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A blended family is such an important topic because it’s dealing with so many lives, not just that of you and your spouse. You have your kids and your spouses kids of course, but you also have the other sets of parents to contend with (if there is shared custody). With so many cooks in the kitchen, it can make sanity hard to come by on some days. We can lose our way in the midst of chaos, jealousy, insecurity, frustration, anger, confusion, miscommunication, and power struggles. This podcast is dedicated to lessons my husband and I have learned from previously being married, divorced, parenting, co-parenting, step-parenting, blending a family, re-marrying, surviving daddy issues (me not him lol), going through years of therapy (again, me not him ha), having a relationship with God, listening to and absorbing wisdom from others, and having some of the best friends anyone could hope for! It is our hope that this offers all who take the time to read what we have to say, a perspective that makes for consideration or just some good-old-fashioned food-for-thought. If we can save one person, or couple, from any of our many mistakes, it would mean more than any treasure ever could.

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A blended family is such an important topic because it’s dealing with so many lives, not just that of you and your spouse. You have your kids and your spouses kids of course, but you also have the other sets of parents to contend with (if there is shared custody). With so many cooks in the kitchen, it can make sanity hard to come by on some days. We can lose our way in the midst of chaos, jealousy, insecurity, frustration, anger, confusion, miscommunication, and power struggles. This podcast is dedicated to lessons my husband and I have learned from previously being married, divorced, parenting, co-parenting, step-parenting, blending a family, re-marrying, surviving daddy issues (me not him lol), going through years of therapy (again, me not him ha), having a relationship with God, listening to and absorbing wisdom from others, and having some of the best friends anyone could hope for! It is our hope that this offers all who take the time to read what we have to say, a perspective that makes for consideration or just some good-old-fashioned food-for-thought. If we can save one person, or couple, from any of our many mistakes, it would mean more than any treasure ever could.

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Episodes
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Blended Life EP. 170: Step Parenting Red Flags

12/13/2023
Step Parenting Red Flags On this episode of Blended Life, we break down three of our listener's step parenting experiences and give them our perspective on how to move forward. From different parenting styles to defining your role and taking responsibility for your choices in what you allow and take on, we push and challenge these three individuals (and hopefully you too) to recognize the red flags of step parenting and do something about it! We hope this discussion inspires you to feel empowered and to seek out support if you need it. Step parenting is hard and often renders its participants powerless, frustrated and confused; hopefully we've spoken into this enough this episode to get you thinking differently. This is our final episode of 2023, and so, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May you be blessed; we want the best for every blended family out there. We'll see you all on the flip side in 2024! Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:56:19

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Blended Life EP. 169: Cultivating Peace in Your Blended Family

12/6/2023
Cultivating Peace in Your Blended Family On this episode of Blended Life we discuss all things PEACE, tis the season after all! You will learn the three habits of a PEACE MAKER and how each habit cultivates freedom from conflict and judgment so you can experience the connection and calm you seek in your blended family. In order to cultivate peace, you must change. The idea of change can create fear in relationships, and so we break that down a bit and hopefully make it less scary. Lastly we discuss the top four disruptors of peace in blended families so that you can be aware and on guard when they pop up in yours! Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:51:51

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Blended Life EP. 168: Navigating the Coparenting Journey

11/29/2023
Two Homes, One Love: Navigating the Coparenting Journey On this episode of Blended Life, we answer three of our listeners questions: 1. How do you deal with secrets in a blended family when one household keeps things from the other? What about dealing with the stress of knowing information as the step parent that both bio parents are keeping from their children? 2. How do you as the new spouse get to be okay with your husband's ex being absolutely cruel to him when he won't even try your advice to stop it? 3. How do you handle it when your partner agrees to have scheduled time together with you and then allows their child to hijack that time to connect? These are big topics that center all around the need to be understood. We hope you enjoy this episode! Comment below and let us know one thing you took away from our perspectives addressing these issues. becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:55:18

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Blended Life EP. 167: Holiday Boundaries and Fairness in a Blended Family

11/22/2023
Holiday Boundaries and Fairness in a Blended Family On this episode of Blended Life you will hear Eric and Julie discuss boundaries that may need to be created to create a positive experience during the holiday season. The point of boundaries is to protect; in this case we focus on protecting the well-being of the family and also each individual person in it. We hope that this episode will spark meaningful conversation between you and your spouse to set your marriage and family up for success during this busy and chaotic time of year. Before we dive into all that, we answer a listener's email seeking advice on step parenting and finding fairness in discipline and respect. Eric gives really good perspective on time and Julie takes on the topic of fairness and how you may come about it in a non-traditional way. We hope you enjoy this episode and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:43:53

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Blended Life EP. 166: Creating Emotional Connections in your Blended Family

