new paths

by Barb on December 4, 2012

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New Season

Just a few years ago, my life revolved around home – gardening, taking care of kids, blogging, knitting. I felt so self-conscious talking to people.

Today, I don’t knit unless a child requests a new pair of socks. I’m involved in Girl Scouts, writing 2 blogs, Homeroom mom for my 7 year old son’s class for the 2nd year in a row, along with volunteering at school, and running. Not to mention taking the kids on field trips and sports. Yes, sports. I love talking to people, and I feel less fear walking into a room of strangers because I know there’s a friend waiting, even if we only know each other for a few minutes.

My life has expanded, and with that expansion has come so many different types of friendships. I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful women in my life.

I see my children’s lives expanding, too. One of them is moving way too close to adulthood, and yet as a mom, I’m excited to see him explore his world. So many times I have told him to get out there and enjoy life, to see what life has to offer.

The 4 younger ones are heading down their own paths.

I see my own path opening up. It’s scary. It’s also very exciting. I’m the only person holding me back. Sure, there are naysayers and envious people. That’s life. But, if I am true to myself and focused on being the best me, I’m really the only person who can hold me back.

Here’s to the incredible, wonderful, life changing possibilities ahead in 2013!

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Barb Hoyer has written 3511 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Sharon at Momof6 December 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

We should never get to the point where we stop growing and trying new paths, right? I firmly believe that.
Sharon at Momof6 recently posted..Is it harder when your “oldest” gets older or when your “youngest” gets older? {Share Your Life}

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Barb December 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Always to grow – sounds like a great motto!

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Sheila December 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Embrace your new found freedom, anyway they will always need their mom, even when they are moved out and married.
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Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network December 7, 2012 at 8:21 am

Thanks for sharing this with us Barb. Do check out this great post 21st Century Housewife recommended on her FB page, it’s relevant and beautiful http://mariashriver.com/blog/2012/12/the-gift-of-an-ordinary-day-katrina-kenison
Rebecca x
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Barb December 8, 2012 at 6:05 am

I’ll definitely check it out. Thank you!

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Jennifer Hoffman December 9, 2012 at 12:32 am

I love this! I like to say, “I want to be a bigger vessel for life.” Here’s to expansion!

Thanks for participating in the Tuesday Baby Link-up!

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Barb December 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Thank you! What a wonderful phrase to use, to be so receptive to life.

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Amanda @Natural Living Mamma December 9, 2012 at 12:58 am

We all learn and grow and expand! I am so surprised at the ways I have changed and grown since my Daughter was born. Now with two and the blog my life is definitely full of love, great friends, and my wonderful family. What more could a mamma want?

Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday! I am excited to see what you have to share this week.
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Barb December 9, 2012 at 7:55 am

Wonderful! I love hearing that!

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Nicole @MTDLBlog December 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

LOVE this post. I firmly believe we live multiple lives within one. We have so many chapters and our life is better as we continue to learn, grow and develop into the best version of ourselves.

I love that the blogging world has opened up so much for you!
Nicole @MTDLBlog recently posted..A Reminder to Cherish {Share Your Life}

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Barb December 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

Thank you and I love your image of multiple lives within one!

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