empty nester
Dear Sages

Soon To Be Empty Nester: Ideas For The Next Chapter

Dear Sages,

Stay-at-home mom here with one in college and one still home for 2 years. I’m starting to worry about what to do with myself when the nest empties. Do you have any advice on how to reinvent myself?

I’ll be 49. Is it too late to figure out what I want to be when I grow up?

Sincerely, What’s Next

Dear Next,

45 and all the chickens will have flown the coop? We’re jealous. You’ve got plenty of time for another chapter. Hell, you’ve got time to write a 3 part series.

For starters, we hate the term reinvent. You don’t need to start over, you just need to allow what’s there to blossom. Also, spoiler alert: you ARE grown up. That’s a good thing. You have life experience. Let’s put it to good use!

Dig deep down and make a list of all the things you’re good at. Don’t be coy; write it ALL down. More importantly, start a second list of all the things you wish you were good at or wanted to try but never got around to it.

You didn’t specify if you wanted to continue to remain at home or go out in the workforce so maybe this list includes some job or business ideas. Dream big, Friend. And write down EVERYTHING that comes to mind. Don’t let that bitch voice inside tell you all the reasons you can’t, shouldn’t, won’t succeed.

Whoopee if this leads you to a single epiphany about what’s next. More likely it will give you a few different ideas to pursue. Do it. Whether it’s school or lessons or information you can find on the internet, DO IT!!!!

Most importantly, confide in a friend what you’re working on/towards. Saying it out loud makes it real. When someone can ask you about your progress, it makes you accountable and motivated to accomplish something. Keep us posted!

xo, Your Sages

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