Once upon a time, I had my "perfect life"....great education, great job, growing family, etc. I decided that my version of the perfect life would be as a "career woman". You know, taking care of everything myself and financial independence. And that's what I did...eight years of college and a great, rewarding career. Perfect.
Ten years ago, the independent life I had built came crashing down. First with the diagnosis of a fatal illness for my father, then with my own child's rare, serious health issues. Suddenly, all of the unbelievable things that sometime (rarely) happen to other people started happening to my family...and me. It's like winning the lottery all of a sudden, except it's not the kind of lottery you want to win. I recently wrote a post about this time in my life. You can read it here.
August 1, 2012 will be the ten year anniversary of the day my "career" ended. That's the day I started maternity leave from my job to have my second child. Ten years later, I'm still on maternity leave, lol. Or better yet, my job changed. I'm now a full time mom/caregiver/nurse to my youngest son.
Here's where I figured out that the career thing wasn't "me". I have always loved home design, crafting, painting, gardening and reading. But with my career goals kicked into high gear, I neglected that part of myself. Now I'm finding it again.
I started this blog in October 2011 for me. It's my way of finding the way back to the things that make me the happiest. Since I'm a stay-at-home mom (literally), this blog helps me make friends with people that have the same interests as I do. People that understand my need to rearrange the furniture in my house every month or so and repaint something because I'm bored with the way it looks.
The Shasta in this blog is me. I was meant to be a mommy and I'm content with that. I'm happy with this life.
Update: In July, 2012, I became involved in the management of the website, LinkyHere.com. It is a linky party directory, designed by Aimee of byAimee.com, and helps bloggers connect through their weekly posts and links. I absolutely love working on this website and helping it grow. I get tremendous satisfaction from helping other bloggers and the LinkyHere website does just that.