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Forty-three!? When did THAT happen?

A slight adjustment…

When I turned forty-two — I thought I would get the answer to life, the Universe, and everything…

No such luck.  But, hey look at me getting my Who’s On Fourth on at YeahWrite!

My 2015 resolution was to dust off a blog that I’ve had plans for since 2011, but just never seemed to have the time for.  I’ve been a college instructor for twelve years and I love it; it is a path that chose me.   With a husband, two children, two cats, and a house — energy is spread pretty thin.   I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and realized that the image of myself in the Matrix is not the person in the reflection.   Is that a chin hair!?  I haven’t written that novel I’ve been wanting to write since I was ten, but that seems like a daunting task right now.

I wasn’t sure of this blog’s direction when I started, but I decided then I starting writing once again the path would reveal itself.   I started with writing  Amazon product reviews (take a look and if you find the review helpful you can like it) which I  found I really enjoyed writing (something I could actually get done in the few minutes before a small person needed me to do something like blow their nose or break up another fight) before I revived this blog.

I then decided to try a number of things:   a diary of my mad crafts and projects over the years, my adventures in being an inconsistent cook, domestic whines,  some tutorials, accounts of my parenting journey of five years so far, and other random musings.   I dabbled in some videos, but being an Introvert I am not quite as motivated for that, but I haven’t taken it off the table.   I even tried to amuse anyone who cared to read my attempts to do the Couch25k program in an effort to fit into my nice clothes again.

My first passion is fiction writing. Through this blog, I found that part of me that used to never be without pen and a notebook to scribble in wherever I went. I thought I lost her forever.

I started writing and let it happen.   I don’t worry about blogging rules or single focus.  I am quite tired of so many rules.    My birthday reminds me that life is passing me by, and I just want to do…something!  Well, something that doesn’t involve base jumping or white water rafting — I’ll just write about that, thanks.

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104 comments on “About

  1. GolNaran
    January 31, 2015

    Best wishes for you,
    Kind regards, ❤

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  2. cindyfazzi
    February 9, 2015

    Forty-two is a great age–savor it! Thanks for visiting my blog. I enjoyed your comment(:

    Liked by 2 people

    • Laissez Faire
      February 9, 2015

      Hey, thanks. I don’t know how I feel yet about the upcoming 42nd birthday, the jury is still out!

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  3. vickiboyles
    February 10, 2015

    I feel the same way…I´ll be 46 this summer. Where have the years gone? Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting…I appreciate it 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Laissez Faire
      February 10, 2015

      I’m pretty half convinced my Minions stole some and converted them to endless energies.

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Lee J Dawson
    February 13, 2015

    I can relate to all that you’re saying. Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m looking forward to catching up with your blog posts and thank you for visiting mine. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laissez Faire
      February 13, 2015

      I wish I could get kidtime back. When summers seemed to go on forever 🙂 I hope you enjoy reading some of my work.

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    • Laissez Faire
      February 13, 2015

      I want to have kid time back when summers used to last forever!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Lee J Dawson
        February 14, 2015

        The summer holidays from school seemed endless, didn’t they … and there always seemed to be lots of sunshine in those days, or maybe there was rain – just that it didn’t bother us when we were young.:D

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  5. Alyssa
    February 14, 2015

    I’ve seen you comment on my blog a couple of times (thanks for the support during these seemingly reader-free early days, by the way!) and I’ve just been looking through your blog. Just wanted to say that I think your writing is fabulous, as is the overall purpose of this blog. Best of luck!

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    • Laissez Faire
      February 14, 2015

      Well thank you. I am really happy that you like what I’ve done so far. The current story project has kept me up at night. I know how it feels to hear the crickets in the blog and I enjoy watching your journey. You have the same name as my daughter, too, so your name tends to stand out. 🙂

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  6. Ellen Hawley
    February 17, 2015

    The couch 25K program? Is that the one where you have to carry the couch 25 kilometers? Great way to lose weight, but it’d leave a big gap in the living room

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  7. LadyPinkRose
    February 18, 2015

    Honey, you are a breath of fresh air. I will do my best to stay in contact with you. I am 57 years young, and just a little over 1.5 years a woman gave me the encouragement I needed to open my blog, Petals. Where I am going, I do not know, but this I do know. I am following my Heart. Your blog is wonderful and yes I followed. Stay just the way you are! Love, Amy

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    • Laissez Faire
      February 18, 2015

      That’s lovely of you to say. It’s been a bit a little overwhelming lately getting back into the online swing. I do hope I will see more of you in my blog feed. Sometimes you just have to start walking and see what’s on the path.

