Restless Gray Girl Gets Started!

Here I am! I did it and I had another month to go! This post date is for you, Katy!

All that agonizing about a title and I decided to just go for it. I like my title because it says pretty much what this is all about.

For anyone who stumbles upon this, here is my back story:

I am a 41 year old stay at home mom (by choice) who is restless. My baby is in kindergarden and the time stretches before me. This is NOT to say that I don't have things to do: clean, cook, chauffer, nurse, organize, dictate when needed, volunteer at school, and work sporadically at a charming little book store in Winona, MN. So...while I have more time than most it's not in spades. Plus, I like to sleep so that cuts into things a bit.

How I got to a blog:

Upon arriving in Winona 7 years ago, I was turned on to this life saving group MN offers to parents- ECFE, early childhood family education. I encountered a fairy godmother named Katy Smith who is responsible for saving the well-being of countless moms and in effect, their children. Katy and I struck an immediate bond and life set things up so that our paths would continue to cross even when I wasn't attending the classes Katy taught to parents at ECFE. We live in the same neighborhood, we pounded doors during a bond referrendum, her youngest daughter was our long-time babysitter, and we are both restless so any conversations we had could seem to go without end. I am a teacher by trade, but I was forced into staying home when we moved to Winona. My hubby's job is demanding of our time so it just made sense all around. I dabbled in subbing, got a reading endorsement to attach to my masters in education, and even held a part-time teaching job that lasted for only one year due to budget cuts. I was saved from myself again when I brazenly marched into our indedpendent book store wondering if they needed help. I still have the job. But here I am-- still restless.

I guess I have always been a person who is not content. Long before kids,with only myself and 125 students to think about, I wondered if there was something else out there for me. Now that I am home with a few chunks of time and the realization that I will never have a home that looks like the cover of Simple magazine, I decided to take Katy up on her offer to help me. Since she, too, is restless we were helping each other. She's taught parenting classes at ECFE for 20 years or more. But she likes variety and change and she is currently dabbling in life -coaching, specifically women helping other women find and follow their passion through support and practical help. Katy is inrigued by circles of women helping each other so she developed this process of launching a woman onto her new path and I signed up as her guinea pig. I will be sharing my reflections of this process, along with my progress (or lack thereof) as well as anything I damn well please since it is my blog:) This blog is the result of hours of contemplation by myself and my friends and is hopefully just the beginning of whatever crazy path I am on. To anyone who is restless, I hope you join me and find some comfort in this.

To my circle of friends: I love you more than words can say. To have such amazing women invest hours of their life in me is just an incredible gift. The fact that I could find 9 of you that I consider such dear friends is amazing in and of itself. The flaws in my cakes in no way reflects the perfect adoration I have for each one of you! Amy, Ann, Carol, Connie, Jenny, Jessie, Katy, and Mary- thank you, thank you, thank you.

Did anyone notice I am ahead of schedule?

Restless Gray Girl


  1. You go, girl! I love your first post, and I look forward to many more. Lots of love and good luck!

  2. Hey! I am trying to post a comment to see if it works. I know some are having trouble.

  3. Way to Lisa! You got it up! Just like your meringue. Looking forward to reading this blog it is now a part of my daily read list. No pressure or anything!

  4. I can't wait to read more. Have fun writing this!

  5. can you give me your contact info? We are looking for a great (last minute) trainer for our Child Care Association training on 9/12. Our dear mutual friend, Katy, was going to get in contact with you. We would love to have you teach, inspire and entertain us!!!


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