There are many great things about being a woman – you get to have Aunt Flo visit, you get to wear a harness every day, you get to have nine months of heartburn (the only negative for me when it came to pregnancy) and then! You get to go through perimenopause for FOREVER! This weeks theme is a retrospective on what it means to be me! Oh, and what part of the future is all about.
You may or may not know that in one of my lives I was a software tester at Microsoft. To be more specific, I was one of the first two or three that they hired, and I tested products in foreign languages. Even then my passion for travel and escape was in my blood. This was back in the mid-1980’s. Many great things came from this, but the best was, this is where I met my husband.
|The spotlight is on Steve Balmer. The arrow is pointed on my hubby, Paul!|
For me, and to my surprise, I was able to visit with a dozen or so people I hadn’t seen since 1990 and they were some of my favorites! The era I worked there was epic, and to see these freakishly capable, multi-talented people made me so happy. Definitely a grand evening.
As a writer, I think it is important to read your co-workers efforts. It isn’t competitive, it is a show of support, an understanding of where the genre is heading, and the opportunity to let an author know that their book, their time, their emotional energy, was well spent. So click on the link and find some great books. (BTW: all my reviews are on Amazon and Goodreads as well.)
Back to sugar. I quit eating it, for the most part, and it is single handedly the most difficult thing I have ever done, and if you’ve read any of my past blogs, you know I’ve done some challenging things. Most specifically, I find giving up ice cream hardest. I never even ate the stuff until I was pregnant with my son, and I craved it all day, every day. I broke the habit for years. It snuck back in a couple years ago, and while it wasn’t a daily habit, I wanted it to be.
But, and this is a BIG but, who I am and what I am doing, for myself, feels really good, feels right. I am more complete and content now than I have ever been. My fear comes not from what is happening now, it comes from the fact that I want time, a lot of it, to achieve and luxuriate in so many achievable goals: live in Europe, write twenty novels, travel to a new country every year, see more of the vast country I live in, spend time with friends near and far, play tennis with zeal, sing on a stage, finish some paintings, have a water feature in my garden, compete in professional ballroom dancing, walk a red carpet (okay, not as achievable as other goals), have my kids want me in their lives, babysit the grandkids… and do all this with my husband.