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How Did Your Blog Get Its Name?

Someone asked me the other day how my blog got its name What Next?

Farewell party for us thrown by our friends when we left Hong Kong in 2011 after living and working there for six years.

I wrote the first post for What Next in July of 2011. Dave and I had just moved back to Canada from Hong Kong and had both retired from teaching

During our years in Hong Kong we sold our Steinbach house and bought a condo in Winnipeg

We had sold our house in Steinbach where we had lived for nearly four decades prior to moving to Hong Kong and had bought a condo in Winnipeg which our son lived in while we were overseas.

I had promised my husband Dave that for the first year of our retirement I wouldn’t look for employment and we would have a year of what he called at the time ‘living aimlessly.’

So I thought of calling this blog A Year of Living Aimlessly.

My daughter-in-law gave me some sound advice when I was naming this blog

When I told my daughter-in-law about that name suggestion she wisely discouraged me. She was pretty sure I’d keep writing this blog for more than one year, and knowing me she said she doubted I could ever live without an aim.

I thought of calling the blog Living Spontaneously since I’m the kind of person who likes to plan ahead, make lists and keep to a schedule.

A photo I took a few years ago of my calendar and lists

In my retirement I wanted to be more open to being surprised by life and what might happen if I didn’t always plot things out ahead of time.

I wanted to try lots of new things.

Zip Lining in Costa Rica is one of the new things I’ve tried since starting this blog

It was my husband Dave who suggested I call this blog What Next? and I liked it immediately.

I wasn’t sure what the next stage of my life would look like.

Would I start some new career?

Would I study new things?

How would our family change?

Would we make Winnipeg our permanent home?

Would we continue to travel extensively like we had during our six years in Hong Kong?

What would be next?

Photo of me doing art with children on the Winnipeg Art Gallery site

I have started a couple new careers as a novelist and art gallery tour guide.

With a group of my student teachers and the staff members who supported them

I also worked as a faculty supervisor for education students at the University of Winnipeg for almost ten years.

With my friends taking a course about chocolate in McNally’s community classroom

I have studied new things taking courses in art and writing and history both online and in person. I’ve taught some courses too.

With my friends in my writing group

Winnipeg has become our permanent home and I have made lots of new friends here- at the places I volunteer, at the church we go to, with the people in my writing group and with our neighbours.

Marie is one of my Steinbach friends who has moved to Winnipeg.

Quite a number of our Steinbach friends have moved to Winnipeg as well which is lovely.

Meeting our first granddaughter for the first time in 2019

Our families have changed with the death and illness of parents and siblings, the birth of grandchildren and the marriages of nieces and nephews.

With my sister and her husband on Glacier Vik in Iceland

Save for the pandemic we have continued to travel extensively and have been to a plethora of places since I started this blog in 2011.

Our latest adventure- a trip to Tanzania. Here we try dancing with Maasai warriors.

And I think What Next is still a good name for this blog.

Things in my life continue to change and grow more interesting and challenging and adventuresome.

This blog has changed too.

When I started in 2011 I had no subscribers. Now I have 720 who get a blog post from me everyday. And usually several hundred more access it through social media.

I am not sure how long I will continue to write this blog but I hope that for many years yet to come I will still be saying about my life…….. “What next?”

Other posts…….

Hiking a Glacier in Iceland

Dancing with the Maasai

I Live in A Piece of Winnipeg History


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