As housewives we have left our careers behind to raise our family. And that is the most important job we could ever have. But what happens when the children leave the nest? I am at the age when I have a lot of my girlfriends who have older children going off to college. What happens to mommy? A lot of women are worried they can’t make it in the work world because they have been home taking care of kids for 20 years. But really, what better experience could you have? And you need to be proud of that. You handled the family budget. You raised smart, healthy people. And there is a lot you can offer the world. What is it that you always wanted to do? Do you bake? Are you an artist? Do you play piano? Do you sing? Do you write? Are you interested in photography? Your hobbies could earn you big money. What about starting a faux finishing business? I just paid a woman $800 to paint a rooster on my kitchen door. And last week I picked up homemade granola at my grocery store that was made by two local moms. And one mom I know started handing out cards that she will come to your house and take your baby’s picture. Her phone hasn’t stopped ringing. The economy is in a rut. Getting back in the conventional work world may be tough, but we moms are savvy enough to reinvent ourselves and do something even more interesting. And it doesn’t stop with working. What about reinventing our mind, body, spirit, and marriage. You have time to jog, go to yoga, and what better time to reignite the flame than when the kiddies are off to college. Finally, you can make some noise. So don’t be sad. Enjoy this new time in your life and make the most of the new you, new marriage, and new quieter house.