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      • LadyPinkRose
        February 18, 2015

        I still get overwhelmed and that is when you have to take a break and walk away. Blogging is a lot of work. I really look forward in getting to know you better, Laissez. You are such a beautiful Light. You will be fine. 🙂 Love, Amy

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  8. Daleen
    February 19, 2015

    Typically me, it took me some time to get past the picture of the chocolate cake and start reading. Rules? Blogging has rules?! Oh dear, I hate those. I just decided one day I want to start a blog. I fumbled through the very user friendly process and did just what needed to be done so I could start writing. (Still have no clue about widgets) Now I hear of etiquette and rules and I can only hope nobody at the blogging police is watching. I am 44 this year and like you, I wish I was physically still a kid (mentally it has been sorted) Do what you love and do it the way you please. I like your posts and it makes me feel at home – it feels familiar. So, you go on ahead and live it!

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    • Laissez Faire
      February 19, 2015

      It was a very delicious cake. I can do all tech stuff okay and sort out widgets over time, but I just have a problem trying to promote myself. You know? But I guess since I turned forty I am getting too tired to talk myself out of things. Hah! I am glad you like your posts. With my oldest blog it sometimes felt like I was just talking out into a vast space where it was heard only by space fleas! Maybe it’s true that when you reach a certain age it’s like a second childhood where you stop giving a fluke about arbitrary rules.

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      • Daleen
        February 19, 2015

        I am the same. I can market anybody else but myself, so one day I sat and had a conversation with myself and we concluded it is because I do not fear failure but the prospect of possible success terrifies me. I am not a huge fan of change, you see, and that is something that is inevitable when success comes around. But that’s just my own madness and right now I don’t even feel like working on that 🙂

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      • Laissez Faire
        February 19, 2015

        Yes, success can be terrifying. I am a creature of habit myself. We moved to a new house a year and a half ago and I still don’t feel settled.

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  9. Daleen
    February 19, 2015

    Don’t blame you. Studies have shown that next to divorce, moving house is the second most stressful event that can happen in an average person’s lifetime. Luckily we are not average so we can move it up to number one on the list

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  10. digestibleink
    February 20, 2015

    Happy 42nd! Savor it. I’m glad you stopped by and shared your writing experience on Off the Cuff Asks. Maybe its time to reselect that character?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laissez Faire
      February 20, 2015

      I’ve got a few more months of 41 left 🙂 I remember being 13 and thinking 26 was ancient.

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  11. Mona Gustafson Affinito
    February 20, 2015

    42. Great time to start! I wish you lots of joy!

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  12. Tienny The Storyteller
    February 21, 2015

    Thank you for the follow 🙂 Hope you enjoy my artworks

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Nimmi
    February 21, 2015

    Hey dear Laissez,
    I love doin’ paintings. And your blog is full of wonderful tips and ideas for the same. Looking froward to read more of such lovely work. Thank you for liking my work too 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laissez Faire
      February 21, 2015

      I’m glad you stopped by and enjoyed what you read! I have done some crazy crafts over the years. I can never seem to start at the lowest beginner level and get myself into trouble sometimes. LOL

      Liked by 1 person

      • Nimmi
        February 21, 2015

        Haha.. however, your work is commendable. Looking forward to learn 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  14. Good Woman
    February 22, 2015

    I have just nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogging Award. My intent in accepting and nominating others is to work to increase blog traffic. I would be delighted if you chose to accept, but if you prefer not to I surely do understand. You can read my nomination post and the rules on my blog if you are interested.

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    • Laissez Faire
      February 22, 2015

      I appreciate the nomination very much! I will go and have a look. Thank you!

      Like

  15. metalflowermaker
    February 23, 2015

    “image of myself in the Matrix is not the person in the reflection. Is that a chin hair!?” I’m sorry to say it is …chin hair, which is better than upper lip hair or thinnning head hair. We have so many hormonally charged hair issues to deal with as our children age. Seeing chin hair on my 14 year old for example, sigh. Life can never be boring enough if you ask me. 🙂 You didn’t but “hi” anyway.

