Photo credit to Austin Johnson
This summer marks a juncture in my life. My baby graduated from high school and will be going away to college in August. Talk about a huge change! For the past 19-½ years, I’ve been a “stay at home mom.” I taught piano lessons for 18 of those years and worked a few hour a week outside the home this past school year. I also wrote five books that were published by Harlequin and three more for Mountain Brook Ink. So to call myself a stay at home mom seems like a stretch—then again, maybe not since I worked from home. After all, as mom’s we do it all. J
I have two more books releasing and then I have no idea what the future holds for me, other than I will be working about double the amount of time outside the home this school year than I did last year—I work at a high school, so at least the way I keep track of life, based on the school calendar, won’t change.
They say change is good. I’m on the fence, although I am thrilled for my son. Both my boys will be away at college and it’s my turn to do . . . I’m not sure what. I plan to read a lot of books, but that is nothing new. J
How about you? What do you think about life changes? Do they excite you, fill you with dread or somewhere in between?
Narelle Atkins says
Hi Kimberly, I’m still a number of years away from having an empty nest, and I know that transition will be hard. Sometimes change can be a wonderful thing, and the beginning of an exciting new chapter. Other times it can be daunting, especially if the changing circumstances are not our choice. I hope you’ll have time in your new schedule to continue writing and publishing books :)
Kimberly Rose Johnson says
Generally I’m not a fan of change, but I am so excited for my son and his future. :)
You will be surprised at how fast the time flies, Narelle.
I will manage to write one way or another, but not as much as I have been this past year.
Trixi O. says
My son will be graduating high school next year. My 23 year old daughter is already on her own and has since given us a beautiful grandbaby (15 months)! I just can’t believe this much time has flown by….graduating my last one! It’s like the day they learn how to walk, fearful for them because of many falls, but at the same time, knowing they need to learn on their own how to walk. Such a scary time for me, another “stay-at-home” mom! A time of redefining who I am, discovering possibly new things about myself, an uncomfortable stretching my comfort zone way beyond what I think I can do! I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know who has that future securely in His hands & His word assures me that He has only good for me (Jeremiah 29:11). So I only have to trust that when the time comes, He’ll let me know what His plans are for me! In the meantime, I’ll just rest on His love for me and take one day at a time :-)
Kimberly Rose Johnson says
Well said, Trixi!