30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success: Your Life’s Toolbox (part 2) & Taking Inventory 💚 (10/30)

The 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success: Your Life's Toolbox (part 2) & Taking Inventory (10/30)💚

In this podcast episode, we chat a bit more about your life's toolbox. 

"This 30-Day Challenge is a perfect example of a bottom of your toolbox item."

Looking for an episode transcript? You'll find it below! 

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  • 03:47 Journal Prompt

💚 Send audio feedback to Coach Christine now: voicemail/text to 920-LIFEWIN (920-543-3946). 

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For those who are freaking out about the empty nest years. It is time to make the rest of your life the best of your life!

Coach Christine,

Your Empty Nest Coach

"This 30-Day Challenge is a perfect example of a bottom of your toolbox item."

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The Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 178

Challenge: Your Life's Toolbox (part 2) & Taking Inventory (10/30)

FULL TRANSCRIPT

[level-up music]

Your Life’s Toolbox and Periodically taking inventory is our topic for today (Day 10) in the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success. 

[level-up music]

If this is your first time listening,  know we are diving into the challenge content. If you like what you hear, jump back to the episode titled “Getting Started with the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success” and then work your way through from the beginning - or visit EmptyNestSuccess.com to sign up for daily or weekly email delivery of this challenge that will lead you to companion videos, additional journal prompts, resources and more!

Here we go: 

00:45

Hello, amazing human and beautiful soul! If you started at the beginning, you are now a third of the way through the challenge. Congratulations! While these episodes may be short in time, you showing up for yourself regularly (or even not so regularly - ha!), is a win - and you know I like to celebrate those. 

We began this challenge at the top of your toolbox and the idea of adding items to the top that are usually quick, reset type items, or things you enjoy doing. Also, with the idea that using them should become a conscious choice that you are gifting yourself with the time to use them or to do them. 

When diving into really discovering who we are and becoming the C.E.O or Conscious Effective Olympian of your life, we sometimes need to look a bit deeper, take a little more inspired action, or feel led to do something that requires a bit more of your resources. 

This 30-Day challenge is a perfect example of a bottom of your toolbox item. Joining a support group, or a club, learning a new skill or language, heading to therapy, journaling over time and reflecting on your entries are all other great examples, too - and this is only a teeny tiny sampling. 

The daily action of journaling, for me, is that top of the toolbox item, it's something that helps you to become present in the moment and consider things, but long term, over time, journaling and reflection, to me, that’s a bottom of the toolbox item. 

What you may find interesting is things that I personally have in the bottom of my toolbox or the top of my toolbox may also be in your toolbox but in different positions based on where you are in your journey. 

Let’s also have a brief chat about taking inventory of your toolbox. Who you are right now in this moment is different from who you will be tomorrow, the next day, and the next day, think about six months - a year out. The items in your toolbox may work for you forever, OR, they may run their course, being something you needed just for a certain amount of time, which allows you to declutter and with the new found space, look for new items for your toolbox. 

The reminder here is to continue your journey, and to consider new ways to develop who you are along the journey. Please, don't feel limited to things you hear from me or others. Trust your inner guidance - and that’s something that will become easier over time. 

I have more information about your toolbox beginning with Season 1, episode 88 of my podcast.

03:47

[level-up music]

Your journal prompt for today is …. Can you think of three new bottom of your toolbox items that you may want to attempt in the future?

03:58

[level-up music]

As always, I provide content to make you think. My hope is that I am able to provide you with thoughts that positively impact your life. If you enjoyed this episode, I invite you to take a moment to follow this podcast - it is free after all - AND become this podcast's hero by sharing it with others! You’ll find links to additional resources, time markers and more in the show notes. 

[exit music - upbeat]

Thanks for listening today! Check out that toolbox, and don’t you dare forget that you are amazing! 

Chat next time!

[end]


Your Empty Nest Coach Christine has her arms out wide and looking up to the sky while in nature, text leads to the online home for the 30-Day  Challenge to Empty Nest Success

30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success

It's time to take control of your new reality and turn it into a positive experience. Do the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success and get started on your amazing new chapter in life! All are welcome - whether the empty nest is ahead or you've been in it for years and anywhere between. 

