All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
I began reading through archives, and I found myself laughing out loud, both at how clueless I was and at how clueless I must still be since so many of the same worries and weird notions that I have right now were with me nearly a decade ago. I don't know if that's comforting or really disturbing.
Of course, I see evidence that I've grown-- as a mom, a writer, and a person-- but I also see that I am just as prone to easy frustration over silly things as I was back then.
Like I've said before, I'm a slow learner.
Still, I see a lot of good that has come from this 10 year journey of creativity, writing and, maybe most important of all, sharing. For one thing, 10 years ago, I would not have labeled myself a writer. Now, I can't imagine calling myself anything else. I also look back at the loneliness of those first entries and how I thought the only people who might ever read it were my mom and mother-in-law and how, now, it has expanded more than I could have ever imagined. I think of all the connections I've made just by sharing my words. This running monologue has also been one of the best gifts I've ever given myself-- a record of our lives together.
The blog has gotten less wordy (sometimes) and more visual, and I've expanded my definition of a blog post during this time, but the core of why I started this has remained the same. I just want to write and have other people read it. For them to respond and connect with me, to find a little humor or inspiration or to feel less alone in this world is why I write.
Thanks for continuing to read.
This post is part of Jamie and Shannon Ridler's Blog-a-Thon.
This holiday season is going to be all about FUN!
I know that there are times in every life when it just isn’t fun, when it, in fact, sucks.
But when it doesn’t, shouldn’t we be having as much fun as possible? Wouldn’t that be the best way to squash the feeling that it is all too fleeting?
I have always loved Christmas. It is a great source of happiness to me, but
there have been times when parts of it didn’t seem particularly fun to me.
Shopping at Wal-Mart? Not fun. Shopping at local shops? Fun.
Every year, I find myself simplifying just a little more, and this one will be no different. I’m not not necessarily cutting anything out. All I really want to do this year is have fun, to let things happen, to not feel compelled to orchestrate every step.
And that’s where I am as we begin this holiday season.
If it ain’t fun, what’s the point?
And speaking of fun, Jamie Ridler is hosting the Kickin’ It Old Skool Blog-a-thon for the
whole month of December. What could be more fun for a blogger? You’ll
be seeing me a lot more this month as I join hundreds of other writers for
this month long event. Each day, we'll be given a new prompt. The goal? To have a little fun. I've been looking for some new ways to shake things up creatively, so this is just the ticket.
If you'd like to join in, come on over to Jamie Ridler Studios. Or grab your journal and create your own.
A Time Capsule...
What are you reading? Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
What are you loving? Harper Lee and Isaac and their crazy Christmas joy; my goats; fuzzy slippers; yoga; trail runs with friends; snuggling under down blankets with a good book
What are you wearing? Flannel pajama pants, a slouchy long john shirt, Mukluks
What are you creating? A happy home; recycled wine bottle lanterns; an art journal; a scarf; lesson plans; poetry
Have a fun-filled and slowed-down day, folks.