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Wednesday, February 19

Brookdale Newsroom

New York Times Best Selling Author Shares Secrets on How to Adapt to Change

Imagine having to pack up your belongings, move to an unfamiliar part of country, and restart your life. Unsettling, right? Pamela Redmon Satran, a New York Times best-selling author and columnist for multiple print publications, shared how she faced an enormous change in her life, but was inspired to find her passion at a professional development luncheon held on May 30.

Satran explained that her husband received a new, well-paid employment position in California which meant moving to across the country, and leaving behind her friends, only surviving sibling, and her hometown of Montclair, NJ. She choose to support her husband by moving with him, but was left with feelings of isolation and loneliness that resulted from not having friends nearby, or a daily routine to help her adjust to her new environment.

“The significant turn of events in this specific situation is called expansion change, a term used to describe big changes that occur in our lives, such as moving, or the losing a loved one. The opposite of this is called contraction change, or small changes such as a new hairstyle or nail polish color.” She went on to explain that it is important to know what kind of change we are dealing with in order to know how to handle it.

In order to control the anxieties that expansion change imposed on her, Satron chose to turn her focus to her passion of writing. She started her writing career in her fifties, by taking writing classes and joining writing groups, proving that it is never too late to follow your dreams. Although her husband decided that he wasn’t thrilled with his position and the couple packed up again and moved back to Montclair, Satron’s passion for writing was still strong, and after returning to her hometown, she published a book titled The Man I Chose to Marry. Satron has turned her passion into a successful career, and is now a columnist for Glamour magazine. She has also written more than 18 novels.

“Learn to become enthusiastic about change,” was the persuasive message that Satron told her Brookdale audience. She went on to encourage the attendants by stating, “One change can lead to another and cause you to be open to opportunities you never knew existed.”

This event was put together by the Professional Development Committee of Governance. For more information on this event, contact Marianne Drake mdrake@brookdalecc.edu or ljohnson@brookdalecc.edu

Caption for above photo: Lynn Johnson (left) and Marianne Drake (right) are co- coordinators of the event Change! How to Keep Your Sanity and Sense of Humor in a Changing Organization, featuring New York Best Selling Author Pamela Redmon Satran (center).

Simon says touch your nose! During her presentation Pamela Redmond Satran asked participants to step out of their comfort zone and participate in a game of Simon Says. She explained that the popular childhood game tests the ability to shift your focus of attention, changing quickly from one command to another, without becoming frustrated. The exercise allowed attendees to guage their tolerance level for change, and see how quickly they can adapt.

Simon says touch your nose! During her presentation Pamela Redmond Satran asked participants to step out of their comfort zone and participate in a game of Simon Says. She explained that the popular childhood game tests the ability to shift your focus of attention, changing quickly from one command to another, without becoming frustrated. The exercise allowed attendees to gauge their tolerance level for change, and see how quickly they can adapt.