This week’s blog is about rediscovering your purpose and the science behind change. It lets a little of my geek out. Sometimes I can’t help it.

It’s about neuroscience, transitions, and finding purpose. Oh, and, maybe your ruby slippers.

You see, transitioning from one phase of life to another can sometimes make you feel like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz—uncertain, searching, and yearning for something more.

That’s how I felt after leaving a career that had spanned three decades, entered the unknown, and was faced with charting a new path. I guess it was a bit like finding my ruby slippers and recognizing the power within myself to find and claim my true identity.

Life is a continuum of transitions—planned or unforeseen—that disrupt our familiar rhythms and structures. Departing from a career’s organized routine or transitioning to an empty nest after years of running a household, parenting, and juggling schedules mark profound shifts in those rhythms.

Suddenly, the structures guiding your life dissolve, many times leaving you adrift without a clear compass.

In my transition, I felt like I had one foot stuck in my past life because that was my comfort zone. I was unsure of who I was anymore and what I wanted to do (or be) in this new chapter.

I lacked purpose and felt like I was drifting aimlessly. That’s when I delved into neuroscience, exploring how the mind functions during transitions.

Did you know that the brain’s adaptability, known as neuroplasticity, enables it to rewire in response to new experiences and changes in the environment? Essentially, it’s the brain’s way of navigating life transitions.

Creating new routines and structures during these periods of change helps break free from the feeling of aimlessness. By leveraging the brain’s remarkable ability to adapt, we can bid farewell to outdated patterns and welcome the new.

In understanding how the brain functions, especially during transitions, we gain the tools to navigate these periods more effectively.

A couple of years ago as I was uncovering my authentic (think non-career) self, I developed a new daily structure based on who and what I wanted to be in this new chapter of life.

And because so many women have asked me how I did it, I decided to turn it into a workshop and share what I learned (and frankly, what I apply every day).

The workshop on December 8th dives deep into this realm, offering insights into brain function and strategies to navigate change successfully.

The workshop will cover essential topics:

1. Understanding the brain’s workings to manage your mindset and transform negativity into positivity.

2. Establishing healthy habits and their significance.

3. Tips for achieving restful sleep amidst transitions.

4. Tapping into your unique strengths and leveraging them to shape your best chapter yet.

If you’re looking for your ruby slippers, this workshop is for you. Send me a message at christine@christinestallard.com or comment on this blog post with STAGE and I’ll send you all the details. I can’t wait for you to join me on December 8th at 11 am PST. Armed with your favorite journal, a creative mind, and a desire to push back on the feeling of drifting along with no purpose, we’ll work together to Stage Your Day To Slay Your Day.

And, if you’re already thinking you’re too old or don’t have anything else to offer, just know that those are limiting beliefs and your ego talking trash. We’ll work on that too.

Life’s transitions don’t have to be daunting. If you understand how your mind works, how you’re wired, and what unique talents and interests you have to share with the world, you can navigate the transition, quiet your inner critic, find your new purpose, and walk confidently into a new chapter.

If you know you’re in, you can bypass hitting Reply and head on over here.