Coming back to this space more frequently to write, air my grievances, share my purchases, what I wore, and document my life is something that while high on my priority list hasn’t been made a priority as I continue to navigate a pretty strange world that is slowly presenting itself as our new normal.
I started this journal in August of 2010 as a 31 year old SAHM of a 4 year old and a 3 month old. Well I’m now 43 and they are 16 and 12 and I am grateful to my core that I took the time to document our lives then because this has become a window through which to peek back at our past life.
Life has shifted, I’m entering my mid-40s and would love nothing more than to document this next stage of our lives, and most of all my own personal growth. I’ve never felt more grounded, beautiful, confident, and rooted in who I am as I do now and I think that realization deserves a little documenting as well!
Over the past twelve years I gave my family every bit of me, I still continue to do so but in a different capacity that is allowing me to move differently. I used to think everyone was passing me by because I wasn’t interested in giving my everything to blogging or social media because what was happening at home was always my priority and I was never willing to put them aside for my dreams. Whether that was the right decision or not, I know it was the right one for our family.
What I’m Wearing | Bracelets: Link bracelet / Thick Gold Bangle | Shirt: thrifted | Leggings: Target affiliate | Shoes “similar” :Target affiliate | Necklace: an heirloom from my Mama | Glasses: Prada (they are prescription with transitions)
I now understand that I wasn’t behind, I was just building a solid foundation and now it’s time for me to build! My family is settled, happy, and mostly self-sufficient and I feel good about chasing my dreams with a new fervor because MY truth is the dream is always there, but the children aren’t always small and it’s really hard to erect anything on a shaky foundation.
My goal is to show up here at least twice a week, share with you my journey to opening a storefront for Unlikely Market, ramble, show you what I bought, what I’m wearing, what I’m reading and just share whatever is on my mind. There’s a gap missing in content around women with older children that in my opinion feels natural and authentic and I want nothing more than to fill that void in my own special way! I enjoy content that is not always centered around luxury or perfectionism but just good ole regular damn life.
School is just about out for summer and I have a break from being a daily chauffeur and cook. I’m hoping to create a new habit of writing here that I make space for when the craziness picks up again in the fall.
I hope you’ll hold me accountable and follow along. If you aren’t following me already, I share my daily happenings on Instagram. Give me a follow for all of the crazy behind the scenes moments in my life!
See you soon!
MaryMay 18, 2022 at 9:30 pm
I haven’t left a comment on a blog in, well let’s see, 10 years? Feels good. Retro! I enjoy following you on Instagram and love that you will be blogging a bit more. I had a mom blog back in 2006 and left that all behind to go back to work once my son started kindergarten. My kids are 20 and 19 now! Time flies. Just keep poking away at those dreams and goals and fun hobbies. I published two books writing in my “spare time” and now I play with my pillows and felt when I’m not working my FT job. You can have it all but not at the same time. You are so right about the family foundation. You are awesome! Mary
MoniqueMay 18, 2022 at 10:17 pm
Great post! I think it’s great that you are turning this next stage in your life into something beautiful for yourself. It’s deserving and I’ll be looking forward to following along.
RyceMay 18, 2022 at 10:38 pm
I love all of this! I’m excited about the store front. It will definitely be on my list of things to do in ATL! I’m also loving real blogging. IG is great, but real blogging is always refreshing.
TiffanyMay 19, 2022 at 11:29 am
I will be following along- you always have the best style recommendations! At 47, I, too, am feeling grounded and fulfilled- it’s a great place to be.