Cobbossee Lake/adventure
Cobbossee Lake

As I write this I am at our family cottage on Cobbossee Lake, helping to close up for the winter. This past June, when the trees were filled with singing birds instead of autumn leaves, I experienced a kind of epiphany. I woke up early one morning and knew it was time to let go of some things and embark on a new adventure. I thought about it a great deal over the summer and I still feel the same way. Instead of sitting in front of my computer for hours every day, I’m going to be in my studio painting. 

Effectively immediately, I will not be writing any new posts for my Catching Health blog. I plan to keep the website up because it gets a fair amount of traffic from search engines and frankly, I have put my heart and soul into every post I’ve written since the first one (on chilblains in January 2011) and can’t bear to simply shut it all down.

I will continue, for now, to do monthly podcast episodes for my other site Catching Your Memories, and will take on occasional clients interested in personal interviews. I will also continue to send out my newsletter on a monthly basis to share podcast episodes, and perhaps some health-related information I come across that I think might be relevant. Feel free to contact me if there is something you’d like to know more about. I may also include an update here and there about my new painting adventure. 

In 2010, I decided to leave a good job with benefits and a regular salary to become a freelance writer. I knew it was a big risk but I also knew that if I didn’t at least give it a try I would never forgive myself. I was fortunate to get writing clients right out of the gate. My daughter suggested that I might enjoy writing a blog, and Catching Health was born. A few years later, I thought it would be fun and interesting to also have a podcast.

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that if something presents itself to you that piques your interest, you owe it to yourself to take a look. In 2010, I had no idea what a blog was, and when I started researching podcasting I was overwhelmed. It would have been easy to decide I couldn’t do either, but I do not want to be on my deathbed kicking myself for not daring to try something that really interests me, so I took a deep breath and dove in. That’s how I’m feeling about painting. I love to paint, but it’s always last on the list if it even makes the list. Not anymore.

I am grateful to all of you who have followed and supported me and my work, many of you from way back when I was the health reporter on Channel 6. I could never have accomplished what I have without you.

I hope you will stay with me as I embark on this new adventure. I’m wicked excited about it! And by the way, I chose today to make the announcement because October 13 is my birthday. I am a glorious 75 years old, and I’ve got a blank canvas in front of me.

Me in my studio. It’s in disarray at the moment because my husband’s birthday present to me was to paint the walls. He finished this morning and as soon as I post this update I’m going to start putting everything back where it belongs.