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Transitions (part two)

I wrote about transitions a few months back, however it was pertaining to my daughter moving out and growing up.

I now write as it pertains to me. For almost 17 years, I worked for a large corporation. I enjoyed my job, not only because of the work that I was doing, but because of the company and what they stood for. As situations happen, I now find myself in transition.

At first, I was worried about what most would worry about – how was this going to affect my family, how were we going to manage the finances and what was I going to do? I felt out of control – things were happening to me, not as a result of my choices. In the short time that has passed, I see things differently. We will make decisions to try and minimize the impact on our family. Regarding my future career, coincidentally during my Marketing class at McMaster, we had a great conversation that had me pondering some questions “Why do we market? What are our values as marketers and how does this play out? and finally “Who and what do we want to stand behind?”

As I contemplate my future direction, I want to market what I believe in and what truly makes a difference in the lives of people. And at the core? A company with integrity; whose vision, mission and objectives are visible everyday in what they do and how they act.

Now, you may ask, what does this have to do with parenting – why is Debbie writing this in her parenting blog? My answer – it has everything to do with parenting. Teaching our kids about choices and integrity is at the core of being a parent. In the last few weeks, I hope that I have shown my girls a few things:

1) Realize that when one door closes, another door opens

2) It is never too late to learn – whether it be going back to University, or learning how to play the violin (yes, I am doing that!)

3) Be at the center of your own self-esteem. You don’t need others to tell you how great you are – KNOW THAT YOU ARE GREAT!

4) Take time to smell the roses and appreciate all that life has to offer you. When you open yourself up, amazing things can happen.

5) Believe in yourself.

Stay tuned, I believe 2013 is going to be the best yet!



A few weeks ago, my daughter moved out. I tell myself “it’s a good thing” watching my child go off to college. But i can’t say it has felt that way every day.

Bottom line…I miss her.

But, one thing I have learned is that life is about transitions. That is what is amazing about being a parent, isn’t it? The joy of witnessing our kids learning and growing.

When they are babies and toddlers, every day is a new milestone; sleeping through the night, first words, walking, running, first day of preschool. We witness miracles right in front of our eyes. As they age into the teen years, it can get difficult, as they begin to flex their wings and take on their new-found independence. We forget, as parents, that this is supposed to happen. I think we forget, as the milestones can be uncomfortable; staying out too late, risk taking behaviour and those dreaded words “I hate you”. But what we need to remember during those challenging teen years, is that it ends. They make it through the teen years and somehow on the “other side” they start to become responsible, independent adults…and they begin to appreciate their parents once again.

This is where I am at with my daughter.  I am just not around everyday to see the new milestones.

What am I grateful for today? I am grateful for transitions.

Go get ’em Becca!



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