The other week, I started planning my editorial calendar. While reading through my old articles I realized I have been very neglectful of the actual writing process of Being Artemis for the past year. What a year it has been!
Last year, I heard a little voice that asked, “Would you give up everything you have to have everything you ever wanted?” What a question! I thought I could… Except I would never give up my children. Then, I went on with my walk, because that’s what you do when you hear little voices asking weird questions, just so you can convince yourself that you aren’t really insane.
This year, I did just that. Everything changed. My marriage ended. I got a full time job. I moved into my first apartment. It’s been the most terrifying and adventurous experience up to this point. I’m sure there will be more.
I talk to my children every day and we see each other often. I am living the life of a millennial at the age of 42. Only, I have no real social life to speak of. (After I wrote that last sentence, my cat looked horribly offended).
I have had friends write and call to tell me they are simultaneously worried and admire my courage for all I have done in such a short time. I tell them not to fret, but there are many nights I cry myself to sleep and am fearful of what I have done.
Yet, I have a lot to be thankful for, as I have many blessings.
- My children. I love them more than anything. They are the most wonderful people I know and I can’t imagine life without them. My daughter was the reason the Facebook page continued through the summer months.
- My cat. We met on Halloween night. Now, she’s lying on my chest as I type. She is highly intelligent, has a fascination with my tablet and anything that moves. She has listened to my French and guitar lessons. She has put a paw on my face when I cried and cuddles every chance she gets.
- My friends. They have fed me and helped me without asking anything in return. They have been great cheerleaders.
- My apartment. When I was younger, I had ideas on what I wanted in a home. This has it all. It is the cute in so many ways.
- My job. My plan is to go back to blogging, freelancing, and selling through my Victory Rose online shop, next year. But, my job has been a great stepping stone. I am forever grateful for that.
Next year, I want to make this blog go full force. My original plan was about reaching women who felt alone, hopeless, or had low self esteem. If I can get one other person to not feel as I did for so many years, I will be a success. Once this blog gets more of a following, I want to start a meetup where we can encourage one another and learn extra skills and/or share or talents.
Being Artemis is about being who you are meant to be. It isn’t always easy and it is terrifying. But, if you want something enough, anything can happen.
What are you thankful for today?