Week 2: A Four Week Plan for a Christmas Worth Savoring

So why do we need a Christmas worth savoring, anyway? Because it all just seems to go way too fast? Yes... But also because it would be a shame if we got caught up in all the hustle and bustle of doing and shopping and running here and there like crazy people. What if in all our … Continue reading Week 2: A Four Week Plan for a Christmas Worth Savoring

Week 1: A Four Week Plan for a Christmas Worth Savoring

It’s Dec 4th already friends! Can you believe it? I don’t know about you, but I’m far from ready for the BIG DAY! - So many things to do! - So many place to go! - So many gifts to buy! It’s the common Christmas mantra for many. It’s the mantra of our culture. It’s … Continue reading Week 1: A Four Week Plan for a Christmas Worth Savoring

3 Ways to Help You Prepare for the Best Thanksgiving Ever!

The giving of thanks - an empty nesters perspective One Thanksgiving family tradition we have enjoyed throughout the years as a family since 1987 when the Block Buster hit was released, is gathering together to watch Planes Trains and Automobiles. It’s a movie with a story line that combines the best of the good, the hard, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Help You Prepare for the Best Thanksgiving Ever!

When You Need to Unplug – From Everything

Today, I took my own advice. I unplugged. And my guess, Midlife Momma, is that you too, may feel like you need to unplug from life from time to time. It's Okay to Unplug - to REST As a flight attendant, one thing I struggle with is not having a consistent schedule and feeling like … Continue reading When You Need to Unplug – From Everything

5 Things I Learned from My Writing Retreat That Apply to Empty Nest

It’s not every day you have the chance to get away to focus three entire days doing what you love. Last weekend, I took a break from my regular flying schedule and traveled to Charlotte, NC to attend a writing workshop/retreat. This community of writers I’m part of are all in different places on the … Continue reading 5 Things I Learned from My Writing Retreat That Apply to Empty Nest

5 Things Runways Can Teach Us About Midlife and Empty Nest

In last week’s Midlife Monday, I wrote about letting go and moving forward when empty nest happens. (You can read more about that here: link) Today I want to focus on helping you take the next step in discovering your true, authentic self and how to help ‘her’ rise above the surface. Every year, over … Continue reading 5 Things Runways Can Teach Us About Midlife and Empty Nest

When Empty Nest Leaves You Wondering – Practice These 3 Things

"Wonder" begets "Wonder-ing"This past week, I had a long layover in Buffalo, New York. I failed to experience real, authentic Buffalo chicken wings, however, I was able to take in something even more memorable...Niagara Falls. My crew and I left our uniforms behind and decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and spend … Continue reading When Empty Nest Leaves You Wondering – Practice These 3 Things

10 Things New Empty Nesters Struggle With and Some ‘Relief Humor’

Most of the time, major life-transitions are difficult ...(And empty nest is one of those times) So many kinds of transitions. Life is full of them. The planned and the unplanned. The expected and the unexpected. The ones you long for and the ones you dread. The transition from childhood to adulthood. From high school to college. … Continue reading 10 Things New Empty Nesters Struggle With and Some ‘Relief Humor’

When Your Big Plans for Monday – Get Moved to Tuesday…Do This:​

I've done it subconsciously, most of my life... I doodle arrows. On anything. On everything. Ever since I can remember, this has been a silly habit of mine. Yes, I was that child who could not sit still unless it was something that held my interest and attention. Creating was my outlet and I shied … Continue reading When Your Big Plans for Monday – Get Moved to Tuesday…Do This:​

What Empty Nest and (Backyard) Construction Sites Have in Common

When your last child leaves home and you feel like a bulldozer ran over your heart, ...and it all seems so overwhelming, ...so final, ...so strange, ...how, and where do you begin to change the landscape of your life after kids? I'll tell you the first thing I did, friend. I cried. After our youngest … Continue reading What Empty Nest and (Backyard) Construction Sites Have in Common

Coming This Fall – A New Focus on Empty Nesters

I'm so excited about what I've been preparing to share with you, friends, and so I thought I'd post a quick update for you. It's been quite a year of having to recover from broken bones, torn ligaments, and much-needed surgery for my knees. I've had a lot of time to consider my writing path … Continue reading Coming This Fall – A New Focus on Empty Nesters

Acorn Gert and Brother Bert Book Review “GREAT Picture Book for Kids”

Wow – I’m so grateful for this wonderful review of my new book, Acorn Gert and Brother Bert. Thank you so much Irene S. Roth!

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gertAcorn Gert and Brother Bert
By Elizabeth Duncan Stretar
Illustrated by: Rosemarie Gillen

This is a wonderful picture book for kids about how they can be great, regardless of how small they are in the beginning, by focusing on what is most important and by planting strong inner seeds. Then they can all grow into the person they were meant to be!

This is a book that will take the young reader on a reflective journey on how they can grow to be all that they were meant to be. We all start off small and miniscule in the grand scope of things. And we may all remain that way unless we all put our own marks on the world around us by becoming who we were truly meant to be. What a great message for kids!

We live in a culture when kids are encouraged to feel inadequate from…

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I'm so excited to share my new book with you and your little ones! Get your copy for Christmas! YOu can order on Amazon or you can email me and I'll send you a signed copy to that little someone special in your life. http://wp.me/p1PCiu-yK

3 Things About Acorns and Oaks

(photo credit: MARK MOFFETT) Oh, the beauty of Autumn! At least here in the midwest, the Fall season is something quite spectacular to behold. But the message of the acorn and the oak - is something even more spectacular. Midway through my career as a non-profit director, I had this crazy, acorn-sized thought...to 'someday' become a … Continue reading 3 Things About Acorns and Oaks