I’ve always been the kind of person who craves change. I’m not content with a static lifestyle and have never been afraid to alter the things that bore me or make me unhappy.

But the older I get, the harder it is for me to adapt to changes that are forced upon me. I’m not just talking about big changes. I dread even the smallest changes in my routine.

For example, this weekend my husband and I have a family party to attend in San Antonio. A cousin I have not seen in many years will be in town and she wants everyone to meet her new husband. Sounds like fun, and I’m sure it will be. But the closer we get to the weekend, the more nervous I become. A small part of me is starting to dread the trip south.

This morning I gave myself a pep talk: “You don’t have to go. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. Stop worrying about it.”

I’m sure we will attend the party, and I’ll have a great time. But I’ll be stressing about it until the moment we arrive.

Speaking of changes, you may have noticed something different about the Harker Heights Herald this week. Our parent newspaper, the Killeen Daily Herald, launched a redesign on Sunday and now it’s our turn.

I really like our new design. We consider it to be just an enhanced version of the former look, but we have made a few changes. We’re using a different font for headlines and our photo boxes no longer have borders. We moved our front page side rail from the left to the right, our Community page is now called Community Life and the Opinion page looks a little different.

Other than that, everything is pretty much the same. But if you’re like me and dislike having change thrust upon you, these small differences might seem huge. I just want you to know I understand.

I also understand that while some changes in life are painful, they are often necessary. If we can make it through all the uncomfortable feelings, the end results of those changes are well worth the discomfort.

I believe a good newspaper should be a true reflection of the area it covers. Every issue should tell a complete story about the community. Here at the Harker Heights Herald, we are dedicated to doing just that.

We’ve been working hard to give Harker Heights the best possible news coverage, with more photos, videos and stories featuring the very people at the heart of the community. Our new design is just further proof of our continued desire to represent Harker Heights in the best possible way.

If you like the changes we’ve made, please let us know. If you don’t like the changes, we want to hear from you, too. This is your newspaper, after all, and we want you to keep reading it every week.

In the meantime, I’ll be psyching myself up for the family party.

Contact Kristi Johnson at kristij@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7548

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