My daughters are in their early 20s and are out of the house again (covid brought them back 🙄). Even though they are leaving, I'm really not sad about it; I'm actually really happy. They are doing great things and I couldn't be prouder. I'm also more of an introvert so them leaving doesn't hit so hard because we can always call/text.
Mostly, I'm so excited to have time with my husband, but also have time with myself. I can't wait to do the things I want to do like sewing and rollerskating, being able to travel, and gardening. Plus, I can find more things I want to do and am interested in. By far, this is my favorite part of parenting.
But I'm just curious, how do you fill your time? It would be nice to try out a new daily routine that is just about me. I'm not big on exercise, but all ideas are helpful
I have three children 26, 24 & 20. The last is a Junior in college, so I’m not officially an empty nester, but I kind of am while she’s in school. I have committed more time to the activities I didn’t have a lot of time for when I was a full time mom. I golf, do yoga, walk on the treadmill, walk our 15 month old Lab 🙄, have joined a book group, and needlepoint and paint— I’ve signed up for a watercolor class that begins in Nov and I volunteer. I’ve just tried a few things here and there, but hopefully my list will give you some ideas. I also have a PT job at Athleta that I’ve had for 5 years! 👏❤️! I work three days a week and LOVE my job! They are hiring if you are interested. There are times in my day that I get a little anxious if I don’t have something to fill my time. I’m working on just being and it’s really hard. Try some things and you’ll fall into a happy rhythm. I just have to say that I do not like being an empty nester. I was a FT mom and that energy and responsibility is all I’ve known my adult life. It’s hard to channel my energies now.