A month or so ago, a blogger than I follow shared that Katie at Katherines Corner had announced that she was in the planning stage for a series to be called Between The Lines that would feature bloggers 50 and older. Katie’s plan for Between The Lines was to feature at least 50 women and she asked for help in spreading word about the series and how bloggers could sign-up to be featured. It is a ten-week series and if you are reading this post, then the series is now in week 6. It is Katie’s goal to give other bloggers an opportunity to introduce themselves to readers of the blog series and to share their feelings about being a blogger of a certain age. I’m so excited to be included in this wonderful collaboration and to be associated with all these fabulous women.
Rarely a day goes by that I don’t exclaim “I love the Internet”. Information on almost any subject, help with almost any task, directions to almost any location … all available with a few keystrokes. About a year ago, I was feeling like I was approaching a crossroads in my life, so I began looking on-line for something but not knowing what that something was.
I was frustrated by what seemed like a lack of clothing options that fit my style so I searched for inspirations. My daughter has a milk protein allergy so I searched for dairy-free recipes. My weight had been increasing and my interest for working out had been decreasing so I searched for health and fitness tips. As I gathered little bits from here and there, I started to think about how I could put my own spin on these inspirations, recipes, and tips and the idea of a blog began to take shape. But, out all of this searching, I’ve come to realize I have another motivation for become a blogger.
Feature image from my first post – I Don’t Understand The Question
My blog serves as both a new way to challenge myself and as a way to add to my personal legacy. About two years ago, my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimers. That diagnosis was just a label because my sister and I already knew that her cognitive abilities were much more diminished than we thought just six months earlier when our father’s health took a turn for the worse and then passed about two months later.
My mother had worked for over 30 years and relished her life in retirement of not doing much. She didn’t have a lot in the way of hobbies other than watching TV, reading romance novels, and playing slot machines. My parents would go Las Vegas three or four times a year. There was more to her life than that but when our father passed and my sister and I became responsible for our mother’s care, I began to realize how little we knew of her likes and interests and that her ability to enjoy the ones we knew of was slipping away. I also realized that the family history that she once knew was also now lost and I began to regret having not made a record of it.
I think one of the greatest fears for some women is that they will be like their mother. It is for me, at least, and it’s my intent to take steps to prevent that from happening and my blog is one the ways I plan to address that fear. I intend to keep my mind busy with new challenges, to maintain my body in better physical condition, and to create a personal history that my family and I can look back on.
Feature image – Trial Run On An Empty Nest
Most of all, the purpose of this blog is to help me refine my fashion style and to support my shopping habits. I have learned a lot about different approaches to fashion and style by reading other blogs and I hope that my insights and thoughts can be helpful to others as well. I’m still adapting to the life of a blogger and working to post more frequently. I hope that you will take a few moments to look around on the site and read some of my earlier posts.
Feature image from most recent post – Up, Down, All-Around Print Skirt
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Listed below are the other fabulous bloggers that are featured in week 6 of Between The Lines. Katie’s post includes mini-interviews with each of us. Be sure to pop over to Katherines Corner for links to weeks 1 through 5 in this series.