It’s no secret I haven’t been here much the last couple of months. I guess my mind has been on hyperdrive since hitting the 45-year-old mark in February. I hate to say something as trite as my absence here is reflective of my own version of a mid-life crisis, but it’s a little bit of that and then some. The interesting thing is the more people I talk to at this age and stage of life, the more I realize I’m not alone.
No major event has rocked my world. Dad is getting back on his feet after a shaky fall and winter. Mom is feeling good and gearing up for her other total knee replacement surgery. My main “dilemna” has been an internal one and it boils down to a simple but seemingly impossible question that makes me reach for the ZzzQuil® on more nights than I probably should: what’s next for me?
I realize I’m lucky to be an independent contractor and even more fortunate to have the support from my fiancé and friends to continue my new and growing role as caregiver to my parents. However, the reality is I am also at a crossroads in that I know I want to find something new to do with my skills. So I’ve been vacillating between looking for more on-camera opportunities as a lifestyle host and questioning what’s holding me back from pursuing completely new opportunities in the one thing in my life that’s always kept me grounded and never feels like “work.” I’m talking about the world of health and fitness.
So as I navigate through these crossroads, I ask for your patience and some positivity. Maybe one day soon I’ll be encouraging my fellow New Yorkers to sign up for a kickboxing class taught by yours truly. Perhaps I’ll be asking for good vibes as I start new health and wellness related coursework. Perhaps this blog morphs into something bigger where I can address a wider range of topics that have seemed to take over my physical and mental well-being in this decade supposedly known as the “Fabulous 40s.” The bottom line is I am both overwhelmed and exhilarated about the opportunities I hope to find in the days, months and years ahead. I know whatever path I choose, however many times I stumble or take another detour, a good sweat will always help bring me back to the a strong starting position. Armed with that strength and the support of my readers and my entire “fitfam,” I hope the excitement will conquer the fear and keep the sleepless nights in check.
You longtime readers have been here through many ups and downs over these past eight years. As I embark on another unsure and unmarked path, I thank you for sticking around if the installments become sporadic at times. Even if you don’t find my posts here, you know the chances are you can find me tearing away at a heavy bag or searching online for the next big thing…and all the new chances to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!
Posted on April 15, 2019, in Fitness, Health and tagged 40 and Fabulous, Being 40, Fear of the Unknown, Kickboxing, Mid-Life Crisis, Motivation Monday, Personal Fitness. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
This was said so eloquently, Laura! You speak for all of us mid-40ish-women who are looking for the next big thing in our lives and hoping we haven’t waited too long to find it!! I stand behind you 100% no matter where your journey takes you. Cheering you on from Colorado… -Amy.
My dear, Amy!
Thank you for taking the time to chime in and for all your support through ALL the adventures. Cheers to the next big thing…or things! xoxo, Laura
Time changes so much. I tell my kids to dream big…and anything you want to do will come true. YOU have the power to do so much. So many opportunities in the world, why stick within such a small bubble? Reach deep into your soul and do that thing that makes you the happiest! I know you will land on your feet and be amazing at whatever that is…I will always be here standing beside you cheering you on!
Love you tons,
your big sister,
Thank you so much, dear Maria for this thoughtful and kind note. You’ve been there through all the stages of my life – and I am so grateful to have you in my corner again now. Here’s to what’s ahead…xoxo
Whatever path you choose, you will be successful because you have a great drive and attitude. Best of luck wherever life takes you next!
Hi Rachel! So sorry for the belated thank you for your kind sentiments. Thank you for your vote of confidence! Happy Easter!