We are all on our personal journeys. I went walkabout. I’m back for now and thanks for your patience and so many kind words along the way!
Apparently I’ve still got a lot that I want to share and I have a bit more time in order to do so. My interests are still 50 plus, but as you’ll see over the next few months, some of the areas that inspired me over the past few years have taken hold in a more urgent way. When I went on hiatus, I just felt there were too many bloggers and facebookers, tweeters, tumblrs and pinterests that were too focused on all the things wrong in the world and I couldn’t continue to be a part of the ranting and raving when so many people felt hopeless…I couldn’t see how another complainer would be helpful to any reader. There are enough political pundits without me having to give my 2 cents. There were too many people out of work for too long for any of my suggestions to really be helpful…there were not enough jobs. Period.
I had to go out and do. So I did and now I feel that I’m ready to contribute again, in a positive and meaningful way, to the online world. Hopefully most of you are still around and will be interested in a different, more attuned, and hopefully more joyful perspective on the planet.
In my journey, I’ve had periods of motivation, inspiration as well as the downs that come from change unattained. The past 6 years have been filled with change and all in a positive way (even though it often felt negative and unempowering along the way) — from corporate executive to continued presence as a well-known blogger on issues affecting the 50 plus generation, to the development of my other businesses — consulting and a successful pet services company.
Most of this new direction was accomplished in my late 40s and now my early/mid-50s. Where the energy came from was a surprise to me. I was SOOO tired in my 40s. And the ripple affect across the world from the 2008 meltdown really knocked my emotional socks off….too many friends and co-workers that were so horribly affected. But I ultimately realized that the overwhelming feeling of fatigue and frustration was anger at myself for not taking positive action in my life. So, I pulled up my socks (well…took them off, actually, and planted my feet in the grass) and turned my world around.
My new life, now, is the one I’ve always wanted. I still consult to business, but I’m not bound to concrete. I’m out of the corporate world on a daily basis and into the animal, natural world. I spend a great deal of time in the outdoors, with animals and the people who love them. I’ve discovered that I’m a horrible gardener (yet I still plant every year), find delight in swimming every day I can in the summer, love to look at other people’s flower gardens, and can make some terrific breads and baked goods (and a killer chicken curry salad and a salmon with fennel and red grapes that is to die for.)
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I’m still infuriated and get enraged at social injustices, but I’ve also regenerated my inner strength by reconnecting with the planet as a creature of nature, by having the time to spend with my daughter, by realigning my priorities in life and being true to myself. I spend my days in shorts and sandals, or yoga pants and Asics (my sport shoe of choice) and T-shirts and fleece jackets. My suits are reserved for consulting meetings. My dresses, heels and mineral makeup, for going out and having a great time.
Early on, in my pet services business (Poochbuddies if you are curious), as I was getting more exercise, I gravitated to natural products. Better food, more fruits, vegetables, organics, grass-fed beef, free range chicken (I’m not a vegetarian…still like the meat, but I prefer the meat that has lived a better life). I like to eat (I think you’ll have figured that out), I like to cook (also obvious). I love the outdoors. I love food bloggers and product bloggers and tech bloggers and natural offerings. I like exploring and traveling and anything that connects me to the world is all good. I love my smartphone (Galaxy S3…can’t live without it.) It’s all contributed to my better sense of self, a resurgence in vitality, and a reminder that I’m part of the planet.
I’m heading to Expo West this year (totally non-tech!), a massive natural products expo to see what has really changed over the past decade. A lot, I know…organic, natural has gone almost mainstream…but there are 3 huge floors of exhibition. Certainly more than one person can walk in a day or two or even three, but I’m going to give it a shot. 3 floors, hundreds of exhibitors, one day.
If any of you are going to be there, feel free to let me know! Love to meet you.
I’m glad to be back and I hope you’ll continue with me on the journey.