Reinvention – my biggest luxury… is that a strange thing to say? If you have read me for a while, you probably know that this blog, and all the other stuff we have going on here, came to be because I was getting dangerously close to boredom.
Having raised my four children as a very active and hands-on mum, it came as a shock when they started to leave home and didn’t need me as much as before. Of course, I should have seen it coming, but somehow I simply wasn’t prepared for this new stage in my life, with more time on my hands.
At midnight on New Year’s Eve 2009, I raised my glass of champagne and announced to the world (although only the dogs were listening) that this would be the year I’d reinvent myself. I had no idea what I was going to do. I started a blog in February 2010, wondering if anyone would even read me, and I got very lucky.
For the next couple of years, I published on my blog every day, and I gradually found a truly wonderful readership, to whom I’ll always be so grateful.
Starting the blog and finding readers around the world opened my horizons in a way I could never have anticipated. The publisher Gibbs Smith contacted me and offered me a book contract. Then, I started my tours. In 2017, I launched the MFCH subscription box, and finally, in January 2019, MFCH Magazine.
I am not listing these things because I want to show off or brag. I’m simply saying that I had no idea that any of these amazing doors would open to me, and every day I’m aware of how lucky I am to be busy and happy in my work.
But none of this would have come about if I hadn’t made the decision to take that first step. Because taking the first step is sometimes all that is needed to bring about some major changes.
And because I know that the need for reinvention, for a fresh start, for new horizons, is something that so many of us feel, I thought you may like us to chat about it together.
From the beginning of May, I’ll be starting a series of regular Instagram Live conversations with guests to chat about their own reinvention experience. I’ll let you know well ahead of time who my next guest will be and invite you to send in questions beforehand.
My very first guest to kick off these chats will be my good friend Vicki Archer. Vicki and I met via our respective blogs many years ago, and even as confinement stops us from meeting up, we regularly chat.
Vicki and I will be talking together via Instagram Live on Sunday, May 2nd, at 6pm French time, 5pm London time, 9am PST and mid-day EST. To send in your questions for us, you can either write us an email, leave a comment below, or send us messages via Instagram (@sharonsantoni and @vickiarcher). We’ll also take questions live during our talk!
So if you are on the brink of something but don’t know how to take that first step, or if you have a tale of reinvention that you’d like to share, or if you’re just looking for some lively conversation that may help you get your own ideas straightened out, then be sure to come and join us!