Blogging 101 introductory post

I wanted to begin a public blog to share some writing samples and some aspects of the changes in my life as I transition from one career path to another.   I have been calling it my well-organized midlife crisis.  I have spent over 20 years as the principal or director of education for 4 temples. I have loved the work but really began to burn out in the past few years. When contract negotiations time came up again, I discovered that I was simply done.

I did not accept a new contract at my workplace nor did I search out another one.  My husband and I packed up and moved out of New Jersey and back to New England, our home and that of most of our remaining family and lots of dear friends.  I accepted a dear friend’s invitation to stay with her for 3 months of a much-needed sabbatical that intersected my 50th birthday.  I am coming to the final third of my sabbatical time of reading, napping, hiking, learning new skills and trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

Freelance writing seems very intriguing. I have always had reasonably good writing skills and have enjoyed writing for fun as well as work and academia.  So learning to blog in an organized fashion as opposed to the hit-and-miss grumbly style I have used on other more private fora.

I enjoy teaching religious school, so I am delighted to have gotten a gig teaching 5th grade boys.  The sheer relief to be one of the monkeys and not the ringleader of the circus is astonishing.   All of a sudden, the creative energy and passionate interest which I felt had been missing for so long is back.


8 thoughts on “Blogging 101 introductory post

  1. It’s good to see that you are finding a new journey in your life. So many people get caught up in staying the main road and not listening to what life is trying to tell them. Taking steps to find your next life adventure takes courage. Move forward and good luck with your blog.


  2. I am so happy you are following your heart. Life is too short to just keep trucking along! We miss you but I am excited to watch you embark on a new blogging experience!


  3. I had a similar career crisis, after 15 years of working for the same company. It’s scary, and beautiful, and awful. Some days, all at once! But like you, I don’t miss being the ring leader of that particular circus! LOL And like you, the change has given me opportunities to explore the creative part of myself. To new adventures!!!


  4. Janis, this is exciting news for the new year! I applaud your decision, and I think freelance writing will be a great fit for you. You may want to look at Stride Health’s blogs which feature people who are creating new lives for themselves ( The feature story currently is a long time social worker who has switched gears to become an Uber driver. While you’re there, check out Eliza’s interview toward the bottom – she went from being a corporate recruiter to a yoga instructor last year!
    L’Shanah Tova! xx

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