Seasons of Change and Transformation


Pam Drzewiecki


As March unfolds, ushering in the transition from the frosty grip of winter to the gentle bloom of spring, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment of change and renewal. It’s a time when the earth shakes off its icy slumber, and we, too, are called to shed the weight of the past and embrace the promise of new beginnings.

During this seasonal shift, it’s only fitting that we take a moment to reflect on our own journey—the paths we’ve traveled, the obstacles we’ve overcome, and the dreams that still beckon on the horizon. March is a gentle reminder to pause, regroup, and realign our intentions with our deepest desires.

Don’t you love it when the first sign of Spring happens? You can hear the birds chirping, and the crocus is popping up. In my area, the bears are getting in the garbage, the deer are in the woods, and the bobcats are in the backyard. It is beautiful. 

One aspect of life that often remains shrouded in silence is the experience of menopause. It is definitely a very long season for us. Despite affecting millions of women worldwide, menopause is often met with discomfort or outright avoidance in conversations. However, within the Purpose Den, we recently hosted a Master Class led by Alison Bladh, shedding light on this transformative phase of life.

Menopause is a multifaceted journey marked by distinct stages, each characterized by its own set of physiological and psychological changes. The first stage, known as perimenopause, typically begins in a woman’s 40s and is characterized by irregular menstrual cycles and fluctuating hormone levels. This transitional phase can last for several years, during which women may experience symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. As hormone levels decline further, women enter the second stage, known as menopause, marked by the cessation of menstruation for at least 12 consecutive months. I know I went all the way to 11 months and it came back so the clock started again. Frustrating but it is part of living life. But when you do reach it,  this milestone signifies the end of the reproductive years (I am sorry if this part is a bit personal but so true) and brings about a myriad of changes, including vaginal dryness, decreased libido, and bone density loss. 

Finally, postmenopause denotes the stage following menopause, during which hormone levels stabilize, and many menopausal symptoms diminish. However, long-term health concerns such as osteoporosis and heart disease may become more prominent. Understanding and navigating these stages with awareness, support, and proactive self-care can empower women to embrace the menopause as a natural and transformative phase of life.

During the Purpose Den Master Class and discussions around this topic, three fundamental pillars emerged: knowledge, awareness, and self-care. These pillars illuminate the path through menopause and offer guidance for navigating any period of transition with grace and resilience.


The journey through menopause can be filled with uncertainty and confusion. By arming ourselves with knowledge about the physical, emotional, and hormonal changes associated with menopause, we empower ourselves to navigate this transition confidently. Menopause is not just about the cessation of menstruation; it encompasses a range of symptoms, including hot flashes, mood swings, changes in libido, and sleep disturbances. Understanding these changes and their potential impact on our bodies and minds allows us to seek appropriate support and interventions. Consulting with healthcare professionals and staying informed about treatment options, including hormone replacement therapy, lifestyle modifications, and alternative therapies, empowers us to make informed decisions about our health and well-being.


Menopause is a deeply personal journey, and tuning into our bodies’ signals is essential. Cultivate awareness of your physical and emotional state, honoring the changes as they arise. Beyond menopause, women in midlife may also experience shifts in identity, purpose, and relationships. The empty nest syndrome, caregiving responsibilities for aging parents, career transitions, and existential questioning are common themes during this phase of life. These changes can evoke a range of emotions, from excitement and liberation to fear and uncertainty. By embracing awareness, we deepen our connection to ourselves and gain insight into our evolving needs and priorities. Journaling, therapy, and support groups provide valuable outlets for processing emotions and gaining perspective during change.


During the whirlwind of change, prioritize self-care as a non-negotiable aspect of your routine. Nourish your body with wholesome foods, engage in regular exercise that brings you joy, and prioritize rest and relaxation. Menopause and midlife transitions can be physically and emotionally taxing, making self-care practices essential for maintaining balance and vitality. 

The pillars of knowledge, awareness, and self-care emerged as crucial tools for navigating menopause and other life transitions with resilience. Knowledge provides an understanding of changes, awareness deepens the connection to oneself, and self-care promotes holistic well-being. Together, these pillars illuminate the path forward, empowering individuals to navigate transitions with confidence and grace.

Take time for activities that replenish your spirit, whether in nature, pursuing creative hobbies, or practicing mindfulness meditation. For me, it is walking, being with my family, preparing healthy meals, prayer time, my church, and faith. 

Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends and loved ones who uplift and encourage you. Additionally, consider incorporating practices that elevate you into your self-care regimen. Addressing physical and emotional well-being will create a well-rounded plan for living. 

As we welcome spring blossoming, let us embrace the spirit of change with open arms. Let us honor the wisdom of our bodies, the resilience of our spirits, and the boundless potential that lies within. And as we navigate the seasons of life, may we do so with courage, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to our own well-being.I am Pam Drzewiecki, your life and business coach. I help women navigate and create a life they truly thrive in. Reach out, and let’s chat about what is on your mind.

2 thoughts on “Seasons of Change and Transformation”

  1. Beautifully written, Pam. I am a Wellbeing Coach focusing on Mindful practices for renewal and transformation. You have a lovely gift of sharing your wisdom through your written words.
    I am happy to be included in your monthly email, and your mission is simply beautiful and concise:
    Empowering Women, Enriching Lives.

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