At this very moment, I believe I’m in the hardest stage of my life.
Let me explain why:
- I’m not old, but I’m not young.
- My children are old enough now where my actions can have an emotional impact on them. I’m truly shaping their human experience. They are both female, which adds another layer of pressure to ensure they successfully develop into strong women.
- I’ve been married for over 10 years and it’s hard work to keep a marriage healthy and happy (oh and we work together).
- Speaking of work, I’m the co-founder of a rapidly growing small business. This is simultaneously exciting and scary.
- As a culture, technology is taking over our lives. This is supposed to improve life, which it does, but it also complicates matters significantly.
- The political climate in America is frightening.
These things don’t consume my thoughts all the time, but they are themes in my life. Through this blog, I would like to further explore some of the above topics.
Don’t worry. It won’t all be serious business. I love health, wellness and fitness, dining, exploring Chicago, getting inspired and reading good books. I’ll be sharing on those topics as well.
Why a Blog Now?
I know podcasts are super in right now. Nobody wants to read. They want someone to talk at them. I thought about making this a podcast, but honestly, I’m an old dog and I can only perform so many tricks. There isn’t time to learn about audio equipment, or find the space and time to record something.
I know how to write and blog. I have some WordPress skills. So I’m going with a blog.
My Blogging History
Back when my oldest daughter, Mia, was born I started a mommy blog. It was right as “mom blogs” were becoming a thing. It was a great creative outlet and a way to share cute stories about Mia with friends and family. As I wrote, more and more, I started hearing from other women who were reading my blog that they enjoyed my stories, advice and reccomendations. They told me it was nice to know they were not alone in the experiences they were having with early motherhood. I loved that I was able to offer that to other women.
My old blog led to some interesting business ventures as well, which was a benefit I did not see coming. However, those opportunities took me away from the writing I loved so much. Then I had my second daughter, Lana, and time was even more limited. The blog died.
What Does Vodka in My Coffee Mean?
It’s an expression I made up, and say a lot, when I’m having my morning (and afternoon) coffee. As the chaos of the day is swirling around me, I’ll look up at my husband and ask “Is there vodka in this coffee?”
If you Google “vodka in my coffee,” you get a lot of information from people who replaced the water in their coffee maker with vodka to brew coffee. I’ve personally never tried it, but it sounds like the makings of a really boozy brunch.
So, Why a Blog Now?
I look at this blog as a revival of personal creativity, which I have found lacking in my life. I want to connect with other working mothers and big boss ladies. Perhaps I’ll find some new opportunities and adventures.
In the mean time, I hope you’ll come along with me on this new journey.