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Empty Nest Syndrome - What Do You Do Once The Kids Start Moving Out: Movin' On - The Final HubNuggets Roundup

Updated on March 25, 2018
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RedElf (Elle Fredine) photographer and published author, educator. Life-long learning is key to adding value to life.

We All Have to Move On...

It takes a certain bravery to strike out on one's own - some might say a certain foolhardiness. Whatever it takes, though, we all must eventually move on from wherever we are, to somewhere else. Baby birds all must leave the nest. Teenagers must all grow up and move away to work or to college.

We have spent so many years growing our family, and perhaps "growing" our homes, or renovating, to accommodate our growing life-style, that our homes may feel empty at first when the last "young 'un" heads off on their own. Then again, after a suitable period, we just might begin to plan what we can do with that empty, extra space.

Early Horse-drawn Moving Van
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Holidays and Celebrations

Maybe, like Hank Snow's old-time Country and Western anthem suggests, we have recently "moved up" in life, moved to a new town, relocated to a new neighborhood. Wherever we are though, one of the first things we now have to do is learn to cook for a smaller crowd. Those teenagers may have eaten like starving wolves, at least for a while, but now it's just you and your significant other - maybe just you.

Your cooking style needs to adapt. Perhaps your offspring are able to attend a local college and live at home, or stay with you 'til they get on their feet with that first job, Lucky offspring! Otherwise, you will be learning the joys of cooking for two (or one).

No longer will you be loading up your shopping cart. You can certainly still bulk-buy, and break everything up into smaller parcels for freezing - I know I do, just because it saves me so much. Now though, I cook smaller portions, or cook a regular meal that freezes well, and parcel it up for future meals.

This can be a great time for empty-nesters to try out a new recipe, but be prepared to trot out those tried-and-true, traditional favorites when the chicks flock "home for the holidays" - and who on the HubNuggets team loves holidays and celebrations more than Jason Menayan, Maddie Ruud, and Simone Smith? I know they've already checked out the selections - don't forget to read them yourself, and vote for your favorite.

Which one of this week's Holidays and Celebrations nominees is your favorite?

  • 13% Best Birthday and Christmas Gift Ideas for a Two Year Old Girl
  • 3% Birthday Greetings and Wishes: What to Write on a Greeting Card
  • 19% 8 Simple Ways to "Halloween" Your House
  • 16% Best Halloween Costumes for Babies
  • 32% Haunting Halloween DIY: Turn Your Lawn Into a Graveyard With This Tombstone Project
  • 16% Five Ways You’re Failing as a Host or Hostess
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Personal Finance

At some point in our lives, we may find after all the "growing" that we are suddenly shrinking - moving into smaller quarters - downsizing, simplifying, cleaning out the clutter and accumulation of years of growing.

Rooms that were once full of children's toys and later, the paraphernalia no self-respecting teen could live without are suddenly bereft of function. They sit, unused and unloved - cleared of occupants, but not cleared of memories or carefully stored belongings. There is an uneasy, "not-quite-empty room" hiatus between the children leaving and the grand-children arriving.

Financial demands change, too. Where once we worried about the best playschools, and school supplies, now we are concerned over college tuition and student accommodations. Strategic planning mode may now shift from saving for family holidays to focusing on our retirement. Our financial goals change with each stage of "movin' on."

Team members KoffeeKlatch Gals, Enelle Lamb, and ripplemaker suggest you'll find some solid and helpful information in the nominees' hubs in this next category.

Which one of this week's Personal Finance nominees is your favorite?

  • 2% An Inexpensive Utility Sink Built From A Plastic Barrel Half
  • 9% DIY: New Uses for Your Pillowcase
  • 2% Taking control of your finances
  • 26% Calculating The Value Of Time And Use
  • 1% Reusing and Recycling Around the Home With a Personal Touch
  • 60% The 4 most dangerous emotions for stock traders
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Business and Employment

Moving on can take many forms. Some of us seek new jobs, some look for careers in a totally different line of work. Some of us are finally able, or brave enough, or crazy enough to take the plunge and move into the wonderful world of writing. We write to educate, to entertain, to provide information, earn money, or express our innermost selves. Our reasons are as personal and diverse as our offerings (hubs) here on HubPages.

Whatever our reasons for writing, whether we provide content for websites, or harbor a secret (or not so secret) passion to write a book, we labor at our keyboards by day or by night, tapping away, in search of our sometimes elusive dreams.

Patty Inglish MS, ladyjane1, and RedElf are all familiar with the demands of online writing. They, and we all, suggest that whatever your employment or career goals, you check out the hubs nominated in the category below, for some career guidance from these new-to-us entrants into the HubPages family of fine writers.

Which one of this week's Business and Employment nominees is your favorite?

  • 0% How to Make Great PowerPoint Presentations
  • 27% How You Can Use Social Media To Build Your Business
  • 14% How I Bootstrapped a Successful Bookkeeping and Tax Service
  • 27% Two New Entry Level Jobs For English Majors
  • 23% Goal Setting: Why is It Important to Set Goals?
  • 9% How to Flip Websites - What's It all about ?
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Today's Theme Was Brought To You By...

