Welcome to my new blog! Or maybe I should say, “Welcome back!” I am not new to blogging, but my poor old blog was relegated to a back burner years ago, lost in a sea of deadlines and over-commitments. BUT ALL OF THAT HAS CHANGED! Now that I have more margin in my life, I’ve found myself missing blogging and the ability to weigh in on some issues that are better suited here than in a fly-by social media post. I love Facebook and Instagram, but I’ve quickly realized they are like one of those sight-seeing tours where you hop on a bus and get sneak-peek glimpses of multiple sights along the way. I suppose I want my blog to be my online home where I can invite you to swing by and stay for a bit longer and engage in conversation that goes beyond a simple thumb’s up or heart emoji. That’s hard to do when our conversation keeps getting interrupted by videos of playful kitten, pics of perfectly-frothed cappuccinos, or an endless stream of grandkid pics from that over-posting, but proud Mimi (whoops, busted!).
I have no agenda of what I want to talk about in the months to come, but I’m excited to reconnect with you! As an empty nester, I’ve gained a whole new perspective when it comes to what really matters in life. In fact, I have a running list of “conversations I would go back and have with my younger self.” Suffice it to say, the theme of most of those conversations is “LIGHTEN UP, SISTER!” Lighten up on the expectations, the pressures, the busyness, and the obsession over trivial matters that won’t matter one iota five years from now. This is especially true when it comes to parenting my children, now that I’m on the other side of it and can speak firsthand to the things that mattered and those that did not. I suppose that is one of the perks of being an empty-nester. You are able to look back in the rearview mirror and see things a bit more clearly. You may need a pair of readers to do so — that is, if you can find them!
All that to say, I look forward to reconnecting with many of you and meeting some new friends, as well. Thanks so much for stopping by!