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Embrace An Empty Nest And Slow Living

Kay Newton August 2023

Simplicity & Connection Thought Leader: Kay Newton

In the intricate tapestry of today’s world, women who enter the empty nest phase encounter challenges and opportunities that echo the complexities of our global landscape.

This pivotal stage marks a profound transformation, as our children set forth on their own journeys, and leave us to navigate feelings of loss, uncertainty, and a quest for purpose. 

“Simultaneously, our planet undergoes its own profound metamorphosis.”

Simultaneously, our planet undergoes its own profound metamorphosis. As it grapples with the existential threat of global warming, instilling in us a sense of uncertainty, loss, and apprehension about the future.

In the face of these parallel transformations, it is vital for women to approach this life chapter with determination to embrace both sustainability and self-discovery. As the pillars of their families and stewards of the Earth, women have the power to shape a greener and more promising future. By blending the wisdom of self-discovery with eco-friendly practices, we can pave the way for a brighter, greener, and more harmonious world for generations to come.

Embrace Change Move Towards Slow Living:

As the nest becomes vacant, the impulse to declutter, downsize, or transform the space into a workroom may take hold. However, before embarking on such endeavors or engaging in hobbies, it is imperative to integrate sustainability principles into our actions.

Whether it involves upcycling discarded items or exploring ethical fashion choices, embracing activities that contribute to a greener lifestyle while enriching our own lives is paramount. Before any changes are implemented, thoughtful consideration of where our clutter will find its new purpose is equally crucial.

Recognizing that recycling should not be someone else’s responsibility, we must confront the truth that the items we dispose of may never reach the recycling facilities. All too often, our discards find their way into the seas or landfills, contributing to environmental degradation. Instead, we must actively seek ways to donate to friends, family, neighbors, or charities, promoting reuse and reutilization of items. Moreover, transforming materials into new creations can become an art form of sustainability, lessening our reliance on wasteful consumption.

Environmental Stewardship:

Now that the children have embarked on their independent journeys, it presents an opportune time to channel our nurturing instincts towards a higher purpose – environmental stewardship. We can participate in recycling programs, community clean-ups, or conservation efforts. It enables us to play an active role in protecting and preserving our natural resources. With our commitment to these endeavors, we can inspire others to follow suit, creating a ripple effect of environmental awareness and action within our communities.

“As the nest empties, a world of possibilities unfolds, beckoning us to travel.”

Environmental stewardship can also be as simple as tending to our own backyards. By transforming our outdoor spaces into havens of biodiversity, we can create a mini “extinction rebellion” right at home. By planting flowers that attract and nurture bees, and allowing our lawns to grow wild, we relinquish the incessant need to mow and, in turn, embrace a more natural ecosystem where local wildlife can flourish. Our yards, once dominated by manicured lawns, become sanctuaries that foster life, contributing to the larger goal of preserving biodiversity.

Sustainable Travel and Exploration:

As the nest empties, a world of possibilities unfolds, beckoning us to travel. (Especially if we have decided to leave our backyards to nature!) Sustainable travel is the embodiment of responsible wanderlust, where we seek to minimize our ecological footprint and maximize positive contributions to the destinations we visit. 

By choosing eco-friendly transportation options like trains or buses instead of flying, we reduce carbon emissions. When we opt for eco-accommodation, support local artisans, or participate in community-led initiatives, we support sustainable travel. 

Moreover, embracing slow travel – spending more time in fewer destinations – not only enhances the quality of our experiences but also reduces our travel-related environmental impact. As empty nesters, we can savor the moments, immerse ourselves in the beauty of a place, and foster meaningful connections with the people we encounter along the way.

Embrace Slow Living:

At the heart of slow living lies a conscious decision to slow down and be present in every moment. In a world that often glorifies constant busyness, this shift towards mindfulness enables us to savor the little joys and find beauty in the ordinary. An empty nest allows time to immerse fully in the activities we engage in, we extract greater meaning and fulfillment from each experience.

“Letting go of the relentless pursuit of more – slow living.”

Letting go of the relentless pursuit of more is slow living. This encourages us to focus on what truly matters, shedding the unnecessary and embracing simplicity. It empowers us to reevaluate our priorities, ensuring that our actions align with our values and aspirations. In this deliberate pursuit of a more intentional life, we find the freedom to dedicate time to activities that bring us joy and fulfillment.

Moreover, slow living aids the planet by promoting a more sustainable lifestyle focused on mindful consumption and reduced waste. By prioritizing quality over quantity, it encourages conscious choices that lead to less resource depletion and environmental impact. Embracing slow living allows individuals to make intentional decisions that contribute to a greener future, fostering a deeper connection with nature and a commitment to preserving the Earth’s precious resources.

The Dali Lama:

The Dali Lama states that the Western woman will change the world. To that, I add – the biggest demographic is women over 50. Embracing the third stage of life and navigating the empty nest syndrome is a transformative journey. By prioritizing sustainable self-discovery and personal growth, women can find fulfillment and purpose in this new phase. As we rediscover ourselves, let us embark on this journey of self-exploration, contributing to a brighter and greener future for ourselves and the world around us.

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Kay Newton

About the Author:

Kay is the founder of Midlife Strategies, an award-winning International Speaker, and enthusiastic author. She is an acknowledged expert guiding women to find their mojo, through the Midlife Squeeze.

Kay’s books include: 

Today, Kay lives a simple life next to a beach in Mallorca, Spain. You can find Kay here: www.KayNewton.com.