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.

Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast, Episode 32: What Life Skills Should My High School Child Be Mastering Now To Be Successful In College?

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 

This episode topic comes from a Green Popsicle Stick Group Facebook member. Once again, when I sat down to organize and script this out, I had no idea that I had so many thoughts on the subject. Too funny.

Katie asked, “What skills are you glad you taught your daughter before she went off to college? And, is there anything you wished you’d spent more time on with her?”

These are fantastic questions from Katie, whose daughter is already ahead of the game, as you will hear in this episode. 

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • Christine’s thoughts on useful life skills needed for college
    • Laundry: remember the bedding!
    • Consider limited food options and how your child will handle this
    • Cleaning and supplies
    • Money management 
    • Future Document Preparations
      • I-9 Form
      • W-4
      • Memorize Social Security Number
      • Safe Storage of Documents
    • Ditch the “Mom Organization Method”
    • School/life balance
    • Encourage hobbies
    • Tools for emotional health
    • Familiarity with Medical Appointments

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Do you have something to add to my life skills for college list? 
  2. If you attended college, did you feel prepared? 

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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 31: How do I Find Friends in the Empty Nest?

Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 

This episode topic is from a fellow listener who asked about finding friends in the later years of life. When I sat down to organize and script this out, I had no idea that I had so many thoughts on the subject. But then, I do have a lot of thoughts on many subjects, don’t I? Ha!

Anyway, remember that some friendships serve seasons of our life, and others are in for the long haul. Either way, if you are looking to add friendships into your life, take a little bit of time to figure out what you are looking for in a friend, and then enjoy looking for those new friendships!

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • To understand that some friendships are meant to serve seasons of your life
  • Ways to find new friends in the empty nest
  • To consider your current friendships
  • To figure out what you are looking for in a friend

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. How are you doing with your friendships?
  2. Do you have other suggestions for meeting new friends?

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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 30: I am not appreciated!

Cover image for the Your Empty Nest Coach Podcast Episode #30, Coach Christine with some coffee.
Hello, my Empty Nest Friend!
 

As a mom, unappreciative humans may surround you at all times. Some days it may feel like it is part of the job description. Is there even the slightest chance that you have created that yourself? Let’s think about that in today’s episode where I give you a little bit of tough love because feeling unappreciated is a lousy place to be.

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What You Will Learn in this Episode: 

  • What your thoughts have to do with how appreciated you feel
  • To think about who you want to show up as in the world even when your mind is confident that you are unappreciated
  • Consider using Pinterest for your future-you dreams (listener suggestion)

Episode Questions for You To Consider

  1. Do you currently identify with not feeling appreciated?
  2. When you have the thought that you are unappreciated, how do you feel?

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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 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.