Introspective Adventurer

Aging on my terms - Daily musings in 500 words or so

Introducing the Introspective Adventurer

The countdown to 60 is nearly over!

I had this great plan to come up with a new name and have a blog post ready and everything in place on May 10th, and I was on track to do it. Only Instagram doesn’t let us hold a name.

Let me back up. I have known for a while that I would change my blog name and social media names after turning 60. I was given wise counsel that I could risk losing followers, and people may have a hard time finding me. After all; I have built a name as “Countdown to 60”, but I still wanted a change.

I started this journey in July 2017 with the express intention of telling my story to better understand myself. I have been open and honest and shared some hard truths that I didn’t want to face.

It has been a wonderful journey, and I can’t thank you enough for facing those truths with me.

I spent the last nearly two years looking back and recounting things I had hidden away or was afraid of telling. No longer wanting fear to hold me back I decided to step into the arena, as Brene’ Brown would say.

I also spent the same amount of time looking forward to my 60th birthday.

My goal was to reach 60 knowing I had given my all in my search of self-discovery.

The idea wasn’t to just spill my guts but rather to come to terms with the stories I had been telling myself, some of which were not serving me well and others that were downright exhausting to keep up.

I am proud of where I am in my life right now, and my goal is to keep growing and learning. I have always been the kind of person who contemplates life and questions “truths”, and I hope to continue doing that right up until I take my last breath.

This is 60!

When trying to figure out my new name, I came up with all sorts of options. I even asked my followers their opinions and was utterly blown away by the outpouring of descriptors by so many of my readers.

I wrote all the words used to describe me on a whiteboard

Everything was telling me I needed to spend more time focusing on the present instead of digging the past out of old photo boxes or wondering what 60 would feel like.

I thought my new name was going to be Loretta Write Now. Which is kind of a fun play on words and yeah maybe a bit gimmicky too, but I liked it.

But then I got stuck. I just couldn’t commit to it and honestly didn’t know why.

Several months earlier I had decided to up my Instagram game and came up with a tagline that fits with who I am. It was my daughter-in-law, Amber who came up with the tagline: Introspective Adventurer.

I loved it and immediately adopted it as my own and even came up with my own hashtag. I then failed to see the name I wanted was right under my nose these past months.

It hit me the other day that Introspective Adventurer is who I am and what I want to continue to be. With the decision made, I worried that someone else would take it so I made the change immediately.

Tada!

So here it is, May 1st and I am announcing my new name and direction. I still have nine more days until my 60th birthday, and I have more I will be sharing as I start counting up to 60 so stay tuned.

Thank you for reading along, and I hope you enjoy the next part of my journey too.

37 Comments

  1. Love the new name, and your hairstyle is awesome! The 60’s are actually pretty cool. I’m into year number 64 now and looking forward to many more.

  2. I just love it and you are positively glowing! Thank you for living such a victorious life! You are a great role model for me! And an early happy birthday! So grateful your mom and dad had you! So happy I found you!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-05-01 at 07:21

      Thank you, Amy. I am so happy we found each other and have a true friendship. Us Michigan girls are amazing!! 😉

      I am excited to share more and looking forward to many more adventures!

  3. I’ve loved reading your blog, Loretta. And so look forward to following your next chapter. I’m 58 this year – and am actually excited for the big 6 – 0 in a couple of years!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-05-01 at 07:22

      Sally, thank you so much for following along. I so appreciate you. WE are the new 60 and we have so many more adventures to come!

  4. Love it! You are a great writer and put so much thought into each post you do.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-05-01 at 07:40

      Brigit, thank you so much for reading and sharing a comment. I really appreciate you!!! Xx

  5. I agree, Loretta, it sums up the whole of you, including your writing! Well done and happy adventuring! I’ll be alongside you all the way cheering you on!! Counting the days till the big party!! Woohoo!! 🙌💖🎉 XO

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-05-01 at 09:39

      Thank you, Barbie!!! I’m excited – about writing, adventures and the party!!

  6. Love the direction you’re taking Loretta ❤

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-05-01 at 09:40

      Phyllis, thanks so much! I sure appreciate all of the support you’ve given me!! XXX

  7. Another fantastic post!! Love hearing the back story and I think the name is wonderful!!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-05-01 at 09:55

      Aimee, you are the best. Thank you so much for all of the comments and support you have given me!! XX

  8. Love the new name. It is so you. You put so much thought into and you look like you are having fun!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-05-01 at 10:08

      Thank you, Kim! What an amazing journey this entire thing has been. I appreciate you and your support…as always. Xx

  9. jodie filogomo

    2019-05-01 at 11:38

    Super smart to change your name. It’s the perfect example of how we should ALL evolve over time. In every part of our life!!
    XOOX
    Jodie

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-05-01 at 12:30

      Jodie, thank you so much for that! It is scary to make big changes, especially with social media. But I just didn’t want to keep “counting down!”
      XX

  10. I think you made the right choice for the name, I love it!

  11. Perfect! 👏🏼

  12. LOVE!!!

    You are an incredible writer and one hot lady – keep rocking it out girl!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-05-01 at 16:55

      Cat, thank you so much!! You have been such amazing support for me! XX

  13. Rock on. Now you can just coast and write, write, and write about 70, 80 and beyond!

  14. I have so enjoyed your blog Loretta and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the future holds for you and your beautiful family. And I think the new name is awesome. Obviously I don’t ‘know’ you, but I feel like I know something about you through your writing and that name suits you down to the ground.

    PS Your hair-style look gorgeous. I wish mine would lay like yours.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-05-01 at 16:57

      Wendy, I feel like I know you too. You have been here reading and commenting for a very long time…I sure appreciate you!!

      And, thank you!!

  15. From a fellow May girl, a very happy (early) birthday to you! Not quite 60 looks fabulous on you. Am just in awe of the growth you’ve experienced in just 2 years of blogging. Love that you are so committed to supporting other women. And have enjoyed being along for part of the ride. Here’s to many great (introspective)adventures in the years to come!

  16. Love the new name. I too just turned 60!
    Life is glorious!

  17. Great name and exciting journey ahead! I Have so enjoyed getting to know you and hope to one day meet! I’m excited to read about your future adventures that you allow us to go on with you:) and looking forward to the day I’m reading your book😊
    Melanie

  18. Great name and easy to remember. I’ve got to check you out on Instagram. You sound like a fun lady. Looking forward to reading more of your blog. Bravo to you for stepping up to the plate!

  19. OK I love your new blog name and the vision for the future. You look faaaabulous and more importantly you feel great and I’m on board to read more as the days, months, and years go by xo

  20. Hi Loretta. Sorry, I’m getting to your blog so late. I kept seeing your name come up on all these sites and really meant to visit sooner. Sorry I missed your 60th. Happy belated Birthday. I’m glad I started reading your story and will continue. I’ve also been on a journey of self-discovery, since turning 50. I’ll be 60, next March. I actually had to evaluate my past to move forward. I’m happy to say I’m healing from a past that was riddled with insecurity. I look forward to reading the rest of your story.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-06-05 at 15:34

      Dear Christina,
      Thank you so much for the birthday wish! I spent the last year and a half on this journey and it has made such an amazing difference in my life. I’m glad you are on your journey as well. Healing from the past is the only way to find happiness in the future, as far as I can tell anyway!
      Thanks so much for finding my blog – it’s never too late!
      Xx

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