Congratulations! You have stumbled upon a grand experiment: A blog without a plan, written by a recovering perfectionist who is learning to explore the grey areas.
Seriously, y’all, this is huge! This girl doesn’t do anything without a plan. She likes to know the end result before she gets started and have all the categories and subcategories figured out before taking action.
But if I wait to get started till I figure it all out, nothing will ever happen and I’ll be paying monthly fees for a domain I’m never using. And that’s just silly.
So I’m going to throw all caution to the wind and do what is so unnatural to every bone in my body. I’m just gonna write stuff. One day it might make sense. And if it doesn’t, that’s okay too.
But here are some of the main topics that I’ll be yammering about here for now. Hopefully some of them are interesting and/or helpful to you…
I have a thing for cartwheels
I guess that’s kind of obvious.
This blog is called It’s A Cartwheel Life simply because I wanted to use my fantastic cartwheel photos all over the place. That’s the only reason. There’s absolutely nothing profound behind it. Maybe one day I’ll come up with something and pretend I did it on purpose. 😁
For more about the cartwheels and how they started, you can learn more about how that all started here.
I’m single, an old maid, a spinster… whatever you wanna call it
For months I’ve been mulling over the idea of writing all about living the single life successfully. All the mommy blogs out there written by my peers just don’t offer much when I’m flying solo.
I can’t identify with meal planning struggles because my struggle isn’t the planning, it’s having meals at all, because no one cares when or if I eat (except my mama ;).
I can’t even enter a discussion about laundry routines because… well, it’s not a routine. When you strive for a minimalist lifestyle as one person, there just ain’t much laundry to worry about!
I didn’t even realize until recently how normal it is to be on the sidelines, watching my peers instead of participating, simply because the details of my life are so very different.
I’m a Crazy Cat Lady
Actually, my friends tell me that I’m not officially a Crazy Cat Lady until I have three. So far I only have two and there are no plans to get more, so I guess I’m safe there.
But given that I talk to my cats more than humans, it’s kinda inevitable that I’m a bit loco when it comes to kitties. 😉
I had a LOT of cats growing up (that’s another story that need never be told) but they were always outdoor cats, so I’m really figuring out the indoor cat thing for the first time. I’ll share all kinds of things that I learn about being an indoor cat mama.
I’m a bit of a health nut
Having experienced all kinds of crazy health issues from the age of 10, I learned very quickly that the conventional way of treating symptoms with a band-aid solution wasn’t going to work for me.
I did a lot of research about natural healing and with the help of some awesome naturopaths and studying to become a holistic nutritionist, my symptoms have improved so much I almost forget that I was ever sick!
So I have a lot to say about nutrition, growing your own food, and making healthy recipes from scratch.
I’m a professional pianist
Or I used to be, back in the glory days when crazy things like concerts were allowed and activities like singing weren’t considered a public health offense.
There are few things I enjoy more than accompanying a really good choir!
Some people jump out of a plane with a parachute for a thrill. I prefer to sight-read music I’ve never seen before during a performance in front of hundreds of people! 😂
But mostly I accompany kids at music festivals and high school musical theatre. Seriously the funnest thing ever (and I practice those ahead of time, lots and lots of practicing).
So in the meantime while I’m still waiting to someday perform for real audiences again, I may record the odd music video here or there.
I’m 97% introvert
In the movies, single women are often portrayed as sullen, unattractive librarians with no social skills.
Okay, so it’s true that I am a book nerd, and growing up I was often accused of having no emotions because I was thinking so much and needed a lot of time alone… and yeah, my social skills sucked.
But really I’m kinda nuts, just like everyone else! I’ve figured out a lot of things about living as an introvert, and my social skills have improved SO much! I just need really, really a lot of alone time to recharge.
I’m really passionate about helping other introverts understand themselves better! (Want to know where you are on the introvert scale? Take this free quiz by Holley Gerth: https://holleygerth.com/introvertquiz/)
I’m a recovering perfectionist
Okay, maybe the recovery part isn’t there yet. That’s what this blog is all about!
I can’t even figure out how to get my email form to work but I’m just going to launch this out there anyway! And if I never figure it out… meh!
I’m a Canadian that says “y’all” a lot
Totally irrelevant, just thought I’d throw that in here.
I love emojis.
Misused apostrophes are my biggest pet peeve.
I have big feet and TOMS are my favorite shoes because they make my feet look small.
Okay, I’ll stop now.
So enjoy my ramblings and y’all come back now, eh?😊