Welcome! Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Carol and I have been in the planning stages of establishing a blog and beginning an online business for months, actually, for years as I think back. The whole process began on a porch. And, it is from a porch that I watch the outside world go by and choose whether or not to allow that outside world to come in. So far, I’ve been watching.
To be honest, I have spent the past year or so in a self-created limbo. Last year about this time my son, daughter-in-law and I decided to start an online business promoting the lifestyle in coastal Virginia and creating an online presence selling products and services falling within that lifestyle. The company name was chosen: Porch Perfect Living, and the business was formed.
What intrigued me most about creating this online business was the opportunity to blog about it. While I am in no way a trained journalist, I love to write and want to explore this path. One thing I have learned through writing is that I am constantly learning. My writing is an educational process. This blog is the avenue that pushes me to learn something new. It is my journey.
What has been stopping me from blogging and inviting others in? Myself.
My biggest hurdle has been creating a blog of interest that hasn’t been done a million-times-before by those having much more expertise than I. Additionally, I have a conglomeration of interests and I don’t want to limit myself.
I am newly-retired and newly-relocated. For the past 18 months I have felt out of control and to be perfectly honest… unsettled. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I have kept myself busy with busy-ness. My situation is no one’s fault but my own.
This whole new world of life with no real schedules and few commitments is not what I had envisioned. Yes, the opportunity to do what I want to do when I want to do it – because “I can” – is great. It has actually become a motto. Unlike most, who look forward to retirement and spending their time however they want, I never really have. Instead, I crave – and need – fulfillment and purpose.
This perspective from my porch brings me to my quandary as well as puts me into an all new arena. Like motherhood, retirement has not arrived with an owner’s manual. Most of what is written revolves around financial planning, not the emotional reality. So as I sit on my porch and contemplate my new reality, I see a whole new opportunity.
I don’t want my retirement to equate to having nothing to do. I am anxious to pursue the next passion in my life and explore my new world. I am able to bring to the table who I once was, who I am now, and who I want to become as I continue on this journey. Most of all, as I discover new things, I wish to share the things I learn. I want to put them on my porch for you to share.
Here I will turn my inner struggle into a shared adventure. Here, I will lay bare my thoughts, fears, joys, feelings, and discoveries about retirement, and aging. Here, I will share the journey of finding contentment and purpose.
It’s now time to step off my porch and engage the world around me.
Most of all, as I discover new things, I want to share the things I learn and have learned.
If you wish to join me… you are most welcome!