11/15/2023
Creating Emotional Connections in your Blended Family On this episode of Blended Life we discuss emotional connections in your blended family. Whether you are newly blended, feeling stale or stagnant in your mature blended family, or trying to prepare yourselves for the upcoming holidays, this episode has something for everyone. You will hear Julie's #1 piece of relationship advice and enjoy Eric's humor that he brings to a serious topic. Expect the following questions to be addressed: Why is emotional connection important in relationships?, What is the biggest mistake people make when trying to emotionally connect?, and How do you cultivate healthy emotional connections? We hope you find this episode helpful. Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:57:41

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Blended Life EP. 165: Blending Our Family

11/1/2023
On this episode of Blended Life you get a peek into our story as we look back on how we came together blending our family and moving forward. We begin the episode discussing Halloween and how it made us realize we are in a whole new season of life when it comes to celebrating the holidays. You'll hear us begin to talk about how we plan to navigate this upcoming holiday season now that our kids are all teens and young adults (living away from home). Once the holidays have been tackled, Eric discusses how he knew he was ready to remarry, introduce the kids to one another and move in. He also shares what he would tell someone who is ready to throw in the towel and leave their #blendedfamily. You'll hear both Eric and Julie explore what they each wish they would have done differently on their blended family journey as well as what they feel is the best part of this #lifeexperience and what they are most proud of. The pod ends with the #biggestlessons they have learned so far in their blended family life together. This is a favorite episode of ours, may you be blessed by it! Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:53:14

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Blended Life EP. 164: Parents VS Kids in a blended family

10/19/2023
On this episode of Blended Life it's parents vs kids as Eric and Julie answer and address some of their listeners questions and suggested topics. You'll hear us discuss how to set boundaries with your step kids. We address the topics of secrets and privacy in a blended family and answer what to do when there's no "break" from the kids as a full-time blended family. Lastly we speak to how to handle a stepchild who hates you in a newly blended family situation. Parents take heart, you've got this! Blended Life is tough, but you must be tougher, resilient, and willing to think outside the box to find your way through. Yes you can! Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:55:11

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Blended Life EP. 163: Grace Filled Step Parenting

10/11/2023
Grace Filled Step Parenting With Laurie Short You are in for a treat! On this episode of #BlendedLife Julie interviews the author of 'Grace Filled Step Parenting', Laurie Short. Laurie shares her journey to penning this book as well as her journey to becoming a #StepMom. She explains why this book isn't just for step parents and the hope she has for everyone who reads it. Laurie and Julie get candid about the struggles of step parenthood and discuss how you can get through them successfully. You will be uplifted, encouraged and motivated to not give up after listening to this episode. We both hope you enjoy! Go pick up your copy of Grace Filled #StepParenting today if you are any type of parent in a blended family! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:42:01

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Blended Life EP. 162: Therapy and Blended Families Pt. 2

10/4/2023
Therapy and Blended Families Part 2 On this episode Gina Nicola, LMFT, is back on the pod alongside Julie to discuss blended family marriage and marriage therapy. She discusses the main struggles she sees in the blended family home between the adults and how marriages can overcome them. You will also learn what the point of marriage therapy is, how it can help marriages thrive, and why people quit before the work is done. If you have ever been curious about therapy, marriage counseling or why it worked or didn't work for you, this is an episode you won't want to miss. Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:53:48

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Blended Life EP. 161: Therapy and Blended Families Pt. 1

9/27/2023
Therapy and Blended Families Part 1 On this episode of Blended Life Julie welcomes back Gina Nicola to the pod! Gina Nicola isn't just an Ordained Pastor in the Nazarene Church, she is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Gina and Julie get candid about therapy. Gina explains her journey to becoming a therapist and helps us all understand what the goal of a therapy journey actually is. You will also hear Gina speak on behalf of kids and teens in blended families as she has worked many, many years with them helping them understand and work through their struggles. If you have kids of ANY age who are part of a blended family in your life, this is an episode you don't want to miss! Be on the lookout for part 2 next week where Julie and Gina dive into marriage therapy and navigating marriage in a blended family. Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:46:49

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Blended Life EP. 160: Lies About Blended Family Life

9/13/2023
Lies About Blended Family Life On this episode of Blended Life we discuss the lies we tell ourselves and believe about being a part of a blended family. This is such an important conversation because lies turn into beliefs, and our beliefs determine our experience. If we choose to believe the lies, we will actually experience them! Eric and Julie give examples of some of the most common lies that people in blended families buy into and how you can go about changing all this so you can find peace. Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:54:50

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Blended Life EP. 159: Pastors Take On Divorce and Blended Families

