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.
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.
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.
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.