Small Jar Podcast

Small Jar Podcast

Hosted by: Jennifer Collins

Welcome to the Small Jar Podcast, where we explore how to intentionally design the life that you want in the space between motherhood and the empty nest.

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Episodes

29. Creating Purpose from Pain

One of the interesting aspects of being in this time of life in our 40s and 50s…is that there is such an incredible opportunity in front of us…to create something new for our lives, but that it often feels incredibly...
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28. Early Decision Anxiety

The college process is complex, competitive and stressful.  We want desperately to support them and help them be successful through the process, but somehow we are left feeling anxious and frustrated. In this episode...
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27. Feeling Better about the Worst Case Scenario

As your child leaves the nest, it's not uncommon for us as mothers to feel anxious about the worst case scenario. No matter how many times you try to tell yourself it will all turn out ok, it’s often hard for our...
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26. Making Room for Joy

There are times in life when it feels easy to find joy...and other times, where joy and peace seem to allude us. We try to capture joy by doing things that make us happy. But this doesn't work in the long run. We also...
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25. Allowing Pain

When you are in emotional pain, it is so hard to find the energy to focus on your goals and move forward.  There are so many reasons that we might be in pain. I can’t possibly do justice to all of them in one episode....
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24. Letting Go So Your Child Can Fly

As our kids become young adults, there is so much new territory for US as parents to navigate. Where is the rule book? Please, someone give me a strategy that works without fail.  Because look, we’re all human. And...
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23. Reframing the Side Hustle

It's not just about the money.  The "side hustle" is an incredible opportunity to pursue something you are really passionate about. As we contemplate the empty nest, so often we rush to fill our time so that we don't...
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22. College Move-In Day

It doesn’t matter if the college drop off will happen in a few weeks or a few years….it doesn’t matter if it’s your oldest or your youngest…there is something about the college move-in day that can fill us—as...
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21. Peace & Loneliness in the Empty Nest

So often over the past 17+ years, I have longed for more peace in my life. There is something about having children that makes you wonder what you even spent your time doing before you had kids. Given how overwhelming...
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20. Job Satisfaction

As our children grow up and leave the nest, we have an opportunity to re-focus on our professional careers. But when we think about job satisfaction, we tend to focus more on what we don't like about particular jobs...
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19. Fear of What Ifs

When it comes to our children...the people we love...we often can’t help ourselves but think endlessly of all of the terrible things that might happen. The What Ifs. As our children become adults, we have less ability...
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18. Finding Love

Whether you are already in a relationship, wondering whether you should stay in a relationship, or looking for love…this one’s for you. How do you find love? Here's the thing about love…we’re frequently looking for...
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