This week I am participating in a blogging challenge sponsored by SITS Girls, Standards of Excellence, Westar, and Florida Builder Appliances.
Please enjoy this first, original blog post from Tuesday, August 19, 2008, followed by an update.
I have a wonderful life. I have a loving husband, a beautiful son, supportive family & friends, and a cozy home.
Yet, as I approach the age of 35, I know there is so much ahead of me. I never dreamed that at this age I would have a new career as a freelance writer and voiceover talent. I never dreamed that I'd be on the verge of significant and permanent weight loss. I never dreamed that I would have any physical activity goals, let alone rock climbing and skiing. The rest is still unwritten as the song states.
I'm excited about the new and the possible. I want to uncover the Michele that has always been here under pain, insecurity, and excess weight. I want to live MY life, not what has been expected of me in order to please others. This is my second chance. I'm thankful, and I'm taking it :)
The story continues... I'm ever so thankful for my husband, son, family, friends, home, and second chance. I am also grateful for community - a new church, elementary school, and the bus stop / neighborhood moms. With 60 pounds gone, I've started living the authentic, purposeful life I hoped for. I have something to offer back to the world because I'm taking better care of myself - which is the idea behind Mommy Forward - to inspire the Me in Mommy and to nurture myself without neglecting my family.
I hope to inspire other moms that self-care is not selfish. After all, the rest is still unwritten... for all of us.