Empathy- How to be a better listener

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holding-handsWhen I cannot find the answers to something, I usually go to my google search bar and type in what I wanted to know. Last night, I decided to type in, “How to be more empathetic.”

Marriage is not easy and when you add the stress of life changes and challenges, family, kids, transitions, stressful jobs.. well, let’s just say it’s not a walk in the park. I am an eternal optimist and I’ve always thought that marriage is teamwork. I can always count on my spouse to have my back in the good times and bad. I would expect the same for myself and I would always be there to be supportive. After all, isn’t that what we say in our vows?

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To new beginnings

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Inspiration can come from so many places and this one came from my favorite BBC series, Anne of Green Gables. I remmber my English major roommate Sarah sat me down to watch it with her over tea & crackers. The story is about a young red-headed girl who just had a mind of her own. From a young school age girl struggling her identity and then blossoming into a young woman who is daring, intelligent and just has the most wonderful spirit. I loved that series. A wonderful book and movie series to watch with your little girl!

Today was not a good day for me and as I was blogging, I was reminded of something. A saying in the movie when Anne of Green Gables spoke to her aunt, “Marilla, isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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Is there an answer to How to Parent?

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hand-in-handThe most terrifying thing besides marriage or singing in public that I had the privilege of being able to do is “parenting.”

I remember when I was pregnant, I thought to myself, I hope that I can be a good mother. Growing up in a divorced home, the idea of marriage and then baby is the farthest thing I wanted to be a part of, and yet, God has it that I married the most romantic, funny and compassion man I know and had the most joyous and ridiculously handsome little boy I could imagine having. To top it all off, I was also wonderfully gifted a step son who is fun, creative and have the most gentle spirit little boy.

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