But I digress...
September of 2006. When my boyz were 1, 2 and 4.
I was 33 years old. Working part-time as a paralegal in a law firm. Naively assuming that I'd ALWAYS be working part-time and that my home life and work life would compliment each other, and that I'd have balance.
HA HA HA HA......Oh, silly me!
Instead, I went back to work full-time in Boston at the end of 2007. And hated mostly every minute of it. My commute, my neverending mommy guilt...
Those were some rough years, man. At times, this blog kept me sane. It's been a place to vent. A place to hear that I'm not alone. A place of community.
Almost a year ago, I changed jobs again. Still full-time, but closer to home and in an environment where work-life balance is encouraged. And I've never been happier, career-wise.
Well, I've NEVER been happy with my body. And I want to go back in time and SMACK MYSELF for all those years I felt insecure in a bikini. Puh-leeze.
The 33-year old me had a negative body image. The 37-year old me, sadly, still does. Only now I am officially at my heaviest weight ever. *sigh* (And am currently trying a no-sugar, low fat, low carb diet to remedy the situation. And consequently, am crabby as hell.)
2010 - 4 years older, wrinklier and 15ish pounds heavier. Ack!
4 years of blogging has opened many doors for me. I've experienced opportunities that would never have come along if it weren't for these Trenches of mine.
But it's not the celebrity meetings (Harry Connick Jr., Kelly Ripa) or the product perks that stand out in my mind - it's the connections I've made with real women. Real women who don't just live in my computer! Real women who are just like me! Real women whom I've met through blogging.
You all know who you are...Jennifer, Jill, Jen, Paula, Julie, Tiffany, Cynthia, Tania, Amy, Kathy, Christina, Christine, Francesca, Audrey..and you and you and you.
Blog friends are real.
Here's to many more blogiversarys! (God, I hate that word.)