What to Expect When You’re Empty Nesting (with BFF Megan)

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My best friend Megan and I, who have five young adult children between us, reflect on our transition to an empty nest together this fall. We share the story of our unique lifelong friendship, and our shared experience entering motherhood, midlife, and now empty nesting together. We recount some of our favourite parts of living without kids again and some of the unforeseen challenges (or are they perks?) like chocolate-covered peanuts for lunch and key lime pie for dinner, playlist control (Piano Chill, anyone?), finding a “new normal” with your partner, and the lack of any requirement to follow a routine.

We discuss the toughest parts of not having your children close by and share what we did to find our own sense of purpose before our nests emptied and how that has helped to make this a surprisingly joyful time of life. We explore the idea of anticipatory grief and provide some very helpful insight into how to...

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The Unexpected Joys of Midlife Friendship with Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D.

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Feeling a little lonely lately? It’s been a tough couple of years when it comes to connection. Sarah and I reflect on the role female friendships have played in our lives and how the nature of some of our friendships has changed over the years. We discuss the isolation and loneliness that can come with motherhood and midlife, and how a meaningful connection with a like-minded person can change that.

We also examine our own friendship and share the story of how we met and became such fast friends, how Wendy nabbed a spot in Sarah's "coven", and the surprising joys unexpected friendships in midlife have brought us.

Grab a cup of tea or lace up your walking shoes and join Sarah and me for a light, engaging, and uplifting conversation!

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Wendy’s Open Adoption Story (with special guest Megan, the BFF)

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My soul sister, Megan, joins me as I share m son’s open adoption story. Duncan is now almost 18, so it felt like the right time to publicly share (with permission of Duncan and his birth family) the story of how my husband Rob and I came to the decision to adopt and how that process unfolded. Open adoption includes a continuing relationship with the child’s birth family, which makes my family’s case is very special. There were many moments of serendipity, shared joy, and intimate grief in this journey to starting a family – get ready to hear an amazing story that will reaffirm your belief that some things are just “meant to be”.

 

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Pregancy Loss & Grief: Wendy's Story

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1 in 4 pregnancies ends in loss, and it’s high time we started talking about it.

In this episode, with the help of my BFF Megan, I tell my personal story of recurrent miscarriage and grief.

Of my five pregnancies, only one resulted in a live birth. My friend Megan was there for the grief and joy along the way and shares what she learned about how to best support someone who’s going through infertility and/or loss. I recollect some of the toughest moments, but also the lovely ways I was supported by so many.

The goal of this episode is to help anyone who’s been through this feel less alone and to change the conversation by increasing awareness and sensitivity around this really common struggle for women.

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