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.
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.
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.
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!
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!