...and now, the answer to the question that has been burning in you since you first decided to visit this page - why this topic?

The moving theme is near and dear to my heart just now - of necessity rather than choice, mind you. I can't imagine anyone would undertake a move for the fun of it.

Like the gentlemen on the right, I and my belongings have been relocated to a new dwelling. Things long in storage have been reclaimed, and all my boxes and I are reunited - ALL my boxes. My goodness! I don't remember having this much "stuff."

*sigh... Time to think about "simplifying" - hey, what a great topic for my next hub!

Farewell, Friends!

SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb
SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb

HubNuggets Are "Movin' On," Too...

It's prophetic I chose "movin' on" as my theme this week, as that's exactly what the HubNuggets Team will be doing. This hub is our "last round-up." A new program is waiting in the wings to be launched - the Rising Star Program - to help our community and our visitors more easily engage with new writers on HubPages. Watch the HubPages Blog for more info!

It's been a real pleasure and a privilege to be a part of this adventure, celebrating and helping to promote the work of wonderful new writers, working with such great team members -both volunteer and staffers.

It's always a treat to check out our new writers' hubs, and a joy every week to see what plot has been hatched in the round-up hub, or what theme awaits to exalt, amuse, or inspire - every round-up so different, but always so creative, whether serious, uplifting, or downright funny. Being part of such an incredible, dedicated, and talented team has been a major highlight of my HubPages experience.

I've had great fun writing my round-up hubs. It's been hard going sometimes - especially on those days when time was tight, and creativity was at a low ebb - but always worth the extra effort. I know I've learned a lot and grown as a writer during my tenure as a "HubNuggets Wrangler." Thanks for the awesome opportunity, HubPages.

Congratulations to all past and present nominees, and all you HubNuggets award winners! Well done! You are in good company, and well on your way! See you all around the Ol' HubPages corral.

Happy Trails!

Golden Records, Golden HubNuggets, Golden Nemories...

All Good Things...

All things come to an end, and we miss the good things the most, of course. One thing that hasn't and isn't showing any signs of ending though, is HubPages itself.

Change, though necessary, is often unwelcome. Change shakes us up. Change makes us re-evaluate what we are doing and how we are doing it. Change is the way of all life though, and writing sites are no exception if they are going to continue to offer anything of value, besides an inert venue to babble out random discourse, to those who write there.

HubPages continues to grow, change, and restructure itself, and we need to grow as authors and content providers, be willing to try new approaches, and restructure our work if we want to keep up. Our future as writers on HubPages is not all rosy, and all the kinks certainly haven't been worked out, but I am optimistic that I will continue to greet old friends, and make new ones as we muddle our way through the next few years.

Cheers! And here's to seeing you all around the "Pages" ...

© 2012 RedElf


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    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much.

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Canada

      It was sad to say good bye to the program, but we always are moving on, I guess. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment :)

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      This is a fascinating article which resonates with me on many levels.

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Pamela. I went through a major downsize with my last move. And, actually have had a few mini-down-sizing events (is there such a phrase - well, I guess there is now :) ) since then. My sister benefited from my last clean-out, as did the local put-n-take.

      And I know what you mean about less yard. My gardening is mostly in pots now - love potted flowers (no weeding).

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I am in the process of downsizing as we are in the retirement phase, and we simply have too many things! I am giving things away a little at a time, and we will probably move to a smaller home with less yard in the next year or two. This is a great topic that applies to the many faces of living.

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Canada

      My goodness, parallel lives - I am writing all the time now too, having just ended a six-year work relationship - the one that kept me away from HubPages and writing, LOL. But it did afford me a new little house of my own. Now, hopefully, the writing can become my full-time job, to continue to pay the mortgage on my new little house. :)

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      My son moved away a few years ago, and I am writing all the time now. I have changed a few things since my last visit on here, mainly the kitchen, front room and a few other things. still need a job though, lol!

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Canada

      It's always good to have a home base. My son moved out, moved back in for a bit, moved away, then I moved in with him for a while. Now we are about four blocks apart. I critter sit for him during the week. Just seems to cycle through. Who knows what's next?

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We are still waiting to move on. My son lives in the shed out back,and the daughter keeps coming back from time to time....we're getting closer,though, so that's something. :)

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Canada

      My dear, so do I. It was great to be a contributing part of something so positive, and great fun to work together, even when things got crazy or stormy. Thanks so much for the vote of confidence :)

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      Susan Hazelton 

      4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      redelf, it has been a long time. I remember when we were involved in all this. I still say this is a terrific hub. I have missed all of the hub bub.

