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Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a great summer. I can’t believe its September already. Where did the time go? I don’t know about you, but I have not settled into early wake up calls, being annoyingly list oriented, shipping my kids off all day, and crazy packed schedules. I do love fall, but I’ve been hanging on to thoughts of summer the last couple of weeks.

A few days ago, a parent asked me, “Aren’t you glad summer is over? I feel like a cruise director all summer long.”

No, I’m not glad summer is over! I don’t mind being the cruise director. In fact, I think it’s pretty fun.

Sometimes moms, who like to be around their kids all the time, are labeled “weird”. I think that’s weird, but whatever…

It’s not like every second of every day at home with the kids is peaches and cream. I do feel like ripping my hair out sometimes when they get into some stupid screaming fight about who said what when. But, I love the freedom and possibilities of summer. Summertime is less about schedules and goals; and more about bonding, popsicles, and adventures.

Sure, I get less work done in the summer and our house tends to get messier, but that time with our kids is worth it to me. I also realize that with each passing summer, that is one less summer that I will share with the kids before they leave the nest for good. I’ll have plenty of time to myself later, and knowing myself like I do; I will look back and wish I had spent even more time with the kids when they were little.

Fall is bittersweet for me.

I do love the spider webs, fog, and beautiful burnt orange leaves that Fall brings. I love the energy that comes along with new teachers, friends, activities, and holidays to come. I also love the fact that every Fall, I tend to re-evaluate my life. I do this because each September, I am reminded that with each passing school year, I’m a year older too. More

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School’s Out For Summer. Almost…

We don’t live in Hawaii where this particular picture was taken, but this is my fantasy of a perfect summer day…

Hi everyone!

I miss being here! It’s been too long. I’ve been super busy preparing to teach my first ever Social Media workshop at the University of Washington. It’s a big deal for me because I’m going out of my comfort zone—way out! I’ve been creating: writing, editing, and social media posts at www.LizNordCreates.com (while still working a little at RGN). I’m using the blog in lieu of textbooks, and I have lots of entertaining and informed authors, artists, business owners, life coaches, etc., who are contributing great stuff there.

Today I posted a piece by Jenna McCarthy, who wrote, If It Was Easy They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon. You have to check out her book. She is so funny (in a slightly naughty irreverent way.) Anyway, I like the idea of using a blog instead of textbooks for the class because, let’s face it, social media is changing faster than books can be written. It’s been really fun getting ready to teach this class! I’ve also created some STRESS for myself by probably going way overboard in preparing for the class, but I’d like to give the students’ their moneys worth (and not sound like an idiot).

Really, I just wanted to write a quick note here to let you all know that I’ll be back in action writing here soon. I have lots of topics to cover both good and questionable :) (tweens, women weirdness, life priorities, rural vs urban living, acceptance of what is, body dysmorphia, being grateful, Fifty Shades of Grey (have you read them? What do you think?), looking down the long road of life, and my thoughts on the power of turning forty—that’s just to name a few). I’ll get back to writing just as soon as my workshop is over, which is next weekend. Wish me luck!

On another note, our kids last day of school was yesterday. The end of a school year is always bitter sweet for me. On the one hand, I LOVE having the kiddos home with me to bond, but on the other hand that means they are another year older. Time is going by WAY too fast. Where did the time go? It makes me a little sad and nostalgic. I’ve been overly emotional over the fact that they are getting older. (Let’s get real too—I absolutely without a doubt love staying home with the kids all summer, but it’s a wee bit harder for me to get any writing/work done.) Oh, the contradictions…Such is life.

I look forward to being back real soon.

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

P.S. If you have any specific topics you want us to cover here, please shoot me an email at elizabethanord@gmail.com.

Happy Friday!

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