Two Teens And Their Mama: How Blogging Has Renewed Me

Friday, May 16, 2014

How Blogging Has Renewed Me


I apologize if I'm starting to sound like a drama queen -  I'm usually pretty low maintenance.   I live in a house of men - nobody would even notice if I acted dramatic, so why waste the energy :).

I was having a hard time deciding what to write about today.  I have a whole notebook of ideas I want to share, but nothing was jumping out at me.  My mom has been visiting this week, so I haven't had the time to devote to my blog.

Then I read the comments that were left on my post The Hardest Stage .  The compassion, kindness and support shown to me by my new blogging friends brought me to tears.  I am truly touched.

For the past year or so, I've been in a bit of a funk.  Not really a full on depression - sort of an "I feel sorry for myself" moment I guess?  Bear with me while I explain, and then I promise to quickly get to the point.  

Growing up, I was extremely driven - an "A" type personality. Good grades all the way through college, involved in everything, always sure of where I was going in the world. When I graduated, I jumped into my chosen profession and took off running.

And then I had a baby.

From the first moment I held him, everything else went out the window.  All I wanted was to stay home and be a mom.  I was extremely fortunate that my husband and I could make that happen, and I haven't regretted the decision for a minute.  Hubby tells a different tale - he often laments about the vacation home or country club membership he could have had if I'd stayed in the corporate world.  But those are his issues to deal with - not mine :).

However -  those babies grow up and don't need you the same way anymore.  I was floundering, and for the first time, I had no idea where my future was heading, or what to DO with myself.

Which brings me to the point.

I have been blogging for about six weeks now.  I'm just a teeny tiny ripple in the vast blog world, where some of you have been sharing your creative spirit for many years now.  But I swear the last six weeks have renewed me.  

I know I'm not inventing the wheel.  There are thousands of other blogs doing what I do much better that I can ever hope - there is much work to be done.  But I love to write, and so far I'm happy with my little space, where I can share what I'm thinking, loving and doing.  I jump out of bed in the morning, excited to check on my blog and connect with others who share my passion.

The best part has been what I've gotten back from all of you.  I had no idea there was this amazing community of bloggers out there, willing to take time from their busy day to read what I've written and share such kind and thoughtful comments with me, a total stranger. I've already made some wonderful new friends.

And it's only been six weeks.  I can't wait to see what the future holds.


I would like to give a special mention to Susan at The Most - - Of Every Moment.  She and I started blogging around the same time, and she has been so supportive and encouraging. She has a wonderful blog where she writes about making the most of every moment - go check her out!

33 comments:

  1. I love your blog and the topics you cover. Thanks for being honest. I think a lot of women, myself included, can relate to wondering what will life be like after the kids grow up? Looking forward to reading about your journey through this stage!

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    1. Thank you! I really do appreciate the support. I love your blog too and I'm so glad I found it.

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  2. I was reading this post, nodding my head and identifying with everything in it. I was simultaneously thinking about what a wonderful mom my new friend Lana is, how well she connects with her readers, and what an outstanding ability she has to put thoughts (her thoughts - but sometimes I could swear she read my mind and has lived parts of my life!) on a page. And then I read the last paragraph.

    Thank you Lana. I am so glad to have your blog to read - and to have you as my friend! I'm looking forward to supporting each other in this new phase of life, introducing each other to the blogs we enjoy, and continuing down this blogging path together!

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    1. Aww, thanks Susan! I do think we may have been separated at birth!

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  3. What you have been through is what I can see myself going through and asking the exact same questions. I do think, I will not leave my corporate life, because I really need that one window to remain open..its my outlet.. Keep writing, I enjoying reading your articles..and we are all part of a small blogging world..and each others support is what keeps me going as well..
    Hugs!!

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    1. Thank you so much. The support from other bloggers is the best part.

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  4. The secret to blogging is that it can bring you more than you ever expected, through tough times and happy ones. Best to you, my new friend.

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    1. Thank you Carol. I'm so glad to have met you and your blog!

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  5. Blogging was such a surprise to me as well...in so many ways. Isn't it wonderful the community of supportive? Just a blessing! So glad you are enjoying your new venture!!

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    1. Thanks Pam. I had no idea there would be so many supportive bloggers out there.

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  6. Who would have thought? We bloggers! I can spot trends by reading blogs and often I laugh and am brought to tears from reading blogs of incredible women I have never met but feel a kind-ship.

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    1. I definitely feel a the support from everyone. Thank you!

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  7. As someone who just started blogging as well, I can totally relate. You are a great writer and I love reading your posts!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Jill. I'm so glad to have met you, and I really enjoy your blog!

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  8. This cracked me up ---> I live in a house of men - nobody would even notice if I acted dramatic, so why waste the energy :)

    Ha. So true. I am always telling my girls that no one likes a drama queen.

    Blogging has DEFINITELY changed my life. I'm so glad you discovered it! Enjoy!

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    1. I'm having so much fun and can't wait to see where it takes me. Thanks so much!

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  9. Hi Lana wow I did not realize that you have been blogging for 6 weeks! Wow you are doing a great job and I love your blog! Blogging friends are the best. I hope you have a nice weekend and thanks for stopping by.
    Julie

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    1. Julie - thank you so much! I'm loving all my new blogging friends.

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  10. Congratulations your doing a great job!

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  11. Your doing a really great job I love ready your blog!

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  12. Blogging is a wonderful outlet for expression and I'm not ashamed to admit---my best friends all live in the blogosphere and I couldn't the happier. The nicest, most supportive friends ever!

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    1. I agree - everyone has been so welcoming and kind. Thank you for stopping by and reading!

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  13. Great post Lana ! And thank you for your sweet comment!!! :) Have a greeeeat day!
    xo, Iris
    www.thecoloredmarriedlife.com

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  14. I can SO relate! Blogging brightens my day as well. Not only can I spend my time writing, but I can then spend time with all of my best friends. So glad you found us!

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    1. Thank you Diane. I'm so glad I found you all too!

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  15. I've been blogging for 5 years and love it. BTW, I live in a house of men too, I can so identify with you! Keep on blogging my friend! Your blog rocks!
    Teresa from NanaHood.com

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I truly appreciate the support.

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  16. it's funny, we're at such different 'mom stages' but I can relate to you so much. I'm just starting and trying to figure things out, and you're a pro! BUT we're both new to the blogosphere and you're doing awesome at it!
    Also, I appreciate every thoughtful comment you make and can tell you how much it means to have an experienced (and successful) mom relate to what I'm going through

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    1. Thank you Shaunacey. Your words mean a lot to me. I feel like we have a lot in common too even though we're at such different stages. I love your blog!

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  17. Only six weeks? Honestly, I thought you had been around so much longer, your posts seem so 'natural' to me! Blogging has become a real part of my everyday life, for years now (different blogs, though, sometimes I can't seem to stick to it). Glad you enjoy this on so many levels!

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    1. Thank you very much! I have always loved to write, and I'm so happy that somebody is reading it.

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