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Rethinking the Empty Nest Syndrome

May 02, 2016 03:45PM ● By Kris Urquhart

My oldest son, Kyle, will graduate from UCF this month and he has taken a job in Boston. With my youngest son at school in Gainesville, my nest is about to be officially empty. I am looking forward to exploring Boston and everyone tells me it is a “great city,” however, I sense another stage of personal growth is on the horizon. Now that my boys are more independent it leaves me pondering “well, what now?”

In our Inspiration column [page 21], Jayne Morris says vision boards are a powerful tool for transformation and they are “a collage of pictures, phrases, poems and quotes that visually represent what we would like to experience more of in life. Building one works to uncover hidden desires and inner guidance that help clarify the details of a roadmap to our future.” I’ve heard about these boards over the years and how powerful they can be, but I’ve never built one myself. It may be the perfect tool to help me discover what I would like to concentrate on next. I’ve often posted quotes that I like around my office, but this focused approach sounds appealing.

One of the aspects of my board will definitely be images of healthy women. As one of the caretakers for my parents, I have a front row seat of what aging looks like and my mom is quite an inspiration. She has always kept up-to-date on the latest in natural health and nutrition. During her journey with cancer, I have witnessed the importance of a fit lifestyle and positive thinking. It is time for me to make my own fitness commitment a priority so I can fully enjoy the next stage of life.

My newest addition to my exercise regimen can be done from the sofa! In our Fitbody column [page 31] there are four simple exercises targeting facial muscles to help with lines and sagging. Our focus on women continues with insights on natural ways to boost libido [page 28]. Christie Brinkley shares her secrets for looking young [page 26] and you can learn how to reboot your eating habits on page 38. This Mother’s Day celebrate all the stages of life with those you love!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Kris Urquhart, Publisher

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