you set your mind to do it.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Yvonne_Lindsay said...

Hey, everyone, we're in brave company, aren't we? I think, in general, we do brave things every day as partners and/or parents and also as individuals.

Robyn, it sounds like your friend was an absolute treasure at the time you needed them most.
Ali, wow, a marathon. That's inspriring. I have this theory that you'll only ever see me run when my life is in danger so I hugely admire people who actually do it for fun (well, sort of fun!)
Anna! Hello my friend!
Karina, I love that Zen proverb, and the cheese ad, LOL!
Annie, when the time is right you'll know. For me I had several contributing factors and while I left the day job about six months before I anticipated doing so I don't regret it for a minute.
Maureen, the bond between a child and a parent is a precious thing. You and your hubby were fortunate that you could take that step together.
KimW, job changes can be so worrying when the change is something out of your control, don't you think? The vulnerability is huge.
Tammy, thanks for your comment on The Boss's Christmas Seduction! Sounds like you definitely did the right thing by moving back home when you did.
Tessa! Thanks for the invitation. This is so much fun!
Misty, you've been through a really tough time. Hugs, buddy!
CrystalG, I'm so glad the change in department worked well for you.
Christa, wow, from food to horticulture... now you can grow your own produce well!
Lois, all the best for your move.
Minna, University can be a scary change in life. So much depends solely on you, doesn't it? All the best!
Cherie J, I'm so glad to hear you had your own happy ever after.
Mona, gosh, I take my hat off to you for training in something so totally different like that. And well done on your success!

Best wishes everyone

2:48 PM  
Blogger Kimberly L said...

My biggest change was to give up my job for a year to go to cosmetology school so that I could do something that I loved doing and make more money. It's hard not knowing what's going to happen from day to day with very little money. But I told my kids small sacrifices are worth it in the end. It just seems like a lifetime at the time. My kids didn't understand why I did it then but they do now.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Karen G said...

I learned how to sew to make clothes for myself to save money. I didn't think I could do it. I did.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Yvonne_Lindsay said...

KimberlyL--I hear you on the lessons we teach our children. I often wondered in the years that I kept receiving rejections whether I was setting a good example to my kids by constantly setting myself up to be knocked down again, but in the end I achieved my goal and they are equally proud. They know that the good stuff doesn't always come easily and I think that's something that alot of kids don't realise these days.

KarenG -- good on you for making your own clothes. I used to love sewing. There's a deep satisfaction in wearing something you've made yourself. (and the finish is probably better too! LOL!)

5:38 PM  
Blogger Helenk said...

biggest change not my choice -- my job being made redundant a few years back. it came as quite a shock but found other work not long after. biggest change of my choice - to slow down for health reasons (okay not strictly my choice but i listened to my body for once instead of pushing through as per usual).

10:46 PM  

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