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    • Laissez Faire
      February 23, 2015

      I don’t even want to think about my baby boy with chin hair! You are right though, at least I’m not losing hair in one place only to grow it elsewhere. hahah.

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  16. Dani
    February 23, 2015

    Thank you for following my blog! I look forward to reading more posts of yours 🙂

    Dani xx

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  17. yasniger
    February 23, 2015

    Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too. I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Be safe.

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    • Laissez Faire
      February 23, 2015

      I always look forward to seeing new material in my blog feed.

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  18. Robinne Weiss
    February 24, 2015

    Best of luck on the writing! I took a “sabbatical” last year to make headway on a novel I’d been writing for a couple of years. Wrote two novels, and decided not to go back. Still working on publishing!

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    • Laissez Faire
      February 24, 2015

      That’s fantastic! I’ve been poking around writer’s blogs and it is beginning to sound like publishing is quite an involved process! I think I’d be happy at this point finishing something and making enough money to pay a few bills! As dispassionate as that sounds!

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      • Robinne Weiss
        February 24, 2015

        Yes, writing is the easy part of the whole process!

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  19. vsvevg
    February 25, 2015

    Good for you, I love the broad focus 🙂 I too am an introvert but did some videos and it was very pleasurable. I’m going to go see your Amazon reviews now, find out what that’s about. Thank you following vsvevg, paz Abby

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    • Laissez Faire
      February 25, 2015

      The reviews were nice because it was no pressure and every like boosted my confidence. Who sees your reviews is hit or miss, but it was about getting started with writing for an audience.

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  20. vsvevg
    February 25, 2015

    What a great idea to write the reviews! I did some copy blogging and was really amazed at how much I enjoyed it. What ever keeps us tapping the keys!

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  21. TheDailyScrap
    February 25, 2015

    Thank you for following The Daily Scrap. Look forward to reading more of your blog ~

    Liked by 1 person

  22. inspiredbythedivine1
    February 25, 2015

    Thanks for following my blog. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  23. lightwalker1
    February 26, 2015

    Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. You have a wonderful blog, filled with lots of things to see. Have a great day. In love and light Cheryle

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  24. John
    February 26, 2015

    I just wanted to thank you for following me. You have a good thing going. Best of luck on your journey.
    http://www.theviewfrommyrecliner.wordpress.com

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  25. Tara@LittleHomeKitchen
    February 28, 2015

    I’m looking forward to more!

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  26. Moongazer
    March 1, 2015

    What a great intro! I’m looking forward to reading your blog 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  27. authorsbmazing
    March 1, 2015

    I started reading this and kept thinking, how much it sounds like me… I will have the same numbers on my cake this year, a bit earlier than you, and I wanted to start a blog for many years until I finally did a couple of weeks ago. And I finally started writing too. Happy to connect and can’t wait to read more!

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    • Laissez Faire
      March 1, 2015

      Fantastic! It’ll be interesting to see your take on blogging. The years have a way of getting away from you don’t they? I want Kid Time back! 🙂

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      • authorsbmazing
        March 2, 2015

        Yeah, definitely 🙂

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      • authorsbmazing
        March 2, 2015

        I have another blog, the one I actually started with. This one here is mainly for my books. So in a way the other blog is my big baby 😉

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  28. Wick Burner
    March 2, 2015

    Hi!

    I turn 42 this year as well. I anticipate that all the answers to all the questions I have about everything will suddenly be presented to me sometime in late April, and I will then become some sort of all-knowing powerful thing.

    If that doesn’t happen, I will just continue to be perpetually disappointed about almost everything.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laissez Faire
      March 2, 2015

      Hahaha! My husband turned 42 in January and he’s not yet manifested the all knowing power or answers. We decided not to have his brain analyzed surgically. They do say, though, that adults go through “brain developmental spurts” similar to that of children creating new awareness. So maybe that’s it 🙂

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  29. JC
    March 2, 2015

    Thank you very much for the ‘follow’ and the ‘like’ and your comments. I like your about page and will follow you. I forward to reading your words!

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Nardia
    March 3, 2015

    Sounds like we’re on a similar pathway of just doing it anyway and seeing what evolves. I’ve been wanting to write for years but my corporate writing through work had stifled any creativity. So I committed to one blog post for a year to see what I could unlock! Looking forward to going through your archives 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laissez Faire
      March 3, 2015

      Inspiring! I think I will enjoy wandering through your posts as well.

