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What is The Witty Gritty Life Blog all about?
In a nutshell, The Witty Gritty Life is a blog written primarily for midlife women who are facing special challenges and financial difficulties, but are determined to squeeze the best out of life no matter what.
How life brought me to this path…
Writing has been my passion ever since I was a girl and when blogging came along it seemed like the perfect path to make my ambitions a reality. So after much consideration and thought, The Witty Gritty Life was launched in late April of 2017.
Life was good for a few short moments.
Then I found out that my best friend and biggest cheerleader was losing her battle with metastatic breast cancer just six weeks into my blogging journey, and my world came crashing down. How could I write about seemingly trivial things when she was fighting for her life? Still, I tried to put on a good face and persevere. But again and again, my efforts seemed doomed. That Summer I became ill and stayed that way for 8 months. To add insult to injury, severe vertigo reared its ugly head several times, making life even more miserable than it already was. Again and again I tried to regain my footing, keep up my chin, only to fall back down.
Even though I considered giving up several times, my dream of writing this blog never died completely. Slowly, after finding an amazing doctor, my health returned and has stayed with me since. That is not to say that there have not been any other obstacles, but thankfully none so severe. Once again wit and grit had gotten me through.
Why am I telling you all this? You see, one of the biggest revelations my friend taught me was to always look for the lesson in everything, especially the bad stuff. We may soar on the peaks of life, but it is in the valleys that we grow. Reframing my experiences that way opened my eyes to how I want to write and who I feel needs to be reached.
That is how I landed on refocusing my blog on “Managing Midlife Madness”. What is midlife madness? In essence it is exactly what I described above. Rarely does life work out the way we plan. We may be sailing along smoothly one day, dead in the water the next. For some of us midlife, a time when we may have envisioned a calmer life, challenges become even greater when we are confronted with painful losses, unexpected financial difficulties, physical problems and unforeseen obligations. Rather than slowing down a bit, the craziness seems to accelerate. It can be frustrating and overwhelming, even more so when coupled with the realization that life will not go on forever. The clock begins to tick just a little louder and the bucket list beckons. As women we are used to having to do it all – backwards and in heels. On top of that midlife graces us with brainfog, reading glasses and hotflashes to round it all out.
I am putting pen to paper to help you find ways to make your life easier, offer helpful hints, tips and tricks and provide you with a place that lets you know you are not alone in your struggle. This world with its Instagram worthy lives and Pinterest perfect homes can be intimidating when you are just barely keeping your head above water, physically, mentally and financially. I want you to know that if that is how you feel, I totally get that. I am right there with you.
Finding ways to make life easier and more enjoyable for you is my mission. I am so glad you are here!
Here are a few of my most popular posts to get you started!
A Little About Me
Would you believe that English is my second language? Yes, indeed. I was born and raised in a small Bavarian town and grew up with a castle in my backyard. When I came to the US at the tender age of nineteen, life got real quickly. You see, I had essentially run away from home to marry someone I didn’t know as well as I thought. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances I even got to experience what it felt like to be homeless for about 2 months – do not recommend that. What I had dreamed would be a wonderful new life in a far away land turned out to be quite the struggle. I credit my parents for helping me get through some pretty difficult times. They instilled a lot of valuable skills in me from an early age and it was because of this work ethic and perseverence that I made it through.
Life has not always been easy, but I am proud of being able to say I have never backed down from whatever it threw at me. After spending a few years in the Army, where I met my better half of now over 30 years, I got a degree in the medical field and spent the next nearly 20 years working in hospitals and doctor’s offices as a cardiac sonographer (ultrasound of the heart). While I loved my career, I left it all behind in 2007 to stay home with my two sons, the younger of which had been diagnosed with nonverbal autism and apraxia.
The years that followed were marked by trying to find our son the help he desperately needed. Autism is a spectrum disorder and he happened to be on the more severe side of it. Getting and most importantly keeping the right help was a daily adventure. When we switched to a gluten and dairy free diet, his eating which had been limited to two foods, raspberry yogurt and chex mix, finally improved.
Just when things settled down with our son, my husband was diagnosed with a rare form of throat cancer and our family was thrown into chaos once again. After surgery and grueling radiation treatments as well as having to be fed through a tube in his stomach for nearly two years, he is now cancer free more than 5 years out. But lingering effects of the treatment make it very difficult to swallow food normally and he has lost all of his teeth as a result.
I started writing The Witty Gritty Life as a way to connect with the “normal outside world”. My heart is with women, who just like me, have encountered obstacles and road blocks at many turns, but refuse to be defined by them. It is my hope that I can offer encouragement and hope to others just like me, whose life may not be perfect, but full and rich nonetheless.
As I have ventured deeper into the midlife years, my appreciation for anything creative and the “little” things in life has grown and continues to do so. I am a firm believer that we are completely in charge of how we want to live life, no matter what the external circumstances may be. I also know that wit and grit are probably the two qualities that will get you there! Thanks for taking the time to read a little bit more about me. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me! I’d be happy to chat!
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