Friday, October 28, 2011

And there the story begins....

I've decided to take a temporary departure from my typical posts and do something a little different.  I started this little blog of mine about a 1 1/2 years ago as a way to distract myself from the intense schedule that is my life.  For quite some time, longer than I can remember, I've traveled for the majority of my time....running up and down the East Coast, across the country and occasionally overseas, like I was running to the grocery store.

I remember one day, I had 3 presentations that began with a breakfast in Florida, lunch in Los Angeles and a dinner in Las Vegas...and I didn't think twice about it. An abnormal schedule actually for me, became quite normal.  Thankfully, I really love what I do.  My blog was born as a result of passing my time due to constant delays at the airport.  My husband and I were renovating our home...and I was researching different things and one thing led to another - and I discovered the world of blogging.  And boy - has it enriched my life.

So I decided to join in on the fun and I'm so glad I did.  I've made many friends...and due to my traveling, I've have been able to take the online friendship to the next level and meet a few of you in person - which has been a wonderful thing.  I hope to continue that as time goes on.  

I purposely decided to not integrate much of my life into my blog - because for me - this has been my refuge away from it all.  A place where I can just express all of the things that I love and just be myself - without having to connect all the other dots of my life.  As a matter of fact, the only people who even know I have a blog - besides all of my husband and my mother. I've chosen to keep it that private.

Lately, I've not been posting as much...and actually have been contemplating  to stop blogging.  I've decided to continue because I really do enjoy it.  The expression of creativity, the camaraderie that I feel with all of you...the knowledge I've gained (I mean where else would I have learned about Chalk paint) is something I don't want to lose.  

But I have decided that I want to share a little more about myself and some of the experiences I've hopes that others will find it interesting but also, I'd like to chronologicalize this part of my life.  So for the next week or two, instead of sharing my typical coastal decor posts - I'm going to post about one of the most life defining experiences that I've had - and that is how I chose to celebrate my 50th birthday.

It was actually my first foray into blogging.  I started a private blog about my adventure because so many of my friends and family were worried about me (behind my back I know they were all talking about the fact that surely I would come to my senses soon as I must be suffering from the female version of a mid life crisis)...and so the blog was started to keep them posted on my whereabouts.  

So I hope you'll find the next few posts interesting, funny and hopefully inspiring...about how I chose to handle the milestone of turning 50.....since I live in a world where one of my closest friends sent me a note (instead of a birthday card) saying that she was ignoring the fact I was turning 50 because she couldn't deal with it.  And my boss (also a dear friend) sent me an email saying let's just pretend it's not your birthday...because we all know what turning 50 means.

So when I called my boss and told her what I was planning on doing and asked her for the time off...the first words out of her mouth were...."Who are you and what did you do with my friend"?

And there begins the story.      


AndeM1 said...

So glad you are continuing...I would miss glad to get to know you on!

Loui♥ said...

Me too!!
I'm ready to hear your story!!
and I really enjoyed your blog!
don't give it up!!
warmest hugs..

Della said...

Your blog is a wonderful escape from everyday life for many of us, I am sure! I hope to visit Love of the Sea for a long, long time!

I'm looking forward to your coming posts, and excited to see how you decided to celebrate the milestone of the big 5-0!

Don't you dare go away!
Much love my friend,

Kaybe said...

I know where this is going & I can't wait. As one of those fortunate bloggers that has shared some shelling & a sunset with Debbie, I will tell you she is as sweet, smart, creative, & as authentic as she comes across on her blog. We know 50 is fabulous! xo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am so glad you are going to tell us your story and continue to blog. I know at first I didn't share much of my personal life, but as time has gone on and you all have become my friends, then my blog has gotten more personal. This sounds like a fabulous story! hugs, Linda

Beach House Living said...

First Happy Birthday in advance.
Second, I grasp keeping parts of life out of it. Notice there isn't much in mine either. said...

How exciting! Can't wait to see what you're up to, Debbie.

Enjoy the weekend,

helen tilston said...

Debbie, So glad you are continuing to blog. You are so successful and have so many followers.

I shall look forward to future posts
Helen Tilston

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie - Happy B-Day!

Glad you'll be sharing - always love your posts - these will be special!

I once saw Linda Ellerbee speak about having survived breast cancer - before she said she dreaded getting older - after the cancer - she was thrilled to be celebrating her 50th birthday!

I say - 50 is the new 39!

Best Wishes,

beachside cottage

NanaDiana said...

I can't wait to get to know you better! I know that you are a mulit-layered person and I am looking forward to having you peel away the layers so we see the heart of you! xo Diana

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Debbie, I so understand about keeping a private side to blogging. But, I am so looking forward to reading more about you and your journey to 50. Remember, 50 is the new 39 so you have many wonderful adventures ahead of you. I hope you have a great birthday and know this will be a wonderful year for you.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh--this is amazing! And I'd love to hear your story--isn't that the best part of blogging?

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I remember what you wrote when you made a list of things we might be surprised to know about you...or something like that! And I was in AWE! I actually talked to my husband about it! I could imagine myself doing that....but even my husband said he couldn't! So I can't wait to hear more about your experience! Are you going to post photos? I hope so! I am excited about this! Bring it on!!! ♥♥♥

Donna said...

That is awesome, Debbie! So glad you have decided to keep on blogging, we all would have missed you. Can't wait to get to know you better!!

Melissah said...

Okay have me intrigued - I will stay tuned!
Melissah from Coastal Style

Jane said...

Oh...this sounds so intriguing!!! I cannot wait to learn more about you...and your adventures.

Debbie, I just want to tell you that this 50 decade can be the most amazing decade of your life. Do NOT let your friends or boss tell you otherwise. For me, it has been the time when I truly embraced ME! And, even with all the ups and downs, I have truly enjoyed it...and the freedom that came with it.

I'll be staying tuned...
Jane (artfully graced)

Flotsam Friends said...

Oh I can't wait to hear. You're a constant source of inspiration. Pruxxx

Ocean Dreams said...

I'm new to your blog and can't wait to hear your story and so glad you are continuing to blog - can't wait to read more! :)

michelle said...

I am so glad that you are staying, I would miss you!! I can't wait to learn more about you my friend, all that traveling sounds so interesting, tiring, but interesting and just "seeing" more you wonderful you. :)

Heaven's Walk said...

To tell you the truth, Debbie, I don't know how you do it all! Your traveling, your life at home, your crafts, your blogging.....You are a miracle in itself, girl! lol! You didn't think that we were going to let you give up blogging, did you? :) I'm so glad that you decided to stay and I'm looking forward to getting to know you even better, sweetie! ♥

xoxo laurie

Shelllady said...

I think it's great that you are 'coming out'!! That's why I do it, because I want to just vent about life and things and this and that! Like you said, we find friends that we have things in common with!! Bravo to you...I look forward to reading all about You!! :)

Shelllady said...

...Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Welcome to the 50's crowd!! There are a bunch of us out here!!

Everything Coastal said...

Happy belated Birthday! Cannot wait to find out more....


Everything Coastal said...

PS don't give up blogging - it may be essential to who you are, and it's all part of your discovery.

Trust me.