I am delighted to welcome you!

I knew after I left the BlogHer13 conference last summer, I was going to launch a new website.

I knew because I realized that I was brimming with so many more ideas of things I wanted to write about.  I needed a website with more versatility.  Easier for the reader to access different kinds of posts.

I didn’t wait.  I started writing all kinds of posts.  Opinion posts.  Posts about relationships.  Posts about mental illness.  And the last few months have been fun and exciting!  Becoming MidlifeBoulevard.com‘s Mental Health Columnist is absolutely an honor and now a featured contributor to Boomeon.com!  I am living in a world of ideas and words – and loving it!

Synchronicity led me to the right people who have helped me tremendously.  Jeannette Balleza Collins  and now Alli Worthington and Christine Farnum – I cannot thank them enough.  They are the folks who help me navigate this whole new world of social media!

Yesterday, I was a bit shocked, naively so, when we imported all the data from NestAche.  Not all of the comments and none of the “likes” transferred.  I have pondered in the last few hours how that has caused me to feel.

First, it’s like perusing an old photo album.  In some ways, I could trace my progress.  From my 1st post, and its 3 likes.  To the more recent ones, with more.  Now that’s gone.

But more than that, it’s like losing the guest book from your wedding.   The comments that made it are great.  But many don’t feel comfortable to comment.  Your “likes”  showed that you were there with me.   That has meant so much.

You really don’t know how much.

I will always remember that you were there.

So, in a sense, we are starting over.  Not really.  Just in a sense.

Thank you.  For being there then.  For being here now.

It’s a new chapter!


You can hear more about mental health and many other topics by listening to my podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. Subscribe to my website and receive one weekly newsletter including my weekly blog post and podcast! If you’d like to join my FaceBook closed group, then click here and answer the membership questions! Welcome!

My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has arrived and you can order here! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the many self-help techniques described can be used by everyone who chooses to begin to address emotions long hidden away that are clouding and sabotaging your current life.

And there’s a new way to send me a message! You can record by clicking below and ask your question or make a comment. You’ll have 90 seconds to do so and that time goes quickly. By recording, you’re giving SelfWork (and me) permission to use your voice on the podcast. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

Photography by Deborah Strauss

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