It would foolish for me to call 2015 anything but a very good year.
There were adventures had, and journeys taken. There were challenges faced, and dilemmas solved. There were projects started, and completed. There were new friends made, and good friends kept. Of course, as with any year, with the highs came the lows. The failures. The losses. The sorrow. The pain.
At the end of the year, the things that matter are where they should be. My family is healthy. My children are happy. My marriage is good. My bank account is full. My clients are amazing. And my “village” continues to grow.
But 2015 was also a year of transition. With my retirement from my podcast of nearly 10 years, I felt untethered. As if a line had broken and the connecting sail was snapping in the wind.
My lack of purpose was reflected in the original name of this blog “What’s Next . . . I’m not sure where I’m going with this either.”
How “meh” is that?
I retired from Manic Mommies gratefully and don’t for a second regret the choice. It was a chapter of my life that I will forever look back on with wonder and gratitude, but it was time for that chapter the close. It did, however, take me a little time to realize that I had lost a piece of myself when I quit the podcast and blog.
I had lost that piece of my voice that wants to speak about things that aren’t work, and aren’t my husband’s work. I had lost that platform that let me talk about things that I was passionate about, but that didn’t “fit” anywhere else because the topics are too personal, too political, too parental.
With the year coming to a close, I’m grabbing hold of that flapping sail, locking down that stray line and reclaiming my voice, starting with renaming this blog – Embracing Extraordinary.
My goal for the coming year is to “Do Epic Shit.” And through that, to embrace the extraordinary experiences that come when you take on new challenges, new adventures, new dragons to slay. (More on those to come).
Through this blog, as with Manic Mommies, I will be sharing my personal journey, and opinions, as a parent, a wife, a friend, a business owner, an athlete, a teammate and a woman. And hopefully inspiring others to embrace their own extraordinary.
I’m looking forward to “what’s next.”
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