Some Thoughts on This One Year Anniversary

I can hardly believe it’s been a year since I started the Empty Nest Adventures blog. I felt like I was on to something, but taking action and putting yourself out there is scary. However, you will never accomplish anything if you let fear control you. I have made so many friends in the last year; really incredible people from all over the world, and my heart is bursting with gratitude for so many things. One of those things happened yesterday.

My son, Holden and I are working together this summer for a friend’s landscaping company. We spent six hours yesterday planting huge flower beds and it was hard work, but we told each other stories, laughed, and I was having a lot of fun. I couldn’t believe it when we got in the car all hot and sweaty and he said, “When you work hard with someone whose company you enjoy, it makes it fun!” I said, “Wait, are you saying you enjoy my company?” “Yeah,” he laughed. I seriously almost cried.

A fellow blogger posted something today that I love.ย Rekha Sahay wrote about Dennis Prager’s Missing Tile Syndrome. We all have missing tiles in our lives, but if you focus on those and not the tiles you DO have, happiness will elude you. The awesome thing is that if you change your focus, you can be happier than you ever thought possible.

On this one year anniversary of ENA, I am focusing on how grateful I am for all the wonderful people I have met, for supportive family and friends and the heartfelt comment from a son who likes to spend time with his mama.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! And keep focusing on all the tiles you have! xo


28 Comments on “Some Thoughts on This One Year Anniversary

  1. Julie,
    I just wrote an email to you but it has been returned. All my wonderful thoughts and news lost in cyberspace. So you’ll have to wait with great anticipation until they appear again!. Love seeing all your hard work in that garden or which every gardens you are working on!


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    • Oh Barbara! I have missed you! Good news! I think you should find the email in your sent folder and then you can send it again. I hope that works because I want to hear everything you have to say. xoxoxo


  2. Happy One Year Anniversary, Julie! Iโ€™ve really enjoyed your adventurous spirit and your great sense of humor. And what your son Holdon said must have put you in the clouds!!!

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    • Thank you so much! You’re one of my original (and favorite) blogging friends and I’m so glad we have “met”. And yes, I was in the clouds for sure. He didn’t understand why it meant so much, but I told him when he is a parent someday, he will understand. ๐Ÿ™‚

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