All the windows down

I’ve been thinking and talking about starting a blog for a few years now, but timing was always an issue. I got a new job, then had a baby, then had another baby, then (hysterically) got a new job. I’ve been working on finding a balance between life at home and life at work and never felt quite ready to devote myself to my writing as often as I felt would be necessary.

A few months ago, I had a bit of time to myself in the car. I started by listening to some NPR.  Then I called a friend. But on the way home, I plugged in my phone and turned on the tunes.  Bon Jovi and Billy Joel and Metallica and Katy Perry and Kesha were turned all the way up and the windows were all the way down. I drove faster than I maybe should have.  I sang at the top of my voice, badly, without shame. The wind rushing through the car was warm. It was fun. It felt amazing.

Arriving home, my routine resumed: babies, laundry, dinner, husband, lecture notes, grading, shower…rinse and repeat (forgive the pun). Now, don’t get me wrong- I love my life. My family and my work give me immense pleasure and self worth.  But I started craving something entirely mine, a creative outlet for all the swirling thoughts in my brain.

Enter blog. I wrote an essay a few months back and sent it to a friend. She suggested reviving my blog idea, and I decided to run with it. I started conceptualizing, planning, designing…and remembered almost immediately the feeling of freedom and release of that night- singing at the top of my voice with all the windows down.

As I embark on this journey, I will write about what I love- my family, my friends, cooking, reading, teaching and, from time to time, myself. I hope as I write, I find some freedom and some release. I hope you have something in your life that offers the same thing. If not, maybe you should write a blog?

Here’s to life with the wind in your hair.

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