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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 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.


7/1/2010 12:11:47 AM

SKEPHART827's SparkPage
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.


9/6/2008 7:12:24 PM

FL2PIECE's SparkPage
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.


5/12/2008 11:07:45 AM

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!


4/3/2008 3:44:38 PM

Another potential alternate title could be For Empty Nesters-Whether You Have Kids Or Not.


3/23/2008 5:44:13 PM

JIBBIE49's SparkPage
Great article.


3/9/2008 1:26:50 AM

MFCOMEDY's SparkPage
This wonderful article should be titled "career change". This is for anyone of any age.

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