Yesterday, Kristen at Motherese offered a wonderful glimpse into her life – looking back at her past five years and how much her world has changed. Her personal journey has taken her from teaching school in New England to becoming a writer and mother of three little ones, living in the Midwest.
As a teacher, Kristen was making a difference. As a writer and mother, she continues to make a difference. We can all make a difference.
Kristen muses on The Five Year Plan, reminding us that most of us have the opportunity to do just that – look back, to see how far we’ve come. And then look forward, to more years of exploring, of learning, of loving our families.
But we don’t all have that option.
Kristen directs her readers to visit the post on Ashley Quiñones, here, and challenges us to help Ashley so she may have a Five Year Plan as well.
Aidan at Ivy League Insecurities has joined in this morning, with her lovely post about her three little girls and her life as an author, as she works diligently on her second novel. She too makes a difference. And hers is also a very different life from the one she was living five years ago.
Like Kristen, she encourages us to imagine being 31 years old and not to have a future. Five years back, yes. But what if there were no “five years ahead” for you?
I love this idea of Kristen’s – The Five Year Plan.
Might I ask and encourage any of you who feel like doing so to follow Kristen’s example, to write your own Five Year Plan? Look back and then look forward. Link to Kelly, Ashley’s sister at The Miller Mix, and if you would, then link to the post on Ashley’s need for a kidney transplant.
Later today, I’ll be writing my usual Thursday Work of Art review, but I would also like to ponder my past five years as well. Perhaps tomorrow.
Again – thanks to everyone for sharing your own hopes and dreams, your stories, and helping to share Ashley’s story as well.