While I have a lot in my life for which to be very thankful, it hasn't come that easily. I think having this space to chronicle some of these experiences will be cathartic for me. I can't promise that posts will actually revolve around a theme, or that they'll fit neatly into labels. But I hope that if you chose to read along, that at least you'll find it worthy of your time.I don't think I imagined that it would all still be true ten years later, but it is.
It was apparently an auspicious moment for me to start a blog, as so much has remained the same over that decade. Same spouse, same house, same company, one more kid (who I became pregnant with the month after I started blogging, so basically the entire time). And yet, so much is different. My husband has had more different jobs and aspirations and interests. My house is now so much more comfortable since we renovated last year. My job is infinitely more complex than it was back then, with regular travel now required. And those kids have left behind diapers and toys for guitars and rehearsal carpools.
I wonder how much I've changed as a person too. I have a few more grey hairs than I did then. Maybe a little more wisdom. Hopefully I'm a better writer. But fundamentally, I don't think I've changed much.
I don't write nearly as often I'd like to anymore, but I'm still happy to have this space for when I can. I think I have more important things to say, so I keep coming back here, and sometimes to other places as well (see my latest post at the Human Writers blog). My most exciting success was when I had a blog post in The New York Times, and I'm so proud of the work I did with Listen To Your Mother, which grew out of my blog work. I've had a ball at conferences, and made some good blogging friends too. I definitely didn't see that happening with my anonymous, hard to find, initial blog post. I'm really glad that it did, and I hope this space leads me to more adventures.