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Friendship

I drove to Santa Barbara to be with my friend who I have known for twenty-five years. We don’t get enough face-to-face time because she no longer lives in California, as I do. Isn’t it the best knowing you are going to be with someone who gets you, who carries your HISTORY, who could care
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Mentoring

If you know me, you know I love mentoring. No one wants to develop his or her life without support. I have had help and am daily grateful. You know how you have an idea and you are flowing along and then you lose momentum? It happens. What I hope for you is that along
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Father’s Day

Adoption or birth of a child, fathers are ecstatic playing with their children. The love they give and receive changes them. Sure, you hear the stories of how they are showing up more by getting time off and taking it from work and how some are happily taking the role of care-taker as their wives
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Try Something You Don’t Typically Do

Change: I think women and men have lived with themselves long enough to know what they enjoy, what they are good at, and what people acknowledge about them. I wasn’t surprised when I asked the women to write a short response to those above questions and many felt stuck. They said, “I don’t know what
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Graduation

A major life transition is happening in May and June; high school, college, and grad school graduations. What I have been hearing from parents is how proud they are as their tears touch their face. They can’t believe they are viewing their child, grown, and crossing the stage to receive that diploma. For some families,
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I Can’t Shift Out of My Bad Mood

A group of fun women asked me, “What do you do when you are in a funk?” I replied, “I seek and see beauty. I feel best when I get out the door.” Last week I was feeling disappointed. I could not muster up forgiveness or compassion to shift my funk. No matter what I
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Confusion

My friend invited me to come join she and her six friends for a brunch at her house and lead a discussion about UNCERTAINTY. I began with a story about a woman I know. She wanted me to share this story, not her real name. Nicole has two children and lives solo. Actually, her husband
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Embarrassed

Can You Relate To This Story? “If I tell them that I feel anxious, I am afraid they won’t include me. It just seems easier to be in the cult of wellness that is talking about cycling, juicing with added turmeric, organic food, meditation, getting into nature. Right now I am going through BIG CHANGES
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It’s Just Not Working

One of my friends is a painter, the other a writer and one a geek, as she says. When we were at dinner, we talked about the chaos of the world, the frustration of people talking on their cell phones in restaurants, and hurt feelings. I also shared about my thinking about the life of
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Mother’s Day Is Over

Can you relate to this story? “We’re here, parking the car,” said the ringing text on my phone. Door opens and in walks my kids, dog, grocery bags, and presents for Mom. Honestly, I just want that hand-written love letter about what a great mom I am. Oh, I see the card. Yippee. Who doesn’t
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Questions I Have Been Asked This Year: Life in Transition

  Whether empty nest, divorce, new career, re-locating, illness, loss, grand parenting, friendship, etc., there were common questions asked in my groups, one on one and by my friends. I wonder if you can relate?   1. I have done all I can do to make this work and it isn’t. I feel frustrated, sad,
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Mothering

My GIFT from making the choice to MOTHER ANOTHER is, it took me out of my rapid MIND and into my wiser HEART. That is ongoing for me. My daughter is my teacher of what love IS and ISN’T. Love is complex, a mystery, and worth it. Mothering sits me in the unknown and invites
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Natalie Caine, M.A. natalie@lifeintransition.org | 10061 Riverside Dr., Suite 1002 Toluca Lake, CA 91602 | 800-446-3310