7 years since I hit “publish” on that first blog post. And life hasn’t been the same since.
And all for the better, I’m happy to say.
If you’ve been here for a while – and have read my prior “blogiversary” posts – you know that I typically look back at the past year and share my goals for the year to come.
But this year it’s a little different. Because in THIS past year I radically changed the blog itself – from the name, to the look, to the week-to-week content.
And I realized that the only thing I hadn’t touched in all these years was my “about” page. And I didn’t know what to do about that. Because as I read it now it is still very valid – with respect to where I was at the time that I wrote it. But if someone were to click on it today it wouldn’t really shed any insight on the “me” that is right now.
What to do.
I thought about deleting that page and replacing it with something brand new. But that didn’t feel right. Then I thought about editing the page, putting a more recent ‘about’ at the beginning, allowing the reader to scroll and continue on to see the original. Too much. I finally decided to create a brand new page (with a link to the old and vice-versa), and that felt perfect.
So here goes!
Hi! I’m Sheri Silver. I was born and raised in Brooklyn and have lived for the last 30 years in Westchester County, New York – about 30 minutes north of Manhattan. I share a sweet old house with my husband Mike, son Noah (age 9 as I write this post), and little pup Ziggy. My 2 older children – Chelsea, 26 and Conor, 21 – live in Manhattan. Chelsea works full-time in the fashion industry and Conor is finishing up college there, majoring in Game Design.
After having a surprise baby at the age of 44 – when I was on the brink of planning for my looming next chapter as an empty nester – I buckled down and got back into the business of new motherhood (after a decade+). I maintained my landscape design business (because who could start something new with all this??), and figured that “next chapter” was now a long way away. Starting the blog was a low-key way to give an outlet to my creative passions without upending my business or personal obligations. A lark, really, just something to dabble in and have fun with.
Well we all know what happened next.
In the last seven years the blog has BECOME the business and personal obligation, and has opened doors, created opportunities, and really most importantly has shown me that there can ALWAYS be a next chapter. It’s just not always the chapter you thought it would be. And – in my case anyway – I think it turned into an even better one:
I’ve created a body of written work – both here and on some major publications – that I am very proud of.
I’ve embraced the art of food photography and have had the honor seeing my photographs featured in so many places – and even purchased for use in some pretty cool campaigns.
I’ve met a circle of women from all over the country who I count as friends, mentors, collaborators and commiserators. Smart, crazy-talented, professional women, whose writing and photography set the bar ever higher for me on a daily basis.
I’ve created a place to share my trials and heartaches through divorce, and the struggles and challenges of raising a child with a very rare neurological disorder. And have received a TON of support appreciation in return.
And I’ve had to flex new muscles. Muscles that have prompted me to take up – at age 53 – the electric guitar. Muscles that have marked a return to therapy – to do the REALLY hard work that I’ve been avoiding for decades. Muscles that have proven to me that there is always room to be better for those around me – but that it has to start with being better for me, first.
Which – to circle back to my blogiversary – is why I decided to make the changes you see today. And is why the blog you see today truly and 100% reflects the ME I am today. The aesthetic I embrace, the content I love to write about, and the photography I want to create.
Blogging is hands down the most frustrating and challenging job I’ve ever had – and not a week goes by when I don’t dream about quitting. But for now I can honestly say that it is also the most rewarding, and I will continue to do it as long as it still feels right, genuine and FUN.
So what’s to come for the next year? For now, much of what you’ve been seeing these past few months. Until it needs to change yet again.
Thanks so much for being here – this space wouldn’t exist in a vacuum, and your support and engagement mean the world to me. xo
P.P.S. Wanna chat? Drop me a line at Sheri at Sherisilver dot com!