I love that I can offer my home as a haven of peace and rest to Mamas.
My house has no pitter patter of little feet, but it also doesn’t have tantrums.
When a Mama friend needs a break from (you name it), I can offer up my place as a quiet get away; I won’t overwhelm with my personal mother advice (I have none). Instead, I can offer her a warm beverage. I can supply the missing ingredient she needs for dinner. I can even host her child for a few hours, so she can tackle her to-do list on her own.
Yes, Mamas make the world go round. But those of us who haven’t given birth to children… well, we are just as needed. And we can produce and foster life in our own special way.
Aging While Childless Entries: I want to help empower those who (for whatever reason) are living childless, so that they can further embrace their situation and find joy. A life filled with children is a life filled with treasures---but so is a life without children.
Dear Bear Blog (previous name of Love, Auntie Blog) is now a year old! In essence, I’ve been blogging for a year. And I have no regrets.Reading has always worked healing within me. And I hope that reading my blog has worked a little healing in you too.
Aging can be painful, frustrating, difficult, and full of trials; it can also be rewarding, momentous, interesting, and rich.
I’ve had people sort of chuckle at me, and then ask me why I’m blogging about getting older when I’m still so young.
My first answer: Aging is incredibly relative, is it not? “young” varies from person to person.
My second answer: “Why not?” It’s been a much needed, positive focus for me this past year.
And I think most of us would agree that no matter our age, we all appreciate the positive in this world.
Thank you for being a reader of my blog. I absolutely treasure you.
Fashion hasn’t been easy for me. I’m in my late thirties, and I still struggle with what to wear and how to accessorize it. But while I find myself moaning over how quickly trends change, I have to admit, a teensie part of me enjoys seeing “the latest” come, go, and then come back again.
See, I never really understood why my Mom found such delight in something I was wearing and exclaim over how it reminded her of her past.
Now I get it.
It’s super neato to see “reruns” of clothing or accessories I used to have.
It’s like I’m no longer the new kid in school. I’m the experienced student that knows what’s coming and therefore feels more confident. Sure, there is fun in the newness, but there is also fun in thinking to myself, “ah, it’s back. Here’s a second chance to decide how I want to incorporate it into my life.”
I want to devote a section of my blog to people who experience success later in life. I realize “later” is incredibly relative, so please go easy on me. The purpose is to encourage us all: to remind us that it’s a lie to think once we reach a certain age, our chances for success dwindles, and we should stop dreaming. Nope. Not the way I see it, and these people are proof:
I’m currently reading a book on my Kindle titled In the Company of Women. It was written by Grace Bonney, creator of Design Sponge (http://www.designsponge.com/).
It features short, sweet interviews with over 100 fruitful businesswomen. Vivid, beautiful photos create such a happy atmosphere in the book – it’s like walking through a beautiful art exhibit.
But I really zoomed in on one shining star in the book: Linda Roden, who started into skin care because she “…could not find a product that I liked for my skin, so I created my own. I was 59.”
Wow. At 59.
What I find incredibly encouraging is that Linda already had a strong resume under her belt. Despite her accomplishments, she still embraced a new challenge in her late fifties: which to me, is one of the most inspirational parts of her life. At least so far – because, after all, she is still going strong at 70 years old.
The older I get, the more I can soak in the details.
For example, the first time I went to England, I wanted the iconic experience: I had to go to the London Bridge, feast on fish and chips, and spend some “quid” on neato souvenirs. But as I kept returning, I got to dive beyond the touristy surface and enjoy the more unsung features of the country, for example, the ladybug you see in the picture.
Forgetting the English atmosphere around me (and the obvious landmarks that grab my attention), I instead scrunched my eyes, angled the camera, and fought to hit the focus button at just the right moment. It took some time, but I got my snapshot. For a moment, the world was just me and that little red bug.
It’s a gift aging gives to us: the longer we linger here on earth, the more we can experience, appreciate, and zoom into the details of our world around us.
And the creatures we share it with.
(Auntie wish: I hope you will try and see and appreciate a detail today that you haven’t seen before.)
Creator of Love, Auntie.