Finding my Thing

I recently left my job. I had worked for the same company for eleven years and while I liked the company and the people, I didn’t really like my job. Sales was never really some thing I was good at or aspired to get better at. My oldest child is graduating from high school this year and getting ready for college (fingers crossed), my youngest is navigating the grade one playground and exploring every activity we will allow her and my husband travels a lot. And I mean a lot. So when the opportunity presented itself I decided that this was just the right thing for me to do at this point in my life.

I had been thinking about what I would do with my time now that I am a lady of leisure. I’m almost fifty and with the kids in school I have a few hours every day to fill. While running and yoga will be high on my daily list of things to do, I feel that having another focus might be a good idea. So I thought that I would join the thousands of others out there and create a blog. Only problem is I wasn’t sure what to write about.

I don’t really have a “thing”. I’ve often wondered what my “passion” is. Never found my “niche”. Getting the picture?  I do, however, have an abundance of friends who do have a thing. From high school friends to mom friends to family acquaintance; I seem to know a lot of people who do really cool things. If ever I need advice, products or just a connection to another friend I know exactly where to go. The majority of these people have managed to create a business from their passions and are thriving in life. Whether creative or practical they are doing what they love with amazing dedication.

So where does that leave me? It leaves me with a wealth of stories and connections for great people and cool jobs, hobbies and passions. So here’s what I’m thinking. I’m going to spend the next few months ( maybe years) exploring those connections and those people. This may involve lengthy conversations over coffee or on the running trails or may even involve some wine. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to find out how they knew what their thing was and where it’s taken them. Maybe they didn’t know right away and have some cool back story about the day they discovered it. Then I’m going to share it with you.

I’m also going to try and discover what my “thing” may be by exploring all that life has to offer.  New experiences with family and friends are definitely in my future and, of course, will be well documented right here.

Here’s to discovering what the best things in life are.


P.S. I would love your feedback and comments.

27 thoughts on “Finding my Thing

  1. Miriam April 5, 2014 / 3:00 am

    This is a very cool idea. We have some things in common- I’m also approaching fifty (46, but once I got past 45 I began mentally preparing myself for 50), my oldest is 23 and my youngest is 8. And my husband travels a lot, although maybe not as much as yours 🙂 Work travel has been a new thing for us in the last two years so it took some adjusting. I also started to realize it was time to focus on my own interests and passions a bit, and blogging has been a wonderful help.

  2. atsze May 9, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    Has it really been over 11 years since we met? Good luck finding your passion. I look forward to reading about it!

    • bestthingsinlife1964 May 9, 2014 / 10:38 pm

      Let’s see…it was September 2000 when I started at Starbucks so it’s been over 13 years. I’ve posted a lot since Finding My Thing. Happy Reading.

  3. Journeys of The Zoo February 25, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    I don’t know what my “thing” is either. Best wishes to the both of us as we navigate this thing called life.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  4. laurawhitfield March 13, 2015 / 5:26 am

    Susan, thank you connecting with me on Twitter @ncbeachgirl75! I love that you’re pursuing your passion through blogging and connecting with others. I hope you’ll check out my blog Laura Out of the Blue ( and also join our Defying Small movement (Defying Small FB and @defyingsmall on Twitter). I also think you’ll enjoy my free Defying Small Manifesto— It’s for people like you who dream of living their biggest, most passionate life. Here’s the link: I look forward to reading your tweets and more of your posts! Laura

    • bestthingsinlife1964 March 13, 2015 / 9:58 am

      Thanks for all the great info! I will definitely check out those links.

  5. One Salty Blonde April 30, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    Hmmmm now you’ve got me thinking. I recently started a blog only a few months ago, so I guess my thing could be finding a voice. Maybe my thing is connecting with other people’s stories as well and hearing how they’ve made their way through the world. Although that’s not really a thing. I guess as I get older I find myself thinking more and more about what I can do to contribute to a better world. Okay that’s too broad a thing. In conclusion I guess I don’t really know what my thing is either. Great. So now in addition to constantly looking for my keys, I’m also going to be looking for my thing.

    Happy to have found your blog anyway!

  6. emilylynnneil May 23, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    I am happy I came across your blog, I am looking forward to reading more and following your journey. Sometimes finding your “thing” will happen at the most unexpected of times, cheers to finding what makes you happy and what you’re passionate about 🙂

  7. fifi + hop June 1, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    Just came upon your blog and love the premise. Very honest. Looking forward to reading more :).

  8. susieshy45 July 17, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    I am trying to find out who I am too- its been a year- one thing I have found out is that you can make a lot of friends in cyber world and talk your heart out to them- things you perhaps wouldn’t do outside of the virtual world- I make the most use of it.
    I enjoyed reading a lot of your posts and all I want to say is keep writing and from your heart as you have been doing- perhaps being yourself is your niche.

    • bestthingsinlife1964 September 13, 2015 / 8:54 pm

      Wow. Thanks. I will have to put some thought into this and respond tomorrow.

  9. 125Pages September 26, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Love it! Having the time to discover what your true passion is, is rare. Enjoy! Found and followed via Dream Big’s Meet and Greet.

    • bestthingsinlife1964 September 26, 2015 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks. I love books too so I will follow you and get some good recommendations.

    • bestthingsinlife1964 October 31, 2015 / 10:15 am

      wow thank you Joan. I’ve had a super busy week with going back to work and the weekends with Halloween and soccer and dance and hopefully a run may not allow me to get to this right away. I’ll do my best. Thank again.

      • Joan October 31, 2015 / 10:17 am

        No worries and no rush! It’s an open ended award! You can get to it or not as you are able. I just wanted you to know you’re appreciated. Happy Halloween! 🙂

  10. Stephanae V. McCoy March 20, 2016 / 8:21 am

    Hello, I ran into you at Jackie’s Brunch and wanted to stop by to say hello and check out your place. When I was reading your About it reminded me of, well, myself. I was so dissatisfied with my job and after 13 years our group was laid off (what a blessing because I was able to go into automatic retirement) and now I’m doing my thing.

    It’s a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to reading your posts. Have a great day! Steph

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