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Empty Nest + New Stories

Empty Nest + New Stories

About this class

Join photographer, empty-nester, and creative team member Kelly Ishmael as she helps you to identify, explore, and challenge the stories you are telling yourself about this transition and new season of your life.

  In this four-week workshop, Kelly will share personal stories of her empty-nest transition along with heartening insights to inspire and encourage you in your journey. Each lesson will include an instructional video, specific journaling prompts, a PDF download, and a process video all designed to walk you through the process of documenting your empty-nest transition. (See the Class Schedule for more information on class content.)

In addition, you will have access to the support and encouragement of the Empty Nest + New Stories community as well as to Kelly, who will be available to answer questions and provide guidance on the lesson content.   This transition in a parent’s life is often accompanied by feelings of sadness, loneliness, anxiety, or loss of purpose. The goal for this workshop is to help you to acknowledge your feelings + emotions, to encourage you to be brave and ask yourself the hard questions, and to inspire you to embrace and enjoy this new chapter of your life.

What Comes With This Class?

  • Specific journaling prompts for each lesson 
  • Full color handouts that include inspiration and how-to’s
  • A main video presentation for each lesson
  • A digital package that includes PNG files (see slider)
  • Process videos for each lesson (additional digital tutorials when applicable)

Class Schedule

Sep 1

Lesson 1 | Welcome & Introduction

A video presentation welcoming you to class and process videos for creating my notebook.

Sep 4

Lesson 2 | Letting Go

Exploring the role of parenthood and giving yourself permission to be sad about it ending.

Sep 8

Lesson 3 | The Big Questions

Peeling back role of parenthood can often expose big questions about our identity and purpose.

Sep 11

Lesson 4 | Exploring the Darkness

Acknowledging the hard parts of our story with compassion and forgiveness to move towards healing.

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