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Like any young(ish) woman, I was no longer content to rent. It was time to buy. And buy I did. For the first time in the almost 6 years that The Pursuit of Normal has been alive, I invested some money in my little hobby and I bought my domain, worked on some re-branding and hired the AMAZING Julie at Fabulous Blogging to head-up my site migration and redesign.
So here I am. New site. New logo. New design. Welcome!
As I write this, my 350th post, I am proud to say that while I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going when I began this journey in 2009, I think I have ended up exactly where I wanted to be.
In the last 5+ years I’ve been published 3 times*, had my articles posted on amazing sites such as Scary Mommy, Mamalode, Mamapedia, and BlogHer, and even had one post go viral’ish. And once some stole one of my posts and translated it to Romanian and used it on an online magazine! I’ve launched a successful Facebook Fan Page that continues to grow and has allowed me to get to know many of my readers as they share their hilarious life and parenting experiences. I figured out how to Tweet like a tween, Instagram like a pro and even succumbed to the pressure and joined Pinterest where I pin recipes I’ll never make and parenting advice I will probably never read.
But most importantly, through writing, I finally realize that I. AM. NORMAL. We all have kids who leave their stuff everywhere and say ridiculous things. We all experience over and over and over the differences between men and women… How we think, how we act, how we communicate, how we pick up wet towels… or not. We all have naughty pets who end up on the roof. Wait… That’s just me, isn’t it? Each of us continues to evolve and learn as we make our way through this crazy life.
Writing has allowed me to take a step back from my life and view it from a new perspective and see the whole picture, rather than the moment I wrestling with.I think Cher Horowitz, the wiser-than-her-years teen from Clueless said it best:
“Oh, she’s a total Monet. She’s OK from a distance but close-up she’s a big old mess.”
Up close, raising kids, being a wife and growing old can be a big old mess. But from a distance… it’s OK. Writing, narrating my life, gives me that distance and allows me to see that my life, in all its crazy-messy-awkward-funny moments, is a beautiful piece of art.
Thanks to those of you who have ridden this crazy train for the last 5+ years and welcome to those who recently boarded.
I hope you enjoy this ride in The Pursuit of Normal as much as I do.
That’s just my normal.