Empty nest vs. Finding a new passion

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Empty nest vs. Finding a new passion

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When kids leave we can have what's called "the empty nest syndrome" and we resist that – we don't want to feel that. And I think instead of resisting that feeling of emptiness, really look at why do you have that feeling. You have prepared your child to go out into the world, they're ready to go out into the world, you've done a great job, you've done what you intended to do. And really embrace the sadness, if there's sadness, but also embrace the joy of what you've achieved and allow yourself to have those feelings. Once you've sort of moved though that phase, I think it's a matter of finding something that really you have a passion for, whether it's a job or a hobby or a person or a project, but find something that you have a passion for. You're never probably going to have a passion for that like you had for your kids, but you can have something in your life that really gets you up in the morning and drives you though the day.

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Jamee Tenzer, PCC

Parent Coach & Author

In 2002, Jamee Tenzer founded CMQ Coaching, a private practice with a focus on working mothers and female executives. She works with her clients to integrate their professional and personal lives in order to make their vision real in the workplace without giving up the experience they want at home.  She is also a trainer, mentor, author and small business coach. Her writing has been published in magazines, she is a contributor to numerous websites, writes a monthly newsletter “Coach Me Quick!” and manages “Executive Moms” on LinkedIn. In 2006, she co-authored, 101 Great Ways To Improve Your Life, and in April of 2012 she published her first Coach Me Quick!; Balance Your Work and Family Life with Less Stress and More Fun.

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