Hello Everyone! We want to introduce ourselves and welcome you to our “Walking Through Life As Women” blog.
Linda… To be honest, this blog has been three years in the making. But it’s finally here! Your first question is probably “why did it take three years?” It took that long because life just got in the way. And the passion for this project took a back seat to my life challenges. Like everyone else, I’ve been through a lot. I left a job after 14 years, dealt with family emergencies, change in friendships, and what else can I say except that life can be a little daunting at times. But this project has always been right there in the back of my mind. My hope is this will become an avenue for women (young and old) that want to express how they deal with and have dealt with what life has thrown at them. I want to talk with and learn from all of you when it comes to marriage, divorce, raising children, volunteering, business, career and your daily lives. You try to figure out how you want to make your mark in this world and this is how I want to do it for me. And I have found a partner of like-mind in Lisa. Her friendship has been a wonderful surprise for me and I’m glad we’re on this journey together. I hope to become empowered and empower other women especially our younger generation. I believe our lives are all about lessons learned.
Lisa… As I sit and put pen to paper…yes, I said pen to paper. I still like to see my own handwriting (and believe they should still teach cursive in school). I wonder why it took three years for Linda and me to start this blog. Can I allow myself the excuse that I was busy and there is just not enough time in the day? Was it that I was getting a divorce, selling my home and living on my own for the first time in my entire life at age 49? I found this to be extremely exciting and scary at the same time. Maybe it was the anxiety I was feeling after being let go from my job of 19 years and the trepidation I felt starting a new one.
I already knew Linda and I worked well together. We had been co-team moms for our daughter’s gymnastic teams for over three years. In that time, we worked closely together on many projects that were time consuming, exhausting, emotional and rewarding. We had a great work ethic and what one wasn’t strong at the other was. We are resourceful, strong, and intelligent and over the course of our lives had each been through our fair share of hardships. We have each raised two daughters. We could always count on each other and we have become great friends over the last 10 years.
So again, I wonder what the real reason was for taking us (or me) so long, and the only thing I can surmise is that I allowed other things to become a priority in my life. Things happen for a reason and although I believe there are times we need to be pushed, most things will happen in the right time sequence even if we don’t understand when that might be or why at the time. It’s also entirely possible I needed to be more settled in my life or maybe learn something I didn’t know or understand. But what I do know is all of that doesn’t really matter. What does matter is what I am doing today. It means that now is the right time. I am not looking back, I am not questioning, I just believe in myself and that we should walk this path, to encourage, to understand and to be understood. I want to share the path I have walked as a woman, be open and honest, laugh and cry with you and in the process learn and continue to grow. As my grandma Hazel always told me “you can learn something new every day” and I have tried to live my life by that statement.
Now that you know a little bit about us, we hope you will enjoy our next blog – “Learning How to Start a Blog Site….Not As Easy As We Thought”.