Your kids are your life. You’ve devoted 18+ years raising them to be the best that they can be. Throughout the moments ranging from chaotic and heartfelt, you’ve grown accustomed to having your kids occupy your time and energy. But now that they’ve left you with an empty nest, you’re wondering Now what?
Many parents are disillusioned with the fact that life is different now. Instead of dwelling on the change, look at it this way: more opportunities have opened for you. Consider trying out these suggestions to live your best empty nest life!
With all that free time, you can now travel to that country you’ve been daydreaming about. When was the last time you went on vacation without your kids? If you can’t even remember, then definitely put your explorer’s hat on and travel more.
Don’t limit yourself to sight-seeing and other relaxed tourist activities either. Consider doing more adventure travel activities like scuba diving, zip lining, or backpacking in the mountains. The world is yours!
Take Up New Hobbies
In addition to traveling, taking up a new hobby is a wonderful way to make the most out of your empty nest life. Personal growth and development should be practiced throughout one’s life. Seeing yourself improve at your hobby little by little each day is a rewarding feeling unlike anything else. Learn how to play an instrument, refine your culinary skills, practice a sport, create art, read more books, start a blog. The possibilities are endless!
Go Back to School
It doesn’t have to be the kind of school that your kids go to! There are many classes out there for adults looking to learn a new skill. Language classes, yoga classes, and cooking classes are just a few of the many options that you can take advantage of.
You may be wondering about the benefits of taking a class rather than just teaching yourself these skills. The biggest benefit of taking a class is meeting and getting to know the other students. Who doesn’t like making new friends?
Renovate the House
Embrace change! If you’ve always dreamt of redesigning your house, now is the perfect time. Undergoing a full-on renovation could be hard for families (especially for the grump teens who just want to sleep in). Now that you’re living the empty nest life, you have more flexibility to do what you want with your house.
Create an environment that you’ve always wanted to live in using baby steps if a large-scale project is not right for you. Start with your backyard. Clean it up and plant flowers here and there. Then, move onto to painting the walls in your house a different color. From there, you can take on bigger projects such as tearing down walls or replacing cabinets.
If you’re considering downsizing to a new house, definitely consider renovating your old house to up its value when you put it for sale on the market.
Start a Small Business
Ambitious parents who want to take the empty nest life and flip it on its head should consider starting their own business. Bear in mind, that this tip is not for everyone, especially if your business venture will go beyond the realm of e-commerce.
Do your research before starting your business. First, come up with an idea of what you want to do. You want to start a restaurant, sell handmade crafts online, be a florist, or provide consultative services? Great. Now, look into what type of licenses and financing you’ll need to run your business.
Try reaching out to friends that you know have their own businesses and ask for their advice. Again, do your research. That is the most important piece of advice that all entrepreneurs should practice.
With time, patience, hard work, and unequivocal belief in your idea, you can start your business off in the right direction.
Now THAT is how you live the empty nest life!