Change It Up

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

When I was in Boston last week, I tried something new. While walking, and this sounds silly I know, I would stop and look up. People in windows, staircases, cranes, flashing tall lights, birds and squirrels, shoes, the moon, stars, planes, lanterns, animals in the clouds.

When I have the fun of taking photos, I photograph a different perspective rather than only what is right in front of me with the object.

In my morning support group of transitions, we made a list of what we are going to do differently this week:

1. Not start the day on the computer. Start it with a glass of water.
2. Write a poem, even a bad one.
3. Hit golf balls on the weekend.
4. Eat fish.
5. Sing at home.
6. Plant something in the house or outside and you give it a name. You could plant a stick with ribbons on it.
7. Light an evening candle and sit with its flame looking at you.
8. Take a new exercise class.
9. Think of someone you adore and enjoy that moment.
10. Move five things around to new places in your home.

Since I live in the city, I miss seeing the night sky. I am going to sit in the dark back yard in the evening, and look up. I have been known to dash out to see the moonlight in both my front and back yard. I don\’t sit. I want a new perspective. I could sit awhile, don\’t you think?

What might you do this week to change it up?

Take good care,


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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.