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Welcome the EmptyNest – It might be your BEST yet!

EmptyNesters My husband and I became empty-nesters last year.  Our favorite daughter is in London studying for a Masters Degree.  During the first few months after she left, I wasn’t sure who was going to have a nervous breakdown myself or my daughter.  I prayed so hard for God to protect her — hence, I am still praying.

These days, I am really enjoying this new Chapitre.  It’s time to explore new opportunity and self-renewal.   Mantra is “my daughter grew up and I got a life.”  Ready for this new Chapitre of Life — I must tell you I am enjoying every minute of it.  I miss my daughter a lot and can’t wait for her to come back to the States.

For those of you who are or will navigate the emptynest wave soon, I am here to tell you it might be your BEST yet.   It ‘s a great time to say “self, I welcome you home — let’s get reacquainted”; reconnect with your spouse — if you still have one; read and travel more; or do whatever you always wanted to do but couldn’t; accept the empty nest and live –“live a life full of flavor” and let it be your OWN flavor.  “Arriving at your Own Door” is a little book written by Jon Kabat-Zinn about learning to sit with yourself. In it, there is a great poem written by Derek Walcott…

“The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here.  Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel our own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.”

Xo,

Mimi LaRaque

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