Can You See The Bigger Picture?

By Natalie Caine, M.A.
NABBW’s Empty Nest Expert

Parents are on the countdown to goodbyes. When you are going through a transition, it helps to focus on the grander Image of why you are choosing what you are choosing.

1. Do you need more energy?
2. Is it time to explore a change of behaviors or people in your life?
3. Whether chosen or given, change happens, so what is possible now for you?
4. Who can help you?
5. How do you make decisions, quickly or over time?
6. What are your gifts and your limitations?
7. How do you comfort yourself?
8. What fears pop up about your change? Are they realistic or fantasy?

Change happens over and over in life. It might help to look back at other changes you navigated well. I know I have lived a long, long list of changes from a very early age.

I think that seeded my passion to work with others going through happy or challenging changes. My experiences can propel me to start what I need to do next and at the same time,

I, too, hit a wall and get sad that things aren\’t working out like I hoped they would. Thank goodness for soft Kleenex. I have daily chats with myself asking how am I doing and what do I need? What am I thinking about and what am I feeling? I want to stay connected to me and know me better. It helps to not project onto someone else, and still that also happens.

Thank goodness for, I AM REALLY SORRY I SAID THAT. It was my fears and had nothing to do with you. “It helps to assess if you are doing behaviors that simply aren\’t making you happy.

Happy is a good thing.

How do you stay focused on the bigger picture of your life?

Take good care,


Change is inevitable. Get Ready. Get Support. Life transitions need a hand to hold.

Natalie Caine Founder of Empty Nest Support Services

Natalie Caine is the founder of Empty Nest Support Services. When her daughter was a senior in high school, she realized that as a soon-to-be “empty nester,” she would be undergoing a major life shift. Not wanting to confront this transition alone nor have her many friends face this abyss without strong support, she created a support services group, which quickly grew into a new career and an exciting full-time business.