Viewing post #9725 by bsavage
|I am nearing 50 years old. A fabulous milestone, and I am very thankful that I am alive and well. The past few years have proven very challenging for me and my DH Tony. We had re-built his business (grading for new construction subdivisions in Phoenix, AZ), and after much hard work, the company was very successful and profitable. We put away a nice nest egg. We grew the business. Then, the 'Great Recession' began, starting with new construction and real estate. We were early casualties, ultimately we lost our home in AZ, our gardens, our ponds, many toys. The worst and hardest thing was giving up the gardens and ponds that we had worked so hard to build, and which we loved so much. Since then, we have moved to Colorado and have downsized greatly. Yet, we are so thankful for our home here, the many friends that have helped us through this transition, and the hope of new gardens to tend. No one will feel sorry for me for this (and that's okay), but I went from being quite well off to, well, now, we hope we are able to keep this home. And finding employment (though we are both excellent employee material) has been a long and frustrating process... I have never had trouble finding work. It took both my husband and I months and months to find jobs. Thankfully, we are now both employed, and I am especially thankful that I absolutely LOVE my new job!
I am intentionally being a bit succinct in this first post, because I choose to live in the now... but I know first hand that some of those days were so very sad and quite lonely. Though my husband and I have gotten through it together, some friends to be able to openly share with, as well as a place to put my thoughts in writing at the end (or beginning, or the middle) of each difficult day during those times would have been welcome. I hope that is what I am creating here... a place where we can share and help.
Also, I think a place for sharing the victories, the moments of (sigh) happiness, the personal parts of our lives that are cause for celebration, even tiny steps forward... need to be championed and celebrated here!
I've got all kinds of stories of life transitions, from when I was a single Mom for most of my son's first 20 years, to divorces, to amazing and exciting adventures, my love story with my husband, other love stories which were mostly fun but sometimes heartbreaking. Life, in all it's full and amazing reality.
I will share more, and I hope you all do, too.
Hugs from me...