30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success: The Power of Presence 💚 (9/30)

The 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success: The Power of Presence (9/30)💚

In this podcast episode, I invite you to consider if your mind is where your body is (presence).

"The ability to tune into where you are; to be present; tuning into the now, is a fun activity to be able to do."

Looking for an episode transcript? You'll find it below! 

This Episode is Brought To You By

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Episode Topics & Their Minute Markers

  • 00:42 Skip the intro & jump into today's topic
  • 03:36 Journal Prompt

💚 Send audio feedback to Coach Christine now: voicemail/text to 920-LIFEWIN (920-543-3946). 

You may be interested in…

For those who are freaking out about the empty nest years. It is time to make the rest of your life the best of your life!

Coach Christine,

Your Empty Nest Coach

"The ability to tune into where you are; to be present; tuning into the now, is a fun activity to be able to do.""

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The Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 177

Challenge: The Power of Presence (9/30)

FULL TRANSCRIPT

[level-up music]

The Power of Presence is our topic for today (Day 9) in the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success. 

[level-up music]

If this is your first time listening,  know we are diving into the challenge content. If you like what you hear, jump back to the episode titled “Getting Started with the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success” and then work your way through from the beginning - or visit EmptyNestSuccess.com to sign up for daily or weekly email delivery of this challenge that will lead you to companion videos, additional journal prompts, resources and more! 

Here we go: 

00:42

Hello, amazing human and beautiful soul, jumping off of our last episode’s topic about the future storytelling, today’s topic is another one of my favorites. 

Becoming present is a great way to turn off the autopilot mode of your life. Whether it's playing a board game, taking in a sunrise or a sunset, reading, or whatever it is, that helps you “be.”  There’s a book all about this. It’s The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It's a great book. I’ll admit,  I’ve read it multiple times and even created a book discussion for it in the Empty Nest Success home, and you may join that anytime. 

Have you ever paid attention to how often you catch yourself mentally nowhere near where your body actually is - those moments or sometimes hours or days where we go through the motions of life yet our thoughts are continually not where we are physically. 

Maybe it’s replaying the past; worried about the future; working through a conversation that has already happened or has yet to happen.

Now, this isn’t always a bad thing, for sure, but becoming conscious of even just a little bit of this time and learning to direct your thoughts where you want to focus is an incredible skill to learn. 

After all, we are human be-ings. Be. Just be.

The ability to tune into where you are; to be present; tuning into the now, is a fun activity to be able to do. In the last episode, I discussed catching the moments where we are dropping into scenarios of life that aren’t “now.” Being aware of this, brings the ability to choose where you place yourself, and also choose, “now.”

By catching that “drop in” moment, you can then tune in and ask yourself things like, “Wait a minute, where am I focused right now? What am I doing? Am I going through the motions? Do I want to be going through the motions? Do I want to be more present? Or, What can I do to become present? 

Noticing you want to choose to be more present? Then, this is where the top of your toolbox items may come in handy.  

Sometimes, it's as easy as taking a few deep breaths. Other times, it's doing an activity, maybe taking a walk outside, you'll figure out what works for you and, also, your list may change over time. 

Often, those top of the toolbox items you’ve already noted are the ones that have the ability to bring you into the present moment. I love how that happens!

03:36

[level-up music]

Your journal prompt for today is on a scale from 1-10, how present are you in life? Here’s a bonus one: Do you want more presence moving forward?

 [exit music - upbeat]

Thanks for listening today! Tune into where you are - see if you’re present - and don’t you dare forget that you are amazing! 

Chat next time!

[end]


Your Empty Nest Coach Christine has her arms out wide and looking up to the sky while in nature, text leads to the online home for the 30-Day  Challenge to Empty Nest Success

30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success

It's time to take control of your new reality and turn it into a positive experience. Do the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success and get started on your amazing new chapter in life! All are welcome - whether the empty nest is ahead or you've been in it for years and anywhere between. 

