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Life Transitions

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On the west coast of the United States, the summer solstice will take place on June 21, 2023. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the day with the longest period of daylight and marks a transition into summer and gradual reduction of daylight. Transitions are a part of life. Perhaps without realizing it, we experience both daily and life transitions.

A few examples of daily transitions:

  • Waking up
  • Getting ready for the day
  • Going places throughout the day
  • Starting work
  • Time periods between activities
  • Taking care of ourselves (bathroom, exercise, eating, hydration, sleep)

Some examples of life transitions: 

  • Stages of aging (ageism, coming into adulthood)
  • Relationships to people or things (growing away from friends, etc.)
  • Self-growth
  • Education (Pre-K to K, middle to high school, public to private, dropping out, graduating, changing schools, etc.)
  • Parenthood
  • Kids going to college / moving out 
  • Intense life events (trauma, loss, illness)
  • Life changes (temporary/permanent disability)
  • Employment & retirement
  • Travel/vacation
Closeup of a woman's hands journaling as one way to manage her life's transitions.

Ideas to Elevate Life’s Transitions 

Everyone gets to experience many transitions in life – there is no way around it. Grounding in daily transitions helps with managing bigger life transitions. We have control over our responses; building a toolkit to help recognize and acknowledge what is not in our control – important approach to managing the stress of large life changes

  • Asking for help – when something is challenging, others in your life can share some of your mental and task loads
  • Reflection and journaling – how do you want to feel? How do you want to show up and participate in life? How you respond is your choice. You can choose to get wound up or take things one step at a time.
  • Walking/exercise 
  • Nourishing transitions – finding ways to elevate existing rituals such as your morning routine. 
  • Building routine and ‘automatic’ habits that help you move through the day – helps you remember and root in who you are at your core when big changes come; regain your own value when loss and change happens

Language and transitions

When talking about the bigger transitions of life, consider reframing your own language to elevate the transition of aging. Illuminate the notion of language importance – use the example “how old are you” vs “what is your age” – as a tool to reframe and empower through the transition. Having experience and being the elder has strengths which culturally deserves elevation. 

If you haven’t already listened, “The Last Drive” provides a peek into Alicia’s sight loss story and how she helped herself transition through losing her vision. 

Reflecting & Takeaways 

Consider brainstorming a list of strategies to help release the stress of life. Your go-to meals and snacks, movement that feels just right, and community that is right there when needed. We want to engage in community frequently and during good times so that we know it’s there (friends, family, pets) when times get rough. As humans we make things harder; it’s easy to feel isolated when life challenges are presented.

Recently, I was in a session with a client and I said you are the host of your show – “you get to invite who you want to be special guests on your show” this includes people that support and elevate, food that helps you feel good and satisfied, your overall approach to all things comes with an invitation and intention. The choice is yours – this life is your show, even when life is hard – the show must go on!  

To learn about creating your own simple, healthy meal planning system and getting support to meet your health goals, schedule a free one-on-one Nutrition for Wellness Strategy Session with me! 

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Cheers to your health,


By Alicia Connor, MA / Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Chef

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Author Bio

Alicia Connor a pretty brunette with dark wavy shoulder-length hair wearing a denim jacket as she leans on a kitchen counter with assorted veggies in front of her.
Alicia Connor

Alicia Connor is a registered dietitian nutritionist and chef who is passionate about encouraging lifestyle shifts with a focus on meal planning and simplifying healthy eating. Alicia built a career as a chef, including working at a top San Francisco restaurant. As a young adult facing hereditary vision loss, she took control and pivoted to another career as a dietitian to grow roots deeper than ‘just cooking.’ She has seen the impact of meal planning and nutrition in her clients over the years, often through their increased energy, empowered weight loss journeys, and freedom to pursue more of their passions due to increased confidence.

Moving away from the mindset of dieting, Alicia helps clients build a toolkit of strategies to reduce stress and increase peace of mind. She supports her clients through one-on-one sessions and a virtual meal planning program to build helpful habits and create actionable plans to meet their goals.

‘Quick & Delish by Alicia Connor’ is a video cooking series on YouTube where Alicia presents easy recipes with minimal steps for flavorful, balanced meals. 

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  • Header: Example of life stages represented by 4 dandelions from maturing flower to seedlings on a black background.
  • Closeup of a woman’s hands journaling as one way to manage her life’s transitions.
  • Author photo: Alicia Connor a pretty brunette with dark wavy shoulder-length hair wearing a denim jacket as she leans on a kitchen counter with assorted veggies in front of her.

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