First post from the Michigan Girl

I'm sure I'm like the millionth person in the world to say this, but hear is my first blog ... my first post ... my first sharing of my thoughts publicly in a very long time. My hope ... that I can find time to keep this going ... that I can share information that others will find interesting, valuable, helpful, maybe even funny. So here goes ... from the Mind of a Michigan Girl ...

Getting to know me...
I'm 37, soon to be 38 years old. I've been married for 9 years and have been with my husband 17 years. I have a 21 year old step-daughter. We spend a great deal of time with family. I love my friends and always wish we could see each other more. I tend to me more of a Facebook stalker than sharer, but it really does help me keep up a little in everyone's daily lives.

My mother and I love to travel around Michigan. We enjoy finding locally made products and going to art festivals, craft shows, farmers markets, and of course ... LOVE food. We are always looking for a great place to eat. My mom has helped inspire me to be more cognizant of what I put in and on my body and what we use in and around our home.

My life journey has included not only working towards more healthy living, but also weight loss and weight management through a more balanced diet and exercise. Notice I use "more" frequently. It's a journey, a process, and it's never perfect. I love gourmet and organic products but I'll also drink a Coke, yeah that's not good for you, but not every day.

My husband and I just completed a three day lean red meat and green vegetable cleanse. I'm sure if either of my parents read this or my aunt, they are really going to think that's funny. There might be a million storied about trying to get me to eat vegetables growing up!

The cleanse wasn't too bad, there might have been a cheat of a bite of something else, but it inspired us. We came up with a great steak lettuce wrap that we cannot wait to share with his parents. One tip, the kale wrap was not nearly as good as the lettuce wrap. The kale was too strong and the ruffly leaves made it difficult to eat. I'm all about green onions again too ... YUM!

I've managed people for a very long time. I think it started very early in life, I was quite often the leader. I enjoy personal and professional development. I'm trying to share what I find and learn with others. I recently attended a seminar for women in leadership. The speaker was great. She reminded us that if we've been in our field for 5 to 10 years, we know what we are doing, she may have even called us experts. She encouraged us to write about what we know and to get more involved outside of our organization, in our field.

This morning I started my first article. I'm sharing tips for successful job interviews. I'm hoping to have it published in one of our local papers. So today is a day is more than one first for me.

I'm also getting more active on twitter. I even found a few inspiring and funny accounts to follow and have some done some retweeting.

I was just checking out a friend's blog, Raising Two Rock Stars, for inspiration to see how he ended one of his blogs. It ended with comments about his son's circumcisions, I leave the details to those that read the post ... but that was NO help.

As a side note, he's a copyeditor and an avid writer, so I'm not sure I want him reading and critiquing my blog, but I'll probably let him know about my blog anyway.

I think I'll just go with this:

More to come from the mind of...