• Janie Ament

    I agree with you. It does take some time to come back to who you are. Without the day to day flurry of work, it has taken me exactly 5 months to unwind and think in clear perspective. Not only looking for a career, but a new career that is really in tune to me.

    • Thanks Janie. You’ve certainly have had your own journey of sorts and look at where you are today. I couldn’t be happier for you. 🙂

  • Bethany Thomas

    Simply wonderful Susan. My favorite so far (gee, I wonder why!) Happy anniversary to us.

    • It has been quite a journey for both of use Beth, and boy what a ride it’s been. It will be fun to see what the next 5 years or so will bring. 🙂

  • Susan Cooper

    Thanks, I very much appreciate your comments.

  • The Simple Dude

    What a great blog post – a post about being inspired – and it's inspirational in and of itself.

    Thank you for buying my e-book and the nice comment on my blog. I had never attempted anything like that before, but thought I could share some helpful hints in a straight to the point sort of way. I'm glad you got something out of it!

    SD
    TheSimpleDude.com

    • Thanks Jon, You are so very welcome. It’s about supporting each other along the way, don’t you think? 🙂

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  • I like hearing your story. I also like the way you tell – you are friendly and approachable. There are the “outer” world expectations of what one is supposed to do … then there is “inner” that needs kindling and care. Glad you have figured out ways to keep that inner self bright and alive.

    • Hi Leora. I love how you describe the outer and inner self. It is so true! As far as figuring it out? it’s still a work in progress. 🙂

  • Christina Carson

    A beautiful expose’ on a difficult experience. It was most helpful to me. I’ve gotten myself onto one of these treadmills, and it is imperative that I get off, if not actually, at least spiritually, for you are right, it makes one too future oriented while missing the very life your living now. Thanks for this candid, caring blog.

    • Hi Christine, Thank your for your kind words. I do try. I wish all the success in finding a way off that “treadmill”. I know how hard that can be, but boy is it every worth it. 🙂

  • Arlee Bird

    Life is a treasure to be valued and not hours punched on a time clock while we only look forward to the next week-end to come.

    Arlee Bird

    A to Z Challenge Co-host

    Tossing It Out

    • Hi there Arlee, Indeed it is. It’s something we should never lose sight of. 🙂

  • Eve Koivula

    It’s always heartwarming to hear someone enjoys life! Thank you for your kindness Susan, I wish you all the best on your journey as it continues on and on and on… For all I know, as doors close, the windows open.

    • Hi Eva, Aw, you made me smile. Your words warmed my heart. I agree when one thing close it just means something opens as our journey continually changes. 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing your experience with us Susan. It’s amazing what we end up discovering about ourselves and how we want to live our lives when we are forced to. I’ve had a somewhat similar path with developing a chronic illness. But what a fantastic piece of artwork. Do you know whose quote it is? It’s definitely a keeper.

    • Hi Kath, I do not. I need to find our for sure.

      Life does throw us unexpected curve balls at times, doesn’t it? Thank you for your kindness along the way my friend. 🙂

  • Great post Susan. The last 5 years sound truly amazing.I too do not sit still for long and sometimes need to remind myself to fully enjoy the moment. Having retired from professional life almost three years ago and now devoting more energy to writing, I too am finding my way. Here’s to the next five years for both of us.

    • Hi Donna, Thanks so much. Here a toast to both of our next 5 years. It will be fun to what that will bring, don’t you think?

  • Jacqueline Gum

    What a wonderful post Susan…and you and your friend are right. That kind of says it all. I too so closely identified my career with who I was; my life as a corporate wife defined me next. When it was time to find “me” I realized it might take some time. But I consider it time well spent. So I really can identify with your story:) And the journey continues…………..

    • Hi Jacquie, Indeed, it is time very well spent. After all, it is our life and that last time I check there isn’t a return ticket. 🙂

  • I had wondered where the name of your blog came from, and now it all makes sense. I think many of us bloggers are working through similar issues. (Mine started when my youngest went to kindergarten and I had to figure out what to do with my days, aside from cooking and cleaning which are NOT my strong suit!) I love the message of that art piece.

