My daughter recently went off to college 1000 miles from Boston. My son, a rising high school senior, is still at home, but he’s steps away from leaving the nest on his own journey as well. There will be a longing, yawning sadness — but there will be pride, too, as it dawns on me that I’m the parent of two children who are now adults, making their own way in the world. And that’s how it should be, after all. I look forward to seeing them grow and flourish in their new life away from home as I transition without them. Empty nest is not just about the children who have left, but also the person who has come back which is you. It’s about being at the center of your own life where your kids used to be. My philosophy is that every transition is an opportunity to reveal your purpose. Pay no attention to that “inner dialogue” that says you can’t do it, you’re too old, what will people think? It’s unsettling. But it’s also invigorating. Instead, it’s a time to dream about what you can do, and find a way to make those dreams happen and start living The Luxe Life. And it’s a good way to begin plotting your Luxe Life Bucket List. The Luxe Life Bucket List is not like that final Bucket List. It doesn’t contemplate mortality. Rather, it contemplates a near future in which children don’t rule, the restaurant doesn’t serve chicken fingers, and the movie might even be in black and white. Take my advice, start making your list, it’s time for mothers to let the kids soar with the eagles. And instead of being left behind on the ground, spread your own wings, as well, and embrace this new chapter.
So here’s to you mama. Your nest might feel a little too empty right now. But a new chapter begins. What’s on your list? The Luxe Life page is a place I hope we can all share together as women and as mothers – to encourage, support, inspire and love one another. You’ve put in the work and paid your dues, now it’s time for the party. For the mom who’s seen it all and came out on the other side, a destination for curated lifestyle content-- everything from fashion and beauty to travel tips and entertaining ideas. I am going to give you the inside scoop on what's new, hot and happening...so get ready to live The LUXE Life!