About Pamela

When I turned forty (November 2010), I was brutally smacked with the feeling that I wasn’t living my life fully. I wasn’t even living a life I truly loved. Don’t get me wrong. There are several aspects of my life that I adore, BUT… (There is always a BUT.) This is my life, my one, single, solitary life, and I don’t want to let one more fraction of it pass me by. After crying on and off the whole day of my birthday, I picked my bawling self up and began to strategize how to make my life satisfying, significant, and stimulating to me.

This is not as easy as it would seem. I began by asking myself questions and making a list. (I really do talk to myself a lot.)

  • What do I really want to do?
  • What makes my spirit dance?
  • What quickens my heart?
  • Where do I want to go?
  • What makes me feel satisfied? Significant? Stimulated?
  • What have I been putting on hold until after I had children?
  • What have I been suppressing and squelching because people around me may not approve? Or they may think that I’ve lost my mind?
  • What inspires me?
  • What is my passion?
  • I know I used to have dreams & goals. Do I still have them? What are they?

 

Now is the time. My main list is long and filled with adventure. However, I found myself constantly adding to the list, so I broke it down into several smaller lists. I have lists for everything from family and finances to travel, religion, and adventure. (I didn’t forget to include my goals as a librarian, also.) On my “friends” list, I have descriptions of the kinds of people by which I want to be surrounded. I smile inwardly thinking about the different women in my life, all inspiring women. Age doesn’t matter. I believe they are all in my life for a reason. We support each other, laugh, cry, or sometimes sit silently together. Sometimes they come in groups (work friends, running friends, golf-widow friends, exercise friends) or sometimes they come unaccompanied. I feel a distinctive bond to each and every individual friend, and I am grateful to have each in my life.

Running. After trying to run a Susan Komen 5K Race-for-the-Cure in October 2010, I became enamored with running. Running ended up on a list. I started the “Couch to 5K” program with one of my best friends and we haven’t stopped running since. So far, we’ve only run 5K & 10K races, but we plan to run a half and full marathon.

Personal Life. I’ve been married to the hub for 15 years. He’s a great guy even though he personally doesn’t like to run. The impressive thing is that he supports my running and all of my crazy lists.

I am a librarian at a junior high school and before that I was a teacher for ten years. I was also a dance instructor for several years.

Now is the time. Start enjoying the journey.

6 Responses to About Pamela

  1. Donna Jane says:

    I love this and you! you are amazing! Best of Lu

  2. Leslie says:

    Hey Pam!! Love the blog! You are in my thoughts and prayers all the time! I love being able to keep up with you this way! What an inspiration you are!!

  3. Shine your bright light!

  4. Johnny Guillot says:

    Hi Pam,

    I spoke with your Mom yesterday (9/1/12) and she told me about your blog. I enjoyed reading through it. If there is ever a marathon in Sacramento and you want to participate, you can stay with us. We’re just outside of Sacramento. If you want to visit California, you and Marcel are welcome in our house. We would love to have you.

    Your second cousin,

    Johnny

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