Navigating the empty nest years and living intentionally during retirement
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Episode 22: Making the Most of the “Empty Nest Years” (An interview with Denise)

How can you be intentional in your retirement years? In this podcast episode that’s exactly what we’re going to be talking about!

Over the summer, I emailed my newsletter list asking them how their summer was going. To be honest, I was feeling a little lonely and really worn out from the toil of mundane ministry work. I needed desperately to connect with my readers and to know that they were there still.

Online work is a tricky thing. I can’t exactly SEE YOU, so sometimes it’s hard to know if what I’m providing is landing well or not. I want to give you the best resources, and this summer I was pretty worn out.

So I sent an email to my list, and God in His goodness led so many of you to hit reply on that email, and one of the dear ladies was long-time reader, Denise.

As we emailed back and forth, I discovered pretty quickly that I wanted to get her on the podcast. She is a wealth of wisdom and joy and energy! I know you’re going to love this episode.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • What life is like in the empty nest years
  • How she’s dealing with knowing this is her final season of life
  • The power of setting small goals that add up over time
  • How she intentionally invests in the lives of her grandchildren
  • How she cultivates life in her marriage

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Links from this Episode:

Mary Jones and her Bible, by Mary Ropes

Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Praying the Attributes of God by Rosemary Jensen

Keepers of the Lost City by Shannon Messenger

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Melanie Cellier Retelling of Fairy Tales


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3 Comments

  1. Love your comment;
    It doesn’t have to be all or nothing it doesn’t have to be what it “should look like”. Discipline building is so key and it’s freeing to know it doesn’t have to be perfect.

    1. Yes, Becky! That is so true! We are glad you enjoyed the podcast. It was a good one for sure! Thanks for listening. 🙂

  2. This is my very first ever podcast. What drew me to it was ” intentionally invests in grandchildren”. This is just what I needed. Both of my sons are in the Navy, married and one has given me a boy and girl grandchild. We are both in the same time zone now so I will try Denise’s ideas with them. I feel happier with a plan to be part of my grandkids lives. Thank you so much!!! Nana Lynne.

    P.S. my email is a song by 4Him. (not including the numbers) I’ve had it for decades 🙂