August 2022

It’s back to school time and the season is changing. Now is the time to check-in with yourself to see how you are feeling about being an empty nester. Or how the approaching holidays will be with family, friends and stress. Maybe you want to discuss going back to school yourself or getting a job now that the baby is in first grade. Talking about it will give it the scknowledgement it needs to become a reality.

I am hoping that this change of season brings us to the end of an amazing adventure and the start of our next one.

As some of you may remember, we were living in Florida and decided to move back to NH. We were invited to live on the farm with our son and his family, and spent last summer in the camper, waiting for our new house to be built. We spent the winter in NC with our daughter and granddaughter as the house was not ready, (and camper living in the winter is my idea of nothing!)

In May, we returned to NH-still no house-and stayed with family in Bethlehem. In August, we moved in with our son and family expecting the house to be finished within a few weeks.

And here we are. WAITING. The lack of workers and supplies has hindered every part of the finish.

I am thankful for the love and graciousness of family and very grateful for the skills coaching has given me to be accepting of what I can’t control.

I acknowledge my feelings and allow the “lizard brain” to warn me of danger. I assure her that we are safe.

The best part of this adventure? I get to share my story with others.

Life is like picking raspberries; thorns stand in the way of the best fruit, but if you wear long sleeves, you are protected.

My ‘Long sleeves” are being able to know my body and when I am safe.

May this change of season be the start of your next adventure!

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