In Part 1 I talked about:
1. RECONNECTING with your husband and/or yourself
2. RECONNECTING with God.
In Part 2 you discovered the value of:
3. RECONNECTING with friends
4. COMMUNICATING with family members
In Part 3 I encouraged you to:
5. EMBRACE INTERESTS by revitalizing old interests and
6. Exploring new interests
In Part 4 you took steps to:
7. EMBRACE INTERESTS: create a reading list
8. Redesign you life and/or life
Two more tips this week help you transition into empty nest years for some of the best years yet! Before the last two tips, be sure to:
- Take some time to rest. Your life has been full and through much of it you lived under the influence – of exhaustion. Rest. Even give yourself permission to simply “fritter” time away. You’ve probably never allowed yourself to do that, but there is something very restful in this act of slowing life down a bit.
- Take time to celebrate all you’ve accomplished during the child-rearing years. Celebrate the challenges you’ve overcome, your accomplishments and the lessons you’ve imparted along the way. Celebrate how far you’ve come.
You can enjoy some of the best years yet as you look forward. Maybe they are empty nest year years but they are full of life years. Helping others is extremely satisfying. When you reach out to others, you contribute to a better world. So as you continue to look at next steps, consider helping others through mentoring and/or providing a service.
You have skills, talents, abilities and wisdom to share with people who are younger. I know, I know…we rarely think we are at that stage when we can pour into the lives of others, but you can! NOW is your time to mentor. Consider one of these ideas or come up with your own idea:
- You and your husband can mentor a young couple.
- Mentor a young mom; maybe a neighbor or someone in a mom’s group at your church.
- Share a talent or skill with others who want to learn more. Mentor others in cooking, music, art, quilting, business skills or whatever talent you have to share.
- Get involved in the Big Sister program and help a young girl who needs guidance.
Mentoring is a way of leaving your legacy; passing on your passions and expertise.
10. Provide a service
As an empty nester, you have wisdom and abilities from the experience of life. You may have some flexibility with your time so you can provide a service that would be helpful to an organization, community, group or individual. Consider these ideas. Maybe they will spark another idea.
- Tutor: schools welcome tutors to help students who need extra attention.
- Write a regular article for a community paper or magazine.
- Deliver meals to shut-ins; drive an elderly neighbor to the grocery or doctor.
- Find a community project that you can provide a service for such as organizing a charitable event, offering a class or being on a project team.
You have much to offer. Whether you are mentoring or providing a service your contribution is important. Connect; contribute; coach.
In our comment section, please share a way you are mentoring or providing a service. OR what other ideas do you have about mentoring or providing a service? Let’s share our ideas.
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