I thought when my only child left the nest, my life would be empty. My friends worried about me because we were so close. I had no idea what I would do to fill the time if I didn’t have school events to volunteer for, parenting things to helicopter around, or constant monitoring to make sure she was home on time, keeping up with schoolwork, sending in applications, making doctor appointments, etc. Luckily, she helped me in that transition…the last couple of years at home she gradually took over…made her own appointments, turned in her assignments and wrote her essays without a single word of input from me, and let me see that she was ready to go.
And go she did! All the way from Nashville to California, ready to follow her dreams, spread her wings and fly. Jeff and I are very fortunate to be able to follow our dreams as well. In the last 15 years or so, we have realized that we are truly happy in the mountains. He can work from wherever we are, luckily, so we are now able to spend several months in both our favorite mountain places, the Aspen/Snowmass area, and Lake Toxaway, NC.
I decided to dust off my brain cells and go back to school. I enrolled in American University’s online master’s degree program and graduated in 2018 with an MS in Nutrition Education. It was difficult, time-consuming, but I loved it. I’m hoping to start sharing more nutrition-related information on a new blog soon, but it’s been nice having my time to myself again for a little while. Most days I can’t wipe the smile off my face.
My original blog was originally a diary of sorts. It has just morphed from the joys of daily parenting to staying healthy and the joys of parenting from afar (Because regardless of where my child is, I am, and always will be, a parent).