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Chronicles of an Empty Nester | Now What?

The empty nest. It’s a phrase that strikes fear in the hearts of many parents who suddenly find themselves with a lot of extra time on their hands. As kids grow up, move out, and start their own lives, their parents are often left wondering what to do with all their newfound freedom.

Well, there’s no need to worry! There are plenty of things empty nesters can do to fill the void. Here are just a few ideas:

1. Get creative! Take up a new hobby, like painting, sculpting, or woodworking. Not only can it be a great stress reliever, it’s also a great way to express yourself. Plus, it might even make you a few extra bucks if you’re talented enough to sell your creations!

2. Take a class. Learning something new can be incredibly rewarding, whether it’s a cooking class, a language class, or anything else. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people and expand your social circle.

3. Travel. Now that you have free time, why not use it to explore the world? Go on a cruise, take a road trip, or book a flight to a far-off destination. It’s a great way to recharge and see new places.

4. Start a business. If you’ve ever dreamed of being an entrepreneur, now is the perfect time to make it happen. You can realize your business dreams with the right research and planning.

5. Get involved in your community. Volunteering or joining a local organization can be a great way to meet new people and positively impact your community. Who knows, you might even find a new passion or discover something you never knew about yourself.

6. Spend time with your grandkids if you have some. Whether you’re babysitting or just visiting, spending time with your grandkids can be a great way to pass the time and bond with the next generation. But, if you’re like me and don’t have any grandkids, there is always day drinking!!

7. Take up a sport. Whether it’s rock climbing, yoga, or something else, taking up a sport can help you stay active and fit. Plus, it can be a great way to stay connected with friends and family.

Empty nesters don’t have to be bored or lonely. With a little bit of creativity, you can find plenty of ways to keep yourself busy and entertained. So don’t be afraid to take advantage of your newfound freedom – you won’t regret it!


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