Dear 2018 Jacqui – 2016 wasn’t horrible to us. We had our first book published. HUGE accomplishment! We moved to Pennsylvania to have more time with our daughter. We launched our Freelance Business Website, our Author Website and really stepped it up with our blog here.
I’ve been divorced going on 12 years now. Separated 12 1/2 years. My daughter was 3 1/2 and I was 31.
Since then, I’ve dated some. Had one relationship last almost a year and then dated some more. To be honest? I haven’t had a date in quite awhile. At first it was due to me getting laid off from my job and trying to start a freelance business. I didn’t feel I had anything to bring to the table. Then it was because I had gained all of my weight back, plus some. I wasn’t happy with myself, so how could I be happy trying to be with someone else? Now? Well, it’s various reasons. One, I moved to a new city and I don’t know anyone. Two, I’m still trying to find me. I don’t know what I want out of life, so how do I expect to know what I want in a man?
By now, you all know that I am hoping to purchase an RV and travel the country while working from the road. I previously wrote about Six of my Favorite Travel Campers. There are many people who want to live this kind of lifestyle, but, feel they can’t afford it. So, I researched that further and found that it is actually cheaper to live as an RVer than it is to live in an apt or house, paying rent or mortgage. Here’s my post on RV Budgeting That Won’t Break the Bank. What Can the RV Life Cost?
Last night, the next step in my journey to follow my dreams happened! My new business website went live! Why am I sharing it here with you? Well, I’m excited about it and want to share it with everyone. I want to shout it from the rooftops with the hopes it takes flight :). This is my first step in taking the reigns and leading my life in the direction I want to go in. I want to be responsible for my own destiny. Not just a number to an offsite payroll department.
I read an article on MSN about what the #1 cause of financial stress in every state was. As with most of these types of articles, i.e. “the most searched item online in each state”, I assumed it was going to be a fluff article. This one for the most part, showed legitimate concerns. The following number of states main causes of financial stress were:
I was recently speaking with a friend of mine who has health issues for certain reasons. One of them being her job. And it made me realize, this is a common thing anymore. Women are so stressed at work for either trying to keep up with home, kids and work. We try to prove we can do the job just as well as a man. Or, we are trying to make up for the fact that we are women.
It has finally hit me. My daughter is going into her sophomore year of high school. I’m thinking ahead and quite a few things hit me!
- She will have her license this time next year
- We will be doing college tours in two years
- She will graduate in less than three years.
- She will be old enough to vote in the next election in four years
Once I let all that sink it, I realized one thing. I’m getting old! Nah… I mean I am, but, I don’t feel it. I sure as heck don’t act it! So, it got me thinking. Once she’s done college in seven years. What the heck am I going to do with my life? I mean, the last eleven years since my divorce, I haven’t really give much thought to my empty nest years.
Inc.com put out an exercise for us to try and find our life purpose. I accept that challenge. I am copying and pasting their article to answer the questions:
1. Write down all the the things you absolutely love to do in life. Be outrageous, open-minded, honest, and creative. Label it your “My Love List.” It may make more sense later, the point is to get inspired and let your imagination run free.
Recently I moved to Pennsylvania from Delaware. This is the first time I’ve lived out of Delaware. I was nervous, and still am! I don’t know anyone around here. It’s a little nerve wracking when you move to a new location and all you feel capable of doing is staying in your home and waiting for time to fly by.
Over the past several years, my family has had a lot of medical issues. My Mom passed away in 2008 from COPD and Lung Cancer. My sister, at 50, five years ago, had to have a triple bypass. My brother in law, at 57, last year, had a stroke, my brother, at 52, just last week, went to the ER for chest pains. He had an artery that was 99 1/2% blocked. They put a stent in. My cousin, at 53, died yesterday from a heart attack.