Cliff’s “Big Move” Blog Post Series
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Cliff’s “Big Move” Blog Post Series

Making changes, especially major ones, can be extremely difficult for highly sensitive people. It’s tempting to stick with what’s comfortable and familiar, even when we may not be completely satisfied. Change is hard, but with desire and determination, it can be done, and I will prove it!

Starting on Monday, November 19th, I’ll publish 23 posts on consecutive Mondays about all the changes I’ve made over the past four years. On Wednesdays and possibly Fridays, I’ll write blog posts on other subjects of interest to highly sensitive people.

In a series of blog posts,  I’ll chronicle a really “Big Move” that my wife and I made to move halfway across the country to be closer to our daughter. This was a HUGE change for us, as we had lived in our home in New Jersey for over 30 years! My mother had recently passed away, and our only daughter had moved to Missouri. Since neither my wife nor I were getting any younger, we knew that if we didn’t make the change now, it would never happen. (more…)

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(21) Cliff’s “Big Move” Lessons Learned (Part 1)

Making changes, especially major ones, can be extremely difficult for highly sensitive people. It’s tempting to stick with what’s comfortable and familiar, even when we may not be completely satisfied. Change is hard, but it can be accomplished!

Below is Part One of a list of Lessons Learned from my “Big Move” halfway across the country to live closer to my daughter.  Major changes in my life included the loss of my mother, settling her estate, selling my home in New Jersey of 33 years, selling my 35 year business, and moving to Missouri. It is my hope that this series of blog posts can help motivate you, as a highly sensitive person, to take on something that’s truly important to you.

  • Give yourself enough compelling reasons to do something. After the closing on my mother’s house, my wife and I had a heart to heart talk about what our next steps would be. We agreed that we didn’t want to stay in New Jersey. The cost of living was too high. Our daughter had been living in St. Louis, Missouri for 1 ½ years. We missed her! My wife and I decided that we definitely wanted to live closer to our daughter. This gave us a strong incentive to move forward.

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Can You “Profit” From Your Unrest?
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Can You “Profit” From Your Unrest?

When highly sensitive people are uncomfortable, we automatically see it as a bad thing. Though nobody enjoys discomfort, the truth is that it can serve as an important wake-up call to alert us to changes that we need to make in our lives. We can learn a lot about ourselves if we take the time to investigate the source of our unrest.

Have you ever felt bad and not known why? Have you ever argued with, or hated someone for no good reason? Have you ever felt “road rage” towards other drivers? The main reason that these things happen is because you’re not plugged into your feelings. If you feel terrible or act irrationally toward someone, there is a reason for it. If you seek to understand and reflect upon the cause of your unrest, you can use it to your benefit rather than to your detriment. (more…)

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(20) The Mental Gymnastics of Coping with Physical Illness

Some people cope with “not feeling well” better than others. Unfortunately, as a highly sensitive person, I tend to fare poorly on this spectrum. It was beyond distressing to feel lousy for almost two years! During this time, I suffered from high blood pressure and extreme fatigue. I felt like I was in a fog and had trouble concentrating.

I went to several different doctors and specialists, but nobody could pinpoint the source of the problem. I constantly worried about the consequences of having uncontrolled hypertension. I was in dire need of a strategy to keep me from losing my mind! (more…)

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It’s never too late to follow your dreams!
Ida Ruth Hayes Greene

It’s never too late to follow your dreams!

I get correspondence and see comments from highly sensitive people and introverts of all ages lamenting that it’s too late to do something meaningful in their lives. As a 69-year-old highly sensitive person and introvert, I can definitely say that this isn’t true! I feel that my best years are yet to come! I’m excited about the prospect of writing much more information about HSPs and introverts. It’s important to have passion and something to look forward to.

I read an inspirational article about a woman who got her high school diploma at the age of 98! Ida Ruth Hayes Greene always regretted not having graduated from high school. She felt that something was missing in her life and decided to remedy that. She was not about to let her age get in the way! (more…)

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