When Linda (name changed) passed away, she left behind her an extraordinary life. Orphaned at 13, as an adult she qualified and worked as a social worker. Then she married, got divorced, dropped everything and became a lawyer.

 

But law didn’t suit her so she moved into acting and then stand-up comedy. After 15 years on the stage she made another change and became a medium. Later in life she took a CELTA course and became an English teacher, not before an attempt or five at writing a novel and learning to play the ukulele.

 

She showed that through drive, willpower and a determination to succeed, she was able to change. She wasn’t making small amendments to her life, but large-scale transformations that for better or worse made the impossible possible. Life for her was full of infinite possibilities.

 

She was and is an inspiration.

 

New Year’s resolutions are fine things. The concept tells us that in our lives there is always something that can be done better. But they are also there to be broken.

 

The stories in this series are of people who have made substantial life changes. Whether it’s a change in career, getting healthy or changing their lifestyle, these people have shown that resolutions are not there to be broken, but to be kept.

 

With the Western New Year followed closely by Tet, this is a time when people look back over the past 12 months and look forward. What was good, what can be done better, what dreams do we have for the future, how can we make these dreams happen?

 

We hope these stories inspire you to make positive change as much as they have inspired us.

 

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To see the rest of these stories, of people who have made substantial personal change, click on the following links:

 

Todd Gilmore, The Triathlete

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/todd-gilmore

 

Sophie Pham, The Introvert

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/sophie-pham

 

Ha Minh, The Woman

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/ha-minh

 

Laura Sheehan, The Mentor

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/laura-sheehan

 

Robin Babu, The Fitness Dude

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/robin-babu

 

Sheereen Amran, The Pastry Chef

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/sheereen-amran

 

Mitch Brookman, The Hairdresser

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/mitch-brookman

 

To see some ideas for personal change, please click on the following links:

 

Learning Vietnamese

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/learning-vietnamese

 

Get Into Stand-Up Comedy

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/get-into-stand-up-comedy

 

Take Art Classes

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/take-art-classes

 

Get Professional Help

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/get-professional-help

 

Get Healthy

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/get-healthy

 

Nutrition and Vietnamese Food

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/all-about-balance

 

The Power of Habit

http://wordvietnam.com/people-culture/the-big-story/the-power-of-habit

 

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