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Empty Nesting Season: Letting Go As You Redefine Parenthood

The summer of 2012. That’s when my only child left for college. And that’s the year I began dealing with empty nest and letting go. What a difference six years can make. I’d almost forgotten this past week was the beginning of the school year. I was headed to work and in a hurry....

090 SelfWork: Living Through the Unthinkable Death of A Child

“You know the second that it happens, you feel your heart rip open and you know that everything’s changed and you’re just never the same again. And so… we call it a rebuilding. You spend your time rebuilding your life after the death of your child because the life you knew...

Catching Your Perfectionism and Shame — The Art of Mindfulness

There’s a lot of talk these days about mindfulness. What exactly is mindfulness and how can being mindful help someone catch their perfectionism and shame? A lot of folks hear the word “mindfulness” and immediately think that it’s some weird, new age-y thing. It’s not...

089 SelfWork: How To Let Go and Fill Your Empty Nest

The empty nest. It’s what some parents dread while others are counting down the days. This podcast is definitely for that first group and might give some good ideas to those that are delighting in their new freedoms. Learning new purpose, finding a fresh passion, letting go and realizing you...

088 SelfWork: How to Handle the Loneliness of Grief and Loss

I’ve never talked to anyone who was dealing with grief and loss that didn’t feel lonely in that grief. Whether it’s a death, an illness, divorce, coping with the drug addiction of a loved one, whether it’s sudden or long-lived loss, you’re walking much of that path by yourself,...

How to Be Your Best Self During A Divorce

What’s a “good” divorce? Some might say it’s one that never happens. But it’s likely that, if you stay in your “best self,” even as you divorce, you and your children will benefit.  Many of us get divorced. Sometimes the choice to divorce is mutual, and sometimes, it very...

When Are You Old?

When people around my grandmother would begin talking about how hard getting older was, she’d usually pipe up and say, “When I consider the alternative..,” her eyes twinkling a bit. Things are happening that make me more aware of getting older. For the first time the other day, I...

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