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In just the last two months, so much has changed for me. I chopped off my hair, I changed jobs, I had the honor of guest speaking at Portland State University, etc. etc. If there is one thing I can say about all this is that all of these recent events have changed my perspective on life once again (I say “once again” because people change about every three years and I believe it). I’m a believer in things happening for a reason whether they be good or bad, and I’m thankful these events and opportunities came my way at the right time.

この2ヶ月で、私の身の回りで色んな変化がありました。人生初めて髪の毛をピクシーカットにしたこと、新しい就職先で働き始めたこと、そして念願のポートランド州立大学のイベントでゲストスピーカーとしてパネルを発表したこと。他にも色々なことがありましたが、ひとつ言えるのはこの全ての出来事のお陰で私はまたステップアップでき、人生の見方もまた変わった気がします。生涯起きる事には意味があると信じているので、程よいタイミングで訪れた最近の出来事には本当に感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです。

 

3 Reasons Why Change Can Be Good For You

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3 Reasons Why Change Can Be Good For You

3 Reasons Why Change Can Be Good For You

Believe it or not, I used to despise change. Growing up, I’d dwell on what was and feel nostalgic and sometimes even sad when something enjoyable would come to an end. I also think that my reluctance to challenge myself and try new things is closely related to this. Fast forward to last year and wow, what a difference! I don’t mean to say that I’m Superwoman and I’m taking on all challenges coming my way, but knowing my personality, I know I’ve come a long way and I’ve learned to accept change much better than I did before.

信じがたいかもしれませんが、昔の自分は変化というものが嫌いでした。幼い頃は何か楽しいことや嬉しいことが過ぎてしまうと悲しくなったり、ノスタルジックになることが多かったです。それに加えて、新しいことにチャレンジするのも苦手だったので、幼少期はそれなりに苦労しました。そしてそこから一年ぐらい前に早送り。この一年ほどで沢山の新しいことにチャレンジ出来たし、常に変化が起こる毎日にも今までよりもっと上手に受け入れることができています。

With that said, here are 3 reasons why I think change is beneficial for you, too!

ということで、なぜ「変化」があなたにとっても有利か、理由を3つ紹介します:

  1. It’s a chance to get rid of the old. 必要ないものを手放す機会。It could a mundane routine, a job you don’t necessarily like, or people you’re not too fond of. There are times where you need to cut out what is holding you back from doing even more with your life.
  2. A change in environment allows you to gain new experiences and meet new people. 環境を変えると、新しい経験や人との出会いに恵まれるはず。I realized that quitting my previous job for my current one was one of the best things I did for myself. I now work for a PR company, and I know for a fact that I’m gaining new skills every day, and of course meeting new people depending on which projects or events I’m responsible for.
  3. It means you’re evolving into a newer, better version of yourself. より良い自分に変化しつつある。It doesn’t necessarily mean that every time change occurs in your life, it’s positive, but you can always learn something from your experiences. So whatever change comes your way, your a step closer to a better version of you.

 

3 Reasons Why Change Can Be Good For You3 Reasons Why Change Can Be Good For You

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3 Reasons Why Change Can Be Good For You3 Reasons Why Change Can Be Good For You

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Are You Am I top, Levi’s jeans (Urban Outfitters), Public Desire boots, Metrocity bag.

All photos by Tony Kavinsky

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This is such an inspirational post with beautiful photos! I definitely agree that change is such a good thing because it helps us become better people.

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I love your style and definitely agree that change is good although it is scary!

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Your pixie cut almost infected me to do the same style, in a good meaning of course!!
You look too great!

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Thank you!! it’s the best haircut decision I’ve ever made haha

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I’ve always been fond of your way of thinking and your perspective on life, Samantha. Whether it’s been ups or downs, you have grown and learnt so much and as a reader of your blog, so have I. I have learned what it’s be part of the high life in Tokyo, to the not so good days when confusion and anxiety takes over and then back to the top again with amazing achievements in all areas of life. You’re a champion, a role model and someone I truly look up to. I love your new look by the way. To me it’s new as I haven’t in the blogging world for a while even though you did chop the hair a while ago. 🙂 Just stay the way you are, despite the changes (somewhat contradictory, I know, but I hope you know what I mean). xx

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Aw, thanks so much Thomas! Same you to you, you keep on doing you <3

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i couldn’t agree more babe! lots of changes for me too and i believe it is these changes that really help us grow and become who we are. great post and love your photos as always! xo, sharon

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I couldn’t agree with you more! I actually experienced a lot of changes within the past year and it was a struggle to be honest. I usually don’t like change either but as I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that change IS good! It allows you to grow and even though it may feel uncomfortable, when you look back you realize that it was necessary! Can’t wait to see what other changes come your way 🙂

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Exactly! And as you experience more change, you get better at adapting to them. I’m sure traveling to some of the places you did this year have contributed to that too:)

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Yes, i would totally agree, one of my favorite phrase that i live by is “change is inevitable but growth is optional’

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I’ve been dreaming about change lately. I want to cut my hair and just revamp my wardrobe and I think it will be good for me to do so. You’ve inspired me to welcome change!! I’m all for it!

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Yes girl! Preach!! I totally agree with you babe, change is good Sometimes it’s hard but it’s good! Your hair looks SO good!!

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Love your short hair. It really suits you!
I think change is always for the better even though in the moment we might not think so.

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I love your forward thinking on changes. Most people are afraid or uncomfortable because they are so used to their norm. I agree that changes can be good, it shakes up your life and gives you a chance of getting rid of things that you no longer need. I’m loving the new shorter do on you, its very edgy and fierce.

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Can’t get over your stunning hair! How gorgeous does it look?
And yes, changes… I get so excited about changes whilst many others are so scared of them. Life needs variety and it can come in all shapes and sizes. It’s what makes us grow!

Tatyana x
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Awesome pictures I’m think we must change always. I don’t like the usual things or lifestyle. I need some spice and pepper in my life 🙂
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Yes change can be frustrating and scary but it can also be exciting and inspiring. But what has not changed is your wonderful content and gorgeous photography and style. Love the new hair BTW.

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まりこさんの素敵なチャレンジに元気が出てきます♡
素敵な言葉もたくさんありがとう。
東京は梅雨で体がむくんで辛いけど、カリフォルニアの青い空を見るとパワーがみなぎってきました!

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