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Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation
The Action Step Guide Once the Children Leave
5/26/2012 8:38:21 AM
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.
8/23/2011 6:36:48 PM
After 20 years in non profit management, i am now entering the hospitality industry...so looking forward to starting a new career track.
8/23/2011 1:01:35 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.
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!
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