    • Hi Meredith, I think we all find ourselves in this quandy from time to time. Somehow we seem to muddle through. I too LOVE the message and keep it posted in my office as a reminder. 🙂

  • This was just so bloody lovely, nice to hear how your blog got it’s name, blogging is wonderful and something non bloggers don’t understand, they don’t get how our blog friends are just like any other friend

    • Thanks Jo-Anne. Yep, that’s how all this blogging stuff g for me got started… LOL. I agree unless you’re a blogger our online friendships are a mystery to our offline friends. 🙂

  • Right on, Susan! I went thru a similar process of re-inventing myself back in 1993, when I accepted buyout package and left the world of corp life to embark on a freelancing career. Scariest thing I’ve ever done! but probably also the best thing! If we don’t take chances, we can’t win. If we don’t try, we can’t achieve. If we stop and worry, we’ll never DO. Glad to be on this amazing journey with you. 🙂

    • Hi Doreen, I thought of you when I was posting this. I knew that you would relate. I lift a glass of very fine wine in toast to us, and our next 5 years. 🙂

  • Cheryl Therrien

    You and I have had this discussion more than once. One of the things that came from your journey is your new virtual friends, some you have met in person and some not. If it weren’t for blogging, I would not have met such wonderful friends like you. Here’s to the journey my friend! I am still finding my way, too. 🙂

    • Aw, Cheryl, my dear friend. we have been thru a bunch of stuff, you and I. We have met some great people along the way. Some have moved on, but others still remain as we find our way, a constant in our lives. Hugs.

  • Big changes certainly do make us reassess the path we’ve been on, and as awful as the initial changes may be, they usually are for the best in the end. We just have to be willing to keep moving forward and to live and to grow each and every day.

    • Yes they do Jeri, I kinda figured you understand and could relate to this. In the end, all we have is ourselves and our friends as we move forward in our lives. Many Hugs 🙂

  • You gave us a major reason we don’t stop to kiss our life Susan. You said: “our self-worth should be tied to who we are, not what we do for a living.” I mentioned something tied to this in a couple of my blogposts. We are so busy doing, we forget about being. It gave me a chuckle when you said you had so many personal things you wanted to do but they took no time to knock out! Doing, not being. I so get it. Here’s to our long needed kisses. Lovely post.

    • I knew you’d pick up on that one Patricia. :-))). It is a truth we sometimes forget. I very much look forward to what future brings for both of us. 🙂

  • Adrienne

    Hey Susan,

    Wow, thank you for sharing your story with us. I didn’t realize that you found yourself here after having lost your job. That’s why I’m here too and trying to discover “who we are” when all we’ve know is “what we do”. I’ve been down that same road myself and it’s been great with all the discoveries I’ve made along the way.

    I’m glad you’re still here with us though sharing what you do. I’m glad you love this blog so much too because we do as well.

    Glad you know who you are now and that is an amazing lady for sure. Thank you for pointing that out too, I know you’re not alone in your feelings.

    Hope you’re enjoying your week Susan and thanks again.

    ~Adrienne

    • Thanks Adrienne, It has quite a journey for much as it has been for you. I do question my sanity at times, but yes, I’m still here and still trying to make a go of this blogging thing. 🙂

  • Rose M Griffith

    Wonderful blog, Susan!
    You state it all so beautifully. Thank you for sharing such deep emotions.

    • Thanks Rose, I very much appreciate your thoughts and kind words. Viva la Blogging. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    So very, very true. Its hard to get off of the “busy” train and take stock, but if you don’t, things don’t just get hard, they become impossible. Lovely post as always.

    • Gosh isn’t that the truth Debra. I’ve been at the “impossible” once. I don’t want to ever go there again. 🙂

  • Laurie Hurley

    This was a beautiful read and thank you for sharing your story. The past five years seem to have been very good to you. And, I love “Kiss your life.” May have to use and DO that one more often.

    • Hi Laurie, Aw, thank you. It hasn’t been easy. I sure hope that in time it will reap the rewards I hope for. It won’t be for the lack of trying. 🙂