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Who Am I?

I’m a single, homeschooling mom in the heart of Florida. Well, single is a relative term here. I am in a long-term relationship with an amazing guy. Between us, we have three kids. I have two teen boys, and he has a pre-school aged girl.

I work from home as a freelancing Jill-of-all-trades, in a sense. I’ve worked for other people before, and I’m not a fan. I don’t like the day-to-day grind of going to an office. Yes, I still do office work, but I get to do it from the comfort of home – or a coffee shop, park, or mall food court. Wherever I feel like working that day, really.

I homeschool because our local school district doesn’t provide the education I want for my kids (don’t get me wrong – I totally support teachers and all the hard work they do! The teachers are not the issue for us.). Plus, both of my sons have ADHD and homeschooling allowed us to get away from the medication and find our own path that allows them to learn. And they thrive.

What’s Up With the Name?

I named the blog Bare Feet, Free Spirit because… well, it fits. I am barefoot 99% of the time – despite my doctor insisting I should wear shoes to have good foot health. I like the feeling of the ground beneath my feet. If I could go barefoot everywhere, all the time, I would. I compromise by wearing flip flops or cute sandals when I must, and on rare occasions, I will wear real shoes. Fortunately, I live in Florida, so I can do this year-round.

The free spirit comes from the fact that I don’t live by anyone else’s rules. I did, for a long time. But now, I am who I am and I don’t care what other people think. I also don’t live my life on a schedule. Don’t get me wrong – I have schedules. I have to do lists and plans, and organization – but it’s all fluid. Things change. Sometimes I decide to take a day off during the week and work on the weekend instead. Or work at night instead of during the day. And in the summer? All bets are off!

What’s the Point Of the Blog?

Look, I know relationships are hard. I’m divorced. I’ve had friendships that ran their course. I’ve got family that I’m not too fond of. My kids drive me nuts. My boyfriend is a typical man sometimes.

We all need to be reminded that we’re not alone in how we feel. And sometimes we need advice from someone who’s been where we are. I’m no expert, but I feel like I do have some wisdom I can share. And I know that you all have some that you can share with me and others.

I’ll share a lot of different things here. I’ll share tips and advice on things like relationships and single parenting, how to co-parent with an ex or what to do when your ex just walks away (been there, done that), parenting in general, working from home, homeschooling, dating after divorce, divorce itself, and more.

All of it will be from the perspective of doing what’s best for you. That’s another part of being a free spirit. We’re often taught to put other people ahead of ourselves, but sometimes you must put yourself first. Ahead of your children, your partner, your family, your work, or your friends. It’s not something to feel guilty or ashamed of, and it’s not a bad thing.

And if you do put others first? That’s okay, too! Yes, we need to put ourselves first sometimes, but it’s just as true that sometimes other people need us.

My hope is that the words you’ll read on this blog will help you find balance, perspective, and ultimately, the comfort to be who you are without worrying about what other people think of you (if you haven’t already found that, of course!). I also hope that you’ll engage with each other in the comments and share your own thoughts, wisdom, and perspectives and help each other grow.