About me…

Welcome to my blog!  I am a “late-in-life” mom who got thrown a curve ball when my daughter was diagnosed with a heart condition (dilated cardiomyopathy) at seven weeks old (and she was seven and a half weeks early, so before her due date).  She had a heart transplant on 7/7/09 and is doing well.  Since then, I have gone through hospice with my dad, who passed away in February 2014, then hospice with my mom who passed in August 2015.  So, caregiving has been a constant in my life for the past seven years. Because of all this, my life has been a little bit about survival mode.  Okay, a lot about survival mode.  So, I started this blog to journal my way out of that feeling of overwhelm.  I started it around my 45th birthday, hence the title.

I am also  a college adjunct (with a full time position and another part time position) in Communication Studies.  I coach the Speech and Debate team at my four-year University.  I love learning from others online by reading other blogs and articles.  I used to want to be a journalist and this allows me to pursue that dream a bit.  I consider myself to be an “idea” person – I love to come up with ideas and explore them with others and I often have some good ones.  I love coming up with and playing with ideas and exploring perspectives.  I consider myself to be a “Renaissance Woman”.

My hope in blogging is that I might be able to inspire others to “be more” as well.   I hope to write honest, inspirational and helpful posts.  It is a work in progress as I figure out what works and what doesn’t.  But, you can expect to see posts on parenting, caregiving, community building and self-care.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you here a lot!

Family at wedding

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