Conscious Uncoupling of a Life
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 5:02PM
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I remember hearing the phrase “conscious uncoupling” when Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin decided to go their separate ways. They were ridiculed, and I may have poked some fun at them myself, being the former family law lawyer that I am. 

Conscious uncoupling means that we will create this separation process as something meaningful in our life and that there will be growth in it for both of us.

But now I get it. I am downsizing my life from a four-bedroom home in the Midwest with plenty of storage to a two-bedroom apartment across country with little storage. My husband and I are not divorcing nor separating, just moving without all the “stuff” coming with us. We are separating our stuff from us.  But the emotions are just as bizarre. I feel like I am getting divorced from our stuff, but without the anger. Just the sadness and feeling of being overwhelmed. To read more click here

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