Spring. At last.

April 5, 2017 |  Category:   life

Lighter days ahead in more ways than one. At least that’s where I hope we’re headed in the coming months. Current politics aside, it seems like this winter was a dark one for many. I suspect part of that is getting older and all the stuff that comes with it. Seems like many of my friends – ourselves included – are dealing with issues around elderly parents. Also on the forefront of our minds is career uncertainty because of ageism in certain fields (like ours). The retail landscape and business is also changing and we’re constantly trying to adapt. Reinventing yourself multiple times in your lifetime is now the norm. And even though it’s still years away (but really, not that far – only 5!), college tuition financing is a puzzle that is creeping into the picture. Navigating these mid life changes is daunting and it seems like everything is hitting all at once.

I could write about any one of these things in greater detail, but life seems tentative these days and unlike past years on this blog, I feel a lot more vulnerable. Holding things closer and inward, I guess. I remember in the first couple of years of blogging, ruminating about an upcoming milestone birthday and wondering how that would change me. I don’t think it did much back then, but I can’t say the same about age these days. I feel it. Oh, do I ever feel it.

So how do you stay grounded with all this uncertainty in life and in the world in general? Because right now it feels like there are too many balls in the air and it’s a struggle to keep them all afloat. Maybe the best gift you can give yourself is to let one (or more) of them fall. There may have been a time where I thought I could be superwoman. I think the gentlest thing I can do for myself is to admit that I’m not.

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  • SK April 6, 2017 at 8:59 am

    One step at a time. That’s my mantra 🙂 I also prioritize and focus on the top 5 items that are most important to me.

    • Jenna April 7, 2017 at 9:14 am

      It’s good advice, and one that I’ve been trying to follow because it is impossible to tackle all. Focusing is so hard though when there are constant interruptions! I think I need to work on that 🙂

  • Lara Sopchak April 7, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I’m happy to hear you consider intentionally letting a ball or two drop and to hear you talk about being gentle with your expectations. Trust that you certainly are a superwoman of sorts, and so many of us admire the hell out of you. Being gentle on yourself will promote all kinds of good things…longevity, health, peace, happiness, etc.

    • Jenna April 9, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      I haven’t done it yet! I don’t know which I can drop -everything feels so equally important, but at least this is the first step.

  • lisa s April 8, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    i am not feeling grounded at all. and am much more tired and vulnerable lately. but… i think this whole blogging/writing thing might be a way back for me. hi friend

    • Jenna April 9, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Hi friend! Yes, I am hoping to make blogging a part of my life again. Not daily like I used to – that was crazy, how did I even do that? But hopefully more often than the past 2 years.

  • Jen April 10, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Clinging to an obstinate belief in my gut that everything is going to be ok despite all the noise to the contrary in my head. Listening to my gut is much harder and scarier, but letting my head run the show almost always screws me up.