Welcome to the Small Jar Podcast, where we explore how to intentionally design the life that you want in the space between motherhood and the empty nest.
23. Reframing the Side Hustle
It's not just about the money. The "side hustle" is an incredible opportunity to pursue something you are really passionate about.
As we contemplate the empty nest, so often we rush to fill our time so that we don't feel so...Empty. Stuck. Bored. Frustrated. Resentful.
But have you considered that the possibilities in front of you are infinite? It's not just about getting a job. Or changing jobs.
In this episode we explore how opening your mind up to the possibilities of your life may unveil the dream you have not been allowing yourself to consider.
22. College Move-In Day
It doesn’t matter if the college drop off will happen in a few weeks or a few years….it doesn’t matter if it’s your oldest or your youngest…there is something about the college move-in day that can fill us—as mothers—with absolute dread.
As you imagine standing on the green, about to say goodbye. What comes up for you? Most likely pride, love and excitement. But also potentially overwhelm, anxiety, and sadness. In this episode we explore the many emotions that challenge us as we think about the day we leave our child at college.
21. Peace & Loneliness in the Empty Nest
So often over the past 17+ years, I have longed for more peace in my life. There is something about having children that makes you wonder what you even spent your time doing before you had kids. Given how overwhelming and busy our lives have been for the past 15, 20, 30 years of raising kids…one would think that we would fully embrace the moment when circumstances of our lives became still and we could breathe. But then…there is the reality of the day when your kids are no longer at home. And suddenly we feel lost...listless....empty...lonely. In this episode we explore all of the ways we can feel lonely during this transition...and how we can make peace with the loneliness of the empty nest.
20. Job Satisfaction
As our children grow up and leave the nest, we have an opportunity to re-focus on our professional careers. But when we think about job satisfaction, we tend to focus more on what we don't like about particular jobs rather than really taking a step back to understand what job satisfaction really means for us. In this episode, we take a look at how to create job satisfaction for ourselves--and perhaps even more important, how to create opportunities for personal growth and emotional well-being, no matter the circumstances of your job.
19. Fear of What Ifs
When it comes to our children...the people we love...we often can’t help ourselves but think endlessly of all of the terrible things that might happen. The What Ifs. As our children become adults, we have less ability to protect them from the dangers out there waiting for them. So we imagine these dangers and bring the PAIN of that projected danger into our present moment. In this episode, we talk about why our minds think this worry is so important, and how we can begin to see the "What If" mind for what it is....and let go of some of the pain of it right now.
18. Finding Love
Whether you are already in a relationship, wondering whether you should stay in a relationship, or looking for love…this one’s for you.
How do you find love?
Here's the thing about love…we’re frequently looking for somebody else to create the feeling of love for us.
But if somebody else is responsible for how I feel, that’s a pretty helpless and powerless place to be. And I think that’s why love can be so painful so much of the time. Because if we don’t receive love in the way we want to receive it, or if somebody does things that don’t align with what we would interpret as loving, then WE don’t get to feel any love.
In this episode we explore the experience of love...what it feels like, what it creates us....and how we can create more of it in our lives...on our terms.