Now that the kids have left for college and you’re trying to muffle through all the feeling of loss and sadness, why not figure out what’s next for you? What can YOU do to rediscover who you are without kids full time?
I have a solution….
In our Love What's Next Project our participants use an acronym to help them uncover what it is they want to do within each of the 6 Love What's Next Pursuits and then make it a reality. It’s called the RISE Higher process...it's so simple and yet it works every time!
It takes you step by step through the Pursuit to really figure out what you want to do and how to accomplish it.
I’m going to show you how this can work for you based on the question at hand…”What NOW?"
R-REFLECT: Think about what it is that you want to do now that you have extra time and write down everything that comes to mind. Here is an example…
I-IDENTIFY: Decided what it is you want to do from your brainstormed list of ideas.
S-SEEK: Now that you know what you want to do, it’s time to seek out the avenue that will enable you to accomplish this new pursuit.
E-EXPERIENCE: Now that you’ve REFLECTED and taken the steps necessary to IDENTIFY what it is you want to do and you’ve SEEKED out how you can make this a reality, it’s time to EXPERIENCE it.
The last, but not least step in the RISE Higher process, is to document (journal) your experience! This gives you a roadmap for the future. If you write about your experiences, how you’re feeling about this new adventure, and what you’ve gained or not gained from it, having written it down will help lead you the next time you want to figure out “what’s next”.
Viola! That’s how it’s done! Easy Peasy RIGHT?!
Now it’s your turn! Use the RISE Higher process to discover what’s next for you during this new phase you’re facing. It can be your next great adventure!!
Do you have an idea of what you want to do now? Share with us, we'd love to hear all about it! Use the comment box below.
Nicole Cavey is the Chief Pursuit Officer of Love What's Next. Through her personal journey to uncover what was next for her, she discovered that you can love where you are no matter what stage in life you are in... as long as you know how. Her mission is to show YOU how!