Honeys, I’m home!!! Been out of the net for over a week. Nice to wake up in my very own bed this morning. Nice to get back to my regular routine. Yeah, right…like I have one! Facing loads of laundry, spring cleaning and restocking my decidedly bare pantry this week. But before I jump into all of that I want to catch up on my blog reading and writing and today’s the day!
The gals at TBB have released their April link-up series.
Today they are reintroducing themselves to their readers and explaining the thoughts behind the name of their blogs. I read a number of reintroduction posts at the first of the new year. Thought it was such a good idea but didn’t take time to do it myself. So here I am this morning, to share the meaning behind my blog name and to reintroduce myself to you.
Behind My Blog Name
When I started blogging waaaay back in August 2014, I was newly retired from a career I had loved. And struggling to figure out what was next in my life. That spring, I had stumbled upon Alison Lumbatis’s very first style challenge quite by accident. Her daily outfit suggestions provided me a reason to get up and get dressed on mornings when I might otherwise have wallowed in my king-sized bed of self-pity.
Until that time I had never really heard of blogs or blogging, but through my first Get Your Pretty On challenge, I met gals who were blogging and actually joined a collective group of GYPO bloggers that morphed into The Blended Blog, a few years later. While I am no longer an official member of that group, I do enjoy linking-up with them for TBB Asks (latest post, here) and some of their other series.
Nowadays, I am a more of a freelancer! Doing my own thing but joining up with other bloggers for ideas, challenges and series that fit the direction my blog is moving. Which has no real destination in mind, just bouncing along on a uncharted trajectory.
There are multiple reasons why I named my blog what I did.
- As a librarian, I loved a good fairy tale and originally thought I would review fairy tales regularly on my blog.
- I was transitioning from the once upon a time in my life to what I hoped would be my happily ever after, and I wanted to reflect that in my name.
- And, despite all warnings that a blog name should be short and sweet, my name was a phrase with which most women were familiar.
In preparing this post, I went back to reread that very first one. You can read it, here. Never again have I been so concise! I have a learned a lot about myself since that day in August. And a little bit about blogging, too. While the vision or mission of my blog hasn’t changed all that much, there are days when I wonder if I will ever really figure out what I should be doing in this chapter of life.
Here are a couple of lessons I have learned on this journey between once upon a time and happily ever after.
- Life is a series of transitions and sometimes even the best laid plans of mice and (wo)men, often go awry.
- It’s okay if what I once loved doing, doesn’t work in my life forever. I am not the same person I was 30, 20, even 10 years ago.
- Only you can (prevent forest fires) create your happy and build the life you want.
I just turned 60 last week. Seemed like a good time to reevaluate myself and my life. In doing so, I have come to accept and embrace a few recent revelations:
- I am no longer the same mom I was even 10 years ago. Because my daughters don’t really need a daily mom anymore. They are launched and wonderful moms, themselves.
- My career as a librarian is behind me. Maybe I will continue to write lesson plans for our Teachers Pay Teachers store, but thinking maybe the time for that is gone, too. Not really even wanting to work as a sub librarian – at least for now.
- It is time to do some of those things I thought, until recently, I had a lifetime left to do.
These are some steps I will be taking in going forward.
- Take the best care of myself as possible, in all areas of my life. This broken foot slowed me down for a bit but served to help me realize how precious good health is. How blessed I am to have overall good health.
- It’s time to try anything I have wanted to try but have put off doing until I had more time, more money, more energy.
- Life is too short to spend hours doing things I don’t want or like to do.
Have always maintained that I write this blog for myself, because I like to write. And posts like “Sentence a Day” help me see where I have been. Seasonal ‘Bucket List’ posts help me plan the direction of my life for the short-term. My new series, ‘Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone’ will encourage me to try those things I’ve waited til now to sample because I’ve been too uneasy about giving them a go.
Reintroducing Myself and My About Page
A year or so ago, I read a piece on the importance of having an “About Page” that lets readers know who you are and what you’re about. In preparing this post, I realized that my About Page was not very current so I updated it. And need to remember to do so more routinely. You can read it here.
If you are a blogger, how bout linking-up with us to share the background on how you named your blog. Or leave a comment with your background below. If you don’t blog, is there an interesting story to go with why your parents gave you your name? Or maybe an interesting meaning behind your name? My friend Sue recently shared the meaning behind her name on her blog at Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond. Fun read, especially since my middle name is Susan!
Thank you for allowing me to share a bit of your day with you. Lots of posts scheduled for this week so hope you return. “Glossies Made Me Do It”, later today, “10 on the 10th” scheduled for Tuesday, “Wellness Wednesday” (guess when?) and “Little Letters” on Friday. Not sure when I am going to get this house clean!
Hugs and kisses,