Never for one second did I think that I wanted to be anywhere other than here, but here needed something new. We began to attend church more regularly, I began working out occasionally, and I started this blog. Suddenly I found a new passion – introducing readers to new products and services – wrapped up in an old passion revisited – writing. I am now more fulfilled as a person and better able to fulfill the roles of wife to my husband and mother to my children.
Some days I think that I should have taken this time and energy and put it into a cooking class or a more concerted effort to actually put the laundry away after it’s washed and folded. Perhaps I could have finally painted my ugly blue kitchen or taught my daughter to read. These little “what if’s” will always nag me, but never as much as the question of “who am I and what am I doing for me”.
Next month I’ll leave my husband and kids for three nights to spend time with other bloggers and businesses at the BlogHer Conference in Chicago. I’ve read a few snarky blog posts asking why women do this – why do we spend the money to travel, exert the last ditch energy to look our best, purchase (gasp!) business cards to introduce our blogs to 1,099 other bloggers. For me, it’s about spending time with like-minded people, those of us who crave interaction with other intelligent and verbal women. When the weekend is over we will all return to our “real lives” more fulfilled, our batteries charged.