In the blink of an eye we have been ushered into the year 2016, but I don’t want to go into the New Year without taking a moment to reflect on how I’ve grown and what I learned in 2015.
This has definitely been a year of transitions for me. I started the process of wrapping my head around the empty nest after my first child left home. Now, I am enjoying every last moment of my daughter’s final year at home before she also leaves home for college next Fall.
I guess the biggest theme for this last year would be “Change and Challenges.” As the dynamics of my little family began to change, I realized how much I needed new challenges and opportunities to grow past this stage in my life.
Change is an inevitable part of the human experience. But, how we respond to change is entirely up to us! We’ve all heard the saying “change is hard,” but we shouldn’t take that as a license to stay stuck in the same position; especially when everything around us continues to move on with us or without us.
One of the most frustrating things about mourning my son’s absence was that I had absolutely no control over what he did. He was carving out a new life for himself and I had to trust that the 18 years of love and care I had poured into him would help him make the right decisions. But I wasn’t going to be able to make those decisions for him.
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