“I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. I appreciate a good, hard-working gal. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end, and I’m a big shoe girl.” Amy Adams

This chapter is in the next book, “A House for Every Purpose, My Journey as an Empty Nester without a Nest.” The book that I am currently editing is the second in the ‘Man for Every Purpose’ series. I particularly like this chapter, although tucked near the back of the story. Numerous empty-nesters are women loving their singlehood, and cheers to them. Honestly, being married or part of an “us” can become an option that should be cherished. Although married, I lift my glass to all the single ladies! If you have not read “A Man for Every Purpose, My Naked Journey Searching for Love,” now is the time!

I had stopped looking for the perfect man and started to enjoy the queendom I had created around me. My newfound independence came with no need for a fairy-tale ending. I was living happily ever after each day. Joyfully riding horses was my beloved part-time job. At home, I had creative indulgence with the book. I chose to be alone as much as I wanted, relishing that there was no one to care for but myself. I increasingly sought nothing but the business of my personal solitude.
No need to wait for a man to find my lost glass slipper. My walk-in closet had all the shoes I needed; glass slippers were optional. Within the walls of my Victoria Street home, I shed more than my clothes. I left behind the fairytales that had misguided me for years—I cleared away all of the lies about a perfect life defined by a perfect man and with said perfect man as the music faded into the perfect background. I was growing up, as that fantasy no longer captivated me; that fantasy, in fact, bored me.
Gone was the real longing for something more. I did not need more; I was as happy as an un-shucked clam. My life was substantial, safe, and unfolding itself more each day. I was living within the fairy tale of my life, and within that lay the happy ending that I alone was creating. A personal ending coupled with a promising beginning, I was empowered to create, not one I had to wait for or be rescued from.

I snuggled down on my white linen couch with my laptop and a glass of wine as “Grey’s Anatomy” hummed on my computer. Life was entirely of guilty pleasures and deadlines that all felt like gifts. Equal balance sprang from me as I did my job, savoring each moment. From the depths of my soul, I knew life was splendid.

“My Mantra: “I am excited to finish the book “A House for Every Purpose, My Journey as an Empty Nester without a Nest.”

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Katie L Lindley

Although I would like to say I am organized, focused and cookie-cutter, that simply would not be me. I am no different than any other woman in the world. I love to love, love hard, and, in the end, have learned to love myself above all else. So here I am, writing about the many men and the multiple purposes they have served in my life. Realizing that not one man on my roster had fulfilled every single one of my needs. Perhaps one man is not supposed to? I have compiled snippets of the men that have entered my world. In the end, they have shoved me towards my bathroom mirror, forcing me to take a better look at myself. Reflection is brilliant and the strongest guidepost into ourselves.

Working on the next book in the series “A House for Every Purpose, My Journey From Pillow to Pillow” revels a woman abandoning her home in search or her identity beyond men, motherhood, author.

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