Happy New Year - New Year, New Instagram

I wanted to thank each of you for taking the time over the past year to read my latest blogs. With so much noise competing for your attention, I want you to know how much I appreciate you being in this space!

While I have enjoyed writing my blogs (and hope you have enjoyed reading them), I’ve recently discovered something that has really peaked my interest, micro-blogging on Instagram.

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Human Being or Human Doing?

It’s here…

The holiday season has quickly come around. It’s the season of way too much stress, spending that can easily get out of control, and maybe a few too many holiday cocktails.  :)

But it’s also filled with lots of delicious food, beautiful decorations, and reconnecting and making memories with family and friends.    

Going into the holidays, I always have this grand plan to finish all my shopping by Thanksgiving. I’ve yet to see that happen. It’s easy to get derailed by life swirling all around me.

I may not be able to slow down time, but I can choose how I relate to it.

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You. Are. Enough.

Recently something happened that challenged me to question if I’m as accepting as I believe I am.

With my new empty nest, I joined my husband on a business trip to Florida. While there, we took the time to head to the beach while visiting family on the Gulf Coast.

After taking a stroll on the beach, we plopped ourselves on the sand to do one our favorite activities…people watching. I don’t know about you, but I could spend hours watching people.

As we’re sitting there watching people of all shapes and sizes walk by, I casually said “I’m surprised that some people wear what they do.”

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It's Finally Here!

It’s been a long time in the making, but I’m excited to share with you that my website has been updated. Not a major rewrite, just some needed enhancements.

Updating the website was not an easy process for me.  How did I want it to look?  What was I going to say?  What’s the best way to show up as myself?  How can I show my playful side?

So many things to think about and that doesn’t even include the ever important…what to wear!  :)

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I Would Like To Give You Permission

Recently, I was talking to one of my closest friends and the topic of wanting more in our lives came up. She shared with me how she really wanted more out of her life, but felt ashamed with her desire for more. 

From the outside, her life looked really good. She was in a supportive marriage, she was financially secure, and all of her basic needs were taken care of.

Yet she still had this desire for something more. It was a yearning that was becoming stronger and stronger, but she kept telling herself that she “should” be happy with her life as it is.

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Things Are Not Always As They Appear

It happened again…

You may be wondering what “it” is, so let me fill you in.

My family has experienced the last of our four transitions in what I’m calling “The Season of Transition”. That’s a season, right?

With two graduations and one wedding behind us, I was preparing myself for what I knew would be my hardest challenge…saying goodbye to my youngest, my “baby”, as he went off to college.

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The Art of Letting Go

I’m done…
 
Maybe you are too.
 
Let me share what happened to see if you can relate.
 
I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by lots of clutter in my life. The physical, emotional, and digital clutter is weighing me down.

I try to let go of the clutter often (I’ve even written about clearing out the emotional clutter before.) But I find that many times it’s just easier to hold onto it.
 
Or is it?

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How Taking Imperfect Action Can Lead To A More Meaningful Life

Raise your hand if you’re someone who likes things to be within your control. Don’t be shy…I know my hand is fully raised in the air.

Don’t worry…I’m not going to call you a control freak or anything remotely close to that. Let’s just say you have a clear vision of how you like things to turn out. Sounds much better, right?

As much as you may want to have control of the situation, the truth is you’re only in control of yourself. If you have kids, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

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Two Graduations, a Wedding, and Beyond...

I’m finally sitting down to write my latest blog post. I’ve known what I’m going to write about for weeks, but life kept getting in the way.

The intention to write was there, just no follow through. In the past, I would have thought negatively about my struggles to finish but not anymore!

I know the next two months will see lots of change for my family. Some days, I just want to slow down time. It feels like life is coming at me too quickly.

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The Empty Nest Project

Are you an empty nester, on your way to becoming an empty nester, or know someone who is an empty nester?

If so, I wanted to share an exciting opportunity that I created for you.

