Sometimes you just have to start.
For the past three weeks I have said: “Self, today is the day I am going to start writing on Strategic Living”. Ha! Easier said than done! As a perfectionist, I wanted a perfect launch with a series of relevant (read interesting and useful) posts, and yet every thought, idea, and the potential topics seemed too darn fluffy and more of the same old stuff.
It has been three weeks since I stepped down from my role as the blogger in chief at Backdoor Survival and it is time to get on with it. So, like a broken record, I will repeat: sometimes you just have to start.
For those of you that do not know me, I am an ordinary gal who has been on a quest to do extraordinary things. A bit on the impulsive side, I recently pulled up stakes and left Washington State to settle in my own one-acre mountain retreat in Arizona. I became engaged to my husband, Shelly, two days after meeting him on a blind date in 1974. Always willing to take risks, I became an entrepreneur in my 20s and have never looked back. In those early years, I was unspoiled by life and did not understand the consequences of self-employment.
These days? Let me just say that I am a little bit spoiled by life and its ups and downs but still have that optimistic streak and feel that with some thoughtful planning, everything will come out okay in the end.
Becoming a Housewife at Age Sixty Something
Who knew how much fun this could be? Without being shackled by the constraints of deadlines, maintaining a household can be fun and something to look forward to.
Funny thing about those deadlines. When you have a jam-packed day filled with must do’s, the snooze alarm becomes you best friend. And without them? You are up and at it at 6 AM – sometimes earlier. Admittedly, some days are slacker days, but for the most part, each day heralds its own accomplishment.
First up? Organizing my cupboards, the garage, and the big one, my preps. Yes, I am Prepper because I don’t want to be caught being unable to take care of my needs if the stuff hits the fan. Not that it will, but it might, and might is good enough for me.
Next? Revisiting cooking from scratch in a major way including new recipes and adaptations of older ones to take advantage of healthier ingredients and modern cooking techniques. Instant Pot anyone?
Following that there is saving money by taking DIY to the next level. First up? A DIY mosquito repellent that really works. I know, because I have been using it for over a week and not a single bite from those pesky and annoying critters.
Not to be left out is my herb garden which is already bursting with rosemary, thyme, oregano, parsley, and two type of mint.
And of course, there is my addiction: adult coloring. I spend an hour of so at the end of the day unwinding with one of my many coloring books.
Old habits die hard, so in my usual style, I will share some final thoughts.
My wish is that Strategic Living becomes the story of us. It is about happiness, wellness, and the comforts brought on by being able to get up each morning to embrace the day with gusto. At least for now, will take the form of an old-style blog, meaning a journal of random goodness with no set schedule. Think serendipity.
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You just never know where Strategic Living with take you!