Life Transitions

Posts in the ‘Life Transitions’ category

Love’s Lasting Legacy

The carved heart in the small aspen trunk fascinated me. Who carved it and why? I knew a little about the former homeowner, but since she had long since passed on, there was no one to ask. So my busy mind created lots of different scenarios about the who and why of this sign of […]

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Overstuffed & Re-evaluating

The image of carrying luggage—heavy luggage—sticks out most to me as an appropriate metaphor for the transition from 2020 to 2021. We’ve all talked about and heard how 2020 felt wearying and overwhelming. We will most likely look back and see it as a significant year in our stories. How can we remove some of […]

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Pack Your Bag for 2021

I recently came across a picture of myself leaning against a brick column in a foreign train station–not in a looking-cool-hip-cosmopolitan-trendy-traveler-nonchalant kind of lean, but in a desperately-seeking-support-for-this-waaaaaaay-too-heavy-bag-hanging-on-my-back kind of lean. My large canvas suitcase with backpack straps hung on my back in between me and the lovely column. I can remember this moment when […]

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Lasting Joy in the Midst of Loss

Please welcome my friend, Jennifer Castro, our guest writer for today’s post. She shares her story about finding lasting joy in the midst of infertility and loss. I’m so grateful for her willingness to share her heart and encouragement during this Christmas season. *************************************** My husband and I met later in life.  I was 40 […]

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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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