Happy new year! Well almost.
The end of 2017 is bittersweet for me, for a lot of reasons. While overall it was a good year full of many wins and triumphs, it was also a year of final goodbyes to good friends and supporting others through loss and devastating news. There were marriages this year – all told, between M and I there were 7 events attended and a couple more too far to do anything other than send regrets and a gift. A few new babies and grandbabies, new romantic relationships in the process of taking flight or soaring to new heights.
On balance, it was a good year. I am happy with my forward progress and yet eagerly anticipating a brand new calendar for planning and list-making.
With regard to the blog and my writing, it has been a long and thoughtful few months. During my transition to self-hosted I learned a few things and enjoyed/endured a few epiphanies about writing about my life and times. From that level of intense and often uncomfortable navel gazing, I have come to the difficult decision that it is time to say goodbye to this blog.
I am happy to report that I am a very different woman than when I began blogging. My growth and evolution has taken me to unsuspected and well as undiscovered country. While I am extraordinarily proud of the work I have done here, my heart and spirit no longer live and lot in this space any longer.
After 3 years and 1202 posts (this included), I find my life is even more enriched for the opportunities this space has provided me. I have made friends and contacts that I will always treasure and value. I have gotten boulders off my chest from a painful past. I have shared my successes and the most joyous times of my life thus far. I have faltered, I have failed, and yet each time taught me something new about getting back up and continuing to fight the good fight.
But just as my life has grown, changed, expanded, so has time and focus on the blog. This space has become something almost unwieldy for me. Nothing you, dear readers and followers, do or have done. It is just I think about why I started here and how the focus and interests in my life have changed. I have come to use this as less a place to share all aspects of my life so much as a place to bleed off the darkness and the more negative voices that linger in my head.
Change, fresh starts, feel in order.
I began something new, where my health and wellness pursuits and personal jottings will again merge and combine. If you wish to peek in on my life and times, you can always find me here: TheCookieDoughChronicles.com.
My dear friends and readers, saying goodbye is so hard! My heart is filled with gratitude for those of you who have read, followed, commented upon my many mangled posts through the years. Until our paths cross again, I wish you good health and great happiness.