Letting Go When Babies Grow Up

It may not feel like spring yet, but those of us on Cape Cod, can’t allow the weather to keep us from preparing for the busy season of tourists and houseguests. In between weddings, graduations, proms, recitals and play-offs we must prepare for summer. Today I was filling out some applications for my children’s upcoming events when the reality of what’s happening in my life hit me.

CB launchesEvery time my husband and I send our kids to summer camp I consider being a counselor/leader. When my older ones ventured out from under my wing the younger ones needed me so I had to let them go without me and trust they would be safe. When it was time for my last one to go I ventured out to the woods of New Hampshire with her in an attempt to keep up with other crazy youth leaders who had a lot more strength and stamina than I just because I wasn’t ready to be without her. We had an amazing time together. In fact, after seeing how well run camp was, I had no problem releasing her the next year–but I didn’t. I went back several more years just because I wanted to.

This year Victoria is a teen. As I was filling out her papers today I realized that it’s time to leave the leader application alone and let her enjoy her time without mom around. That’s when it hit me: my newest baby, my book, needs me now.

Tomorrow Confident Beauty will be launched into the great big world as a new publication.

This summer I won’t be pulling floats stacked with kids across a rapid river racing against other counselors while my team cheers me on. Instead, I will be leading my “new girl” through the busy roads of Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Books a Million and all your favorite local bookstores and then releasing her to do what she was written to do. I want to personally thank you for joining me in cheering her on, “Go, go, change a life. Reach that girl, make a difference.”

Whether your spring is a time of letting go or holding on, may your season be full of purpose and power as you, too, do what you were designed to do.


Ecclesiastes 3:1, 5

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;


Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Losing our Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com



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