Empty Nest- Week 5

So this was a pretty great week! I spent most of the week working on household projects. I am working my way through the house one room at a time purging and re-purposing. That is nice and all, but this weekend I did something I consider very “empty nester”. Over the past few weeks I have come to think that this empty house can either be a curse or a reward. A curse if I choose to wish for the days that have passed;  a reward if I focus on how lucky I am to have two wonderful children that made it through school and into college, and now have the time to investigate my interests. Yesterday. . . I reaped a reward of raised children!

I have been learning/practicing yoga intermittently for the past 10 years. I really enjoy all kinds of yoga and feel it’s impact on my body and life when I commit to it regularly. Unfortunately so far I have not been able to sustain any kind of practice for more than a couple of months. I am hoping to change that! Yesterday a friend and I followed our interest and not our experience. As complete novices, we attended Wanderlust 108, a mind-full triathlon. It was amazing! It started off with a 5k followed by 90 minutes of yoga and then 25 minutes of meditation. The rest of the day was spent wandering through wellness tents and attending various workshops and activities. I have seen pictures of hundreds of people doing yoga or meditating together, but honestly didn’t really get the appeal. Totally get it now! There is something to being surrounded by so much positive energy and so many people just wanting to enjoy the same experience.  I am ecstatic that I took a chance and followed my interest, and so grateful I had friend willing to share the experience.

This was a great start to focusing on the rewards of the empty nest! Next week is going to be incredible:)

 

Empty Nest-Week 4

I am a day late, but better late than never! It was a week packed with ups and downs. In this post I want to focus on the up! I got to visit my dd (darling daughter)! It has been about a month since we dropped her off for her freshman year. It was the best a mom could hope for. I got to spend time with her, her roommate, and some of her new friends. It was incredible. She has already grown so much in such a short time. It was clear that she is happy and settling into her new home. She already has such a connection with her surroundings and new friends. Brunch with her sweet friends had the ease that comes with old friends. Part of my heart aches with not seeing her every day, while the other part bursts with joy at the beauty of her new life. Thank goodness for my beautiful BAMA welcoming me home. Without him the house would have been way to quiet with everyone away doing their thing. I am a lucky woman.

Empty Nest-Week 3

So this week has been a week of quotes:

  • Super Soul Sunday podcast-“We want life to be a train ride. We choose a destination and have a few stops along the way, but ultimately end up where we choose. But, life is more like a sailboat ride.” (I feel like this was directed right at me! The sooner I accept that the sooner I can sit back and enjoy the ride, the better the ride will be!)
  • Yoga teacher” Don’t fear change. Things only last as long as they should, or need to.” (Take the good and the bad, learn from it, and remember that nothing lasts forever. Enjoy the good, grow from the difficult and be grateful for everything in your life.)
  • Friend-“…this empty nest thing doesn’t have to be a bad thing…” ( After 20 years of being devoted to my children, it might be fun to go with the flow)

There is wisdom all around me. I just need to be open to it.

Empty Nest-Week 2

Week two is in the books! I made it through another one. I think the key is to have a focus each week. Last week I focused on getting back into a workout routine, 2 days of yoga and 2 of Pilates. Enough to make me feel like I am working, but not enough to overwhelm me. Just need to keep it going.

Not much to say, but I survived!!! On to next week. The goal is to clean, organize and multipurpose the kids empty rooms. Wahoo!