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  31. lynn k scott
    March 3, 2015

    I have never seen a canoli on a cake! Very cute. We do seem to have a lot in common and we’re close in age too. I look forward to following your blog and seeing where it leads.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laissez Faire
      March 3, 2015

      There is a place about 30 minutes from us called Wholly Cannoli 🙂 I’m glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy digging through the old posts.

      Liked by 1 person

  32. thatssojacob
    March 5, 2015

    Hey there Laissez-Faire! I’m doing a project where I’m following ten exciting, fresh, and interesting bloggers each day for the month of March 2015, and you’re today’s #8! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Have a good one!

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    • Laissez Faire
      March 5, 2015

      Hello there! Well thank you very much! I will definitely check out your blog.

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  33. Elizabeth
    March 7, 2015

    Thanks so much for the follow! And plenty to be learnt from a lady of 42 (for two, perhaps?). Anyway, look forward to reading more of your work.

    Liked by 1 person

  34. writingsprint
    March 9, 2015

    Thank you for the follow. Best of luck to you!

    –Matt

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  35. grocerystoremadness
    March 10, 2015

    I really like your blog, and I nominated you for a Liebster award! http://grocerystoremadness.com/2015/03/10/hooray/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laissez Faire
      March 10, 2015

      Thank you and I appreciate it, but I already did one and I have more than 500 followers now. But the next time I post a feature blog I will Liebster some blogs.

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  36. summerstommy2
    March 11, 2015

    Thanks so much for following my blog, I find it flattering every time someone does. I invite yo to drop by anytime. I hope you are able to realise your writing dreams, it is as Terry Pratchett says, the best fun you can have sitting down….

    Liked by 1 person

  37. lawandalha
    March 12, 2015

    It’s great to read your wonderful blog. Best of luck!

    Liked by 1 person

  38. Caitlin The Teen Daydreamer
    March 12, 2015
  39. Inspiring Max
    March 13, 2015

    Hi the above link didn’t work use http://www.inspiringmax.com/celebrating/ it should work. Sorry I think the address was too long.

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  40. my messy world
    August 12, 2015

    Lovely intro!!! It is so true that so often we do have dreams about something and then end up pushing them away for later… Until we find out, that “later” is now and happening!!! And too many years have gone by… Well done that you’re dusting off this blog and doing what you love, just trying out a few things. You’re on the path now 🙂 And yes – priorities change over the years – base jumping or such stuff isn’t on the top of my list either anymore ;-)… Thanks a million also for the follow – it means so much to me! ❤

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    • Laissez Faire
      August 12, 2015

      Hey, thanks for the uplift:) I hope I get a chance to read more of your blog. The summer has been so busy, and I am already thinking about next spring!

      Liked by 1 person

      • my messy world
        August 12, 2015

        I get you – same over here… up to my eyes but it’s good to always try to take a step back – it all seems to be much smaller then 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  41. Karina Pinella
    November 29, 2015

    Sounds like a Nike plan. Just do it. Thanks for liking An Expectation.

    Liked by 1 person

  42. Peregrine
    November 30, 2015

    Why does it take people so long to stop playing by the rules? So liberating when you finally cotton on to it, but by then, you regret not having done it sooner.

    Good luck with your writing endeavours!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laissez Faire
      November 30, 2015

      I think it has to do with brain wiring. Some people are born with it, the rest of us have to get old and have a malfunction that activates it. LOL

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  43. Polysyllabic Profundities
    December 1, 2015

    I’ll be 47 in March….but I still feel 32ish, so I’m sticking with that. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  44. wheremabelgo
    December 8, 2015

    Hi Laissez! Thanks for checking out my most recent blog post/random rant and giving it a like! I think its nice that you’ve come back around to give writing another shot after a few years, which is the same thing I’m currently trying to do with my own wordpress! I relate to your About on a personal level, though not on the family and marriage part as I am only 20 for now! Haha!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laissez Faire
      December 8, 2015

      Ah well, the years did sneak up on me. I am still 22 in my mind’s eye so we are the same age in another time. Lol

      Liked by 1 person

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  46. Stephanae V. McCoy
    January 27, 2016

    Hello, I found a link to your blog on OM’s site and wanted to stop by, say hi and check out your blog. I look forward to reading your posts. ~Steph

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  48. jusssittinheretrynawritedisbook
    September 28, 2016

    Well I sure do look forward to following!

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