30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success: Their Future – What’s Your Story? 💚 (8/30)

The 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success: Their Future - What's Your Story? (8/30)💚

In this podcast episode, I invite you to consider the different future-story-telling possibilities.

"I invite you to pay attention to the stories you are telling about the future - especially when it comes to stories about your child’s future."

Looking for an episode transcript? You'll find it below! 

This Episode is Brought To You By

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Episode Topics & Their Minute Markers

  • 00:43 Skip the intro & jump into today's topic
  • 03:31 Journal Prompt

💚 Send audio feedback to Coach Christine now: voicemail/text to 920-LIFEWIN (920-543-3946). 

You may be interested in…

For those who are freaking out about the empty nest years. It is time to make the rest of your life the best of your life!

Coach Christine,

Your Empty Nest Coach

"I invite you to pay attention to the stories you are telling about the future - especially when it comes to stories about your child’s future."

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The Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 176

Challenge: Their Future - What's Your Story? (8/30)

FULL TRANSCRIPT

[level-up music]

What’s your story about your child’s future? is our topic for today (Day 8) in the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success. 

[level-up music]

If this is your first time listening,  know we are diving into the challenge content. If you like what you hear, jump back to the episode titled “Getting Started with the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success” and then work your way through from the beginning - or visit EmptyNestSuccess.com to sign up for daily or weekly email delivery of this challenge that will lead you to companion videos, additional journal prompts, resources and more!

Here we go: 

00:43

Hi, amazing human and beautiful soul, I’d like you to consider, today, the storytelling that  you do about our child’s future (or your own future). 

Anytime we think, share, or talk about the future we are in imaginary-land.

Meaning, we are creating something (telling a story) that may or may not ever happen. How often are we telling stories that make us feel something other than really fantastic? 

Stop for a moment and take in that you have lived on this planet for decades figuring out things as you go. You rise to challenges, and sometimes you don’t, but you’re still here and you keep going. Trust in yourself that if the future plays out in an unexpected way that you’ll have all the resources you need in that moment - or, that the unexpected way could be a lovely surprise. 

Unless you are a time traveler,  (Do you have a tardis?) you aren’t in the future. 

You may not be surprised that I have an analogy for these future-story moments. Remember, these are moments when we are guessing what might happen in the future. 

Have you used Google earth? There’s that satellite view and then there’s an option to tap and get a street view style. There’s a little person you can drop onto a specific place in a singular moment and look around. 

Now, I imagine us (as we tell these future-story moments) it’s as if we have taken ourselves, and dropped us in this one particular moment that could possibly happen, but we have no resources to deal with because - it doesn’t exist now.

Meanwhile, you could have dropped yourself in all these other places - just like you can in Google street view - all these different ways that your future could eventually play out and that specific story moment may never, actually, happen. 

Yet, our mind will treat that story that we are telling as if it is true now. And the present moment? Well, that, we're currently missing.

I invite you to pay attention to the stories you are telling about the future - especially when it comes to stories about your child’s future. 

As I said in an earlier episode, there is a level of preparation that we all need about the future.

Try combining the what-if with it, and invite yourself to spend time in a future that, sure, while it can be practical but also why not make it exciting and fun? Right now, you deserve nothing less. 

I’ll talk about the present moment in the next episode. 

03:31

[level-up music]

Your journal prompt for today is ….What story do you tell about your child's future?

03:39

[level-up music]

As always, I provide content to make you think. My hope is that I am able to provide you with thoughts that positively impact your life. If you enjoyed this episode, I invite you to take a moment to follow this podcast - it is free after all - AND become this podcast's hero by sharing it with others! You’ll find links to additional resources, time markers and more in the show notes. 

[exit music - upbeat]

Thanks for listening today! What story will you tell about the future? And don’t you dare forget how amazing you are.

Chat next time!

[end]


Your Empty Nest Coach Christine has her arms out wide and looking up to the sky while in nature, text leads to the online home for the 30-Day  Challenge to Empty Nest Success

30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success

It's time to take control of your new reality and turn it into a positive experience. Do the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success and get started on your amazing new chapter in life! All are welcome - whether the empty nest is ahead or you've been in it for years and anywhere between. 

