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Give Yourself Permission to Play This Summer

Give Yourself Permission to Play This Summer

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

Whether solo or with a friend, summer invites you to get out and see what you haven\’t had the chance to explore.  

Our groups, which sometimes meet on the telephone, all agreed, that two days of getting out of town, lifted their spirits while in a transition.  

They laughed at how some decisions –  like getting out of town – are easy yet others feel spin them into exhaustion.

Here is a short list of what they have been doing:

  1. Visiting local gardens Sunflowers_0297
  2. Kayaking 
  3. Enjoying a pampering night in a luxury hotel
  4. Making a point, while on a trip, to enjoy food and wine where the locals eat
  5. Enjoying the outdoors while golfing
  6. Chilling out at lakes and beaches
  7. Playing games on the lawn like Apples to Apples or horseshoes
  8. Taking train rides
  9. Reading in hammocks
  10. Dancing – by yourself or with someone special
  11. Participating in an outdoor concert
  12. Visiting romantic rooftop bars with twinkle lights
  13. Shopping farmer\’s markets
  14. Checking out summer sales
  15. Shooting fun pictures with your camera
  16. Hiking
  17. Sleeping outside under the stars
  18. Meditating on a rock by water
  19. Yoga on the beach, and
  20. Playing tourist in their home town – checking out the sites they\’ve never seen

What have you been doing for summer fun?

beach_yoga_awYou aren\’t the only one who forgets to give yourself PERMISSION to HAVE FUN, which might be — oh guilt oh guilt — watching TV during the daytime or eating popcorn in bed.

Your practice, this week, could be to plan a fun day with yourself and another day with one person.  

Do you think you will?  

Leave the guilt voice back home and turn up the giggle.  

Most of us are so productive and generous with others, we forget our own mirror.



Natalie Caine M.A.

Life In Transition, What\’s Next?

Empty Nest Support Services

(800) 446-3310 or (818) 763-0188

Los Angeles

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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.

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