Facing Change

I find myself preparing for change.  I am taking my oldest child to college on Wednesday; this is her freshman year.  There are so many things I can worry about, but I stop myself because my worry does her no good.  The truth is my excitement for her far outweighs the trepidation I feel.  This is because I know in my heart that she is wise and wonderful and, for the most part, will make good decisions.  I know too that she will make mistakes and that she will learn much as a result of them.

This is almost like giving birth again.  When I had her, I didn’t know with any certainty that I was fully equipped or that everything would go smoothly and according to plan.  I feel the same way now.  My hopes once more for her are endless, and I cross my fingers.

These last few days I admit I’ve reached out for her hand a few times as we walked on our family beach vacation, trying to remember what it felt like when her hand wasn’t the same size as mine.  She kindly returned my grasp, if just for a few moments.

As I drop her at school, I will be forced to take a leap of faith.  This is HER chance to embrace all the possibilities the next chapter of her life has to offer.  This work that I love is so often about encouraging people to consider possibilities and sometimes challenge current ways of thinking and doing (or not-doing).  She is about to do just that.  I’m excited to see what’s in store for her and what SHE chooses as she begins to navigate these new waters.

I hope with all my heart that she makes her dreams happen along the way.



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Laurie Leinwand is a Professional Life Coach assisting clients with a variety of personal and professional life issues. Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching encompasses Laurie’s work as a life coach for women and men, career life coach and work-life balance coach.

Laurie provides personal development assistance with regard to powerful issues such as how to make a change in your life and finding fulfillment and your life purpose. In addition, she works with clients interested in learning how to say no, setting limits and boundaries, as well as balancing work and life.

Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching is located in Randolph, NJ and services the surrounding communities of Morristown, Denville, Parsippany, Florham Park and Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, though much of her coaching is done on the phone and is accessible to clients worldwide.

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