About Me And My Empty Nest Lifestyle
I grew up in West Michigan, married my high school sweetheart and started a family. Because I wanted to stay home with my kids, I quit my accounting job when my oldest daughter was three months old. Then, in 2010, instead of going back to work, I started blogging. My first blog, Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor, is all about home decor and crafting. I loved blogging and blog design so much that I went back to school in 2014. This time around I earned a certificate in Web Design and Development. The biggest surprise was how much I enjoyed design. I use this knowledge now for designing my own blogs.
An Empty Nest Lifestyle & The Beginning Of A New Blog
Fast forward to July, 2017. Because I am now an empty nester with a much smaller home, my blogging focus has changed. The things I am motivated to write about apply more directly to my current lifestyle. I’d like to thing that with age comes wisdom! I definitely know that I have learned a lot through my experiences over the years.I am excited to share with you what I have learned.
My husband and I now live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We went from a nearly 5000 square foot house to a much smaller 850 square foot loft. The transition was a bit of a struggle at first but we now love it! We also have a cabin in Northern Michigan where we spend a lot of our time. During the week, my husband has a job requiring a lot of travel. Since I am fairly mobile, I travel with him. The great thing is that I can blog from anywhere and get to see so many new areas.
Two of our grown children now live within a few miles from us and our other daughter is only a few hours away. The most fantastic news is that I am going to be a grandma! Our middle daughter and son in law are expecting in January, 2018. I’m sure this will be yet another great phase in our lives.
The Blog Name
When thinking of a name for this blog, I considered how nostalgic some of my themes would be. From looking back at the family I raised to clean eating how my grandparents would have done, the topics all screamed of the sentimental. I even use many antiques and salvaged items in my home decor, which bring about a little nostalgia. The name seemed perfect and that’s how “A Nod To Nostalgia” was born for my lifestyle blog.
What You Can Expect From This Lifestyle Blog
Advice About Clean Eating
I have to admit that I haven’t always been the healthiest eater. In fact, I used to love junk food. I also struggled with health issues because of that. My clean eating advice comes from my own experiences. I have researched extensively about diet and health and am now reaping the benefits. I hope that some of what I have experienced and the tips I have come up with will be a benefit to you.
Raising a family has been the most rewarding thing that I have done. Every child is different so it was a constant learning experience. Along the way, I learned a lot that can be shared. I also have new experiences coming up as well, like becoming a grandparent! I can’t wait to see what this stage in life has to offer.
Our empty nest lifestyle allows for more freedom in travel. Because I now travel so much with my husband, there are a lot of tips I can give on the different areas. I have stayed at some great hotels, eaten at fantastic restaurants and experienced unique excursions in popular and more obscure locations.
Besides raising a family, my favorite thing to do is design things. From designing our home and cabin floor plans to decorating to web and graphic design, I just love to create! I plan on sharing my ideas and tips with you.
Visit My Zazzle Store
At the end of September, 2017, I am opening a Zazzle store with products depicting my own designs. Visit Renee Hanlon Designs for cards and gift items.
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