Episode 36: Walking Through the Empty Nest Transition with Jo Davies

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
I am thrilled to bring this episode to you.
 
I enjoy scrolling through Instagram and making new connections on that platform. One account that always makes me smile is Midlife Highway, which is run by the ever so funny, Jo Davies. 
 
Jo has supremely fresh and funny posts and is highly engaged on the platform. She shared a few photos and Insta stories about her walk on the Camino de Santiago this year. The stories piqued my interest, and a few thoughts arrived in my head: I would like to know more about this walk, and I would like to know more about Jo. I bet some of her other followers would like to know more, too. I’m going to invite her to be a guest on my podcast.
 
I did.
 
And she said, “Yes!”
 
Not only that, she took the interview call while she was on holiday/vacation, and stayed up late! She’s got the amazing thing figured out! 
 
This conversation, along with my recent camping trip, simmered together to inspire me to create my GPS Reset Weekend: Unplugged and Charged Up retreats. A shout out to Jo for being a vital part of that recipe!
 
I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed speaking with her.
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • An introduction to Jo Davies
    • What inspired Jo to walk the Camino de Santiago
    • The impact of the walk in her life and why she has made it an annual walk
    • Jo’s advice to future empty nesters
    • And more!

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Have you ever done a long walk such as the ones Jo has completed? 
  2. Would you ever consider doing a walk like this?

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.

Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 35: Leveling Up in Life – Donkey Kong your Life

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
Life can be filled with lousiness sometimes. Right when you begin to feel like you are getting somewhere, suddenly something happens that has you feeling like you are back at square one. This is beautiful: it is real; it is life. Nowhere are we guaranteed smooth sailing or perfection, did you get that guarantee? Because I didn’t. But we get to live it – ALL of it. I encourage you to live through it, not run from it – the good, the bad, and the ugly – all of it because, you are ALIVE. It all comes down to who you want to be in each moment. I know you can be amazing, but you have to choose to live in it fully to level up in your life. In this episode, I share how I feel life is like Donkey Kong.
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • How life is like Donkey Kong
    • To notice that when you are sent back to the beginning of a level in your life, that how you show up is everything
    • The power in leveling up
    • To remove the drama as you play the game

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Do you feel like you are continually back where you started
  2. Have you noticed (or do you now notice) the leveling up in your life?

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.

A Digital Detox for Future Empty Nesters

Did you catch Good Morning America’s report on the power of a digital detox vacation?

I couldn’t agree more. I recently returned from a camping trip, and while preparing for it, I realized that I enjoy these trips tremendously because of the inability to use my cell phone.

It makes a few days feel like a week – I attribute that to the fact that I’m more present in my life when my phone has no service. Isn’t it crazy that by connecting ourselves in this way (online), that we disconnect ourselves from the life right in front of us?

I do a lot of coaching about living through your emotions and finding future you, but attempting to make significant changes in your life without being fully present is an uphill battle: a vertical rocky cliff type of battle.

This 2014 video, below, is one of my favorites. Yes, I realize the irony as I post this in my blog that you more than likely will read on your phone, but I’m sharing it anyway.

Are you living life or are you so plugged in that you can’t see the life you have right in front of you?

Tough questions, I know.

I don’t believe it needs to be all or nothing, as I’m a lover of technology for sure, but when the technology stops us from living life, it might take a full reset to find your balance again.

The key is that you have to be willing to LIVE life, and that means processing through all of your emotions.

In planning for my recent camping trip, I became inspired to invite a small group of women with me on my next excursion!

You’ll find all of the fun details here. Will you join me?

You are amazing,

Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 29: Christine, What Will I Do With My Time, and What Should I Do Next?

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 

I can’t begin to tell you how much I needed this episode when I wrote it. Throughout our life, we experience change. Sometimes it is expected, sometimes it is not. When we are unable to be patient with ourselves through the transition, things can get a little off course and “boil over.” 

In this episode, I talk about the importance of a simmer in a beef stew and what that has to do with your life. 

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • The importance of “sitting in the simmer” in your life
  • Why beef stew is a good analogy for transitions in our life
  • Future you is your navigation system not the predictor of your future

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Have you found future you yet?
  2. What was or is your biggest obstacle in finding future you?

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.

Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 28: The First Semester Transition: What to Expect and How Mom Can Help

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 

I am thrilled to bring you this episode!

Not only is if overflowing with content that I wish I had known before my daughter headed off to school, but I also learned a few things.

My guest, Katy Oliveira, Host of the Collegehood Advice podcast, shares her advice and tips on navigating the first semester and how we, as mothers, may help our children.

Take a listen, or read the transcript, below.
 
My Guest: Katy Oliveira, Host of the Collegehood Advice podcast
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • Your role as benefactor
  • How grade notifications are handled in college, and a quick chat about FERPA
  • Campus resources that parents should be aware of for their child
  • What are challenges our child might face in the first semester
  • Katy’s best piece of advice

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. What are you most focused on for your child’s first semester?
  2. If you went to college, what are some defining moments from your first semester? Do you remember any?

Where to find this episode’s guest: Katy Oliveira, Host of the Collegehood Advice Podcast

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You are preparing for the empty nest ahead as your child(ren) prepares, heads off to, and experiences college.