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 34: Your Home on College Breaks: Prepping Your Child’s Room

Hello, my ah-mazing empty nest friend!
 
Last week, April Force Pardoe shared tips on how to prepare your home for the empty nest. This week, I thought I would share some thoughts I have about your child’s room: how to adapt it as they head off to and attend college. Enjoy!
 
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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • What you can do now to prepare your child’s room for college, for the college years and beyond
    • Why you should talk with your child about their room
    • How to assist your child in letting go of and organizing items accumulated over the years
    • The importance of recognizing that boundaries will change when your child returns home

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. If your child is heading off to college, or in college, what is the condition of their space in your home?
  2. Do you have long-term plans for that space that your child may not be aware of?

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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 33: How to Prepare Your Home for the Empty Nest with April Force Pardoe

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 

As you sit in the simmer of your life and work on things for the next version of you, one of the areas you may want to begin to consider is how you want your home to look in the empty nest years. You may start dreaming about this early and make changes over time – or all at once if that is how you roll. 

Is your home set up to accommodate those dreams of yours?  If not, why not begin making some changes now?

My guest, today, April Force Pardoe, is your Designer Bestie. April has fantastic suggestions in this episode where she also shares impactful tips and tricks with us. She is a ball of energy, and I can’t wait for you to hear this episode.

Take a listen, or read the transcript, below.

Think of creating one cozy space … where you can create a space, to sit and relax and maybe be surrounded by a couple of things you love. ~ April Force Pardoe

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

    • To Consider Changes to Your Master Bedroom Space
    • The Importance of Lighting
    • The Importance of One Cozy Space
    • Common Decorating Mistakes
    • Why April is Happy For You
    • To Dream About Your Home
    • If April Likes Waffles or Pancakes

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Is your home your retreat?  
  2. Have you thought about your home in the empty nest (years)? 

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