The beginning has been difficult; the next chapter will be better. A client I was counseling referred to a serious health condition as ‘my greatest teacher’. The diagnosis of illness motivated her to quit her 60+ hours corporate job to pursue her goal as a writer. She began attending retreats with other women in a similar position and has become an avid spokeswoman for early detection and an active advocate for early detection and prevention of cancer. Meeting and talking to this woman inspired me to take stock of my life and begin celebrating my accomplishments,instead of regretting what I haven’t done. The obstacles and problems I have encountered are simply signals for what needs changing. Without change we stagnate. The difficulties I have experienced recently are teachers to show me what I no longer need. Motivation and faith can help me to make the changes necessary for the next 30 years in my life.