How I am Counting Blessings

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OK.  I did it.  This week I officially signed up for my three grad school classes starting September.  I am so excited along with being nervous, elated and scared.  I am just one tangled up mess of emotions. Overall, I am happy.

My life is good so I am counting my blessings.

I am joyful to have my prickly almost sixteen year old son who gets straight A s, does not swear and is a good son.  I am fortunate to have a front yard garden which has been providing us our daily salads, zucchini and soon to be hundreds of tomatoes. I am grateful that my husband and I manage to save our sixteen year marriage and now make a point to spend more quality time together.  I am elated to be living in an area that supports the arts allowing me to continue down my dream path of becoming a successful international artist. I am thankful to be part of Eight Women Dream and for sharing in each of their dreams.

On a side note, I have been thinking about having a midlife crises. I figured since I am an “old soul” having already raised two  stepsons who are now adults that I should arrive at my midlife crises early. Tattoo?  Skydiving? Wild party next year at Burning Man?  Does anyone have their own midlife crises story to share? I need some ideas.


(Wendy’s dream is still to become a influential international artist, but she left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 to complete grad school.  She is still a strong supporter of 8 Women Dream and you will see her in the comments on the blog.)

  • Danelle, the equestrian

    Can I have a mid-life crisis even though I only have a 6 year old and almost (in 2 days!) 4 year old? If I do, I wish I could drag my ever practical husband along with me!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Wherever you are having your midlife crisis … can I come? A tattoo of part of one of your paintings would be fun. Something our teenage boys would find awful, then we’d know it’s perfect. We are almost there with them though… pretty soon they will be off having their own lives. Sometimes that thought makes me dance and other times it makes me want to chain him to the couch and tell him never to leave. I am sure I am giving him plenty of fodder for his future psychiatrist. It’s a job only a mother can do.

  • Kim, the traveler

    How exciting for you! I miss school. Maybe I should go back too;)

  • Kris Cahill

    Beautiful post! Your gratitude rocks. Hmmm… I like the tattoo and skydiving. You may also need a wild bikini, which you then must wear. Without worry.

    I too have been married for 16 years, and feel my husband and I both had our midlife crisis together when we changed our lives completely and moved from Chicago to LA three years ago. For me moving someplace where nobody knew me was freeing and allowed me the space to recreate myself in the way I need to.

  • Veronica

    You made me smile with the gratitude list and then topped it off with the mid life crisis…….a woman after my own heart.