Hey There! I’m René, and Periwinkle Pursuits is about my journey as a forty-something, homeschooling mother living with fibromyalgia. Here, I share my experiences, creative endeavors, encouragement, useful tools and helpful information I learn about along the way.
I started Periwinkle Pursuits because I wanted to create a supportive space where I could share and build with others. My hope is that I can help make someone’s journey easier, or at the very least, less alone.
I am a creative junkie, a tree hugger and a beauty seeker. I love nature, animals, books, music, art, food, deep conversation, and being with my family.
My children are eight and twenty-two years old…I know, what was I thinking! My son is a United States Marine stationed in California and my daughter is a happily homeschooled third grader. We live in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C. with our dog Pearl, cat Neela and canary Jude.
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2005, but didn’t take it seriously at the time. Three years later, after the birth of my daughter, my health began to decline. Not believing the first diagnosis, I spent the next five years completely losing myself. That is what it felt like, bits of me slowly falling off into the abyss of who/what I used to be. After seeing a rheumatologist and educating myself a great deal, I am learning to accept and embrace the truth of having fibromyalgia.
In my previous life, I was the Director of Human Resources for a non-profit organization and a fiercely independent single mother. These days, I consult occasionally, but like to spend my energy taking care of my family, running our homeschool adventures, reading, crocheting and trying to manage my health.
I hope you enjoy the blog! Please feel free to drop me a note to say hello and introduce yourself HERE. I would love to hear your story too.