|brush by Rhonna Farrer, nest by the Sparrow family|
With both boys in college now, things are different. I went grocery shopping yesterday to refill our frig after the hurricane, and I was stumped. How much milk? Deli meat? Do I really have to make dinner tonight? But that's just part of it. I guess you can get wrapped up in what you miss by having them gone. But then it becomes more about you and not so much about their new adventures and opportunities.
So instead, I'm wrapping my brain around happy thoughts. Actually, I've been preparing for this day for a looong looong time. I knew it would be hard, so I tried to get myself ready so I wouldn't fall into a hole of shock and despair! Seeing changes in your life as opportunities helps focus on the positive. And really, isn't this stage of life just full of positives for everyone? I think so.
So I drew up a set of goals on Evernote covering all aspects of my life: scrapbooking, home, work, health ... you name it. Big plans for sure. And I read them last night, ready to put them on paper, in sort of a ceremonial way to say "AND THIS SHALL BE DONE!" And then promptly dosed off ... sitting up ...
My list is exhausting. So I'm revising my plan.
My scrapbooking plans for Surviving the Empty Nest from now until December are:
1. Try to lift some scrappy goddesses out there. Can their magical talents rub off on me?
2. Try to beat the pants off of Doris and Briana one month and make MORE layouts with my Jenni Bowlin kits than they do. (but is this humanly possible?)
3. Learn something new each week that will help use my lovely computer for my scrapbooking. I'll even share it here.
My original list is still on Evernote, but I'm not even tempted to open the page.
I think I'm going to survive!
|circa: ages ago|