Embracing Change—and Saying Goodbye

I’ve never been a fan of change. Change is usually hard. And leads to things unfamiliar. I much prefer the comfort of the safe and known. Unfortunately, change is all but a requirement of life.

When 2013 began, I cracked open a fresh notebook to start my journal, that I swore to maintain daily this year (this is a common theme; I have these well-meant notebooks stashed all over the house. I remember one actually goes beyond January but none make it through the year. Good intentions are no match for easily distracted), and the first thing I wrote was “This is going to be a big year of change for me.”

Whether this was something that I felt subconsciously and voiced or something that I set into motion by setting pen to paper, I don’t know… but I do know that this is the truth. This year has been a year of change for me, indeed. Small and large—primarily internal—but overall? Undeniable change.

Of course, stepping down from my role as editor here was a huge part of that. My intention was to continue blogging, but I see now that it’s time for that change as well. I’ll still be an Oklahoma mom, “Keeping it Real” with my kids as best I can, and I’ll continue to share my adventures on my personal blog (www.marifarthing.com) and contributing to the magazine and website as often as I’m able. But I feel like stepping away now is the right thing to do.

This blog has been a place to share not only adventures in parenting, but a place where I was allowed to connect with readers on another level, where I shared my struggles with real-life issues, including the death of a parent, health problems, deployments and more. The support from readers was tremendously impactful and something I will always appreciate.

I’m learning to embrace change. We can’t grow without change, after all. And that just won’t do.

(Am I the only one singing that song from the Brady Bunch, the one where Peter’s voice cracks?)


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About This Blog

Hi! I’m Mari Farthing and I’m a mother, wife and freelance writer and editor living in Moore. Originally from Wisconsin and formerly the editor of MetroFamily, my husband Tony and I made our home in Oklahoma via orders from the USAF after spending years living in Germany and Washington DC. When Tony retired from active duty in 2011, we became official “Oklahomies.” I’m a former multitasker and current work-at-home mom, which sometimes is an exercise in futility. I am interested in books, music, knitting, running, cooking, laughing and writing and occasionally I get bored and add a few more interests to fill up the final 15 minutes of my day.

I sometimes succeed, sometimes fail, and consistently rewrite the to-do list that manages my day.

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