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Empty Nesters Find Purpose and Motivation

The Action Step Guide Once the Children Leave


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Just reaching this stage now. Not an easy transition! Report
Volunteer. Many people and organizations need your skills. Do something for someone else. Travel. Read. Garden. Help with your grandchildren. Returement is wonderful. Report
My husband and I are in our early 70s but still are responsible for the well-being of several elderly relatives. In both our families we tend to live to our late 90s and beyond. Our elders sacrificed to nurture us, so we don't have too many disagreements as to our need to look after them. (Sure hope our own kids feel that way.) Report
Retired. Had plans, but life ... gave me a grandchild to raise. I am the oldest "parent" at the school. Report
I am looking forward to the empty nest when we do not have pets in the house any more. I had just felt like I had the last of the dog and cat hair ferreted out of all the corners when Dearly Beloved started jonesing for cats. Swine Cat gets into everything and is a general pest. Report
We had elderly parents in our home 23 years, my Dad 12+ years, Pop's Dad 1 year, and Pop's Mom, we helped care for her 11 years. While I cared for my Dad I did childcare in our home, 3 and 4 babies or preschoolers, hours were 7:30 to 7:30, 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. After my Dad went to our heavenly home, Papaw came down with lung cancer and both parents moved into our home. When Papaw went to our heavenly home, we began to travel, but when we were home, we cared for Mamaw 11 years. To fill my spare time during the following years, I picked up writing through blogging, and art with acrylics, oils and watercolors. And I love spending time with our grand and great grandchildren. Report
retired. had plans...they fell through. stay busy volunteering, reading, and exercising, rearranging. Report
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I am retiring in less than 5 months. I have no children but I am planning to volunteer for charities I don't have time for when working full time. Report
Thanks. Report
Need to pass this to Dearly Beloved. He was forceably retired 5 years ago. At the time he had three hobbies-reading, sleeping and hating work. Now he is down to reading and sleeping. I no longer do the 8-5 but have been busy trying to get to everything I put aside for lack of time while working. Good process for anyone making a change. Report
I retired 6 years ago to care for my mother. Now that she has passed, my goal is to improve my health & then see what I would like to do for travel money. Report
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. Report
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? Report

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