First blog post

My name is Julie Whitney and I live in northern Colorado with my husband and two sons. We moved here in 2004 from Southern California, looking for adventure and a different way of life. The boys were 8 and 5 then, and I was a stay home mom, so my adventures revolved almost solely around boy stuff.

Our youngest just graduated from high school and now that my day to day mom responsibilities are over, I have a sense of freedom that I have not experienced since before kids. I LOVED being a mom to two young boys, but I also love seeing them enter the world as confident, strong men (who still need their parents’ advice from time to time).

There are many people I know, especially moms, who at this stage in life feel like “it’s over”. A friend posted a picture of her son the day before graduation and said, “the beginning of the end.” This really made me sad. In my mind, this new chapter is an exciting beginning! Not just for my husband and me, but for our boys as well.

When we moved to Colorado, my parents decided to move with us. They had lived in So Cal their whole lives and I will never forget my mom saying, “This will be such an adventure! And I really believe it will help us live longer.” Tragically and ironically, she died of a brain aneurysm one week before they were to move.

She was such a vibrant and healthy person, only 60 years old and it was a harsh awakening to how fragile life is and that tomorrow may never come. My mom was a “use the best china” and “don’t save candles, burn them!” kinda gal, and I feel very fortunate to have had her as such a strong influence in my life. When she died, I was comforted in that I had no regrets as far as she was concerned. She knew how I felt about her and we had spent so much quality time together laughing and carrying on, and I cherish my memories of her.

“No regrets” became my mantra. Experience as much as you can, spend time with the people you love, and suck the marrow out of this gift of life.

I am always looking for new things to do, and the purpose of this blog is to share and review adventures with people who might be looking for new ideas themselves. I hope you’ll consider following me, and I welcome any recommendations as well.

Thanks for reading!

Julie

14 Comments on “First blog post

  1. Sounds great! I think you will be able to connect with a lot of people. I can’t wait to hear more.

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    • Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, Tracy! I appreciate the encouragement very much. It’s always a little scary starting something new. 🙂

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  2. Love this idea, Julie! Can’t wait to hear more, You already inspire me!

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  3. Great idea Julie! I love reading blogs and can’t wait to read more of yours!

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    • Thank you, Heather! I realized that “empty nest” and “20 something with no kids” adventures are the same. No kids being the common denominator. 🙂

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  4. Julie I never knew that your parents were going to follow you out here to Colorado! Your mom’s passing broke my heart, but I love how you described her as one who would use the good china! We all need to live that life. Your writing style flows and I would love reading it even if I didn’t know you! Keep it up!

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    • Oh my gosh, this made me cry. I’m such a baby! Thank you so much for the words of encouragement, Lisa. It means more than you can know. xoxo

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  5. Even though my 4 boys are oh so very young still, this was very moving. I often fast track my thoughts to the years ahead and where I no longer have a full house. I will miss them every day. New adventures await, and travelling with thier families, brings new life. I’m sorry to hear your mother never made the move with you. Realising the time you have, has to be lived, enjoy your family, no regrets.

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