Life Transitions

Posts in the ‘Life Transitions’ category

Defining Steps to Navigate the Holidays

When we enter the holiday season, many families experience conflict when they face the, sometimes dreaded, question, “Where will we spend the holidays?” You may experience a lot of extended-family conflict answering this question if your relationships do not occupy the appropriate space. In 1966, Edward T. Hall developed the theory of proxemics, which is […]

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Navigating Family Stress over the Holidays

During a recent conversation with Katherine Hill, creative director for The Bearing LifeÒ Podcast and the DJS brand, we discussed wrapping up Season 2 and how best to share helpful information for the holidays. As we talked about the challenges of navigating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year celebrations, etc. we laughed about various challenges […]

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Building New Relationships After Adoption

In honor of National Adoption Month, I shared a special podcast conversation and story this week. Maggie joined me on The Bearing Life® Podcast to tell us her story and to provide insight for other adopted children beginning a relationship with their biological family. Guidelines for building relationships after adoption 1.      Establish boundaries for communication. Maggie […]

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Adoption and the Meaning of Family

When I share about my infertility and involuntary childlessness through speaking events or one on one conversations, I often hear a follow-up question asking why I didn’t adopt a child. For most of my life, I wanted a house full of kids (similar to the Brady Bunch)! Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, adoption […]

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The Reality of Others’ Special Circumstances

I’ve watched my niece, Kristen, climb what seems to be insurmountable mountains for twenty-three years as she and her husband advocate and care for their intellectually disabled son. Jason brings joy and light to our family and we treasure his presence in our lives. His life also bears witness to the beauty of a loving […]

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Unexpected Joy Around Life’s Bends

The off-roading adventure with out-of-town visitors quickly turned into a glorious Fall surprise. After turning off the main road we approached the journey ahead with anticipation and a little trepidation. Carefully making our way over the rocks we continued down the road, got to the bend, and came upon the blaze of aspen trees. The […]

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Reasonable Responses

Are you feeling overwhelmed by social media? This week we unpack how we engage online and how we can make a positive impact on those around us.

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Reviving Thankfuldays

Eight years ago, I wanted to quit social media. During the Presidential campaign that year, I became quite disheartened by posts and commentary on all sides. The day I logged on to delete accounts, I felt inspired to do something to counter all of the negativity instead of running away. That began my 2012 Thankfulness […]

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