Who Are You When You’re Not Being Someone’s Mom?

Did you recently trade your Mom label for that of Empty Nester?  When your babies were born, you envisioned the life you wanted for them.  You saw them being happy and successful.  You saw them accomplishing all the important milestones. You saw them going off to college one day and learning to be independent, successful adults who would make their mark on this world in some way.  Remember those days?

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Fast forward to today.  You just dropped off your youngest child, or perhaps your only child, at his new dorm and said goodbye with tears in your eyes.  Or maybe you hid those tears until you got far enough away that he couldn’t see you cry.  Memories come flooding back of all the times he needed you to be there for him.  The time he fell out of the tree and you nursed his cuts and Continue reading “Who Are You When You’re Not Being Someone’s Mom?”

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Why Can’t People Be More Like Me?

Have you ever experienced having someone upset with you and you had no idea what they were upset about?  I suspect it’s happened at least once.  It’s not a great feeling.  It can be confusing and it can cause further misunderstandings if you don’t take the time to dig into what’s really going on.

Why is that your responsibility you may ask.  It’s not.  But if you value the friendship, you may be able to help the other person communicate more effectively by pointing out that you were unaware of their need.  By taking that extra step you can help enrich the relationship.

Can you think of a time when you were in a similar situation but the roles were reversed?  Many women run into this and they have no idea why people are always disappointing them.  Why can’t that person, friend, partner, boss be more like me? Continue reading “Why Can’t People Be More Like Me?”

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How to Determine the Message in Resentment

Resentment is a tough emotion to deal with.  It can show up in all kinds of situations.  And sometimes when we least expect it, resentment can lead to actions we may not want to take.  As with all emotions, resentment is showing up to deliver a message.  What that message is for you is very personal and can only be decided by you.  If you’re not used to seeing your emotions as messengers, here’s a guide to help you get started. Continue reading “How to Determine the Message in Resentment”

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