The Roller Coaster - June 2013

Ah, the roller coaster of life… the ups and downs, twists and turns, incredible views and pitch black tunnels.  Sometimes we go forward at breakneck speed, other times we’re flung backwards or upside down.  And other times we stop in our tracks altogether.

It’s exhilarating, scary, exciting, disorienting, amazing.

So what do we do with this crazy trip?  Roll with it and enjoy the ride.  Squeeze the most we can out of the adventure.  And when we can’t see the way ahead, we hold on tight and make the best choices we can.

And the great thing is, we do have choices on this roller coaster.  We head in one direction for part of our lives, then another track opens up and we have the chance, the choice, to head somewhere different and experience new things.  But we have to keep our eyes – and minds – open to the possibilities in front of us.

Last year I posted on my first blog, The Brighter Side of Life, that if you take a step forward – even if you can’t see the path ahead of you – the answers will come.  I now also realize that as we change, the answers change.  What’s right for us right now may not be right for us six months from now.

At that same time last year, I took a leap forward and started The Brighter Side of Parenting.  It’s been amazing.  I really enjoy connecting with others on the parenting journey and emphasizing the fact that none of us is alone in this wonderful chaos.

I’ve come to realize, though, that I’m overextending myself.  I’m a mom of two active little boys, I work, blog, do other writing projects, volunteer and I’m exploring other exciting new opportunities.  And I love it all.  But my juggling act isn’t as natural or polished as I’d sometimes like and having two separate blogs isn’t working.  So, since both blogs fall under my “brighter side” philosophy, I’ve decided to publish future posts – whether or not they’re parenting-related – on The Brighter Side of Life and discontinue posting here on The Brighter Side of Parenting.

That’s part of our roller coaster ride, right?  We jump on, try things, and if they don’t work out or make sense for us anymore, we change direction and try something new.  No failures – just lessons learned and experience gained.

If you’ve been following The Brighter Side of Parenting, thank you – I really appreciate it!  Let’s continue the crazy journey together on The Brighter Side of Life.  I’ll also continue to post on two amazing sites: Live Through the Heart and

Wherever you are on your own roller coaster, I wish you exciting adventures, spectacular views and tranquil moments where you can just sit back, take it all in and enjoy the ride.

[this is a slight variation of a post just published on The Brighter Side of Life]

What about you? What path did you enthusiastically step onto, only to later realize it was time to step off and head in another direction?


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