This is my first blog post of what I hope to be many here at More at Forty (Five)! I celebrated my birthday a few days ago and have been trying to figure out how to truly make this year and beyond meaningful. I thought about a challenge. I thought about a bucket list. I thought about simply letting it fade into the woodwork like the last few dozen years seem to have. But, then I figured out that I am ready for more. I am ready to be more. I am ready to live more. I am ready to do more. In essence, I am wanting for more and this blog will be my record of whether I actually get it or not. I’m hoping the blogging (1) puts some pressure on me to actually follow through with more and (2) can be some sort of encouragement or inspiration to someone else out there who is looking for more – of whatever it is you might be looking for – to actually go out and get/do/be it!
So, where to start? I am, as the title reflects, actually forty-five. My fortieth birthday came and went without much thought. And I’ve now progressed up to forty-five without much thought. But, I feel like I’ve reached the point where I am closer to fifty than forty and fifty really does scare the heck out of me. It sounds so very old. I’m sure when I get there, it won’t be much different than forty-five, but it still is causing me a bit of consternation. I will not only be fifty, but I will have a nine year old child. No, not grandchild – child! So, I need to make fifty look and feel good and be healthy. And that, my friends, can not happen overnight. So, I’m taking my five-year head start and getting my sh*! together!
So, the plan is to log my progress on making my fifty year old self awesome here on this blog. I’ve got five years (almost)…two hundred and sixty weeks (almost)…one thousand eight hundred and twenty one days (exactly) to do this. But, I have faith. I am motivated (finally) to make some changes and see what happens. I have a certain amount of stability in my life, which makes the other changes easier to make. Or, so I would like to think…I am NOT planning on changing any of the following: my job, my marriage status or spouse, the number of children I have, the city in which I live. Other than that, I think everything is pretty much up for grabs. There are a few areas I would DEFINITELY like to change/improve: my weight and general health, my eating habits, my level of community involvement/socializing, my relationship with my husband, the number of places I have traveled and actually done things while visiting (so going for work and not seeing much other than a hotel does not count), my relationship with my friends both far and near, my level of organization and productivity, my financial security, living simply and with sustainability. So, you see, I need the full five years!
I figure I can baby step into a better future if I give myself enough time and space!
I am still working out how the blog will work, but I would like to start with a schedule that forces me to consider each area for at least a day each week. Some areas seem intricately tied to one another, so they will be interchangable, but others deserve their own space.
Simplicity Sundays – Living simply and with spirit will be the focus on Sundays.
Munch n Move Mondays – Getting healthy will be the focus at the start of the week – healthy food, exercise, etc.
Traveling Tuesdays – Planning, reviews and ideas for traveling to places both near and far.
Wordless Wednesdays – I just love the Wordless Wednesday posts I see, so I’m going to participate in this each week.
Thumbs Up Thursdays – This will be a kind of catch-all of positivity for each week. We all need more of that!
Fortune Fridays – This will be my money post for each week. Financial security, not necessarily wealth will be my focus.
Social Saturdays – All things relationship – marriage, friendships, family, community, etc. will go into Saturdays.
I think that about covers it. I do have to learn more about blogging as I take on this new blog. I’ve started many blogs, but always become frustrated with it quickly because I never took the time to really figure out how to make it work, keep people reading and maybe even make the time I spend on it worth something monetarily speaking. Not that it is necessary, but it would be helpful. And I would love to do some fancy blog stuff and attend a blog conference or two as the blogosphere is truly somewhere I feel at home!
So, look out world – I’m Forty (Five) and I’m coming for More!