The start of something – a midlife renewal.

September 1, 2012

The playboy mansion is not traditionally where people have one of their first dates.  Bunnies and hunks everywhere. Celebrities posing on the edges of the room.   People really do get in the pool.  And yes, I checked out the grotto.  It’s just a hot tub with room for, oh,  a hundred.

I noticed these things happening around me on this date but in reality, I only had eyes for Trent. We were newly acting boyfriend and girlfriend and the infatuation was heavy.  It was the start of something that would continue for over thirteen years.  And counting.

Trent is one heck of a human being.  Kind, generous, funny, talented, easy on the eyes and to me, sexy.  We have started a few adventures together with Trent in the background providing the stable foundation our life is built upon.  He spent the last decade commuting over two hours a day for work.  He watched me work through a dozen different projects trying to figure out who I wanted to be when I grow up.  He is my solid. And his dedication to keeping our family in the black has allowed me to blossom, create, experiment and stretch.

Next week, Trent turns forty. It’s time for the start of something.  It’s time for a new adventure. Trent is ready to stretch into a new life.

Notices were given at work.  His corporate days are numbered.  At forty, his entrepreneur heart is taking control.

It’s time to create, expand and most importantly breathe fresh air into everyday living and possibility.

Admiration is high. Uncertainty is present. This is not a midlife crisis. It’s a much deserved midlife renewal.

Am I…

  • Scared? Of course.
  • Worried? Not even.
  • Proud? More than possible.

Trent Lanz Design is the start of something and like our playboy mansion date, it’s HOT!

And now, as change arrives, we just remember to keep calm and carry joy.

What dream are you ready to renew?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosemarie Rung September 1, 2012 at 7:24 AM

It’s rare but complete joy to know two people who are true soulmates…that complete each other like you and Trent do.


Melissa September 1, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Cousin Rosie,
He comes from good stock.


Kathy September 1, 2012 at 7:27 AM

I love that – “midlife renewal”. Yes!! Congrats to Trent for taking the big step. The work on his website is outstanding – go on and let that talent shine!!


Brian @ A Thought For Food September 1, 2012 at 7:28 AM

I love it! Congrats Trent!


Winnie September 1, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Huge congrats to Trent! His portfolio is stunning and I can’t wait to see his talents recognized. ps you two are the most beautiful couple!


Lana September 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Melissa, I admire both you and Trent for your determination and spirit. These changes are scary, but exciting and energizing at the same time. As a couple, you can do anything:) I’ll be cheering your Trent from the sidelines!


Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator September 1, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Excited for you both. I feel the same way about my Hubs, too. :)


LiztheChef September 2, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Excited for you both! We all need to constantly evaluate where we are in life and where we want to be/go. Three years ago, as a retired psychotherapist, I never dreamed my life would change so as I tentatively entered the world of food-writing, recipe-writing, food-blogging. And I am way older than you both ;) Best of luck to Trent – and, of course, to your continued success.


DawnV September 10, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Beautiful and so very touching. You’re blessed to have each other… may his new journey be as exciting, fulfilling and rewarding as yours has been.


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