When my youngest left for college I used my first year as an empty-nester for a sabbatical since my full-time job as mom moved to a more seasonal position. The sabbatical’s main thrust was to plan and then drive across the Lower 48 states using the books I read as a kid and the books I read to my children as my guide. It was a test of my wanderlust and I enjoyed all 16,367.2 miles of my great American road trip. This blog was launched with that trip, but has been quiet since I arrived home in June, 2014.
In the four years since I finished the trip, my husband and I moved three times (from Boston to suburban Philadelphia to Washington, DC). We watched our three kids graduate med school, grad school, and college respectively. In addition, we added a new member to the family when our oldest married. In between moving and settling into communities, I continued to counsel teenagers on the college process, advised young adults on career choices, and wrote about travel and parenting.
I’m re-launching my blog with a new name and a new direction. It will cover the topics on family and assisting young adults in navigating life while navigating the back half of my own life.
“Only Forward” was the motto I embraced 20+ years ago when I moved with my husband and three kids hundreds of miles away from the comfort of friends and family. This positive attitude helped us embrace and explore our new community rather than look back, whether with fondness, sadness, or regret. It was a kinder version of ‘buck up’ and helped impart the words of Heraclitus, ‘the only thing that is constant is change’. There were nine moves in twenty years, and while with good fortune and effort we kept many friendships, I continued to do my best to live ‘only forward’.