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!