30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success: PSPF (7/30)

The 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success: PSPF  (7/30)💚

In this podcast episode, I share four things to remember as your household dynamic changes in the empty nest years. 

"The empty nest years can sometimes be a not-so-empty nest."

Looking for an episode transcript? You'll find it below! 

This Episode is Brought To You By

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  • 00:44 Skip the intro & jump into today's topic
  • 03:13 Journal Prompt

💚 Send audio feedback to Coach Christine now: voicemail/text to 920-LIFEWIN (920-543-3946). 

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For those who are freaking out about the empty nest years. It is time to make the rest of your life the best of your life!

Coach Christine,

Your Empty Nest Coach

"The empty nest years can sometimes be a not-so-empty nest."

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The Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 175

Challenge: PSPF  (7/30)

FULL TRANSCRIPT

[level-up music]

Four things to remember as you enter the empty nest years is our topic for today (Day 7) in the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success. 

Inspiring music]

If this is your first time listening,  know we are diving into the challenge content. If you like what you hear, jump back to the episode titled “Getting Started with the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success” and then work your way through from the beginning - or visit EmptyNestSuccess.com to sign up for daily or weekly email delivery of this challenge that will lead you to companion videos, additional journal prompts, resources and more!

Here we go: 

00:44

Hello, amazing human and beautiful soul! One of the most surprising things about the empty nest transition, I have found, is that there isn’t one singular transition period for all of us:

  • If you have more than one child, each child leaving mixes things up. 

  • Many children end up returning home for- ever, or, some period of time down the road. 

  • Just as your nest is becoming empty, you may become a caregiver to your parent and you may move in with them or they move in with you.

  • The empty nest years can sometimes be a not-so-empty nest.

The four things I’m mentioning today are great for each time your household dynamic changes for any reason, really, even if it is a return home from college break. Remember these four things as you adjust: PSPF. 

The first P? Is Patience for Self. S is for Self-love - more on that back in Day 5. The second P is Patience for Others; and finally F: for Fun! So we have patience, patience, love, and fun - what else do we really need in life?  (okay, outside of water, food, shelter and air). [giggle]

While these four things are fairly self-explanatory, I’ll say a little bit more. The Patience for Self is in the navigation of the change - giving yourself time to adjust and the space to feel the emotions. Self-Love: we absolutely do cover this more in Day 5, but as always, you are freaking amazing and don’t you dare forget it.

Next, we have Patience for Others - a change in the household impacts everyone in the household - that includes not only you and your partner(should you have one) but also siblings to those who are coming and going and it even impacts your pets.

Also, the impact may be different for each one of you. Having different emotions and being in different spaces is fine - and this is where the patience for one another helps.

And Finally - F for fun- it is super easy to forget this one in the day to day activities, the todo lists, all of the plans that  you have made, and so on.  I invite you to look for the fun, if you aren’t naturally finding it.

03:13

[level-up music]

Your journal prompt for today is …. Have you noticed others don't have the same emotions about the empty nest as you do? 

[exit music - upbeat]

Thanks for listening today! Go find some fun, and don’t you dare forget that you are freaking amazing! 

Chat next time!

[end]

Your Empty Nest Coach Christine has her arms out wide and looking up to the sky while in nature, text leads to the online home for the 30-Day  Challenge to Empty Nest Success

30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success

It's time to take control of your new reality and turn it into a positive experience. Do the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success and get started on your amazing new chapter in life! All are welcome - whether the empty nest is ahead or you've been in it for years and anywhere between. 

30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success: What if? 💚 (6/30)

The 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success: What if?  (6/30)💚

In this podcast episode, I invite you to consider the What if switcheroo.

"The possibilities here are endless. Allow What-if to open up your imagination, to shift your thoughts a bit, and see what happens."

Looking for an episode transcript? You'll find it below! 

This Episode is Brought To You By

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Episode Topics & Their Minute Markers

  • 00:41 Skip the intro & jump into today's topic
  • 04:38 Journal Prompt

💚 Send audio feedback to Coach Christine now: voicemail/text to 920-LIFEWIN (920-543-3946). 

