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April Follower of the Month: Sherri Matthews

Our follower of the month for April is Sherri Matthews who blogs at A View from my Summerhouse.  Her blog is fun, informative and she takes great pictures.  I’m sure you will want to stop by and say hello.

Three years ago I lost my job at the same time that my now 21 year-old daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.  Unable to find another job offering the part-time hours that I could cope with and my daughter, who was suffering from crippling social anxiety (a common problem for ‘Aspies’), needing my help, I became not only Mum but her full-time carer. But deep inside I struggled with the rejection of being laid-off and I began to feel old and useless,  insignificant, washed-up.

As I prayed about it, one day I read this by novelist George Eliot: ‘It’s never too late to become what you might have been.’  I realised that I could use this time to pursue my life-long dream of becoming a writer. The self-belief took a long time coming but today I can say something I thought I would never say:  ‘I am a published writer.’

Author Bio:  Widowed, divorced, now a happily-married mum of two grown boys and living in Somerset, England with Hubby, ‘Aspie’ daughter and 2 cats,  I started my blog last January to share my writing journey,  late-bloomer that I am, along with stories of my life both now and from my 20 years spent raising my family in California. If I can prove that it is never too late to change your life and make you smile along the way then all  the better and should you wish to share the view with me from my ‘cyber’ summerhouse then I shall be delighted to meet you! http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/