Every new year I hope and pray that the coming year is better than the last. Like most of you, I’ve had good years and bad. Sometimes what started out as a great year went sour later on and vice versa. At the beginning of 2017 I set some pretty ambitious goals for myself. I decided I was going to do everything in my power to make 2017 one of the best years yet. Then I found myself staring down the calendar thinking… what have I done this year?
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial heart and love small business. I’ve owned and operated several, but nothing that I could sustain myself and my family on for the long haul. I always ended up working back in the corporate world, often having a part-time job on the side just to make ends meet. I’ve also dabbled with blogging and writing for years but never really committed to making a successful platform out of it. I’ve got books started, but never finished. Ideas written down, but never acted upon. I’d get started and then, you know how it goes, life happens, and my little projects always fell by the way side.
The older I get the more I realize how important it is for me to get serious about my dreams of running a successful lifestyle business. If you aren’t familiar with the term “lifestyle business” it basically means being able to make a comfortable living by running a business that fits into the life you want to live (travel, time with family, etc.) instead of making your life work around around your business or job. This article from Forbes may give you a good idea of what it means.
For many years I’ve had this fantasy that I would be able to create and write a blog that would allow me to live the type of life I’ve always wanted, which includes being able to travel. So, in keeping with my goals for 2017, I started with a travel blog. However, I quickly realized, that blogging about my travels took the fun out of it! I looked at everything with a business mind instead of being able to enjoy where I was and what I was doing. When I went somewhere with my kids or with friends, I was always thinking blog instead of relaxing and enjoying myself. I discovered that although writing a travel blog sounded glamorous in my head, it was not for me.
However, I am still committed to building a blog. I’m determined to create a blog and build a tribe of readers who are engaged and active in a community.
Over the past few years I’ve searched for blogs and places to connect online with women who are in similar stages of life and circumstances as me but always came up empty. I was unable to find something for single women over 40 who were just trying live life happy and content.
My searching has turned up lots of fashion, style and beauty blogs, along with tons of dating experts, but nothing for those like me. Yes, I can get value and tips from them, but I don’t wear tons of makeup and don’t care if there is a designer label. I’m a jeans and boots kind of gal and if you stop by my house you’ll probably find me in sweats! I don’t want to try to look younger all the time. I’m comfortable with myself and am embracing this growing older thing. I’m looking forward to the next chapter of life. Plus, I know there is more to life than finding a man. Don’t get me wrong, I am a hopeless romantic and hope to one day actually find my true love, but my life doesn’t center around finding a guy. I know that I’m a whole, complete person and I live a happy and full life without having a husband.
I want the real life, every day, nitty gritty, tell it how it is stuff.
So, with all the above being said, enter MyHappySingleLife.com. This site is going to be a lot of things, I’ve got big plans! I’ll be using my skills, interests, experience, and thirst for knowledge to create the type of blog I’ve been looking to read and create a community like I’ve been wanting to connect with. But this site is definitely not all about me! I want this to be a place you want to come to and connect with also. I’m actively searching out contributors to help engage us all.
I’m sure I’ll probably ramble on and post about some stuff you don’t care about at all, but hopefully you’ll find most things helpful and/or entertaining. If you’ve ever got ideas for what you’d like to see, I’m all ears! Please use the contact page and communicate with me or send me an email direct at myhappysinglelife at gmail.
Some of the topics I’d like to explore from an over 40’s perspective are…
- Changes to our bodies and minds as we age
- Doing the things we’ve always wanted to do but didn’t
- Traveling as an older single
- Good eats and fun drinks; cooking for one
- Relationships: building friendships; love and dating; how things change with older children and grandchildren
- Money: handling money – budgeting and financial needs; earning money – careers, business and part-time gigs
- Staying healthy along with mind and body issues
- Reviews for products I would actually use
- Tips for living a full, satisfying life
- Hobbies, crafts, and past-times
- And lots of other misc. stuff!
I may occasionally write about my journey with this blog for those who are interested. I’ll keep you updated on what worked, what didn’t, and resources I’ve used.
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