If you are at a point in your life where, let’s just say, you have probably already lived more years than you have left, but you KNOW your best is yet to be offered to the world, I welcome you to The Lovely Ride.

I worked in publishing (mostly as a graphic designer) for more than 26 years. I was with Mississippi Magazine since 1996, and I have done everything from art direction, to website design, to social media, to event planning. I am constantly learning new things and applying them in my daily life. So why start a personal blog, you might ask? Well, sometimes you just need a creative outlet that is all your own, know what I mean?

When I turned 50 in 2018, that milestone naturally brought with it questions about where my life is headed. Don’t misunderstand, I am NOT sad. It’s actually an exciting time—my kids are on the brink of independence, my husband and I are enjoying each other’s company, and I keep very busy. This stage of life is like being on a roller coaster that’s reached the top of the tallest arch, and the “clack, clack, clack” sound of the uphill climb just stopped. Sure, I am about to be headed downhill instead of up, but isn’t that the most thrilling part of the ride? Well, I intend to put my arms up in the air and make the most of the twists and turns to come.

I recently went to a James Taylor concert (HUGE FAN) so I have been listening to his songs even more than usual. One of my faves is “Secret of Life,” all about the passing of time, getting to the top of the hill, and enjoying the ride down. So, here I am, dabbling in this world of blogging, hoping to share topics from exploring your surroundings, to volunteering, to experimenting with design and projects, to trying new fashions and styles—whatever I think might make life more interesting for us folks at the top of (or a tad over) the hill. Hey, like J.T. says, “Try not to try too hard, it’s just a lovely ride.” Sounds like a good name for a blog! Hope James doesn’t mind!

Thanks for dropping by!