How Community Can Support You with Change


Today, I’m chatting with Rossana Menezes. Rossana is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. Listen to hear about Rossana’s distributed family, her approach to travel, and how she systematically made two dramatic changes in her life. There is so much that we can learn from Rossana to make changes in our own lives. Whether you’re looking to travel, change jobs or something else, Rosanna has some invaluable tips that you can use, even if you’re not a fan of spreadsheets.

Learn about Rossana by following her blog or connect with her on Twitter or Instagram. She’s also on Tumblr if you prefer to connect there.

Your tip from today’s interview is: Find one person that can mentor or inspire you to reach your goals. You can start learning from them today!

Timeline of the Chat

1:19 – Rossana introduces herself
2:25 – Her distributed family
3:00 – Traveling through Europe
4:34 – Why she’s taking this trip now
6:01 – Her approach to trip planning
8:49 – The biggest change
12:25 – Preparation process for moving
13:12 – Why she loves spreadsheets
17:22 – Steps to making changes
18:54 – What to do when you don’t have a skill you need
20:06 – What’s scary about change
21:28 – How to overcome fear
24:25 – Strategies and steps to move forward

Quotes from the chat

I think moving countries is on the top of the list [of big changes] because it took years of preparation.

To me it was more of a feeling that I never belonged in Brazil so it never felt like home to me. So I was like okay, this is not my place, I need to find my place in the world

It’s good to have people that want the same thing you want close because if you get frustrated, if you are thinking about giving up, we support each other. So that was a really big part and very important part of the whole process.

After research, I think it’s the actual planning, creating a schedule and visualling what do you need to do, how you’re going to do it, and setting deadlines.

If you don’t set a deadline, it’s a goal that gets lost in the future.

I think not fearing something is actually the abnormal thing, right. We’re built to be scared of things we don’t know. It’s a survival skill.

If I really want something, I don’t care how scared I’m going to be. I’m going to try to get to the end of it. Because otherwise, you’ll never change, you’ll never move, you’ll never move forward.

Since we are in the Internet era, look for people who have done what you want to do. So look for bloggers or Instagram accounts, or forums. Look for people who have travelled to the place you want to travel;, or have made a career change like the one you want to do. Don’t fear to get in touch, a lot of people are very approachable especially if they have a blog and they share their experiences. So ask questions, ask for advice, look for If they have meetups with people that share the same interest you have, to go out and meet new people and exchange information. If you don’t find a group of peple who do that, create one yourself, start one yourself. We have Facebook, we have Instagram, we have a bunch of tools today that would help you get people together that share the same interest, that have the same goals. Just acknowledge that getting stuck is part of the journey. And breathe in, breathe out, and just keep going.


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