For the Empty Nesters Among Us: Loving the Game of Life

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You used to dream of this time and thought the day would never come. The day when your kids grow up, move out and become financially self sufficient.

Now they are gone and you and your spouse are empty nesters. After years of non-stop parental activities -- rushing to soccer practice, piano, karate, recitals, birthday parties and sleepovers, they are gone. You feel like Usain Bolt after the 100 meters – accomplished, happy and a wee bit sad.

When the initial feelings wear off however, it’s prudent to regroup. It’s not the end of the world. It’s the beginning of a new challenge. It’s off to the next race. Now’s the time to secure your finances, pursue postponed activities and re-establish yourself as a couple. How can you do that? Here are some ideas.

Reallocate your money.

Since the kids are no longer on the “payroll,” funds should be stashed into the retirement nest egg. Consult a financial advisor and accelerate your retirement accumulation. Try the Members Financial Services offered by We Florida Financial.

Rethink your ride.

Now you no longer have to cart the entire school’s soccer team and their equipment. So, a smaller, less expensive, gas efficient vehicle might be in order. If you need help with this, contact the competent auto advisors at We Drive. My very conservative neighbor down the street recently traded in her Honda minivan for a flashing red convertible. Way to go, Sarita!

Hail a new hobby.

Channel your inner yogi and get to the mat. Or start the next great American best seller. You now have lots of free time. It’s up to you.

Shuffle your space.

With one or two empty bedrooms, you are now free to convert them to exercise rooms or man-caves. The sky’s the limit.

Enjoy your spouse.

Visit Disneyworld as adults. You’ll see it in a different light without strollers and tired little ones. You might miss them but you’ll have your own fun.

So, fellow empty nesters, be of good cheer. It’s time for the next run. On your mark!

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