Hello! I am a 47 year old wannabee who is not sure what I wannabee. I have been a stay at home mom for almost 15 years. Waah Waah, I know I shouldn’t be crying the blues, I know I have been lucky, but now I want out. I want to work and make my own money and feel successful again. I want my family to recognize my value beyond what goes on inside of our home. Motherhood should provide its own sense of success, and it does, but, for me, it is only to a point and then I am left with a sense of “what now?” when what I really need is a sense of WOW! I used to be fierce – I want to be again.
I have three children. My son, who is 15, will be called Driver because he wants to be a golfer, constantly reminds me that he will be getting his license soon and because he drives me crazy. My 12 year old daughter shall be called Hollywood because one day she will be a superstar and my ‘baby’ who is 10 will henceforth be called Cornell because she will go to Cornell to be a vet. They still need me, in some ways more than ever, but they don’t really ‘need’ me. Their growth has forced me to really look at myself and ask, “what do I want to be when I grow up?” Our family is rounded out by my husband who has asked to be called Leon.
I have taken personality quizzes, and career tests, and explored other forms of self evaluation and the one common result of every test I have ever taken is writing. I love to write but have always been afraid to put myself out there, to face the rejection that writers inevitably face. Maybe it is the seeming anonymity of the internet that has given me the courage to start, it is certainly not because I am a techie. When I first heard about the internet, I was slooooooooooow to recognize its value or it’s potential. I failed to buy the stocks that could have allowed me to live a worry free life, instead I embarrassed to admit it but I scoffed.
I regress, I had been floundering for years, looking for inspiration, for a push, for someone or something to drag me off of the couch. Then I met my neighbor Diane, who shared many of my same frustrations, the difference was she had a sister who had fully embraced the web and was willing to share her knowledge with us. It took two years, but it finally sunk in – we could do something with this.
I can’t pretend that I know exactly where this blog will go, or even where we want it to go, but I think we have potential to go somewhere fun and cool and full of WOW! We want to provide a forum for women who are looking for more, who want to put an exclamation point on their lives instead of a dot, dot, dot. We aspire to inspire you to get up off of the couch and define your WOW!
Hi! I’m Diane, the neighbor. I share all of these frustrations with being a stay at home mom. (She’s the real writer in this relationship and said it better than I ever could!) I too am very thankful that I have had the opportunity to stay at home and raise my kids. I realize that many women do not have this choice and I know I have been very fortunate, but now I want more too!
I have had the privilege to raise two amazing boys ages 12 and 13. It has been a journey full of both laughter and tears watching them grow into the young men they are today. Their effort to become independent, and define who they are outside of our home has driven me to question myself, and who I want to be when I walk out of my front door. I want them to know that a woman can be a dedicated mother and still have a meaningful life outside of her home.
I am blessed to have an older sister who has been such an incredible role model for me. She helped raise me as a child, and continues to help ‘raise’ me as an adult. She showed me what it is to be a strong, independent woman in charge of her own destiny. (I wish I listened a little better and sooner!) She is my web guru, and is responsible for igniting the spark in me that has pushed me to explore creating an online career. I am so excited to see where it will take me! I am grateful for both her encouragement and guidance. She is a woman who found her WOW a long time ago!
Elisa and I prove that opposites can attract in not just love but also in friendship. She is the dark cup of coffee that makes you shake your head a little but definitely wakes you up, while I am the creamer that tones her down and makes her palatable to the rest of you who still want to wake up but maybe without so much bite. Whatever it is it works, and we want to make this blog work, so welcome! We hope our blog will inspire you to find your WOW or whatever it is that will make you get up in the morning, put a smile on your face and hit the floor with a bounce in your step instead of a shuffle and a sigh. Thank you for joining us and being a part of our world.