My Nest May be Empty, But My Kid Still Calls Me Mom

SoCal Mom Blog

My daughter was in the second grade when I started writing this blog (back in 2003). This year, she will graduate from high school. I have been struggling to come up with a new name for the blog, since I get way too many pitches for diapers and toys and other items my newly-minted adult daughter doesn’t need any longer, but  all the variations on “empty nest” and “midlife transition” seem to be taken.

Besides, I’ve been “SoCal Mom” for so long, I am afraid no one will know who I am – there, “SoCal Mom” I remain. For now.

BlogHer 16: Diamonds and Rust

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BlogHer 16: Diamonds and Rust

Greetings from #BlogHer 16, in beautiful downtown Los Angeles! Eleven years ago, I attended the first, tiny BlogHer conference in Santa Clara, California. At that time, I had been blogging for about 18 months – and the professional knowledge and tools that were presented at that conference opened my eyes to a cornucopia of new possibilities. I also got to meet dozens of fabulous, brilliant, delightful women – many of whom are still my friends today. It was exciting. It was inspirational. And as I attended most of the subsequent...

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Sideswiped!

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Sideswiped!

Our drive up to Sacramento for my sister’s annual family New Year’s Eve gathering was uneventful… …until we got sideswiped by a big semi truck, which decided to change lanes right into us. No one was hurt. The driver moved back into his lane as soon as he made contact with us, and we both pulled over and exchanged information. The truck ripped out our passenger side mirror and the passenger door now makes an ominous creaking noise whenever it is opened or closed. But the bottom line is that we made it to our...

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ShiftCon: Small Steps to Better Health

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ShiftCon: Small Steps to Better Health

Leah Segedie is a force of nature. After helping hundreds of women lose weight through her Mamavation website and programs, she decided to tackle the larger problem of toxins and other substances in our industrialized food chain. The result was the creation of the ShiftCon conference, which held its second annual gathering this past weekend in Manhattan Beach, California. And Leah was kind enough to invite me to take part with a complimentary blogger’s registration. I don’t get out much any longer to events like this. My day job...

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When the Cat’s Away…

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When the Cat’s Away…

I’m self-employed. After 16 years of being a stay-at-home, work-at-home mom, I like it that way. I don’t have to face a long commute to an office, wear appropriate business attire, uncomfortable ladies’ shoes or makeup (except on those days when I do have to show my face in public) — and have complete autonomy on the time of day I do my work. At least, that’s the way it appears on paper. In reality: The client that underwrites the bulk of this great lifestyle of mine expects me to be available at all times during...

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Stop Telling Me What to Do!

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Stop Telling Me What to Do!

So many posts these days play on people’s fears of doing the wrong thing. Maybe we should stop worrying about what others think. It’s been a long time since I’ve used this space to write. We visited the UK, returned, sent my daughter back to her second semester of college, and just last week brought her back home from Chicago. I enjoyed Passover with my family in Sacramento, and spent another four weeks housebound because I broke another toe on my driving foot. I’ve been working my butt off at my marketing job. And...

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The Year-End Post

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The Year-End Post

Every January 1, I start the year with so much hope. Every December 31, I cannot wait for the new year to start. 2014 was a difficult 12 months for me. But it was never going to be anything else. The year was dominated by the fact that my baby girl was turning 18, graduating high school and starting college. I would not have had it any other way, but that doesn’t mean that letting go wasn’t hard. This was also the year when I had to face the fact that my good health wasn’t a given. I have been very fortunate that I’ve...

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They Came in Through the Bathroom Window

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They Came in Through the Bathroom Window

Last week, my husband and I became victims of a crime. As such, he has some thoughts of his own and asked for co-writing privileges. His contributions are indicated in green. I hit a milestone last week: I managed back-to-back marketing events with nary any pain. I was patting myself on the back Thursday morning for bouncing back from the first one well enough to make the two-and-a-half hour drive to the second one in Santa Ana, when my husband called. As my friends all know, this is not an unusual occurrence: He calls me, often when...

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NaBloPoMo LOL: Exercise for Unused Muscles

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NaBloPoMo LOL: Exercise for Unused Muscles

I knew it was going to be ridiculously tough for me to post daily this month – but hope springs eternal, so I signed up for NaBloPoMo anyway. I started out strong and petered out before the first week was up. But instead of declaring, “I failed, I can’t do this, I quit” — I’m forging ahead. I may not complete November with 30 daily posts… but I’m going to contribute what I can and feel good about getting back into the habit again. Blogging after taking such a long time off is a lot like physical...

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Politics

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Politics

I do a political podcast on Wednesdays, and told the people I work for about it — but for some reason, they always try to get hold of me while I’m “on the air.” Maybe it’s because once I told them about it I stayed very, very quiet. It’s not smart to bring politics into business… and I’m a liberal Democrat performing services for a group of Fox News-watching conservatives. My colleagues are lovely, nice people and everybody gets along. Why muddy the relationship by telling them they’re all...

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I Blame Menopause

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I Blame Menopause

My mind is a jumble this afternoon, which has become my go-to state… and is one of the reasons I find it so tough to write these days. I blame menopause. I find myself blaming menopause for everything that goes wrong in my life: I blame it for my mood swings, my uncontrollable weight gain, and my inability to focus on anything for more than 10 minutes at a time. I blame it for my recent hysterectomy, which you might not think fair. After all, it took decades for my uterine fibroids to swell my womb to the size of a small turkey. (Yes!...

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