Empty Nesters: How to Enjoy Some of Your Best Years Yet!

You might be an empty nester, but I have some great ideas to help you enjoy some of your best years yet!redesign your life

In Part 1, https://ibloom.co/blog/empty-nesters-enjoy-years-part/, I talked about:

1. RECONNECTING with your husband and/or yourself

2. RECONNECTING with God.

In Part 2, https://ibloom.co/blog/empty-nesters-enjoy-years-part-2/, you discovered the value of:

3. RECONNECTING with friends

4. COMMUNICATING with family members

In Part 3,https://ibloom.co/blog/empty-nesters-enjoy-years/, I encouraged you to:

5. EMBRACE INTERESTS by revitalizing old interests and

6. Exploring new interests

 

Two more tips this week will help you transition into empty nest years for some of the best years yet!

7. Embrace Interests: Create a Reading List

Sitting and reading used to be a luxury. NOW you can luxuriate daily in wonderful reading material. Choose a “reading” spot in your home. Make it cozy, comfy and inviting. Add a quilt or soft blanket. Make sure you have a place to put your coffee or tea. A cute lamp is functional and adds to the ambiance. And have a highlighter, page flags, pen and notepad for recording tidbits you want to remember. Place a pretty basket by that comfy chair to hold your magazines, devotional, Bible and books for reading.

Select a few books for your reading time. Let these questions guide you in selecting reading material:

  • Ask close friends for reading recommendations
  • Is there a fiction series you’ve been eager to read?
  • What non-fiction topics are you interested in: leadership; photography; health; investing; a biography?
  • How do you want to grow spiritually? What author or topic will stimulate spiritual growth?
  • What inspires you? What theme will motivate you in a positive way?

Now…settle in and ENJOY!!

8.    Redesign your house and/or life

Life is full of restarts: middle school to high school; high school to college; starting any new job; marriage; having kids; and now the empty nest years. Each life stage presents an opportunity to do some redesigning. Maybe this is a good time to redesign your house. Or maybe your life needs a bit of renovation.

If your house needs redesigning, follow these steps:

  • Throw away, give away, sell EVERYTHING you don’t need anymore. Be ruthless about this. Get rid of it!!
  • Select YOUR colors – colors that make you feel GREAT!
  • Layer as you redesign: start with carpet or area rugs; add wooden furniture then upholstered furniture; select interesting lighting; choose artwork that means something to you, like scenes from places you’ve traveled, artists you enjoy, scenes that inspire you; choose interesting throw pillows; and then add accessories. Don’t clutter but add accessories that let your personality shine.
  • Remember to use interesting colors, shapes, textures and designs.

To redesign your LIFE, remember the layering effect:

  • Take inventory of all your activities and “retire” from the ones that are no longer serving you.
  • Surround yourself with people and activities that bring out your best.
  • Layer as you decorate your life:

– Flooring: identify what’s most important to you and make sure those people and activities are the foundation of your life.

– Schedule regular time with people who are most important to you.

– Schedule regular time doing something you are really interested in.

– Identify what you want to focus on for good health and take steps to get you there.

– Go through your closet and accessories. Get rid of out of style items and things you just don’t feel good in anymore. Shop for a few new stylish items that show off the new you.

– Plan a trip to someplace you’ve dreamed of going to.

– Learn something new.

This new life stage is a time for you to redesign yourself, your activities and your surroundings. The empty nest years will be some of your best years yet!

Please leave a comment and share some of your favorite books or how you are redesigning your home and/or life!! And watch for Part 5 of this blog series.

 

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Betsy Ringer

Betsy has had a long career that includes training supervisors and managers at a large health care facility, creating new departments in churches and speaking to a wide variety of audiences. Many have discovered their design through her training in Spiritual Gifts, Personality and Passion. She is the speaking specialist at iBloom and uses her many years of experience to mentor other women entrepreneurs. She has jeeped in deserts in Mexico, hiked to remote waterfalls, landed on a glacier in a helicopter, parasailed over whales and went white water rafting in Alaska. Her adventuresome spirit is contagious and you will certainly catch her zest for life.
About Betsy Ringer

Betsy has had a long career that includes training supervisors and managers at a large health care facility, creating new departments in churches and speaking to a wide variety of audiences. Many have discovered their design through her training in Spiritual Gifts, Personality and Passion. She is the speaking specialist at iBloom and uses her many years of experience to mentor other women entrepreneurs. She has jeeped in deserts in Mexico, hiked to remote waterfalls, landed on a glacier in a helicopter, parasailed over whales and went white water rafting in Alaska. Her adventuresome spirit is contagious and you will certainly catch her zest for life.

Comments

  1. This is a great post Betsy! When we became empty-nesters, I went back to school to be trained as a Professional Life Coach. It is an incredible journey.

  2. Lori Burrell says:

    Betsy,
    This series has been fabulous!
    I actually printed Tip # 8 to reread- such great stuff!
    Thank you for sharing all your wonderful experiences and ideas with the rest of us.

  3. Betsy,
    Fantastic article. We just became empty nesters, so now I practice what I’ve been teaching!
    Marla Levie
    President, Focus on Aging
    http://www.focusonaging.com

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  5. Thanks for all the tips! I’m not quite an empty nester yet. Our last two children at home are commuting to college so it’s looking empty around here.

    When you talked about redesigning your home, I realized that I’ve been doing it unintentionally. Making a bedroom into a sewing/guest bedroom, dejunking a lot, and adding some new furniture is like having a home makeover for us.

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