Today I’m taking a break from 31 Days of Fearless Entertaining because
Second Act.com has asked the 40’s – 50’s age group bloggers who are creating a second act in their own life to share their stories.
Often I bite my tongue and hold my breath as I watch my kids struggle, stumble and find their way through the teenage years and into young adulthood. This transition for me is hard to watch, yet as I let go of my children, I am beginning my own journey into a new phase of my life.
After homeschooling for 19 years and my last three kids now in a homeschool charter school, I’m looking at new options for myself. In the past, my hours were jammed full with explaining the area of a cylinder, verb phrases, piles of notebooks, lost pencils and “yes, you need to read 20 more minutes.” But that now is changing.
Three years ago I took an online writer’s course which changed my life and I began writing part time for regional parenting publications. Writing on a variety of topics including parenting issues and women’s health keeps me invigorated. I’ve interviewed a former Congressman, an Olympic athlete, doctors, authors, and a plethora of psychologists for my pieces.
One of my favorite assignments was about a foster care program called Camp to Belong designed to reunite foster siblings at a week long camp. Sharing my parenting journey and advice about what do you do when your kid wants to go vegetarian was personal yet hopeful for any hesitant parents. (There’s three of us veggies in the house now.)
Additionally, I also discovered that I love being a virtual assistant. I’m managing a Google Group for the 2012 Blogathon and as well as doing research work virtually for a professional writer. I love the variety that it brings, the tech knowledge I learn along the way and the fast pace.
With two recent graduates from George Fox University (Mom brag!) at home, along with their three siblings, my house is still very full, busy and chaotic. I can now share with my oldest, who’s a new personal fitness trainer that he needs to learn how to use Buffer to schedule his tweets and send out his own newsletters with MailChimp to keep his name in front of his clients. Getting a little tech savvy…hmmm?
Confidence comes with age, and I want to take on dreams that I’ve held on the back burner. As I’m transitioning into a new phase, I’m blogging this month about an honest fear in own life. It’s been worth the risk of sounding a bit whiney and feeling vulnerable because my fears have connected with people. And as those fears are losing their grip in my life, other fears don’t seem to be that big any more.
(Kayaking was not my idea of fun but because I’m a bit scared of the water, I had to try it with my hubby. It ended up being a thorough work out and I felt so empowered that I faced it.)
What fears do you face in your newest life transition?