College Move-In Day: Tips & Helpful Items

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
Here we go. Move-in day:  it looms ahead in the distance and then suddenly – WHACK – here it is. We are hit with the balance of being excited for our child as they begin their next adventure and the heavy emotions that arise when you realize they won’t be in your home to check up on anymore.
 
With my daughter heading into her junior year of college, bittersweet sums up my feelings this time of year. I’m unbelievably thrilled for where she is in life and feel her independence acutely. This makes me proud, happy, and excited for her. I can’t wait to see what she does. 
 
Will I miss her? Oh my goodness, you betcha! But this journey isn’t mine, it is hers, and it opens up my life to be sure I am on the right path moving forward. Sure, it can feel like part of me is breaking off but this experience allows both her and I to grow in ways that we couldn’t if she were to not be who she is meant to be. 
 
Whew, though, those emotions that come up – when you least expect them, they can be brutal.
 
My recommendation is to observe them and don’t run from them. Ignoring the emotions will create a resistance that has them always wanting to bubble up – but by noticing them, claiming them and processing through them, you become powerful! I know that you are strong enough to get through those emotions– no matter what they are. 
 
Anyway, below, I share with you five things that, being in year three of this journey, I have found helpful, or that I wish we had thought of earlier for move-in.
 
Our situation is that our daughter’s college is five hours from home, and we have a minivan to move things – so things that I find useful, may not apply to you. As always, take what I offer and consider if it will benefit your life. 
 
The following information is about the “stuff.” Life skills are a pretty big deal, and I talk about that in episode 32 of my podcast: What Life Skills Does My Child Need For College? My podcast is all about helping mothers through this transition, so if you are having a difficult time, I invite you to take a listen!
 
As always, Google will provide you with an overabundance  of information on what you should pack for college. I can’t possibly cover all of that, but I’d like to share with you my top five items. Also, two recent posts that I have found helpful are: 
 
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Below are my top five college move-in essential items:
 

IKEA BAGS

These are the fantastic Ikea bags that we’ve had for years (before college). They are excellent to throw things in (bedding/pillows in particular), and they easily store in a dorm room. I had no idea you could get them with zippers, too!

COMMAND HOOKS

Command hooks and poster strips are unbelievably helpful. A place for keys? Got it! Need to put up an important piece of paper you got at move-in that you are afraid you’ll lose? Use a poster strip (there is a variety of sizes, too)!

WAGON

I love, love, love this wagon. This is one of the items that I purchased in year two of my daughter’s college years, and I wish I would have had it earlier. It was life-changing. There were days where I’d make the trip to her school and back in one day. Without the wagon, I was EXHAUSTED. With the wagon, it was a breeze because I didn’t even have to pull the thing – someone else always offered!

SMALL TOOLKIT

A toolkit is one of the things you think you won’t need, but in life’s rogue moments, a screwdriver would be incredibly helpful. It won’t only help your child (if you leave it with them), but if others find out they have a toolkit, there is a natural way to meet new people. We don’t have this specific kit, but it is an example of one.

TIME

No link here. This is a reminder to pad your time on move-in and move-out days to allow yourself and your child the flexibility to stop and chat with others; take advantage of something you may not have foreseen, should the moment arise; or, run to a local store if you see they need something. It gives all of you the freedom to be flexible. Also, other than taking a few photos, this is a lovely opportunity to stay off your phone and be fully present.

What are your top items for move-in? I invite you to share below.

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52: Fan Favorite: Thought Deliveries

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!

This episode is the first of four recap episodes for this calendar year. I’m sharing episodes that have resonated with you (my amazing listener) in 2019. I share my thoughts about the episodes now that time has passed, and I also share listener comments about the episode. My first recap is on episode #3, and it is where my voice began to emerge.

The bones of my teachings entered into my life and possibly yours in this episode: the bones that are now the backbone of everything I teach. I now discuss the impact of your thoughts and reference thought deliveries we allow in our lives, in almost every episode. I love these deliveries – especially once we notice them, sort them and make them work for us.

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • How important the thought box deliveries are in my teachings
    • They are the building block for other analogies I create
    • Comments that my listeners have shared with me about the thought box deliveries.

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Do the thought box deliveries resonate with you? 
  2. How are you liking the deliveries you are allowing in your life? 

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51: A Podcaster I am Thankful For: Carolyn Kiel, An Episode of Beyond Six Seconds

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
As it is Thanksgiving week here in the United States, and since this is a podcast episode, I thought it would be appropriate to share a podcaster I am thankful for.
 
Please note that, of course, I am incredibly thankful for my patient and supportive husband, my incredibly creative and kind-hearted daughter, my friends and extended family, my health, and all that comes with the privilege of being alive on this earth at this moment. 
 
Oh, and pumpkin pie – thankful for pumpkin pie! I WILL treat myself with some pumpkin pie. 
 
While this episode is a bit longer than my usual episode, it is an incredibly interesting listen. Carolyn was kind enough to share one of her episodes with me that I handpicked for you. Nikhil Pampati is a high school senior who has created a nonprofit that is incredibly needed and inspiring. I invite you to listen to this episode, maybe even take a listen in the car with your child(ren) and have some exciting discussions about it.
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • Why Christine is thankful for Carolyn Kiel
    • The amazingness that is the Beyond Six Seconds Podcast
    • Who Nikhil Pampati is and learn about Jobscopia

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Did you have the opportunity to explore a career you were interested in? 
  2. What is your favorite part of this episode? 

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50: Celebrate You!

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
As we gear up for the holiday season, is there something you are ready to celebrate? Are you waiting for others to note your accomplishment(s)? This episode challenges you to take charge of your celebrations.
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • The power in celebrating you.
    • Celebrating you takes one person: you!

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  1. Have you had a celebration for yourself? 
  2. What will be your next celebration? 

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49: The Power of Laughter

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In this brief episode, I invite you to find the funny in your life, and give it a chance to reset you. 
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • To consider using laughter to reset your thought deliveries, and soul.
    • To consider the humor in life. 

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Do you easily find the funny in your life?
  2. Do you have something funny to share with us?

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48: Putting on a Show While Simmering

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When entering the empty nest, some of us launch back into the workforce, others never have the luxury to consider staying home full-time, and yet others keep careers going part-time while raising our families. Each path is perfect for our own life. Aren’t we all amazing?
 
While this  episode’s concept is universal to a job or home life, my example is plucked right from my job. 
 
If it inspires you to behave differently, I would love to know what change you make.
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • You don’t have to wait on others to take action
    • The action you take may surprise others and entertain you

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  1. Does anything come to mind for you in your life as you listen to this episode?
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