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Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation

The Action Step Guide Once the Children Leave


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  • I have been in an office job for nearly 35 years. I would love to do something else, but my family depends on me and this job for health insurance. The cost of health insurance is so high that I feel stuck here. I would love to be able to switch to a career that would nourish my soul. - 6/2/2015 8:36:44 AM
  • At 62 I'm now taking care of my folks to some extent. Taking them shopping and to the doctors and I can't forget the Social Security Office and some other places of adventure as that. LOL! And the "Golden Years" are where, again? - 3/7/2015 3:32:16 PM
    My empty nest means having more time to focus on my dogs. I have no interest in a career, change or otherwise, or volunteering, all of the hassle, none of the pay. - 10/24/2014 8:31:34 AM
  • yes career change for anyone not just empty nesters. I worked in bedside infirmary care for 8 years. Not my calling. Turns out I am not very good at direct care and I don't have the patience. What is next for me @ 40ish without taking out student loans at my age? Is it really worth going on to my NP? - 9/15/2014 11:49:27 PM
    Hi I am a 61 yr old woman who has been taking care of every one it seems since I was 15 . Soon I will be at a point where I can do something for myself as soon as my 5 yr.old grand daughter that I care for 5 days a week starts school in September.And I don't have any idea what to do .I am an Artisan,and Crafter but I don't have any other formal training
    so how can I get motivated to do nothing thats what the old fart I live with who just retired from his job does. - 5/26/2012 8:38:21 AM
    After 20 years in non profit management, i am now entering the hospitality looking forward to starting a new career track. - 8/23/2011 6:36:48 PM
    In this economy, it might not be so easy to switch careers, but for ANYONE - empty nester or not, an option to fill those empty hours is volunteering. Because charitable organizations depend on donations - which are dwindling in many cases - they rely even more on volunteers to fill in when they need to downsize.

    You can use your life skills in many different organizations. I work in the front office of a local non-profit using my office & computer skills. Some friends volunteer in schools, as mentors/tutors, in the school library, etc. Others teach ESL, or help with adult literacy programs, or volunteer at the local animal shelter.

    This work is very fulfililng, and can be a bridge between a current career and a new one. - 8/23/2011 1:01:35 PM
  • Since my children left home, I've gotten into the best shape of my life. I also changed careers from an accountant to a personal trainer at age 58. - 7/1/2010 12:11:47 AM
  • I'm going to be retiring within the next 12 months...WHOOHOO, but I know I need to channel my energies elsewhere...this was a good article to start the mindset process.
    Lorraine - 9/6/2008 7:12:24 PM
  • I almost skipped reading this because I thought it was going to focus on empty nesters and motivation for healthy lifestyle; didn't think it would really apply to me. I'm about to turn 37, single and no kids, but I too am looking into different careers. Glad I decided to read this! - 5/12/2008 11:07:45 AM
  • Another potential alternate title could be For Empty Nesters-Whether You Have Kids Or Not. - 4/3/2008 3:44:38 PM
  • Great article. - 3/23/2008 5:44:13 PM
  • This wonderful article should be titled "career change". This is for anyone of any age. - 3/9/2008 1:26:50 AM

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