Blog Update: The Journey Begins

Today marks a huge milestone in my life. My youngest daughter has started first grade meaning for the first time in nine years as a stay-at-home mom/writer/global advocate and volunteer, I will have an entire day to myself. It is a bittersweet day with a lot of emotions. Yet I realize that this day symbolizes something else. Something rather unexpected. It means my own personal journey of rediscovering myself has just begun.

My son and daughter getting ready for the first day of school

My son and daughter getting ready for the first day of school

A lot of people have asked “What are you going to do with all your time“? Well, I’ve been thinking about this day all summer long and even for years. It isn’t easy going cold turkey and giving up your career to start a family. Yet it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life and I feel utterly blessed to have had the opportunity to do it. Raising my two children has been the best job I’ve ever had. It isn’t finished yet. It never will be. Yet now I have time to start anew.

Here are some of the major changes that I look forward to implementing over the next several months.

Thirdeyemom is moving over to its own self-hosted site. 

This has been something I’ve been thinking about for the last year. Self-hosting comes with its own set of pros and cons but after careful consideration it seems the best way to move forward with this blog. I can no longer do the kind of work I want on the free site thus need to change.

Please be patient with me over the next few weeks as I begin the transformation. I have thankfully hired some help to redesign and move my blog. I’ve realized it is way beyond my scope of abilities to try it myself. However, I know once it is done it will be fabulous and much better. I am extremely excited about the change but apprehensive as well. I’m sure there will be some glitches along the way just to make life interesting!

Content on Thirdeyemom is going to slightly change.

I’ve thought about the blog and where I’d like to head. I want to make it better and more geared at travel, culture and social good. As much as I love my personal reflections and ramblings, I feel these posts don’t necessarily fit anymore. I want to develop this blog into more of an informational and inspirational place to read about travel, culture and social good. My personal stuff will have to go somewhere else.

So where?

I’ve revamped and started up an old, unused blog called “Diary of a Happy Mom: 40 & Beyond“. This is going to be my place to write whatever the heck I want. I would like to write about life, family, healthy living, culture and anything else I so desire and gear it to a market I feel has been left in the dust: The (almost) middle aged moms and women like myself.

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When I went to BlogHer I realized that out of all 5,000 bloggers attending the conference there seemed to be no one who filled this niche. There were plenty of mommy bloggers writing about diapers, tantrums and child-rearing, but there seemed to be a lack of good blogs out there for women like me: A fortysomething mom who has entered a new phase in her life when the kids are in school. I’m not exactly sure what I will write on this blog yet. It is all an experimentation. But it is going to be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to having an entirely new area to write about.

I’m venturing outward

The last thing I’m going to do is venture outward into the vast arena of different online journals and blogs. I want to expand my writing and write for others. I’ve made a lot of new connections over the months thanks to all the conferences I’ve attended. Now I finally have time to follow up and get writing!

And last….

These coming months are bound to be extremely busy, nerve-wracking and exciting. Yet I’m hopeful that this is all the start of something grand. I’m ready to see where my journey takes me and follow its path to the great unknown. Thanks as always for all the support in reading my blog and commenting! I sincerely appreciate it!


Stay tuned…I have a big back-log of posts I’ve been wanting to write over the summer but never got to yet. More coming soon!


  1. I feel for you! My boy starts 1st grade on Wednesday. I wish you and your site a smooth transition to self-hosting. And, being an active 44-year-old mom with similar interests, I’ll follow you over at The Diary of a Happy Mom. 🙂

    • Oh thanks Linda! I just felt I needed something fun. I’d love to expand my writing so we’ll see. I wish we lived closer because I know I would love to be hanging out and hiking with you! 🙂 Wishing you luck on Wednesday too. Are you a stay at home mom as well?
      The last two days have gone faster than I expected. Yet I do miss the kids especially my daughter who has been my little buddy over the years. Our playtime is so limited now as the kids don’t get home until four and need some down time. Good news is we have the evenings and weekends! 🙂

    • Thanks Terri! I know, that is what is so scary. Life seems to go on fast speed once you have children. I can’t believe they are already almost 7 and 9. So scary! 🙂

  2. Congrats on this new beginning, Nicole. I’m excited to hear that you’re going to a self-hosted site. I’ll be curious to learn more about that, as I’ve considered the same.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Thanks Kathy! I will be sure to tell all about it. I hate leaving the but now I know I can still be in the community even if I move to I will be sure to share how it goes. I think it will be a big transition and learning curve but I look forward to making my blog look better! 🙂 Hugs back…from MN!

  3. You’re always a step (or six) ahead of me. I’ve been wanting to make the scarey but exciting move too. I wish you the very best of luck and I know that you’ll make a huge success of it, Nicole. 🙂

    • Oh Jo! Not so sure about that. I will let you know all the ins and outs on how it goes. I think it will be really fun to have my site all to my own creativity! Of course I’ll need loads of help though. 🙂

    • Thanks Jennifer! 🙂 Project start date is in three weeks. I’m glad I hired someone to help as it is way over my head. Are you going to Social Good? I decided to go and will be there!!!!

  4. in a way you are being prepped for the true ’empty nest syndrome’ for when they leave for the university! you’ll treasure your quiet moments at home or doing thing for yourself bekause you are worth it!!!! as for your new blogs – you will do well, amiga.

    am in transit presenlty i bogota awaiting an afternoon flight to sjo where i will be for a few weeks.

    i hope to witness an arribara of sea turtles while there. the month is perfect! .

    have fun with your new design!.

    • That is so true. It is so scary how time flies. I can’t believe it. As for your travels, wow!!! sounds amazing! Are you going to Costa Rica then?

      • i was at the gye airport at 4 this morning, landed sjo around 4:30 this afternoon. rainy skies shocked me, a we are in the dry season in ecuador.

        my friends met me at the sjo airport, and we drove home to the nicoya penisula, arriving at midnight. time for sleep!

        zzzzzzzzzzzzzz 🙂

  5. It’s an exciting and bittersweet moment, isn’t it? So many good things to celebrate! Good luck with your blog migration…it’s a worthwhile headache. I just moved mine over last week. Keep some wine on hand for those inevitable hiccups in the process. 🙂

  6. Sounds like you have some wonderful goals planned. Please keep us up-to-date on the process. I’d like to change to a self-hosted site, too. I used to have one and it was a great opportunity to learn more about my subscribers, add other widgets, and generally have more control. Best wishes. 🙂

    • Thanks. As you know it has been an eventful week. Kids starting school, me starting a new journey and the other stuff. Thanks for your support. Thankfully this project won’t get started until mid to late September but I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes! 🙂

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