What to Expect

I have dreams for this blog. I have goals for this blog. Some of the same dreams and goals I have for myself. To explore meaning. To dig deeper. To have fun.

Some posts will be serious. Some, not so much.

At least once a week I’ll focus on marriage, particularly marriages older than 10 years.

At least once a week I’ll focus on dogs.

Sometimes I’ll talk about food.

But it will all be an exploration in one way or another.

More soon…


Welcome to my new blog home! I’m so glad you’re here. This is a new venture for me. As I searched for information to help me navigate some of the changes of midlife, and ways to make this part of my life the best, I realized there’s just not much out there. So here I am.

I’m excited to see what this site becomes.



10 Year Plan

So on Pinterest, I have a board titled “10 Year Plan.” On it I’ve saved articles about how to make money, save money, live frugally, as well as articles about small or tiny space living. You see, Daniel and I share a goal to live simply and debt free as soon as possible, but no later than 10 years from now. We want to be able to travel around the United States, to not have to worry about money, and to use our talents.

At this early stage I can’t tell you how we’re going to do it. Frankly I’m scared we’ll fail. Really, really scared. But I can’t let us not try.

Found this meme* on Facebook today. This is my mantra right now. I don’t want to be in the same place 10 years from now.


*If this is your work, please let me know and I will credit you. This image was found uncredited on Facebook.

First Draft in 60 Days

My friend, Kaye, started a series on her blog ten days ago that is just what I need. She challenged herself and her writing friends to complete the rough draft of a novel in 60 days. If you’re interested check out her site here.

The first assignment is to answer six questions. So here I go.

1. Why do you want to write?

I can’t remember a time I didn’t want to write. I’ve tried to give it up many times, but I just can’t. I don’t know why.

2. What will finishing this project in sixty days mean to you? Do you think that completing this challenge will change you? How?

Finishing this project will boost my writing confidence. I think increased confidence in a dream is life changing by definition.

3. If this is your first attempt at completing a manuscript, how do you think finishing it will impact your life? OR, if you’ve completed multiple manuscripts, what will finishing another one mean to you?

I’ve completed one novel rough draft and almost completed another. Again, a matter of writing confidence, of self confidence, of truly giving my dream all I’ve got.

4. What will happen if the people closest to you don’t understand, support, and encourage you during this challenge?

Thankfully my husband supports and encourages my writing.

5. Imagine how you will feel on October 31 knowing that you’ve completed this challenge. How can you use that  to motivate you during the next sixty days?

I long for that feeling of accomplishment. To call myself a writer and have the manuscript to prove it-that’s motivation!

6. What is the ONE thing you think you’re going to need the most to help you accomplish your goal for this challenge?

Honestly? To stay out of my own way.