“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age” – Victor Hugo
So what is Lisa After 50 all about?
It’s about my life and how I’m choosing to make the second half even better than the first!
My blog will be full of personal stories and how each one made me a little wiser by teaching me a life lesson. I will be sharing bits and pieces of my Lowcountry lifestyle, tips, and tricks for making a house a home and secret little nuggets on how my husband and I keep the fire burning in our 26 year marriage.
Like most 50-year-old women, I have questioned my identity, struggled with my weight and appearance, experienced the ups and downs of raising children, and wondered on many occasions if being widowed would actually be easier than being divorced.
Thank goodness I didn’t choose either of those options because my husband and I are now empty nesters and are entering into the second half of our lives with more wisdom, passion, and excitement than we ever dreamed possible!
A few personal details
I am Michael’s wife and Mama to Caroline-25, Ellen-24, Michael -22 and Ivey-20. I’ve been in love with my husband since I was 19, I absolutely adore my children and I know that I know, God placed me on this earth to love and take care of those five people and for Riley, our late yorkie of 13 years, and for our new little yorkie, Millie.
My home is my sanctuary and knowing that it has always been a safe place of refuge for family and friends is something that always puts a smile on my face. Creating beautiful spaces and memorable events is, and always has been my passion and I feel that hospitality is a gift from God that I enjoy sharing with those around me.
Being raised in a home with a beautiful, sweet, sassy, yet alcoholic and emotionally erratic mother as well as a calm, adoring and doting father, helped me learn early on to view and accept the world with equal parts ideal and reality.
Growing up in this bi-polar type environment also taught me that no one’s life is perfect, no matter how it may look on the outside.
I became a believer in Christ when I was 25, and lived the perfect, “acceptable” Christian life for almost twenty years.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to know Him (God, Jesus) intimately until I stepped away from organized religion.
So why am I doing this – sharing my personal life for the world to see?
Easy – I want to share my stories because they show how sweet and gracious Jesus really is and I want to encourage others who may be stuck in a mid-life rut. It makes me sad to see men and women unhappy and miserable during a time that should be relaxed and enjoyed.
I’m no one special really. (And I’m definitely not a professional writer or therapist.)
I’ve just come to a place in my life where I’m finally free to be exactly who God created me to be…
Which is a woman who is far from perfect!
Life has taught me it’s okay to question truths I have always been taught and to no longer be afraid of voicing my opinion and standing up for what I believe is right.
Most importantly, I’ve learned that enjoying life has little to do with age, weight or finances. (though being young, thin and rich wouldn’t be all bad)
All it takes to be truly happy is GRATITUDE, EFFORT, and CREATIVITY.
Sitting on the sofa wishing for a better life just doesn’t work.
My intention for this blog is twofold.
The first, being a perpetual letter and scrapbook for my children. I want to share life lessons and the thoughts and opinions of their less than perfect mother. I want them to know that life isn’t always perfect, but when you place your trust in God and choose to focus on and keep a grateful attitude for what you do have, instead of what you don’t have, it can be REALLY, REALLY good!
The second, I simply want to encourage the person reading my blog to enjoy the life they have been given and to stop allowing circumstances, finances, weight, people, etc. to dictate how they live their life!
Tomorrow isn’t promised and life is too precious and way too short not enjoy it NOW!
I hope you enjoy,