DENVER -- I suppose I've always been living through it. But it wasn't until the last few years that I made a conscious decision that this path is the best for me.
So this new phase of life for me is filled with uncertainty, and lest I think about it too much, here goes!
I'm one of the fortunate ones. For 30+ years in broadcast news and talk, I always got to choose where my next job would be. Until the summer of 2011, when I was offered a position in Houston, Tex., that would uproot me from the life I'd been carving out in Denver.
I was a single mom putting two sons through college and knew it was a good decision to take this job. So, with a very frustrated youngest son, still a junior in high school, we packed up and moved to Houston.
Oh, and did I mention I was engaged?
Those first few days and weeks I felt lonely in a far away city, watching my son struggle and wondering what had just happened.
I remember where I was standing in our Houston backyard when I decided I had a choice. As soon as I made the decision to embrace this new era, my work life fell into place.
I made amazing friends, found the best food ever and discovered fabulous bike trails. Sure I had tough days, but the good far outweighed the bad.
Over New Year's, my fiance and I eloped in Austin and we continued to live in separate households, with him in Denver and us in Houston.
On visits back to Denver, it became clear my father's Alzheimer's was progressing and as the eldest daughter in our very large family, we decided it would be best for us to move back to Denver to care for my parents and move them into our basement.
We suddenly became part of the "sandwich generation" (school age kids with aging parents) and a full-on blended family!
For these past few years, as I transitioned from on air personality to household manager, we encountered a host of joys and difficulties.
I launched a number of websites to stay active, all the while reminding myself that I was where I needed to be -- living through it.
We journeyed together through the increasing challenges of my father's Alzheimer's and witnessed the effects of this debilitating, terminal disease.
We faced a family member's battle with heroin, and the sense of loss when someone chooses to run and live on the streets for a time, and celebrated as other family members took a new direction in life to achieve wild success.
I did not survive, nor was I defeated by, these obstacles. I realized I was living through it. And to do that, I needed to breathe.
I'm also an avid cyclist, and Denver's bike paths are my getaway. Just remember to take your bike off your bike rack when you drive into the garage.
Yup, I did that.
As I accumulate more years in life I face more challenges, more adventures, more joy. They all go hand in hand. And I am not alone in this journey.
While I had no idea how to deal with Alzheimer's or blended families or addiction or, others did. And their input has been critical.
Their support and life experience helped me choose to live through it..whatever 'it' might be.
We all have busy lives: long work hours, spouses or partners who travel, active children, social calendars, difficult family members, financial pressures. And we persevere.
So I'd like to know, how are you coping/managing/thriving in life? In other words, Living Through It? I'd love to hear your stories and share them with our audience. I know they will inspire us all.
Send me your stories, and I'll be in touch!