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Changing Horses aka why you haven't seen me for a few months

March 7th, 2014 at 11:24 pm

It was Dear Abby some years ago where I saw a letter asking how to make a change in daily life to achieve a dream (I think the writer wanted to get a college degree if I recall). The advice lady answered something to the effect...

"You can wake up on your 65th birthday and either be in the same situation you are now, or wake up that day and have the degree on the way (or maybe even it be done)."

I've remembered that advice for years and have now taken it to heart myself. For me, the most important thing to make a mark on this world, to leave a legacy if possible, is to help the environment. Sure having kids and little everyday things are important, but the time has come to think bigger. To put my money where my mouth is so to speak.

So I've put aside the jewelry making largely (but not completely quit yet) and am letting my local art association membership expire in June. And rechannelling all that volunteer time and festival vending, and business administration into volunteering for the Sierra Club. Of course, there are loads of environmental groups in the world, but the Sierra Club is the one I pick. It is the grandaddy, the original model. I am proud is started in in the USA because of the natural wonders in California. WHERE I LIVE!

I was an active member more than 20 years ago (BC before children) but had to divert my time and attention to family and that almighty day job. I was always mildly involved but not much more than a membership and ocassional outdoor trip for the last 10 years.

The soul searching hit me and about 2 months ago I took the steps to get back on track with what I love and think is the most important way to spend my time. I got up and went to meetings, volunteered to be an outdoor leader (got training), and help with local and national issues. Ah yes, special interests!

I'll still be here to write, but it will be much more about the environment and ways to get involved if you want.

So when I wake up next week on my 55th birthday, I will have already gotten well on the way to reaching my dream.

12 Responses to “Changing Horses aka why you haven't seen me for a few months”

  1. Mooshocker Says:

    Happy 55th and best of luck on your new endeavors!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    That is so great! And I look forward to reading your posts on your new passion Smile

  3. scfr Says:

    Very excited for you! Talk about women who left their mark on the world: Isn't it amazing how Dear Abby & Ann Landers advice still resonates with so many of us all these years later?

  4. SavingBucks Says:

    I am so happy for you!!!! That Dear Abby advice is soooo true! Have a happy Double Nickel Day and I am looking forward to all the great things you will be involved in.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Way to take the bull by the horns Smile

  6. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    aww thx all for such great support! double nickel, fun
    AH that reminds me to make a 'Bday wish list' for the refrigerator.
    1. New starbux card with perhaps $5.50 or some such silly number
    2. homemade face scrub
    3. nothing much else, maybe a phone case so I don't damage my phone

  7. scfr Says:

    Re gifts: What about sunscreen, since it sounds like you'll be spending more time out of doors?

  8. Shiela Says:

    You are doing great. Happy birthday for next week. Smile

  9. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    scfr: got the sunscreen at last year's drug store clearance, of course!

  10. creditcardfree Says:

    Best wishes for your new activity!

  11. PatientSaver Says:

    Wow, what a surprise. You have been so into jewelry making, but being an environmentalist myself all my life, I am so glad you chose the Sierra Club too. John Muir would be proud.

    I loved what you said about leaving a legacy. All power to you. I am so glad you're reconnecting with things you did before that had meaning for you.

    Very proud of you!

  12. baselle Says:

    Have a happy double nickel - wonderful to try to leave a legacy in enough time so that you can enjoy the process of leaving a legacy. (Leaving a legacy after you've died still means you aren't around to enjoy the legacy.)

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