Welcome to a new year! In this episode, we talk all about “ch ch ch changes…” (David Bowie anyone?) Changes can be scary; however, they can be a great thing and we share our opinions about it all.
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to keep something up
to steer clear
to embrace something
stubborn as a mule
to be over something
Language Focus: Expressions, Idioms, & Quotes related to change
All of these quotes are related to change, embracing new opportunities or making a difference
to open a new door: to provide new opportunities
to see things in a different light: to change the way you look at and understand something; to look at something with a different perspective/view
a change is as good as a rest: doing something new is as good as resting; a change can provide as much benefit as rest/relaxation
to change with the times: to keep current with new changes and developments
a fork in the road: a point in your life where 2 (or more) options are available and a decision must be made
when one door closes another one opens: when one situation/life/thing ends, this end can create a new opportunity
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get where you’ve always gotten” - Tony Robbins
This quote means that if you do the same things you have done in the past then you will not move forward, or achieve anything different. In order to see progress and change, you must do something new or different.
Idioms and Expressions
to do something at the drop of a hat: to do something spontaneously or without thinking too much
to get/be stuck/set in one’s ways: to do something in the same way that you’ve always done (to not change one’s way of behaving or thinking)
to have a word with someone: to speak with someone (often privately)
to look on the bright side of life: to look at the good or the positive things in life, rather than the bad
to push someone’s buttons: to behave in a way that deliberately annoys someone; to do something that purposely bothers someone
to be infected with the travel bug: to get the very strong desire to travel
to be at a loose end: to have nothing to do
one thing rolls into another: one things causes or immediately leads to something else
We want to hear from you!
Tell us about what you think of changes, do you like change or not?
Additionally you can answer the following question:
What's the biggest decision you made that changed your life?
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