BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS SERIES WITH CHRISTIE FROM SO WHAT? NOW WHAT?
The 10th blogging grandmother to be
featured for this series is Christie from So What? Now What?
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR BLOG
NAME OF YOUR BLOG: SO WHAT? NOW WHAT? – YOUR ROUTE GUIDANCE IS NOW FINISHED
WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Utah
WHAT DO YOU WRITE ABOUT: I started out writing about finding your passion and making the transition to retirement, but the blog has evolved to include mindfulness, wellness, and just about anything else that comes to my overactive mind.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME FOR YOUR BLOG: Funny thing, I recently wrote a whole blog post on this topic. The short answer is this: At the time I started my blog, I was going through a transition of sorts—from a lifelong go-getter with her eye on the next rung of the ladder to someone wavering near the top, unsure of her next step. I needed a new challenge. Writing a blog fulfilled two purposes: 1) the blog itself was a new challenge; and 2) the subject of the blog was meant to be a “public reprogramming of my GPS.” I had arrived at my destination and now I needed a new one. Thus the name: So What? I probably won’t see another formal career advancement, and I’ve finished the important job of raising my children. So what does this early arrival mean for me? Now What? After honestly answering the “So What,” what do I do with that information? Where do I go from here?
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING: See the answer above.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING: Almost two years — since October 2015.
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING OR FRUSTRATING ABOUT BLOGGING: I haven’t achieved the level of engagement I had hoped. It’s disheartening that after nearly two years, I have a fairly small number of subscribers and commenters. I know that getting the word out takes work, but I guess I was hoping people would just magically flock to me.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU BLOG: Twice a week – on Tuesdays and Fridays.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN LINK PARTIES: Yes, I participate regularly in Blogging Grandmothers, Wednesday AIM, and GRAND Social Link Parties.
THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING: The people I have “met” and the discipline it provides for me to write a little every day.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU AS A GRANDMOTHER
WHAT DO YOUR GRANDCHILDREN CALL YOU: Grandma
HOW MANY GRANDCHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: 10
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TO SEE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN: We are fortunate to live within 10 miles of all of our grandchildren, so I see at least one of them every week, usually several of them. One of our grandsons goes to school within walking distance from our house, so we see him every school day.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A GRANDMOTHER: The uncomplicated, unconditional love – both giving and receiving.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU
MARRIED, SINGLE, DIVORCED, WIDOWED: Married
HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: Two biological children and two stepchildren.
DO YOU WORK OR ARE YOU RETIRED, WHAT IS OR WAS YOUR PROFESSION: I am the senior vice president responsible for corporate communications and provider relations for a health insurance company.
WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT GETTING OLDER: The worst thing is the toll it takes on your body – although I am healthy, my close-up eyesight is worsening, my skin is getting drier, I don’t sleep as well, and I have minor aches and pains I didn’t use to have. But there are a number of things that have definitely gotten better with age for me: freedom, confidence, financial security, and grandchildren, to name a few. In fact, I wrote a post about the Top 10 Fabulous 50s Facts.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY: So many things make me happy: my family, traveling, listening to music, reading a good book, spending time in nature, accomplishing a challenging task. For me, the key to happiness is being fully present in the moment and accepting things for what they are – not focusing on how I think they “should be.”
WHAT 3 WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU: Introspective, Open-minded, Diplomatic.
WHAT ARE 3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOU: I took up running at age 45 and jumped right into a full marathon (the 2006 St. George Marathon). I am obsessed with clouds. I wrote a novel based on my mother’s life. (I know lots of interesting facts about her. 🙂 ) Side note: It was harder than I would have thought to come up with three “interesting” facts about myself.
HOBBIES: Running, reading, self-improvement. I’ve recently started hiking, but I’m not sure it qualifies as a hobby yet.
PETS: A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Charlie.
FAV ICE CREAM: Moose tracks
FAV COLD DRINK: It’s a toss up between Diet Coke and iced lattes.
FAV FOOD: I love all kinds of food, so I’m not sure I could choose a favorite. I do love fresh guacamole and tortilla chips, dark chocolate, and all things pumpkin.
FAV AROMA: Cinnamon
FAV PERFUME: I don’t wear perfume, so I’ll pass on this one.
FAV AUTHOR: Again, there are so many. Right now, I’m really loving Fredrik Backman and am currently reading Beartown.
FAV MUSIC: I have eclectic tastes in music, so pretty much everything. You can find a small sampling of what’s on my playlist here.
FAV TV SHOW: My favorite television series from start to finish was Breaking Bad.
FAV TV SHOW WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD: I liked Batman, and my sister liked Dennis the Menace. Unfortunately they were on competing channels at the same time (back before we could record or DVR), so my mother made us alternate days. The problem with that was Batman was always a two-part story, so I missed the resolution of every conflict. Luckily, we agreed on Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch. I also loved television specials, like Cinderella and The King and I.
WERE YOU A GIRLY GIRL OR A TOMBOY AS A CHILD: Girly girl
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, OR WINTER: Fall
DO YOU HAVE A TALENT: My family has always looked to me as the diplomat or peacemaker. I consider that a talent. That, and writing.
WHAT TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE: I wish I could sing beautifully.
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL: An early bird, by necessity.
HOW DO YOU RELAX: Getting a massage, reading, meditating, sitting outdoors. I’ve recently tried essential oils.
MOVIES OR BOOKS: Mostly books, but I like both.
CELL PHONE – APPLE OR ANDROID: Apple
CALLING OR TEXTING: I’m not much of a phone talker, so texting works well for me. There are times, though, when you just need to hear the other person’s voice.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US: Once I retire, my husband and I would like to get a motorhome and travel the lower 48 states, visiting at least two locations in every state – one tourist spot and one place the locals hang out. I’d love to hear where your U.S. readers think I should visit in their states.