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December Reflections Day 1
This December I am participating in Susannah Conway’s December Reflections and, inspired by my friend Lynn Hanford-Day, I will be posting my daily photos and musings here on my blog. This is a bit of an experiment as this community project is traditionally carried out on Instagram where I’ll probably just post the photos this time round. The purpose of doing this challenge on my blog is to get me writing more regularly again, it almost feels like a revival of the good old blogging days were we shared and visited with kindred spirits. This is basically just a head’s up that you will hear a lot more from me during December :-)
So here I am.
My bio reads something like this: Born in Cologne, Germany, 59 years ago, I always wanted to travel and expand my experiences. I left Germany in my 20s and explored the world as an au-pair and, later, flight attendant for Lufthansa. Overall I lived in four countries, moved 35+ times and had 15 jobs in five industries before starting my own business in my early 50s. I married late at 42 and never had kids. Not because I didn’t want to or because I couldn’t, it just didn’t happen. I have always been ok with that, to me it was more important to find a good partner than to have children. My husband is wonderful and my favorite person to do life with. We currently live in northern Washington state, next to the runway of a small municipal airport, I can see the little airplanes take off from my office window! My husband is a private pilot and we have a Cessna 172 that we love exploring our beautiful area with.
I am a very typical Aquarius – freedom loving, unconventional, living in my head a lot – and also a highly empathetic and peace loving Enneagram Type 9. But it wasn’t until I learned about Human Design that many things started clicking into place for me. As a 3/5 Projector I live by trial and error and then teach others what I learned – that’s basically my life in a nutshell! Projectors make up about 20% of the population and our energy capacities differ quite a bit from the majority of Generators out there, we need more quiet time and tend to do things more slowly. We have to wait to ‘be invited’ which explains why hustling and being pushy has never appealed to me. So interesting!
Mentally and emotionally I am preparing myself for my 60s, which will start next February. Aging is weird. We carry all past ages inside us so in many ways I still feel like I’m in my 20s, 30s or 40s. It’s why I can relate to younger people, I’ve been where they are. It’s also why young people perceive the gap to older people as much bigger, they relate less because they don’t have the lived experience yet.
Perhaps not surprisingly I have done a lot of reflecting lately, on life, my business and my ever present weight loss journey. I have lost and regained a lot of weight over the last couple of decades, and I have learned a lot along the way. It’s all connected and as I am about to enter a new decade I have a good amount of thoughts and feelings about it all. Which no doubt I’ll be sharing on my blog as things become clearer and more coherent.
Thank you for reading! If you have any questions or thoughts, or want to share your own experiences, please leave a comment and let’s connect :-)