I have created a new pilot program called The Empty Nest Project, where I will work with women just like you who are ready to figure out who they are beyond being a mom, and finally get around to doing what they want to be doing.

Does this feel like something you’re ready for?

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Ready To Take Off Your Mask?

Happy New Year! 

What does starting a new year look like for you?  Are creating resolutions important to you, or do you feel they only bring you guilt when you don’t stick to them?

I have made many resolutions, I have broken many resolutions, but what I have found works best for me is to remember each day is a fresh start.  If you want to take it one step further, each minute is a fresh start.  You get the idea! 

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Let's Do This Together

Remember when you were preparing for the birth of your first child and went into the nesting phase?  It may have been a short phase but you wanted everything to be just right for the new addition to your family…getting the nursery ready, washing the new baby clothes (they were so tiny, right?), and preparing yourself for what you imagined being a mama was all about.     

Flash forward eighteen years, and now you find yourself seeing the nest empty out (if it hasn’t already), and you wonder where time went.  Everyone always told you not to blink but, you really didn’t fully get it until they left actually the nest!

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Ready For More Freedom In Your Life?

Remember when you were young and most decisions in your life were made for you?

Someone in your life decided what you would wear, where you would go to school and possibly who some of your early friends were. 

Yep, I remember the oh so itchy polyester dress that my mother made just for me! 

So here you are now smack in the middle of adulthood, and you have the freedom to make all of these decisions for yourself. 

Exciting and possibly overwhelming at the same time, right?

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Come Join Us For The Fun!

How often do you put so much focus on the small stuff that you miss the point of living? You’re so involved in the details that you don’t see the bigger picture? 

Maybe you were trying to plan a celebration, some time with your kids, or a vacation you would always remember. 

I found myself in this situation recently when I was creating my Facebook group, Time for You with Anne Eppley. My intention with starting this group was to create a community of women to come together for support, inspiration, and fun.

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The Power Of The Word “Yet”

When was the last time you took on something you had never done before with gusto? 

Maybe some great idea you had been mulling around in your mind or some spur of the moment big idea?

How did it turn out for you? Did you have trouble tackling this new unknown?

It’s so easy to make the “unknown” much bigger than it needs to be. I have no doubt you know what I’m talking about here!

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Allowing Yourself To Detach – How To Lose Control

Do you find yourself trying to control every situation with a certain expected outcome in your mind?

You don’t consider yourself a control freak but you do like things in your life to have a sense of order to them.   It’s easy to justify knowing that for the most part, it works well for you.  Until it doesn’t!

Can you remember a time when you wanted things to go according to plan, but there was no way it was going to happen?

It’s so easy to become attached to the expected outcome or end goal that it can rock our world when it turns out differently.

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Receiving Is The Gift You Give Yourself

If you have any kids in your life, you know how much kids love receiving. All you have to do is look at their smiling faces and see the excitement that celebrating a birthday brings. 

What’s so great about kids (especially younger ones) is that they are living in the present moment and are not questioning whether or not they are worthy enough to receive. 

It’s all about the excitement of living in the moment and receiving is just part of that. Gotta love that!

What comes up for you when you think about receiving?

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Journey To Discovering Your Inner Meaning

Imagine waking up each day to a life surrounded by all the people and things you love. 

You did not find yourself here overnight but through many conscious decisions you made to live a more meaningful life. 

Maybe these decisions were a long time in the making but you can’t imagine life being any other way!

You knew things had to change when you became aware that each day began to look like the next. With that awareness, you could see what was most important to you was getting the least amount of attention.

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Take A Page From Elsa

Waking up this morning to a winter wonderland was nothing but magical.  The wet snow clinging to the branches of the trees before making its descent to the ground was awe-inspiring.

Seeing the snow clinging to the trees had me wondering where in your life might you be clinging to something that no longer adds to your life in any way?  It could be a relationship that no longer brings you joy, a belief system that needs updating or letting go of expectations you place on yourself and others. 

Holding onto things that no longer serve you can be life draining.  Living from this place keeps you from experiencing life to it’s fullest. 

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