Fall is right around the corner and Jake has been in kindergarten for about a month now. It’s kind of funny because when you are a stay at home mom and suddenly your chicks fly the coop, you get all kinds of comments from people.
Things like … “What are you going to do with all your free time now?!” and – insert Southern accent – “Why, you’re not gonna know what to do with yourself, are you?!” Then, one of my personal favorites … When someone heard I got recruited for my kids’ yearbook committee … “And you thought you were gonna sit at home and do NOTHING all day! Ha!”
Here’s the thing … I get it.
It is absolutely a season of change for me. I turned the big 4-0 at the end of August, traded in my mini-van for a
convertible SUV, and I got my hair cut in a style. My hair has been one length for as long as I can remember, but at this point in my life, I feel silly wearing a ponytail 5 out of the 7 days in a week. I also wear way too many ball caps. So, my hair is now shoulder-length with lots of layers. I have to use hair spray, mouse, and I can’t dry it on high in 5 minutes or it gets really frizzy. It, like me, is a work in progress.
I am at a crossroads in my life.
And what I know for sure is that I want to write. I have a journalism degree, but went into the I.T. industry after college because the pay was better. Then, I left my I.T. career six years ago to be an at-home mom. My oldest son was four at the time and then, a year or so later Jake was born.
When Jake was a baby/toddler, I wrote a 250 page fiction book during his nap times. I finished it the summer of 2011, but then Jake got diagnosed with apraxia about a month later. So, I boxed up that book, put it in my closet, and erased it from my mind. Later that year in December, I started this blog and well, here I am now.
I spent this past summer thinking about what the future of this blog looked like. Jake is no longer in speech therapy and I don’t have as many day-to-day things to share. Although I still have many apraxia topics I want to write about, I wondered if the time had come to type “The End” and move onto other writing ventures. It is a decision most bloggers eventually face, especially if they are writing about their kids. I also started questioning if I felt comfortable writing about Jake on a regular basis now that he is older.
After much soul-searching, I realized that the thought of leaving this group of moms, kids, and SLPs made me sad. Could I really just leave this community and pretend like none of this ever happened? The answer to that question was a big, loud NO! I have loved connecting with this tight-knit group of warriors and I decided it was time to step it up instead of closing down shop.
There are two main changes that you can expect from this point moving forward …
- I am super excited to announce that Jake’s Journey now has a team of 4 contributing writers that will post to this site on a regular basis. These ladies are educated, experienced, and have a heart for kids with apraxia. The team is made up of 1 SLP and 3 apraxia mamas. To learn more about these ladies, click on the “Meet the Contributors” tab above. I’ve also updated all the pages and given the blog an updated, more generic look. Yes, I will still be around and writing on a regular basis as well. You can expect new content one time a week on Thursdays.
- I have started a new blog – Family Live Life Well: A Journey to Wellness – and have spent the past month building it. This blog will contain excerpts from a book I am currently writing. Both the blog and book will contain facts, as well as strategies I used I improve my family’s health over the past two years. Please visit this site to learn more about my mission.
As always, thank you for your support and for joining me on this journey.
Click here to head over to Family Live Life Well to see what simple, healthy things are going in my kids lunch boxes this week.