Hello…It’s Me.  Inez.  Those of you who already know me, know that I was half of the team for Housewives of Abu Dhabi women’s group.  For those that don’t know me, I have spent the past two and half years organising events, managing the website, writing blogs, and all the other tasks that go along with running a women’s social group. Late last year, I decided to make some changes.

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You know when you get that gut feeling that it is time to move on?  Well I had that niggling feeling for a few months. I wanted to start something new, something different.  Ok – to be completely honest, organising events takes a lot of time and effort.  I can’t really complain because we had help from some amazing people who stepped up when we needed them the most.  I will forever be grateful to those women. Even with the extra help – it still took up too much of my time. Hands up to all those women out there organising events. I salute you.

Leaving.  Being part of Housewives has been a big part of my life for the past two years.  It garnered the opportunity for me to meet so many inspiring women.  On the back side it gave me a reason to learn the basics of blogging and all that comes with managing a website and it’s social media.  It was an amazing two years but in December 2015 my journey with Housewives ended.  I will still be a part of the group as a spectator and participant but no longer as an organiser and admin. I will be cheering loudly from the sidelines as Housewives continues to grow.

So what comes next…here comes the follow my heart part:

Over the past two years, when I wasn’t working on Housewives, I worked on getting back into shape (after have 3 kids in 5 years). What started out as trying to lose baby weight, slowly turned into a lifestyle change.  I also developed a love for social media. I love watching people and organisations grow.  In the genre of blogging, it is amazing and inspiring to watch how far some people have come in just the past two years – especially locally here in Abu Dhabi!   Personally for myself, when I look back on old posts that I written,  I can see how I have progressed. I used to write with such paralysing fear, but now am more relaxed about it. I still have a lot to learn and there is a massive gap for improvement, but blogging is a great way for me to chart my own personal growth.

Sooo….since I really enjoy blogging, I decided this was something I still needed to do. It makes me happy. Blogging is one of those things that no matter what type of day I am having, whenever I publish a post – I feel good.  Those of you that have your own blogs can probably relate to that feeling.

What sort of blog to start?  Hmmm….. that was the question I asked myself for weeks.  I had 4 different projects in mind, however, the reality was that only ONE could fit into my schedule right now.  I had my answer after doing several detailed mind maps  (I know, who does mind maps for a hobby?) I wanted to get it right from the start.  It had to be about a subject that I LOVE and can easily write about.  A little tip:  It is so much easier and less time consuming to write about what you love than it is to write about something you like.  Taking everything into consideration – I present FORTYNISTA – A Lifestyle Blog about life in the fourth decade.

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After careful planning mixed with a lot of procrastinating – here it is.  First post.  Numero Uno.  Initially I wanted to start with loads of posts but that was just delaying the start.  I wanted to ensure all the right bits were in place before I went live.  Then a friend advised me to just START – I can work on the other bits as the blog grows.  She was right. If you are reading this now, you are one of the lucky few who get to see the blog from the very first post. I hope you will continue to follow to see how it all develops.

What can you expect from me?  This first year I hope to share my personal experiences as it relates to health, wellness, soul, and style. It used to be that turning 40 loomed like a dark cloud in the distance. The reality is, it’s not that bad once you get here.  You feel the same, sort of. Well I have noticed that my mind says one thing, my body says something different.  My goal is to share my story and hope that it can be useful to you.

Join me and see how it all unfolds….

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