An Empty Nester Dilemma
No one I know ever talked about what they went through when their kids left the nest–until I asked them. I knew the time I had with my daughter living at home would eventually come to an end. I didn’t really think too much about what my life would be like once she left for college. As a mom of a single child, I always wanted to be available to her and I pretty much focused on that. I had worked full-time for my entire life until I had her. I realized when she was 4 that I was missing out on too many milestones and left full-time employment. I found part-time work that allowed me to work around her school schedule and it had worked well for years. Then a few years ago I lost my part-time job and worked a bit from home as my daughter made her way through high school.
Don’t get me wrong. I was very excited to know that my daughter was going away to college. We talked about it her whole life. I just didn’t think about what that meant in terms of my life. When I talked to my friends about their kids leaving the nest they would tell me things like, “it’s an adjustment; you get used to it; it’s lonely at first; “things like that. Most of them worked full-time so if anything, the extra time they now had was a gift.
Our daily school routine was that I would be up by 8 am to make her breakfast and lunch and remind her of anything she needed to do, etc. Around 4 pm she’d walk in the door. We’d have a chat about her day over a cup of tea then she’d head upstairs to do her homework while I made dinner. My routine during the day was to explore online ideas and run errands when necessary.
Off to College
This past September she went off to college. In the whirlwind of getting everything ready for her, it didn’t really occur to me that she wouldn’t be around everyday. She was moving into a dorm on campus and would come home when she could. Even when we moved her into her dorm, it still didn’t sink in. We dropped off all her stuff and helped her make her bed. She said she wanted to unpack the rest herself so we took her out to dinner before leaving her back to her dorm. Even when I said goodbye to her it didn’t really sink in.
Empty Nest Syndrome
But then Monday happened. I got up at 8 am as usual and realized she wasn’t getting ready for school. I went through my day and waited at 4 pm for her to come in the door. It was then that I realized I was alone. It was then that it hit me–she doesn’t really live here anymore. So this is what empty nest syndrome feels like! I won’t lie to you. It definitely took some getting used to. I tried not to be a “hover mom.” I tried not to bug her by calling her incessantly. I limited my calls and texts. Afterall, she was starting her new life and needed to figure things out on her own. And really, so was I. It was then I felt the loneliness and realized that I had a prime opportunity before me. It was time to turn my little hobby into a proper money making opportunity.
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Make Money Online Legitimately
This might be a good time to tell you a little bit about my journey and how I got here. Many years ago I started exploring the idea of making my own money online. I dreamed of a day when I could work from anywhere. I moved to Ireland almost 20 years ago and I have always dreamed of a time when I could go back to visit family and stay as long as I wanted to. I didn’t want to be tied to a schedule where I had to be back at work. I tried a lot of different ways to make money online legitimately. Unfortunately, I got taken–A LOT! While all this was happening, my daughter continued to grow and thrive and the years went by. I knew one day I would be faced with being an empty nester. I thought I’d be completely prepared. But I found myself walking around the house thinking, “ok, now what?”
Empty Nester Hobby
My little make money online venture was really just a hobby. I was fulfilling two passions at once–building WordPress websites and exploring the best online marketing ideas. It was time to crank up the heat and turn my empty nester hobby into an empty nester money maker!
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