You may be interested in…

For those who are freaking out about the empty nest years. It is time to make the rest of your life the best of your life!

Coach Christine,

Your Empty Nest Coach

"The possibilities here are endless. Allow What-if to open up your imagination, to shift your thoughts a bit, and see what happens."

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The Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 174

Challenge: What if?  (6/30)

FULL TRANSCRIPT

[level-up music]

What if? is our topic for today (Day 6) in the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success.   

[level-up music]

If this is your first time listening, know we are diving into the challenge content. If you like what you hear, jump back to the episode titled “Getting Started with the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success” and then work your way through from the beginning - or visit EmptyNestSuccess.com to sign up for daily or weekly email delivery of this challenge that will lead you to companion videos, additional journal prompts, resources and more! 

Here we go: 

00:41

Amazing human and beautiful soul….this one has been a game-changer for me and it might be for you as well! 

I invite you to choose a topic that is near the top of your mind. 

[pause] 

Now I’d like you to form the first sentence that comes to mind around that topic that begins with What if…

[pause] What question came to mind for you?  

[pause]

Is it a positive question or a negative question? 

Meaning,  do you go to what if this particular scenario that wouldn’t be good, happens? Or do you go to something more along the lines of what if this incredible thing happens that’s super fun? 

For many of us (and this may be you), what-iffing a topic may automatically bring on worries and concerns.  

For example: Your child is considering changing their college major and you go to, “What if this major my child has chosen provides no job opportunities?” 

or

“What if this [awful thing] happens?” And that [awful thing] is whatever you mind has  chosen to insert today.

While having a healthy level of outlook and preparation is not bad at all, when we always focus on the what ifs that can go wrong and never consider the what ifs that can go right - we tend to only find more things that can go wrong, and more things, and more things. 

I have loved the switcheroo of the what ifs to positive so much so that I no longer focus on affirmations without putting what if in front of them. For the rare breed of human who fully believes a new affirmation they’re given for their lives out of the gate, you wouldn’t need to do this but if you hear an affirmation for your life and think, “yeah, right” or something similar, then try this what-if switcheroo! 

An example might be nice. If you have an affirmation such as:

I am capable of doing anything I want. I am smart, beautiful and know who I am as a human. 

You could find yourself pushing back on a portion of that - or all of it - but then add What if to the beginning and wow - things get interesting. 

Let’s try it with that same affirmation. I’ll give you some space after each one so that you may  repeat these to yourself. 

What if I am capable of doing anything I want?  

[pause]

What if I am smart, beautiful and know who I am as a human? 

[pause]

What if? 

It gets interesting, doesn’t it? Of course, you can use this for your thoughts about your kids…

What if my child pursues their dream and it all works out?   

And any topic under the sun - even to thoughts about your upcoming errands:

What if the time in the waiting room flies by and I have fun? 

With this consideration, I ask you: 

What if everything works out? 

What if you could do anything in the world when you wake up tomorrow? 

The possibilities here are endless. Allow What-if to open up your imagination, to shift your thoughts a bit, and see what happens. 

Give what-iffing your life a try today.   

04:38

[level-up music]

Your journal prompt for today is …. What if you dreamt like you did when you were a child, and think "what if" that thing happens?

04:50

[level-up music]

As always, I provide content to make you think. My hope is that I am able to provide you with thoughts that positively impact your life. If you enjoyed this episode, I invite you to take a moment to follow this podcast - it is free after all - AND become this podcast's hero by sharing it with others! You’ll find links to additional resources, time markers, and more in the show notes. 

[exit music - upbeat]

Thanks for listening today! Will you try the What-if switcheroo? Either way, don’t you dare forget that you are amazing! 

Chat next time!

[end]


Your Empty Nest Coach Christine has her arms out wide and looking up to the sky while in nature, text leads to the online home for the 30-Day  Challenge to Empty Nest Success

30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success

It's time to take control of your new reality and turn it into a positive experience. Do the 30-Day Challenge to Empty Nest Success and get started on your amazing new chapter in life! All are welcome - whether the empty nest is ahead or you've been in it for years and anywhere between.