My blog started out as an extension of the blogging I did on the Medifast website during my weight loss phase from November 8, 2006 – July 4, 2007. I tried to continue blogging on there after losing my weight, but eventually I lost interest. In the end, there is only so much you can say about maintaining weight loss. People on the site want to hear your big numbers for the week or support you in a bad week of weight loss. For the most part, I’ve kept off the weight that I set out to lose nearly 2 years ago. I’ve put a few back on, but not much. Enough to go up exactly one pant size, but that’s it, and I’m working on losing that.
In the past year I’ve gone all over the map. At first I shied away from politics, and I should really stick to that policy. Opinions are like –er- armpits, you know; everyone has them and they usually stink – mine included. However, I’ve been as sucked into this whirlwind year of politics as much as anyone. Guilty as charged.
I’ve gone from one or two readers who already knew me to a bunch of them who don’t. At last tally, I had 34 subscribers, here at the License, and that is simply astounding to me. Though I share photos, I’m not a photo blogger. Don’t even have a great camera! Though I’ve shared some of my poetry, my prose gets a bigger hit. I’ve told you about my dreams, about my pets, about my family, my heartbreaks, my victories, my faith (from Buddhism back to Christianity), and my history. In turn, you’ve opened up a whole world for me! I have readers (and those whom I read) in places I’ve never been, and you take me there. I've even met a couple of you!
You’ve given me badges and bling (see them all under the “Bling” heading in my sidebar), and I’ve participated in a few of your memes, which should give you a glimpse into the weirdness in my head! You’ve also been there for me during bad days in which migraines have left me feeling like a washed-up shell of my former self, when I’ve felt so isolated that it is as though no one else exists in the world, when I was on my knees begging God for strength. You are there. You give me a reason to fight on, to get up and kick that migraine’s butt.
You’ve watched my nest swell with one extra (my daughter) and then gradually empty completely. You’ve heard the tales of my decision to go silver, as I experienced one of the longest-lasting itches of my entire life (over a month) after a dye job. You were there when I had a scare with a lump in my breast. You’ve even defined what this blog is about for me – midlife. Sometimes we aren’t as aware of the center of our angst as are those who listen to us. Thank you for being my mirror.
I’ve gone from places of grief to places of great joy and everywhere in-between. I’d love to encourage you to check out the list I’ve placed on my sidebar that lists a few of my past posts for those who haven’t been here for very long. If you’ve been reading lately, you know that I am going to take some of what I learned from my own grieving process and pour it into compassion for others who are dying or who have or are losing a loved one. I want that to be my gift – perhaps my final gift – to the world.
One of the posts you might not have seen is My Life in Six Words, in which I tried the Smith Magazine challenge of writing my biography in six short words. I leave you with this six word summation of my year of blogging....
Blessed beyond belief; love you all!
Peace - D