I am single mom living in Pittsburgh PA . I have one son who was off to Purdue University in August 2014. Thus in 2014 I became an "Empty Nester" and with a sudden end to a relationship, I was also an "Empty Relationship-er." Thus I decided to start to blog about trying new things with humor, reflection and some biblical guidance and I pulled myself out of the quagmire of potential despair. This blog is a survival tool box of newness for anyone who wants to try some new things!
|Son and I in 2014- Started blogging|
What this Blog was(is) all about
In June, 2014, during my nosebleed long seven (7) hour drive back from my child’s college orientation, the light bulb illuminated –why not challenge myself to trying something new everyday (which I did in the summer of 2014). By the end of this path, I hoped to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of my child or at that time, long gone love interest, with new self interest(s). The goal was to find things that I really liked to do or not to do.
What I have found that trying new things is healing and adds so much to your life . Pittsburgh and many places have so much to offer if you just get out there and get moving!
My idea originated from two sources: 1) the psychologist, Maslow's path to “self actualization, ” which is reaching ones personal best,
|Maslow's hierarchy of needs. When you meet all needs you can reach your personal best "Self Actualization"|
and 2) a New York Times bestseller authored by a good friend, “Everything I need to know I learned from a Little Golden Book” . Both sources I reference periodically in the blog.
|Best Seller authored by my high school friend, Diane Mauldrow|
2017 -Future of the Blog
During the summer of 2014 I managed to blog about something new everyday. Now, 4 years latter, I blog at least weekly trying to share fun new things and or experiences in Pittsburgh or elsewhere.
Now my son comes home from college some summers and some he takes class. Even though he bounces between my home, his dads home, and his friends, I am now comfortable with the quiet empty home and/or the son filled home. .Life after an empty nest, life with or without a partner, both can be self- actualizing events and sometimes something even better emerges,which gives rise to your best you!