Real You: The F.A.C.T.S. of embracing change

Getting settled at the beach Just last month, my family packed up and headed West, a move we're calling an "adventure", although my youngest son says he's tired of that phrase. We've rented a house at the beach for a year - leaving a life-long life for most of us in Columbus, Ohio. Were we all nervous as we drove across the country wagon-train style, Oreo the mutt included? Sure. Is it still different, strange, exciting, beautiful, and surreal? Yep.

Before I left for the "adventure" one of my best friends gave me an anagram she created when her family moved to South America for a year. I realize Southern California isn't a foreign country - but when you've arrived from the heartland, some things are very different. So, whether you're facing change in your business, or in your life in general, perhaps these FACTS can help you, too!

F for flexibility, both mentally and emotionally, to go where the culture takes you

A for adventurous - take chances. Try new foods, new ways of doing things.

C for calm and courteous. Listen and learn.

T tolereance . Not only accept the differences, embrace them.

S for sensitivity. Develop the consciousness and awareness to live with contentment in new circumstances.

Just the FACTS, ma'am!