Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 19: Let’s Talk about Extracurriculars

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 
I am unbelievably excited to have Carolyn Allison Caplan AKA Admissions Mom as a guest on my episode, today. Honestly, I could have spoken with Carolyn for hours, but, alas, I had to return to work from my lunch break.  But, no worries, we already discussed having her back on the podcast. Yay! 
 
In this episode, we chat about those extracurricular activities that are so necessary for a college application. Carolyn’s viewpoint is one that I adore, and her heart for the students she assists is evident and infectious. Seriously, take a look at the karma this amazing lady has on Reddit! Good stuff!
 
Whether you have a kiddo heading off to college in the next few years or not, there are tremendous nuggets of wisdom in this conversation with Carolyn. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed chatting with her (look at that screenshot)! As always, thanks for listening!
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • How important extracurricular activities are in the college admission process.
  • Is there a magic number of extracurricular activities?
  • Is there such a thing as too many extracurricular activities? 
  • Should I, as a mother, be concerned about my child’s lack of participation in school activities?
  • The importance of leadership in your own life.
  • Carolyn’s Star Shaped Philosophy
  • Great Community extracurricular activity suggestions.
  • How awesome Houston’s weather is most of the year
  • And more!

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Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Did AdmissonsMom give you a new perspective on extracurriculars? 
  2. How do you feel about extracurriculars? 

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.

Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 18: How to Get Rid of Guilt

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 
Mom guilt. Why is this even a thing? What does it do other than to make mom miserable? Let’s work on removing guilt from our lives. 
 
Take a listen, or read the transcript, below.
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • Who really makes you feel guilty.
  • How to get rid of your guilty feelings.

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Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Do you have mom guilt?
  2. Is there something you want to do but you are afraid you’ll feel guilty about doing ?

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.

Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 17: Green Popsicle Stick

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 
This episode has taken more energy than most others!
 
It took me weeks to gather my thoughts and then a few more additional weeks to put them together and even assemble it. The result is a fable I created for us! It is my gift to you.  Let me know if it resonates with you. In today’s episode, I introduce you to Greenlee the green popsicle stick. 
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • If the green popsicle stick fable resonates with you

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Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. What structures are you supporting?
  2. Where are you in green popsicle stick journey? Do you have your GPS?

Episode Resources

  • Join the first ever #GPSFirstStep Challenge: 

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.

Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 16: How I lost almost 50 pounds and am still losing

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 
Well, here we go, I’m sharing how I lost 50 pounds – and am still losing. I finally hit the 50-pound mark, between recording this episode and go-live. And I sat at about 48 pounds lost for over two months. I’m proud that I didn’t let it get to me, didn’t let the drama creep in and kept doing what I’ve been doing. Let me tell you it feels terrific to not let food boss me around. 
 
More about that in this episode where I share the catalyst for my weight loss. Enjoy.
 
Take a listen, or read the transcript, below.
 
PS – The picture (above) in this post is the perfect example of me working on “good enough.” I would never have put that out in the world – not because of my weight but because of the lame clean-up work around the photos in my featured photo at the top. The old me would have kept working on it to make it close to “perfect.” The new me thinks, “This is good enough. The message comes across, and I can now work on something else.” Progress comes in all areas of our lives -for all of us. Celebrate your wins like that – even when, to the world, it looks like a loss, you know the progress you are making inside. {{hugs}}
 
Photo from my daughter’s high school graduation. Just before I changed my thoughts about food – definitely a top weight photo for me (pictured with my dear father).
The shock on my face when I fit comfortably into mediums.
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • How much weight I have lost
  • The key to my weight loss
  • What made me super sick
  • What I removed from my diet
  • How using food as fuel changed everything
  • Question if food is the boss of you

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Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Are you the boss of food, or does it boss you around? 
  2. Do you have any weight loss goals? 

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.