8/30/2023
Pastor's Take On Divorce and Blended Families On this episode of Blended Life you will meet a very special woman in our lives, #Pastor Gina Nicola! You will hear her story and road to becoming an ordained pastor in the #nazarene church. She shares her own struggles wearing all the hats: Wife, Mom, Therapist, and now Pastor and how she has been able to stay true to her calling through all the judgement of being a woman in a traditionally male role in the church body. We wanted you all to get to know her heart first, before diving into God and #blendedfamilies which comes next. Pastor Gina and Coach Julie discuss divorce from a church/God perspective. You will hear both women talk about how the church deals with blended families and what may need to change in order to be more sensitive to them. Pastor Gina rounds out this episode encouraging those who feel hurt by the church how they can move forward. This is a really interesting and riveting episode; one you won't want to miss! Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:01:01:53

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Blended Life EP. 158: Life Lessons For Blended Families

8/24/2023
Back To School and Life Lessons for Blended Families On this episode of #BlendedLife we discuss a variety of topics. As summer is winding down Julie shares her reflections of what the past three months of #blendedfamily life has taught her. Eric discusses his views on marriage, roles in the family and his thoughts on different #parenting styles in the home. We begin the episode discussing the new school year with one being home schooled, one headed off to college, one finishing up junior high and one living out of state; we have kids everywhere lol. Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:57:10

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Blended Life EP. 157: Step Parenting In Difficult Situations

8/16/2023
On this episode of #blendedfamily Life we answer a few of our step parent listeners' questions. Step parenting can be difficult in even the best of circumstances, so what do you do when things are less than ideal? You'll hear our advice on managing a bio mom's toxic and destructive behavior and #communication tactics. Next, you'll get our thoughts on how to handle a difficult pre-teen with an absent bio mom as well as what you can do when your #stepchildren are being raised up with different religious views in their other home. Finally, we discuss if we can come back from a broken #relationship with a step child. Lot's of good stuff! Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:52:22

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Blended Life EP. 156: Bio Parenting In A Blended Family

7/26/2023
On this episode of Blended Life we discuss just why Julie believes that bio parents have the toughest role in the family. If you are a bioparent this one's for YOU; you'll feel seen, heard, and understood. Step parents, don't skip out on this episode; you will gain great insight to be able to have better understanding and compassion of your significant other. Blended families require a ton of grace, which is, hopefully, a byproduct of this podcast. Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:51:35

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Blended Life EP. 155: Dealing With Difficult People In Your Blended Family

7/19/2023
On this episode of Blended Life we answer our listeners questions. The common theme around our discussions of each is how to deal with difficult people in your blended family. You will discover how to find peace with a difficult bio parent, how to deal with adult children who refuse to clean up after themselves (this is such a fun segment, you don't want to miss it), and how to connect with a difficult step child who doesn't give you much in return. Lots of rich nuggets in this one! Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:56:26

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Blended Life EP. 154: Biggest Struggles In Your Blended Family

7/12/2023
On this episode of Blended Life we discuss the biggest struggles blended families face and how to overcome them. Eric shares what men need to feel safe communicating and being in relationship with their significant other. Julie breaks down what causes blended families to ultimately give up on one another and how to push past the temptation to walk away. This is a rich episode filled with humor, great insight and encouragement that you can make it! Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:55:35

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Blended Life EP. 153: Surviving Summer in Your Blended Family

7/5/2023
On this episode of Blended Life we discuss surviving summer in your blended family. You'll hear tips on how to alter your experience from chaos and dread to peaceful and fun! Julie shares about her daughter getting baptized at summer camp and what that exposed about her as a Mom and a Co-Parent. Short. Sweet. To the point. Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:46:02

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Blended Life EP. 152: Blended Family Questions

6/6/2023
Blended Family Questions On this episode of Blended Life we discuss our blended family community's questions to include the following topics: Blending animals, not just children; Forcing kids to say, "I love you" back to their step parent; Having an open heart and mind when being around your significant other's ex and their family; and Tackling extra curricular activities all together or separately. If you want a topic/situation/question of yours featured/discussed anonymously on one of our episodes, email theblendedlife@yahoo.com for consideration or message us on Facebook or Instagram. You can join our community support group on Facebook by searching "Blended Life Support Group". Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:48:25

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Blended Life EP. 151: What To Let Go Of In Your Blended Family

5/30/2023
What To Let Go Of In Your Blended Family On this episode of Blended Life, we discuss letting go of that which doesn't serve you well in your blended family. You will learn our top things to let go of in your blended family, what letting go actually means, why it's important to have a healthy let-go practice in place, how to practically let go, as well as the 5 stages of letting go. By the time you are done listening, we hope you feel a little lighter because you have decided to lay down some of the heaviness you've chosen to carry. We hope you feel encouraged and empowered to do things differently for your good so you want to stay put. Enjoy! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! becomingheardnow@gmail.com Blended Family Life and Health Coaching. Coach Julie provides structure, accountability and support so that you can get unstuck and become the highest version of yourself possible. Become EMPOWERED through total transformation! Claim your FREE Discovery Session today! Support the Show.

Duration:00:54:41