When birds fly away

By: Debbie Hamilton
By: Debbie Hamilton

I spent most of my life caring for my amazing children. Now that they are grown and out of the house what's next?

I suppose some of you are wondering why I chose “The Next Chapter” for my blog’s name.  Well I’ll tell you… I was fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom with my two adorable children. It was a very satisfying career. When my kids were at home I knew what life was going to be like every day.  It was a joy being a mom and being involved in all their activities. Now my children are adults and live away from home and I find myself in my 50’s with a wonderful and supportive husband but I’m thinking, ‘What the hell am I supposed to do now!’  After expressing these feelings to my children their responses were, ‘Mom it’s time to move on to the next chapter.’  So here kids, consider this the first page.

Empty Nest Syndrome, that’s what experts say I am going through.  I agree. And after talking with my friends I’ve found out I’m not alone. I’m not the only one feeling lonely and depressed now that my kids are gone. I’m told now is the time for me to focus on what I want to do next and maybe even start a new career. I know I won’t have the same amount of passion for a new career that I had for being a stay-at-home mom but I’m willing to give it a shot. My first hurdle is finding the confidence to start this next chapter of my life.

As the saying goes, ‘A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step,’ well in my case that step is a key stroke. This is my next chapter and it can be written many ways. Hopefully you will help me with advice, support and encouragement as I embark on this new adventure.

Keep Smiling,




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