When Life Gives You Lemons - Wonderful Wednesday
When Life Gives You Lemons – Wonderful Wednesday
December 30, 2015
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January 4, 2016

In the blink of an eye we have been ushered into the year 2016, but I don’t want to go into the New Year without taking a moment to reflect on how I’ve grown and what I learned in 2015.

What I Learned In 2015

What I Learned In 2015

This has definitely been a year of transitions for me. I started the process of wrapping my head around the empty nest after my first child left home. Now, I am enjoying every last moment of my daughter’s final year at home before she also leaves home for college next Fall.

I guess the biggest theme for this last year would be “Change and Challenges.” As the dynamics of my little family began to change, I realized how much I needed new challenges and opportunities to grow past this stage in my life.

Change is an inevitable part of the human experience. But, how we respond to change is entirely up to us! We’ve all heard the saying “change is hard,” but we shouldn’t take that as a license to stay stuck in the same position; especially when everything around us continues to move on with us or without us.

What I Learned in 2015

First Article Published On SheKnows Website:

One of the most frustrating things about mourning my son’s absence was that I had absolutely no control over what he did. He was carving out a new life for himself and I had to trust that the 18 years of love and care I had poured into him would help him make the right decisions. But I wasn’t going to be able to make those decisions for him.

Click below to read the whole article:

How blogging helped me get used to being an empty-nester

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Living It, Shellie


  1. Change is rough, I think, for most of us, but wouldn’t it be boring if everything stayed the same?

    Congrats on the Sheknows article! That’s awesome.

    And thank you for sharing this with The Blogger’s Pit Stop.
    – Marie, Blogger’s Pit Stop Crew

  2. Rebecca says:

    I am right there with ya’. My only child is 16 and 2015 was a year full of “now what”? for me. Stay at home/homeschool mom realizing in just 2 short years my life will completely change!
    2016 is about figuring out what I want to be when HE grows up!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Ha, that is a great way to put it! It is definitely a transition that takes some getting used to. Glad you stopped by!

  3. Tracy Milam says:

    Two gone, one to go. It is hard and awesome all at once. I look forward for me, I look forward for them, can’t wait to see where it takes us all!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Exactly Tracy, there are so many mixed emotions. I love to see them grow and mature, but it hurts to see them go.

  4. Betty says:

    Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop

  5. Helene says:

    My eldest leaves in 2 years. I am enjoying every minute. Thanks for blazing the way!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      You are so smart to make the most of your time with your kids…time passes so quickly!

  6. Kathleen says:

    You’re well adjusted and finding the best in the changes. How good to find blogging to help with the empty nest. Dear Shellie all the best going into 2016, I am sure it will be a great year.
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      I want to say the same to you, Kath! You have been a real encouragement to me during this first year of blogging.

  7. It takes courage to adjust to an emptier nest and you showed how to do it by using your creativity! I enjoy your blog and was surprised to learn you just started in February of 2015, because your blog is so professional looking! Keep up the great work in 2016!

  8. It is amazing what new heights change will push us to if we allow it. While I’m sorry that adjusting to your eldest leaving was difficult, I am so happy for you and for us that it propelled you into blogging. Great post, Shellie! Happy New Year to you, and here is to an exciting 2016!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Regina, you are the kind of person a gal needs as a friend. You never cease to make me feel awesome and encouraged! Happy New Year to you!

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