When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." (Lao Tzu)
About four years ago, I handed in my keys to the corner office, and walked away from the corporate world. For 30+ years, I was an executive at a popular TV network, where I decided what time some of your favorite shows would air. I got to do some pretty cool stuff, like meet famous people, and walk the red carpet, but it was time to move on.
The idea of leaving a life-long career was exhilarating…and terrifying. I needed to let go of my old life, and see who I might become. Everyone told me I had to reinvent myself, but I wasn't ready. All I wanted to do was clean out every closet in my house.
Now that I am not rushing off to catch the 7:52 every morning, I decided to write about my metamorphosis from career life, to domestic life. This is both a chronicle of my transition, and frankly, an excuse to write about the stuff I always wished I had more time to do when I was working. It's about knocking things off my to-do list while I meander down the path of self discovery…I like to think of Ms. Toody Goo Shoes as a cross between self-discovery and re-arranging the furniture.
I'm allowing myself lots of leeway to write about anything and everything that piques my interest. Most of the time that will mean what I'm doing to fix up my house; where I hope to travel (or where I've been); healthy living, and lots of "F" words: food, family, fashion, football, fotos and fun stuff. I don't profess to be an expert in any of this…these are simply things that interest me. It's a bit self-indulgent, honestly, but after three decades of all work and not much time to play, I'm looking forward to spending quality time with my guilty pleasures.
About now, you are probably wondering just what does the name Ms. Toody Goo Shoes have to do with all of this, anyway? Years ago, my best friend meant to call me "Miss Goody Two Shoes" but it came out as "Miss Toody Goo Shoes." It stuck, and has been a part of our personal vernacular for the last 20 years, so much so, that it takes real concentration to say it the right way. It's a little silly, which implies that none of this should be taken too seriously…and I do like the connection of the name to one of my passions -- shoes!
I hope you'll stop by often to see how I am doing on my journey to becoming what I might be. If not for that, then hopefully you'll check in to see how I've been re-arranging the furniture.
Quick Facts About Me:
I've been married for 22 years to a great guy, who I refer to as "Mr. Goo Shoes" in this blog. I am an "older" mom (but not that old!) to an awesome 17-year old son (dubbed "Junior Goo Shoes") who can lift me up and carry me around like I'm a bag of marshmallows. We have a sweet Cockapoo named Sadie.
I was born and raised in New Jersey, lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 22 years, and once again, call NJ home. I love travel, cheese, shoes, the NY Giants, shopping, avocados, shoes, decorating magazines, making digital photo books, cilantro, baking, writing…and have I mentioned shoes?