Well-meaning people often ask how we are doing. There’s no answer to that.
No simple grief summary I can provide.
I share this journey of life, loss, and whiskey here instead. Decide for yourself.
I used to love making resolutions, goals, lists of things to accomplish in a new year. As a grieving, single-parent I don’t need that kind of pressure. I don’t want a list that overwhelms and eventually falls by the wayside. This year I’m picking one thing.
Pour yourself a sip. Stay for the stories. Share in the loss.
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I am unexpectedly here. In a place I never thought I’d be. Widowed at 41.
I had a wonderful husband. Demanding career. A beautiful and chaotic life. But what I spent my first 40 years building, no longer exists.
Today, I’m a single parent of three, with an uncertain future, sifting through my late-husband’s whiskey collection.
Life Before Loss
"Eat well, travel often" was basically a family motto. In recent years, I think we could add "drink whiskey." We loved adventures and were always planning our next trip. Here's a little collection of photos of our life before loss.
The Sweet Journey
Last year, my therapist flatlined that there’s no joy in my life right now. As I sat in her office considering this observation, I knew she was right. She said I needed to find anything that sparks the tiniest bit of joy in me and do that until my ability to feel real joy returns.
Well over a decade ago, I had a little blog called This Sweet Journey about baking, my kids, house projects and recipes. It was so fun for me, back when we were building our first home and having our babies, to document the progress and events of life and share it with the handful of family and friends who followed along.
Welcome back to The Sweet Journey.