In one week I’ll be trading my life of a work-at-home, stay-at-home mom for the life of a full-time working, commuting, where’s-my-travel-mug asking, child-care-arranging mom. It’s back to work for me!
My career path hasn’t been a straight one. I left social work years (and years and years and years) ago to be an Air Force officer. Since then I’ve been a college counselor, an etiquette consultant, and a stay-at-home mom. And now I’m returning to my professional roots. I’m going to be a social worker again. Yikes!
I began preparing for this change last week. I have cleaned, sorted, donated, and organized. I’ve purchased a cookbook that features meals that freeze well. I’ve relearned how to program the coffee maker. I’ve gone to all my favorite classes at the gym just one last time. This is more nesting than I ever did before having a baby! I’m either super-prepared or just kidding myself.
I plan to use some of my last week at home for writing. To work on all those blog ideas I have scrawled on Post-it notes throughout my house, all the ideas that never made it off a list because they are YET ANOTHER digression from etiquette.
So, in honor of the other changes in my life, it’s time for a blog change. I’ve decided to stop begging forgiveness for my frequent digressions and, instead, embrace them by changing from Etiquette From the Trenches to Life From the Trenches, freeing me to write about anything and everything. (I feel like there should be some other change to mark this moment but I’m short on time so I changed the background color. I know; it was a radical move.)
If you read this blog for the etiquette, I hope you’ll keep reading because I’m going to keep writing my version of modern etiquette! Personally, I think the way people behave is fascinating. I love it and it will still be a big part of my blog. In fact, etiquette will be its own category. I occasionally receive questions from people who follow me on Facebook or through this blog and I’d love to incorporate more of those questions into my etiquette posts.
So, what do you think? I’d love to hear from some of my tens of readers! Do you read solely for the etiquette? Do you ever make freeze-ahead meals? Am I the only one who has trouble matching the right lid with the right travel mug? Do you like the new, bold background color?