You never seem to hear about guys talking about the empty nest. So I went in search of a man willing to talk about it.
Hey there Beautiful!
How are you?
Are you allowing stress to ruin your day? Worried about one of your kids? Exasperated at your boss and his inability to do his job? Or is your spouse driving you crazy by opening a new bag of chips when he still hasn’t finished the old bag?
Take a deep breath in, and slowly let it out.
Allow your shoulders to lower down to their normal position and relax your forehead so that your eyebrows are not constantly in the frown position.
Take another deep breath in, and slowly let it out.
Hopefully you feel a bit better by taking that moment for yourself.
Now before we get to today’s episode I wanted to let you know about my facebook group, Kids Are Grown, NOW WHAT? Community.
I want to be able to help you more directly and motivate the heck outta you. This awesome group of women are just like you, trying to figure out what’s next for them in order to grow, ask questions, and be a source of enormous positivity for you.
NOW FAIR WARNING: if you hang out with me for too long I’ll brainwash you into believing in yourself and convince you can achieve anything. I’m not kidding.
So if you’re ready for that and I know you are, join me in my Facebook group the minute you can. If you’re listening in the car, please wait until you are parked and I don’t mean at a traffic light or stop sign. Wait until you get to work, or home, or the store, or the doctor’s office and you have thrown your gearshift into park.
I don’t want you to tell the police officer when he pulls you over in your car for being on your phone that Alice told you to join her Facebook group and you had to do it.
Ok now let’s turn to today’s episode, the reason you keep listening to me.
And I thank you for that each and every day!
Today you are going to meet Jon Magnuson, an empty nester dad. I bet you he never thought he would be introduced that way! Ha!
I met Jon through our mutual friend, Chris, because the Universe is always working in my favor. Just like it’s always working in your favor too! I had been wanting to interview a guy who had gone through the empty nest stage in order to get his perspective or the “guys opinion” on it. Chris out of the blue emailed me and told me to contact Jon as a possible interview candidate about guy's and the empty nest. I of course sent Jon an email that day and the rest is history.
So who is Jon Magnuson?
Jon is married to Nicole and they have two sons, Keaton, who is 19 years old and at college, and Kyler, who is 16 years old and still at home attending high school.
Jon is the President of Mighty One Productions and leads a team of talented producers, videographers and editors that produce high-quality professional videos.
Before going out on his own, he worked for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association and the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball where he produced and created video content.
All the ways to contact him will be linked below in the show notes of course. And Jon and Chris also have a podcast called, The Accountability Call if you want to check that out as well.
You can tell throughout the interview how much he loves his boys and is slowly adjusting to the new normal of not seeing Keaton everyday. He describes himself as a tough alpha male but his sons melt him. Men and the empty nest don't seem to be talked about that often so hopefully today will change it just a bit.
I hope this helps you to see that everyone’s journey through this time of our children moving out of our house and making a life for themselves is different. And just because it’s different, doesn’t mean it's wrong.
Some of us will struggle, some will be fine, and others will be somewhere in the middle.
What you will learn in this episode:
- How Jon took for granted sitting around the dinner table 5-6 times a week with everyone at home.
- What he didn’t expect to happen once his son left for college.
- Why he doesn’t want to redo his son’s room yet (not for a long while if he can help it!)
- He’s a tough alpha male but his son’s melt him.
- How his wife finds it difficult allowing their son to struggle at college whereas Jon thinks it's good for him.
- His philosophy for transitioning his son off of his “payroll.”
- Jon’s advice to try and prepare for the empty nest.