Cheers to 2018 and to starting something new, well kind of.
I have been blogging for the last five years over at The Unexpected Housewife. I had started to create a bit of a following over there and for the most part I enjoyed what I was blogging about. However, I started to realize halfway through 2017 that I was no longer an “unexpected” housewife, I was, and always will be, a housewife from this day forward. Well, more like from five years ago forward. So, I figured with a lot of other changes that are taking place in our house in 2018, I would also focus on creating a new me – at least in terms of the blogging world, and take you all along with me.
I was tired of trying to fit into a mold (yes, even blogging has molds to conform to). It doesn’t matter what avenue of life you look at, it will always feel like people try to put all of us into perfect little squares and that is something that we are not – no one, especially me, is perfect. So this is me, an imperfect housewife living in the South with the most amazing husband (most days) that a girl could ask for. I don’t hide behind the fact that we have a pretty amazing life, but one that we worked for. I don’t deny the fact that working out and being healthy doesn’t come easy for me. I love anything sweet and wine, oh how we love wine. If no one ever told you, those two things pack on the pounds quickly. I am a shopaholic and an OCD clean freak. You can ask my husband, the bed is often made before he even gets out of it, and he is constantly feeling like he lives in a Pottery Barn catalog – clearly I don’t see a problem with that, but he does and the actual Pottery Barn catalog ends up in the bin before I even know it has arrived (thank you internet for existing).
I started blogging as a way to share our adventures and life with our family that live 9 hours away. It ended up turning into something totally different and I was okay with that, but now I am ready for a change and to get back to just sharing about us (but not oversharing, sorry Y’all, you can’t know all our secrets).
The last year has been a bit of a struggle for me but I am taking 2018 by the reins and making this our best year yet. If we have learned anything in the 5 years since moving South, the almost 8 years of marriage and 13 years of togetherness it is this – life goes quickly, its unpredictable, and just when you think its perfect a wrench is thrown in your plans. We have learned to go with the flow (sometimes), we have picked ourselves up when things don’t work out, we have sought help from others when we needed it and most of all we have each other to make the best of all situations.
Over the course of the last few months, I have met some amazing strong woman that openly share their struggles and success and that is what I am all about in 2018. We all have so much to share with each other and if just one person reads this blog, takes something away from my experiences and can grow from them, then I will be glad that I decided to take a risk, talk about our life, and the craziness that came along with leaving a full-time career in higher education to be a housewife that supports my husband as he builds an amazing life for us.
So, come along for this crazy journey and who knows where all of this will end up at the end of 2018, but you can be sure it will include a good amount of wine, travels with my number one supporter, and all the crazy that comes with building an empire!
THE number one thing I have learned over the last five years is simply this – I am NOT just a housewife and I don’t want anyone to think that my life/this life is “easy.”