In a few weeks time this blog will be celebrating it’s sixth year of existence ….. very surprising in so many ways.
I first heard about the world of blogging in November 2009 (yes, I know, I was a late starter) when a good friend in the States invited me to look at her website. I was intrigued , then mystified, and then fascinated and finally lured in. I felt as if the doors had been opened on to some huge and very fun party and if I wanted to, I was allowed to join in.
When my friend wrote me that email she didn’t know that I was struggling to work out the next step in my life. My children were growing fast, and from being a hands-on mum for the past twenty years, I could see that I was about to become redundant.
On New Years Eve, at the end of 2009 I raised my glass and pronounced to anyone who was listening that the year ahead would be the year when I would reinvent myself. I had no idea where I was heading.
Two months later I published my first blogpost, without having a clue if anyone would ever read me. To begin with I fumbled around finding my voice, but thanks to the generosity and guidance of my readers I worked out the what I should be talking about here on the blog.
Today My French Country Home is not the biggest blog out there, but it has opened doors for me and I know that I am blessed to have a remarkable bunch of wise and generous readers who stop by to read me and who are always ready to share their own experience
So why am I talking about this now? Because of course the beginning of a new year is always a time for reflection and resolution. And because I want 2016 to be the year of renewal and reinvention here at MFCH. It is a theme that will be recurrent during the year here.
Our mothers’ generation never had the opportunities that we have today. As women today, we are blessed to have more time, to have the technology, to have the ‘permission’ to take our lives in the direction that we choose … to truly re-invent ourselves. This doesn’t mean we have to abandon a former life, but it does mean we can dare to become the next version of ourselves, whatever that may be.
On the 23rd January, when this blog blows out its sixth candle, I would like to celebrate by highlighting one of my readers. I would love to talk about a woman who has reinvented her life in a surprising and inspiring manner, who has dared to step outside her comfort zone and reaped the benefit, who has a story to tell that we all need to hear.
So today, I am inviting you to write to me by email HERE, (not in the comment box!) , and tell me about yourself or your girlfriend or your sister or aunt or grandmother … I would love to portray a woman who has reinvented her life, broken new ground and dared to go the extra mile.
If you email me with a subject for this ‘reinvent your self post’ please be sure to include links and references for me to check the story and read more about the amazing women you are sure to introduce me to.
I am excited about this new year, about a new start and about the way we can share our experiences and inspire each other. Let the new year begin, let’s open the next chapter in our lives, may we never be tempted to lean back on to our laurels, but always strive to innovate, progress and strive for our dreams!