166 | Thriving Through Transitions: Embracing Change and Creating a Fulfilling Life


In this episode of The Make Room Show, host Jennifer Ford Berry shares her experiences and emotions related to her children leaving for college, transitioning from a full household to an "open nest." She talks about her recent family vacation to take her son to college, her emotional reactions, and the challenges of saying goodbye.

Jennifer tells her personal journey of dealing with her son leaving home and the feelings of sadness and emptiness that come with it. She reflects on the process of letting go and the emotional impact of having children move on to new stages of life. She talks about the importance of embracing change and finding ways to navigate this transition while staying positive and motivated.

She then shares her strategies for coping with the changes, such as focusing on her health, creating new routines, and decluttering her home. She emphasizes the power of mindset and how changing one's perspective can shape their reality. She encourages listeners to recognize the possibilities that come with change and how they can reinvent themselves during this new phase of life.

Talking Points:

  • Reflecting on the changing seasons and the transition from a full household to an "open nest."
  • The emotions and challenges of sending a child off to college.
  • Embracing change with a positive mindset and letting go of the past.
  • How reframing thoughts can lead to better outcomes and perspectives.
  • Finding silver linings and recognizing the growth opportunities in new phases of life.
  • The importance of supportive networks and connecting with others who understand.
  • Shifting mindset as a powerful tool for shaping reality and perspective.
  • Creating new routines and hobbies to embrace the newfound time.



R: Reclaiming Spaces

E: Embracing Change

I: Intentional Living

N: Nurturing Health

V: Visualizing Possibilities

E: Engaging with Others

N: Navigating Transitions

T: Taking Action


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About your host, Jennifer Ford Berry: Jennifer is the host of the Make Room podcast and the founder of the Created Order Neighborhood, an online community of women who want to live a life of order and purpose. She is the author of five books, including the Organize Now! series and her latest, Make Room. Jennifer was previously the regular organizing expert on the TV show Winging It, Buffalo Style. , and has appeared as a guest expert on several television and radio shows, as well as in national magazines and newspapers. Jennifer lives in western New York with her husband and two children. She works both hands-on and virtually with her clients to help them eliminate clutter and live their dreams.

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