over50feeling40: I Matter When I Pursue My Passions...plus the Thursday Blog Hop!
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Apr 16, 2014

I Matter When I Pursue My Passions...plus the Thursday Blog Hop!

Meet Colleen.  She is a super successful Mommy Blogger at SAN ANTONIO MOM BLOGS and the co-founder and overseer of our local blogging group (last count over 300).  She has two children nine and under, and has been married for ten years.  But, Colleen understands that her active blogging career actually makes her a happier mom. “I love being a mom, but writing and consulting reminds me of who I was before I became a mom.  Working allows me to stay in touch with the woman I was, while also helping me discover the person I am now.”

“The most important thing I do for myself is make sure I get enough sleep.  It’s not always easy and I don’t always accomplish it, but my body, mind and soul all thrive when I get eight hours.  Getting good rest also gives me the energy I need to be at my best for my family and my work.”

Colleen’s quote about staying in touch with the woman she was in order to discover the woman she is now should be on a plaque.  As I have written, the majority of my mommy days were done with me on a shelf.  But, after my makeover and a new found confidence.  I was ready to get out and get going. 
Today’s lesson is simply this:  When you carry the I MATTER sign, you agree to take care of all of your needs again.  What is it that you love and have not done in a long time?  Start small and do it this week!
For me, that was writing.  Something I started in fifth grade…was a part of me… and I shelved it.  Once I left my house and began to cover stories for my blog again…I felt an amazing surge of joy.

It doesn’t have to be a job.  It could be a hobby.  It could be volunteer work.  But, I know there are some of you who have placed a passion out-of-reach.  Sit down and consider how you can re-enter and feed your soul again.  
As Colleen has discovered, this makes her a more joyful, well rounded mom….one that says, I MATTER! 

Thanks for stopping by, now please enjoy the Thursday Blog Hop and even hop on yourself.  Then tell us in the comments what you are doing that feeds your passions!

Happy Thursday, all!

(Find all I MATTER Posts HERE)


It’s time to hop! Party and link up! The Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop is where you can link your favorite post of the week or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. The hop is hosted and posted on 3 different blogs! Your link will appear on the blogs of Katherine's Corner,  Over 50 Feeling 40, and Vintage Mama.  Three times the opportunity to make new bloggy friends and to share your wonderful blog and discover others to


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Hop On!


  1. Hi, new follower here from Katherine's Korner. I just joined the blog hop. Hope you will stop by my blog http://reviewsbykelly.blogspot.com/ & follow back. Awesome post.

  2. thank you for being my sweet bloggy friend and co hostess. xo

  3. I'm carrying all my life to be a perfect woman , my passion is music and it is my work too - so,I'm happy. Now my new passion is blog "niewidzialna kobieta"(invisible woman) http://niewidzialnakobieta.blogspot.com/ .I'm oooooooover 50 :) ,I think : every age is good to be a perfect woman. Your post is very interesting.Greetings (ps.forgive me mistakes in english language)

  4. I love this post for many reasons, Pam. But mostly because it reminds me (AGAIN!) to take care of me and what I need. You and Colleen are inspiring.

  5. Great post and one I think may of us can relate to. Off to visit some of the amazing blogs featured on your blog hop.

    x x

  6. YAY, Colleen! The sleep thing = all kinds of yes.

  7. Great thoughts Colleen.. I think that your thoughts are so my thoughts! I love to write.. I have a passion... and always have but never did it UNTIL my girl from Prototype Mama said I needed to write a blog and told me her reasons... I think I should def carry around an I Matter sign... or hang one in my house!

  8. Thanks for hosting... and thank you for sharing such an inspiring post :)

  9. Great post, Pam! I love your I Matter series.

  10. Love this post and love Colleen....AND PAM!

  11. And Colleen makes all of us feel like WE matter, too. She's the greatest!

  12. Hi Pamela! Thank you for hosting 'Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop'! Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!


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