I used to do a feature called “Flashback Friday” where I would revisit previous blog posts. When I decided to keep my old posts, rather than deleting them, I decided this would be a nice thing to continue so that I can help my blog come full circle and continue the Then and Now theme. So, let’s look back at my Very First Post, “Hello World!”
In that post, I included the following statement: ” The topics that run through my head the most include (in no particular order): Harry Potter, Twilight, reality TV fluff, exercise, reading, cooking, baking, eating, my faith, losing weight via Medifast, my home-based business, my son’s issues (ADHD/Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism), dealing with my mother’s Alzheimer’s, decluttering/organizing, and learning to blog.” Below I will go over each of these topics, many of my comments indicate future blog topics.
Harry Potter– Still a big part of my life! My heart still skips a beat whenever I see or hear of anything Harry Potter-related. I will definitely continue to discuss all things Harry Potter.
Twilight– Still a fan, but not something that I think about too often. I haven’t read the books in a while and I do think it would be fun to re-read them and blog about it. I also haven’t watched either of the Breaking Dawn movies yet, need to do that. After reading Twilight I really enjoyed the Hunger Games and Divergent series.
Reality TV Fluff – YES! Still a fan of all of the “Housewives” franchises as well as several other Bravo and MTV series, “Mysteries at the Museum,” “Life Below Zero,” “Fixer Upper,” and more.
Exercise– Still enjoy exercise, although it has been somewhat of a challenge the past couple of years thanks to some foot and ankle injuries/issues. Fingers crossed that 2020 will be the year I am able to get back into a good routine. Currently I attend weekly Osteostrong session and have joined the local Club Pilates location that is opening soon.
Reading– Still a book lover, but the past several years I have not done well with making time for it. As I figure out my new life routines, I want to be sure that I set aside time for reading.
Cooking, baking, eating– A hearty yes to all three! This enjoyment along with not being able to exercise has contributed to a substantial weight gain, I’m sorry to say. Again, hoping 2020 will be the year that this turns around. Several months ago I started a subscription to Hungryroot and it has been a game changer. Muffins are my baking item of choice.
My faith– An integral part of my life. I can’t imagine going through 2015 without it. I just started a 31-Day Prayer Challenge that, even though I am only two days in, has been amazing!
Losing weight via Medifast– I had success with Medifast but the the issue I had with it is that I could not exercise due to the low caloric intake, I really need to exercise for my physical and emotional health. I am currently working on adopting an Intermittent Fasting lifestyle.
My home-based business– The business is at a low simmer. I have created a new online identity, “Flamingo Susie,” as a business brand, but not a lot has happened so I need to decide if I want to continue with that or just stick with Muggle Mom.
My son’s issues (ADHD/Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism)– In 2015 we added Type 1 Diabetes to this list of issues. There have been lots of struggles and there have also been lots of triumphs. I’d love to be a resource and an encouragement to mothers whose kids have similar issues. I’m happy to report that he graduated high school and college and is now working in the computer science field, living on his own in another state. Let me add that I know all of these things are not possible for every child and hope that I am not sending a message that this is the only version of “success.” I think as mothers we just want to help our children figure out their paths and do what is appropriate to help them move along.
Dealing with my mother’s Alzheimer’s- My mother passed away in 2015. I was with her at the time and it was a very powerful moment. I have been moving through the grief process. A few people have reached out to me when their mothers were diagnosed and it is an honor to try to be a resource and comfort to them. I now consider myself an Alzheimer’s advocate.
Decluttering/organizing-Still my main bugaboo. Now that my children are out of the house, I look around at all the things that are lying around because “they might want/need them some day” and realize that they will never want or need them and they need to go. I have found some good resources, mainly podcasts and Facebook groups, to point me in the right direction and have started the process of The Big Clearout. I am giving myself grace and understand that the house did not get this way overnight and it is not going to become magically decluttered and organized overnight. Progress, however small, is still progress, though, and I am making progress. Again, this is something that I am figuring out how to work in to my new routine.
Learning to blog-Obviously I am still learning and the blog is a work in progress. I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts, I also enjoy using Instagram and, sometimes, Snapchat.
If you made it through this list, you deserve a special thank you! When I started my blog I really had a lot of ideas swimming around in my head! It’s interesting to note what was consuming my thoughts at that time. I guess that is one of the things about journaling, being able to step back into one’s head space at the time of writing. I’m not going to make any predictions about what topics I’ll be focused on in the year ahead but I’m looking forward to thinking and writing and, I hope, getting some feedback.