An Empty Nest Repurposed

The last couple of days I have thought a lot about my life purpose.  What am I supposed to be doing?  Where am I headed?  This comes at a time when I am experiencing the empty nest.  My three, amazing children have grown and are busy living their lives.  My incredible husband is busy with his career and providing for us and then there is me…

When I was a little girl I didn’t think about life purpose.  I just lived life.  Then at 18 years old I met my soulmate, we married and started our family.  There was an energy about us that was almost palpable.  As we busily tended to our family I didn’t pay attention as the seconds turned into minutes, minutes turned into hours, hours turned into days, days turned into weeks…months…then years…and now here I sit looking back on my life.  My life purpose then seemed crystal clear.  It was so clear that I didn’t even think about it.

As I reflect on my past and turn my attention to the present and also the future I find that I am a little confused.  I am caught off balance.  Here I sit with an empty nest, incredible life experiences and educational pursuits now questioning my purpose and direction in life.  There are so many paths that I could take.  Now, I just need to figure out which one.  What are your thoughts about the empty nest syndrome, family and life purpose?

Growing stronger…


6 thoughts on “An Empty Nest Repurposed

  1. Candy S says:

    It is time to focus on you now. What is your passion, what do you enjoy doing? But don’t forget date night(s), hubby shouldn’t work all the time… 🙂

    • stacysflutterings says:

      Thank you Candy for sharing your insight! I especially like what you said about this being a time to focus on me now. I couldn’t agree more with the date nights! When I get used to the empty nest I am sure it will be wonderful, but right now it seems unsettling. I guess I need to give myself time to adjust and as you pointed out – focus on what I am passionate about. Thank you again so much!

  2. Grown and Flown says:

    I can relate as our oldest is in college and our youngest, in tenth grade, is beginning to think about where she will go. All too soon, it will be very quiet around our house, too. Thank goodness for our labradors! A friend and I started a blog, Grown and Flown:Parenting from the Empty Nest, to write about how we are experiencing this time in our lives. 14 others have written posts along with us. Come and visit! and best wishes, too!

    • stacysflutterings says:

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Thank goodness for our pets! I love labs! They are wonderful. I have a mini dachshund and a cat that help keep me company. 🙂

      I will definitely check out your blog! Writing about our experiences can be very therapeutic and fun too! I hope you will come back and visit!

      All the best!


  3. Shirley Mullen says:

    Stacy, it is difficult to adjust to the empty nest. I remember well the feelings and in time came to understand my purpose in this life. Helping others that are suffering and struggling for guidance and information in the wake of a loved ones illness I think is your purpose Stacy. You’ve opened doorways of information and support for many people already Stacy. Keep writing and sharing your knowledge and sensitivity to others.
    Love, Mom

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