Just a girl who’s decided to live her life, each day genuinely and completely, and trusting in what’s ahead.
I was born and raised in beautiful Michigan, yet as an adult I found myself taking my days for granted way too often. I was zombie-ing through life and finally realized that it was going to pass me by if I did’t make some serious changes. Before this awakening, I had always thought that the fun, fulfilling, exciting, beautiful, passionate life was for other people, not me. I’m honestly not sure why I felt that way, and without psychoanalyzing it too much (that’s a topic for another blog 😉 ) I always felt like I was on the outside looking in, like I was watching life but it wasn’t really for me to be the subject of. Add the invention of Facebook and other social media outlets and I was literally watching others lives in front of my eyes instead of living mine. I was married at the time, with two kids, a good career, lovely home, healthy but I was so empty inside and that’s when it finally hit me. I realized that I had been waiting for everything to be ‘just so’ before I really opened myself up and went after the things that truly made me happy, but ‘just so’ was always changing. There was always some new reason that I let get in my way, used as an excuse. Don’t get me wrong, I was beyond thankful for my kids and my many blessings, but I was still just passing through my life…just existing. That’s where it all began…
Over the course of the next couple years I made a number of significant changes in my life. Going through a divorce was one, but another was making the decision that I was going to do whatever it took to live a real life in the real world. I was done watching from the sideline, and waiting for whatever it was I was waiting for before I started embracing each day, creating new fun experiences and coming to life and finding the real joy that’s out there for all of us.
So the next realization I had was that to ‘live’ life didn’t mean that I needed to do something outrageous, extravagant, over the top, I just needed to start doing something, something for fun something just for the experience of it or just to meet new people and connect in a personal way. I mentioned that I live in Michigan, well let me tell you, there is a LOT going on here; history, nature, sports, lakes, music, art, volunteering, wine, DIY all over the place, all right outside my door! I had no excuses. No longer was I going to accept thoughts to myself that ‘someday’ or ‘it would be nice, but’ or ‘they’re always getting out there and doing this or that’. No more excuses!
This blog is my chronicle of life from that moment on…living life out there in the real world. Not from behind a screen, not later, not when everything else is done or perfect or paid off or whatever it is that we let get in our way. This blog is for me and you both. This is not only the stories of what’s outside my door, but also hopefully an encouragement or enlightenment to you that life is outside your door for you to grab too. It’s a one time deal, and it’s not going to wait. Step out and explore the places you’ve been wondering about, pack a bag and go somewhere you’ve never been, meet someone and have a conversation that maybe you never would have before. It’s in those moments, in those experiences and chance happenings where life really happens…real life in the real world.
What People Say
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the things you did.Mark Twain
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.Maya Angelou
If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun.Katharine Hepburn