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Canada

      Yes indeed, it is all of three years. I've got to get back here more regularly. I miss everyone. Thanks so stopping by and reminding me I need to get back to writing again :) Awesome about you son, Nell. My son flew the coop years a go, but I see him Sunday (or Saturday) for our weekly shopping trip. Often we'll go for lunch, so it certainly makes a lovely outing and a great time to catch up :)

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Wow, was this really three years ago? time is going so fast! On the subject of Empty nest, when my son left home around five years ago I cried buckets every time he went 'home'! lol! took me ages to get used to it. Funny thing is, now he is driving I get to see him most days if not all the time! lol!

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, CyberShelley, for coming out to support our newer writers!

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      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      Enjoyed this tributes and so glad you brought the idea forward.

      Up, interesting and useful

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Jo! We appreciate your tweeting and sharing! It's been a great team effort. We shall miss our weekly "outings" but we all hope HubPages writers will enjoy and support the new "Rising Star" program!

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


      8 years ago

      a beautiful tribute and awesome way to bring closure to a great team effort. : ) Wishing you all the very best in the future. tweeted & shared.

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      pstraubie48, thanks so much for your support, too! We certainly appreciate every single hubber who comes out to read and support our newer writers!

      Maita, lovely to see you, too! It's always been a pleasure to have you stop by and offer support! Thanks so much!

      GoldenThread Press, it's great to have writers like you as part of this community - and part of what makes this such a great place to write. Thanks for your support, Deb, and looking forward to more great things to come!

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      8 years ago

      I'd like to add my thanks not only to be considered for this accolade, but also to thank HubPages for encouraging their writers in so many ways. I am certainly glad that HubPages isn't a "run-of-the-mill," never know your neighbor platform. Knowing that the powers that be, as well as, a host of superb writers are actively engaged and communicating between each other, makes it a joy to write each day. More importantly, I feel that I am part of a community and an interesting one to boot! Thank you for offering this program and the new Rising Star accolade. Gives me an incentive to try even harder. Kudos!--Deb

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      8 years ago from US

      Hmm, I am happy to say as time permitted me I was a part of this as a reader of HubNuggets works!!

      Thanks for all your efforts!! :-)

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      8 years ago from North Central Florida

      Looking forward to your new Rising Star Program. The Hubnuggets has offered a great sampling of new writer's work. One thing HubPages does well is try to support writers and provide opportunities to grow and learn. Thank you for that.

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Enelle, Gals - Happy Trails! I'll miss seeing you guys every week. Good luck to all of us, and especially to the nominees!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It was great while it lasted. I sure will miss it. I wish everyone luck and look forward to Rising Stars.

      Good luck to all the nominees.

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      Enelle Lamb 

      8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Happy Trails to you! It was a blast while it lasted, and congratulations to the final batch of HubNugget Hopefuls! From now on we shall look to the skies to see our Rising Stars.

      Remember to read and vote for your favorite!

      "...until we meet again..."

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Hey, Simone - thanks again for all your help overseeing our efforts! It's been great!

      lrc7815, HP is indeed a great platform! So glad you're off to such a good start!

      Thanks so much, Millionaire Tips! I think I can safely say that we all have had great fun, and made some good friends working on the HubNuggets Team.

      Spence Bailey, you don't sound any giddier than many of the nominees (myself included)! Get out there and tell all your friends!

      Congratulations to all the nominees!

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      Spence Bailey 

      8 years ago from Kenton, Ohio

      Oh wow! When I saw that I had an email regarding that I had been selected for this, I couldn't believe. I didn't think any of my Hubs would make it far. This has given me new motivation! I'm excited to see what happens! Sorry if I sound to giddy!

    • Millionaire Tips profile image

      Shasta Matova 

      8 years ago from USA

      Like Simone said, this is a fabulous way to end the program. I admire and appreciate all of your (the whole team including you) hard work and effort in putting these weekly posts, and look forward to seeing what new stuff is in store for us!

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      Linda Crist 

      8 years ago from Central Virginia

      As a newbie, I only had the pleasure of enjoying the Hubnugget program foa a few months but it was indeed a pleasure. Thank you for your good work. This hub brought it home that there is so much work that goes on behind the scenes here at HP. And that's why I whink this is the best platform in the business for someone wanting to 1) write and 2) be a good writer. Thanks for giving us newbies a place to learn!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      What a fabulous final round-up Hub this is. And what fabulous nominees. Thanks for putting them together so splendidly, and my congratulations go out to this week's latest candidates!

    • RedElf profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Dear friend, I sincerely appreciate your support of the HubNuggets Program, and your kind words. Always a pleasure to have you stop by, billybuc.

      Daisy, that just shows your talent! Thanks for the support, and I am looking forward to the new program as well.

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      8 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Elle (RedElf),

      It was an honor for the second Hub I published on HubPages to have received a HubNugget Accolade. What a great way for new HubPages writers to be introduced to HP members and the reading public!

      I'm looking forward to learning more about the new Rising Star Program.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You have done a wonderful job with this, and I, for one, greatly appreciate your efforts. Looking forward to the new approach to meeting new writers. Thank you!


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